Sunday, April 6, 2014

What's Up?

I had hoped days ago to spend some time in the studio but have been sidetracked by life, as often happens. I have had computer business to catch up on and gallery correspondence, still in progress. As a one-person show I have to juggle it all, as many of you do also. I leave town again soon to head to Portland, Oregon where I will be demonstrating and lecturing. I am looking forward to seeing the city. I hear it is a pretty cool place! Today I will finish up my gallery correspondence, make a "To Do" list to complete before I leave for Portland and, if I am lucky, will unpack my suitcase from Yellowknife! I will keep you posted.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm back! Brrrrrrr!

Hello! I had an amazing time in Yellowknife. Such great folks, bragging rights for bearing the -41 degree cold (Yeah, you read correctly) be fair we did get "up" to -15. I am talking the King of cold. The kind of cold that hurts and makes your bones ache. The kind of cold that covertly freezes your face and sneaks up on try to speak only to discover you feel like you may have had a stroke because your face will not move and your words are slurred and you panic because you have a sudden realization you are at the mercy of the elements. A scary kind of vulnerability. It takes a certain kind of person to live in that environment. That said, the people I met were the kind of people that become life-long friends. Minnie, Pat, Donna are always welcome in my world...


ice, ice, baby. 4 feet thick. spectacular. 

Me on the ice road. Wearing felt hat. Still fucking cold.

The 2 women who pushed my rental car from the snow bank on the ice road. Yes,I'm a dolt.

I was lucky enough to have the best view in the city. from my apartment I could see all the activities on the ice road for the annual Long John Jamboree!

Wonderful white fish dinner with my new friend, Minnie. Caught ice fishing on Great Slave Lake. Bless those ice fisherpeople!!

too cold for me for me be on the ice with all the locals...fireworks from my window. Wine in hand!

on the ice road....not sure if this is a joke or not

Ice, ice, crystal. A real moment of "Wow" for me!!!

A snow castle built by Tony, the Snow King. 19 years he has done this.

The most fabulous, delightful woman/artist/musician/student from Thunder Bay/ ticket taker. A real joy to meet. Loved her "Fish".

Art opening...Yellowknife style. My favourite statement began:" I have been making art for a while now."

Snow castle

Dinner at Bullocks. Pan fried Whitefish caught ice fishing in Great Slave Lake...certainly not by me, of course. Thanks, Pat!!!
...and the reason I was there! A fabulous PODS class  with great students!!!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

What's Gnu...

My goodness. Where do I begin?

 Last weekend I taught a 3D bags class at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. They have a wonderful workshop space and with the help of Kay(and Ray)  and Jean (and Michael) who organized and entertained me.

I love Almonte...really do. Also came home with a beautiful new teapot by Chandler Swain from the General Fine Craft Gallery (you can find my work there too!)

My New piece "Cleaning House" is getting some attention from curators and publications including here: Architect Annie Coggan "Chairs and Buildings"
Annie and I have quite a bit in common and I so appreciate her words and perspective.

last night I headed to an opening for an artist I greatly admire:
Dorothy Caldwell at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Lots of fun and in as much awe of her work as ever.

In posting another video, I found this: My advice for artist. I did not even know I was being filmed so was so surprised. It was from 4 years ago, but I still stand by my advice.

Annie Dunning, Kevin Rodgers, Andrea Graham
Finally...a friend/writer/author/editor/ all 'round great guy and dad, Alec Ross offered to film me speaking about "Cleaning House". It was such a surprise he kept in the silly/hammy bits, but glad he did.

On Wednesday I depart for Yellowknife, but need to finish a proposal before I go. I will keep you posted!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Images...Cleaning House

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

See You Saturday!


What a day. My work is usually made in the studio...completed in the studio. Yes, installation is involved but not usually any actual assembly. Today was a departure. Half an hour before I was ready to deliver work to the gallery for my show here: Modern Fuel

I had an email from the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre giving me permission to shoot the work in their pretty, pretty (did I say pretty?) atrium, so I had to switch gears, call photographer and beg (Daaave? can you come...tomorrrrrow?), change direction.

I spent 4 hours shaping steel wool and not much else knowing it would all be taken apart the next day to be relocated. It could not go by quick enough. My reward was playing with my mops! I like my mops.I like them for art, not cleaning, to be clear.

in progress!!

 I will now have to assemble the pieces twice in a short window, but I will 1.) have fantastic images and 2.) the experience of assembling once already behind me when I get to the Modern Fuel tomorrow!

I came home so frigging tired and wonder how my art friends that do this fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants thing manage.Then again, I do it too. I  just do it in a different way. I am feeling upside down in the best way possible as it is these experiences that challenge us and confirm "you can DO this". I am not quite there and cannot wait until the a.m. when I can dig back in and make some art. life is good. I will keep you posted, always.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Looking Ahead

To be installed beginning this week at the Modern Fuel

Intrigued? Confused? Oh, good!

I had a fantastic meeting yesterday with a smart young woman who is going to take time out of her busy life to write a piece on my work. I am moving forward in my goals to reach a new audience and grow as an artist and these are exciting steps. Nothing like feeling like you are in control of your own direction and being clear where you want to go...the last part being vital, of course!  In the quick hour + that we met she tossed out a handful of names and bits of information/resources that fueled lots of research today. I had a list of things to follow up on and calls to make and while I have sat on my ass all day, it has been very productive!  

This week, I will be schlepping my new 7 ft. sculptures over to the Modern Fuel gallery to complete assembly and installation. This is a new process for me as I don't usually (o.k., ever) complete work on-site. Not sure how long it will take, but I know I am in good shape.

Ah, Yes! Easy for YOU to say. Looking ahead for me right now feels a bit like the start of a marathon. I have a Crayyyzeee travel schedule ahead in 5 countries that will take me to the end of June. In between I will do my best to get other work done and reintroduce myself to my children! Either they are going to starve or learn to be very self sufficient. This all begins next weekend then a break and then off to Yellowknife....

Isn't it lovely.

Maybe, just maybe I will see the Northern Lights. I will keep you posted.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Back on Track. A New Track.

How many months have I been saying I have been in limbo? Many.
How many months have I been in this annoying holding pattern waiting to share? Many.
How happy am I to be over the hump and have this show hung and shot? Very.

The opening of "Transformation" at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum was yesterday and in spite of the snow the turn out was great. I had some wonderful conversations and it was nice to speak to some people with some fiber and art knowledge. I love hearing how people view my work as I then see things with a new twist. I is also nice to know that my work makes people think and reflect and that they relate to it in a personal way.

Bulbi II on the right is sold :o)

Curator, Michael Rikley-Lancaster speaking about the work

Chatting in front of "Seeds"

A collector in the making (nice job, Mama)

 As soon as I received images from my new friend, Shawn De Salvo
I had a long list of things I needed them for. A few deadlines were promptly met such as sending them to Russian felt magazine "Felt Fashion". This is a very nice magazine...well done. Will share once it is out with a link (in a month or so) where you can get this. I also sent images to a woman who I am hoping will write about my work for some other submissions. I was also contacted by a couple of enthusiastic young curators in NYC that have submitted a proposal for exhibition based on their vision, a specific space and my work. I love how that process evolved and it was fun to do the back and forth meeting deadlines with someone else...I am usually solo in the process! That in itself was fun. If it proceeds, even better.

I applied to an Artist in Residence call in a far away land of mist and sheep...a long shot, but was really (really) drawn to the prospect. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I have another call to apply to, but need "new", not shown before work. hard to fudge that with my work and practice of sharing everything ;o)  This will be on my agenda this week along with working on my 3 large (7 foot) sculptures for the Modern Fuel Gallery here in Kingston for March. I think they will need to be assembled on site mostly, so I have decisions to make in this case! No wool, if you can believe, but definitely fibre. I now have website updates to tackle, a proposal and a grant application to complete.

I am fielding teaching inquiries and filling up my limited spaces. 2014 is largely full as I am leaving some space open waiting for some confirmations that hold my priority as well as time for my own work with a solo coming at the Canadian Guild of Craft (2015). Once the schedule is settled in the next couple of months, I will fill you in on the website.

So...that said, I have a lot of things going on. not only am I feeling back on track, but I am also on a new track and am feeling that my career is in a period of "Transformation" in such a positive way.