Fibre art

Maria Nunes and the art of crochet!

I am so fortunate to be collaborating with a local craftsperson – Maria Nunes. Her hand made crochet jewellery is beautifully designed and crafted. Maria learned to crochet as a child, growing up in Portugal at a time when there was still no television, not even electricity! In school they were taught to knit and would make simple scarves and hats. At home, Maria’s mother taught her to crochet to make doilies, table scarves and trim for her ‘enxoval’ or trousseau.

Hand dyed crochet cotton in fuchsia and green by Doris Lovadina-Lee Toronto Textile artist
Fuchsia Ombre and Blue to Green Variegated Hand Dyed Crochet Cotton

Maria has continued to crochet and over the years has made many household items using traditional patterns. Recently, she has changed her style to reflect modern tastes, creating handcrafted pillows, wallhangings and of course jewellery!

pair of indigo hoop crocheted earrings with blue glass beads on black surface
Indigo Hoop Earrings with Blue Glass Beads

Variegated, ombre, and with colour changes over very short areas have been a challenge for me. I have had to rethink my process as well as the amount of dye used! But it has been so much fun! I will also be indigo dyeing this spring and I can’t wait to see the jewellery she makes. I gave Maria all the indigo dyed cotton thread left from one of my projects. All of the pieces she made have been sold! It shows that blue and white is a much loved combination.

round crochet beige circle earrings with natural coloured beads on black background
Beige Cotton Circle Drop Earrings with Glass Beads

Magazines, and books are still places Maria finds inspiration, but more often she finds herself turning to Pinterest. Inspiration for her designs also come from working with the materials. A bead, the colour of the hand dyed cotton thread can start her on a new design. More and more often her jewellery includes beads, they really excite her with opportunities!

Crochet cotton round earrings and snow dyed scarf in fuchsia
Fuchsia Hand Dyed Round Earrings by Maria Nunes Designs on Snow Dyed Wool Scarf by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Maria believes that crochet is a dyeing art. She has tried to teach the next generation but with the competition for TV watching, and the internet with its so many social media outlets, it is a hard sell. Maria finds that crocheting is a relaxing and imaginative art. It has a calming effect allowing room for imagination.

Maria Nunes of @maria.n.designs crocheting

I am collaborating with Maria on dyeing some new crochet cotton. More experimentation with colours, ombre effects, indigo and more. Follow Maria on Instagram @maria.n.designs to see what she is creating.

Pastel Travel Scarves Snow Dyed for Spring

February has been a great month for snow dyeing. I think we got most of our snow during this month. In preparation for spring weather, I dyed these scarves in a variety of lighter shades. The one on the left reminds me of Pantone’s color of the year: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. I am rinsing out shades of blue and green as well.

two containers with snow dyed scarves by dorislovadinalee.com Toronto Ontario Canada

While I had the scarves together and was admiring the colours, my son picked up one of the snow dyed scarves and promptly named it: Pink Flamingo. I laughed and challenged him to name them all! So here they are:

  • Lively Marsh
  • Safari Dusk
  • Soft Radiance
  • Peach Cobbler

Can you match the name to the scarf?

5 pastel travel scarves snow dyed in pastel colors in Toronto Ontario Canada by Doris Lovadina-Lee textile artist

Are you planning on travelling? These newly snow dyed linen/rayon scarves crinkle beautifully when washed and dried. They are perfect travel scarves. Just twist and put in your luggage. Shake out and wear. Machine wash and dry!

Piece/peace challenge art quilt

The Fergus Pod of SAQA issued a challenge to create a quilted artwork based on the workds piece/peace. I created: Walking in Peace, a log cabin with spiral insert.

log cabin block in progress green oakshott cottons and hand dyed linen with Kafe Fassett print

Oakshott cottons, hand dyed linen and a Kaffe Fassett print are combined to make this 12″ x 12″ art quilt.

closeup of machine stitching on SAQA challenge piece

I have been experimenting with inserting strips into my work. I love the challenge of cutting into completed tops! Each turn of the spiral slightly distorts the log cabin block.

12 inch by 12 inch finished Piece/peace quilt challenge for SAQA Fergus Pod

Once the quilt was completed, I struggled finding a title for it. One of the members at the meeting suggested the title: Walking in Peace. The green various shades of green reminded me of a garden maze and the bright spiral the practice of a walking meditation through the garden.

12 inch square detail of corner with initials DLL made for SAQA art quilt challenge

How do you name your artwork?

Set of 5 Chakra Quilt note cards

Set of five of my Chakra series of quilts is available in my shop.

set of 5 blank note cards with photos of chakra quilts by doris lovadina-lee toronto textile artist
Cards from left: Chakra Quilt, Modern Mosaic Quilt, Danielle’s Quilt, The Vibrant Path Quilt, Radiant Light Quilt

These all occasion cards are blank inside and come with envelope. They are printed on glossy paper that show the beautiful colour of the original quilts. On the back of each card is the title, the medium and size of the original artwork.

These greeting cards would make a wonderful gift for the holistic seeker, yogi or quilt lover in your life.

Individual fine art photo mount cards of these Chakra Quilts are also available individually in my shop.

Fibre Content 2018

I am very pleased to announce that you will be able to see some of my work on display at the upcoming Fibre Content Show that will be at the Art Gallery of Burlington from September 6-16, 2018. The show will display 90 pieces from 60 artists from across Ontario including one of mine! 

 

photos of artwork for Fibre Content 2018 Exhibit
 

Opening Reception is Sunday September 9th from 1:00 to 3:00.  The Art Gallery of Burlington is open from 9:00 to 9:00 Monday through Friday, and 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission to the show is free, parking is a minimal charge and catalogues will be available for $10. 

In conjunction with the show, there are six Artists Talks and Hands on Events that require tickets to be purchased.  They are scheduled for both Saturdays, the 8th and the 15th, and all details are on the links and websites.

I hope you plan a visit to the Fibre Content Show to see an outstanding display of textile work.

Far left: Arizona Glow, Albert Cote
Top mid: Floating in Blue – Triptych, Gunnel Hag
Mid left: Spring Thaw, Tracey Lawko
Mid right: Gratitude, Pat Hertzberg
Top right: Alight, Mita Giacomini
Bottom Right: Prairie Sunrise, Chandra Rice

Summer – Over Ice

My first ever SAQA challenge is finished. I wrote about the piece in progress and it is now complete. My inspiration was a glass of Gin and Tonic – a tall cool summertime drink. I picked out a selection of hand dyed fabrics in all shades of blue from deep indigo to turquoise, to pale aquamarine. The texture of the fabrics range from soft silk velvet, metallic cottons, linens and canvas. I love the addition of the greenish-yellow metallic linen. It’s the perfect wedge of lime!
SAQA mini quilt challenge Summer - Over Ice quilt by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Summer – Over Ice
2018 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
fabric, thread, dye

Detail of Summer - Over Ice quilt showing quilting and fabrics by doris lovadina-lee I hope you have all had time to enjoy your favorite summertime drink!

Ice dyed shibori tops for Flora

Purple and pink are her favourite colours and mine too! so it wasn’t difficult selecting the dyes that I would use to create some special gifts for a little girl.

Ice dyed cotton top in purple hanging on black hanger back of child's ice dyed top by dorislovadinalee

The tops were white to begin and with some folding, ice and time they became colourful, fun and summery!
Racer back t-shirt shibori ice dyed with purple and fuchsia back of shibori hand dyed t-shirt using ice by doris

They will look great with the shorts and leggings in pink, blue and purple. For extra flair the blue leggings are sparkly! Just what every little girl wants!

ice dyed shibori cotton top on hanger by doris lovadina-lee back of ice dyed girls t-shirt in pink and blue

I can’t wait to see these on her. She will be the best dressed, most colourful child on the playground this summer!

Log Cabin explorations

I am continuing my exploration of the log cabin. The selection below is destined for a minimal modern quilt using the traditional pattern in a new way. So far, I’ve sketched out the design and chosen the colour palette.

hand dyed fabrics in pink and grey for a minimal log cabin quilt

I am continuing the series I started with In Order and am stretching it in new ways. 

Minimal modern quilt x-cross in black and fuchsia
X-Cross by Doris Lovadina-Lee

I love having a structure to begin with and then thinking about the what can change.

In Order log cabin variation for TMQG mini quilt challenge
In Order by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Do I add hand stitching? Machine stitching? Embroidery?

Venetian Lagoon minimal modern log cabin variation
Venetian Lagoon by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Can I use more colours, patterns? What is the minimum?

Fronds minimal modern quilt in grey a log cabin variation
Fronds by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Looking forward to seeing how this new idea evolves. What traditional blocks have you played with?

Fibre Content 2018: the misses!

At the encouragement of a friend I submitted three pieces into the Fibre Content 2018 show being held in the Art Gallery of Burlington from September 6 to 16, 2018. One of the three was accepted! Fibre Content is an exhibit of Canadian fibre art with works in fabric, yarn, paper, and mixed media.

Pixelation I

Artist Statement 

Pixels are the smallest unit of information that makes up an image. What do the they reveal in Pixelation 1?

Pixelation I textile painting by Doris Lovadina-Lee, small bright mosaic squares fused and machine quilted in black frame
Pixelation I by Doris Lovadina-Lee
11 x 14 inches, fabric, dye, thread

Data 2.0 textile painting by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Data 2.0 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
27 x 41.5 inches, fabric, dye, thread

Data 2.0

Artist Statement

Data 2.0 explores the connection between the pixelation occurring in digital formats and the ancient technique of mosaics. One obscures while the other creates patterns.

To see the textile painting that made it along with 90 other fibre art pieces, join me at the Opening Reception at the Art Gallery of Burlington on September 9, 2018 from 1pm to 3 pm. The show will be on from Sept. 6-16, 2018. Visit the Burlington Art Gallery to see some of the best Canadian works in fibre. See you there!

On the Design Wall: Summer

I became a SAQA member!

I recently attended my first meeting of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). This large organization is divided into smaller regions and my local is SAQA Central Canada – Ontario and Quebec Artists. Because locals are large and cover so much ground geographically, smaller groups or pods are formed. The pod I attended was in Fergus, Ontario. A very enthusiastic and focused group of artists were in attendance.

small quilt blocks pinned to design wall in Doris Lovadina-Lee's studio

Quilt challenge!

One of the outcomes of our meeting was to work on a challenge. The parameters:

  • size – 12 inches
  • theme – summer
  • due – 2 months

quilt blocks pinned to design board for SAQA theme spring by doris lovadina-lee in progress

I began with some hand dyed fabric and imagined a tall glass of water and ice. How would that look abstracted and constructed using small pieces? The two images are the evolution of my work in progress. I may move a few more pieces around before I begin to stitch. What does summer look like for you?

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