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!
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
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!
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.
I am continuing the series I started with In Order and am stretching it in new ways.
I love having a structure to begin with and then thinking about the what can change.
Do I add hand stitching? Machine stitching? Embroidery?
Can I use more colours, patterns? What is the minimum?
Looking forward to seeing how this new idea evolves. What traditional blocks have you played with?
Boutique Firenze is a gift shop in London, Ontario. It is the dream of owner Bettina Weber and husband Len Elliot. They travel to Italy to personally select the beautiful items available for their shop.
Luckily, you won’t have to travel to Europe, to purchase fine quality leather gloves, silk scarves and hand crafted gift wares.
This bricks and mortar shop has only been open a short while. Previously, the owners worked at selling these luxurious yet affordable items part-time.
Boutique Firenze also carries a selection of fine handcrafted items from Canada including my scarves! They coordinate very well with all the beautiful gloves they carry from Florence.
Gloves for the man in your life.
Snow dyed, shibori and indigo dyed scarves hand-made just for you. Visit to see the selection.
Whatever you are looking for, the perfect gift to give or for yourself, Bettina will be happy to help you. I hope you have the opportunity to visit the store and see the selection of gifts available, including Murano glass jewellery, and my scarves of course!
Handcrafted items of all types are on display at the gift shop in Museum London. Including a selection of my hand dyed shibori scarves!
The gift shop in the lobby of the London Museum specializes in selecting artwork and crafts from local artists. They have a large selection of handmade ceramics, glassware, woodwork as well as a variety of art cards for any gift you purchase.
Ask Erin and Fraser to help you pick the perfect gift from the beautifully curated selection at Muse Shop + Rental next time you visit Museum London. Don’t forget to look for my scarves!
I’ve been following Jess Van Den from Create and Thrive for a couple of years and have listened to most of her podcasts. She began her career as a science teacher in Australia, started making jewellery for fun, then selling it online which then led her to eventually make Epheriell her full-time job in 2010. Jess set up an etsy shop to sell her handmade jewellery and had many people ask her questions about selling online. She began Create & Thrive to teach others how to turn their handmade hobby into a thriving business. To listen to her complete story tune into her first podcast: Episode 0 – Jess’ Story.
Jess offers many ways to help individuals learn the business of selling handmade items online. Some of these are free like: 10 Essential keys to successfully sell handmade products online. Others such as, Set Up Shop are fee based. All of her information is very practical, down-to-earth, and realistic. One of her sayings: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”. It takes time, patience and the willingness to persevere to attain your goals.
Part of being successful is knowing what your goals are. Jess is offering a 30 day free course that I am participating in called: #MakingItPodcourse. Each day for 30 days, Jess talks about mindset, money, marketing, and business management especially for those who are makers. None of the podcourses are long, ranging in length from 10-20 minutes. She refers back to her podcast list for those who would like more in-depth focus on the topic. Each podcourse has an action item for you to consider each day and a printable one-page course summary. Although this course started the July 1st, it’s not too late to start. I encourage you to do something, don’t wait until everything is perfect before you begin. There is no perfect time or set of circumstances. Just begin, remember it’s a slow steady marathon!
Surround yourself with a support group. They could be your family, a group of friends real or virtual who are on the same path as you. I am going to share a meal with a few real life friends this week so we can share, commiserate, celebrate and help each other in our businesses. What will you do to turn your dream into the successful business you desire?
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.
Pixels are the smallest unit of information that makes up an image. What do the they reveal in Pixelation 1?
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!
Help, guidance, inspiration and motivation can be delivered to your In Box! Last week during the panel discussion at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, three of us shared our journey into Monetizing Your Craft! The time went by so quickly that I didn’t have time to mention the resources I find helpful in crafting my business. Listed below are just some of the many resources available on the web. I have enjoyed listening to these people talking about their passion.
I encourage you to have a look at the sites above. You will find some that speak to you and others that won’t. When you find some those you enjoy, sign up for their newsletters, YouTube channels, and feeds. Support these creative entrepreneurs! Please let me know which blogs, podcasts you have found informative or just fun so I can add to my list. Enjoy!
The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild asked me to participate in a panel discussion with Bobbie of Geeky Bobbin and Claudia of Fabric Please! The three of us are all fairly new to having an online business. Bobbie has been at this the longest at about one year and a half. Claudia has been running Fabric Please! for just under 2 months! She talks about her jump into selling online in this blog post. It was a lively discussion and I hope members came away with an appreciation of the time that is needed to having an online presence.
We were encouraged to bring samples of our craft to show the members and to sell to them too! I brought a selection of my snow dyed scarves and hand dyed quilting cottons. I was so caught up in preparing for the panel discussion and setting up my table that I totally forgot to take any photos. Thank you so much Laura Henneberry for taking great photos and allowing me to share them here.
One of the most repeated lines from the members was that the hand dyed fabric was beautiful but they didn’t know how to use it in a design. So, I thought I would show a couple of examples. The piece above is a fat quarter dyed in indigo. The circles were created by wrapping the fabric around a small object and holding it with a rubber band. When the bands were removed the white circular design appeared. In the quilt below, the dark strip inserted on the right hand side was cut and pieced from a fabric similar to the fat quarter above.
Atmosphere was created from a large piece of indigo dyed cotton. I loved the pattern that was created and I didn’t want to cut into it. This minimal modern design evolved from this.
Over the winter, I dyed a few pieces of cotton with snow creating mandala shapes! Again, I didn’t want to cut them up into smaller pieces. Cosmos was created with one of these mandala dyed cottons. The quilt top was simply spiral quilted to reinforce the circular design. Above is a detail of a brightly dyed mandala that reminds me of a bright tropical fruit.
Don’t be afraid to use these unique pieces of hand dyed cottons in your design. They can be combined with commercial cottons and can enhance any project. I will be adding some of my hand dyed fabrics to my online shop shortly.
Check back often. If you see a fabric in the photo above or on my Instagram feed that you are interested in, contact me and I will be happy to send it to you. Are you inspired to use an original piece of hand dyed fabric in your next project?