canadian art

Shop KOKITO for snow dyed shibori scarves!

I spent a lovely day in Prince Edward County meeting Shelley of KOKITO. This is a charming shop on Main Street in the town of Bloomfield, Ontario where the owners, Shelley Durnin and Jennifer Hadenne curate a beautiful selection of Canadian made and designed items. 

 

lamps, hoodies, bags handmade in canada available in Kokito a shop in southern ontario

Bloomfield is a small town located in the centre of the County. The Main Street is lined with small shops, restaurants and galleries. Everything is within walking distance and the shore of Lake Ontario is close by.

scarves, blankets, pillows and cards on display in back of Kokito store, locally made artisan shopThe shop stocks a great selection and variety of products all made by local artisans. Shelley and Jennifer source all the wares they sell in the shop personally, so every member of the family can find something they love. Kokito’s motto is: “Canadian Design and Lakeside Living” and this certainly describes the aesthetic of the shop.  

Shelves with hand made canadian items in KOKITO shop, Bloomfield Ontario

KOKITO store in Bloomfield ontario gift shop

I am happy to share that Kokito will be carrying my snow dyed shibori scarves as well as indigo napkins and table runners. The stack of hand dyed pieces below will already be out on display in the shop. 

shibori scarves, hand dyed placemats, indigo table runner available at Kokito in Bloomfield ontario shop

Prince Edward County is an area of southern Ontario that I had not visited. It has been described by friends as a beautiful, peaceful, yet vibrant place. I can see why! I hope you have the opportunity to travel to Bloomfield and meander around this pretty little town. When you do, visit Kokito and shop the beautiful locally made artisanal products for yourself or to give as gifts. You won’t be disappointed! 

Snow dyed scarves at the Textile Museum of Canada Gift Shop

I am very pleased to have my Canadian Snow dyed scarves available for purchase at the Textile Museum of Canada’s gift shop. The museum is located at 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

Entrance to Textile Museum of Canada Gift Shop with shibori scarves

I began using snow to hand dye this past year and love the results of this process. Snow is piled on top of the scarves that have been folded, twisted and tied using traditional shibori techniques. Up to three dye colours are used to create beautiful watercolour effects.

Quilt stand with snow dyed shibori scarves by toronto artist Doris Lovadina-Lee

lndigo scarves are also created using shibori folding techniques. Although not created with snow, they are still Canadian made. All of the scarves are made out of natural fibres like cotton, silk, linen, rayon and wool giving them intense rich colours. They are one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces.

Canadian artist doris lovadina-lee snow dyed shibori scarves on display

The museum has two exhibits currently on display: Artistry in Silk celebrates the work of Itchiku Kubota (1917–2003). The other exhibit is Jane Kidd: Curious  a display of hand-woven tapestries. Both artists use rich saturated colours to represent their environment. The exquisite silk kimonos made by Itchiku Kubota represent the four seasons, the changing landscape, light and feature Mount Fuji.  I love the use of colour in the tapestries by Canadian artist Jane Kidd! Her pieces are hand-woven with bold colours, but upon close inspection, you can see the varied and subtle colour shifts that give her work so much depth.

indigo and snow dyed shibori scarves by doris lovadina-lee doorway to gift shop of Textile Museum of Canada

 

I hope you have an opportunity to visit the Textile Museum. While there, please visit the gift shop to view all the beautiful offerings by local artists. You could take home a piece of Canadian winter!

Clothing labels

Labels are attached to objects to identify and describe that item. I am happy to have received my woven cloth labels from the Dutch Label Shop. These silky, soft labels are now going to identify my hand dyed scarves long after the package they arrive in is gone. 

snow dyed scarf tied around a handbag with doris lovadina-lee textile arts labelBoth of these snow dyed scarves have my new logo: Doris Lovadina-Lee Textile Arts label attached. The labels are small and soft, so they are unobtrusive when the scarf is being worn. Of course, I won’t mind if you flaunt your designer label!

clothing label doris lovadina-lee textile arts on blue wool shawl with hang tag

Dutch Label Shop is an online shop that specializes in creating small quantities of custom supplies for people who create with fabric, just like us! 

Dutch Label Shop clothing labels and hang tags for doris lovadina-lee textile arts toronto artist

You can design your own label or select images and text from a library of designs. Small quantities as low as 30 pieces up to thousands can be ordered in the design you create. Stock labels indicating clothing sizes and fabric care labels are available. Dutch Label Shop also prints hangtags

Wool arashi shibori shawl on snow by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario textile artist

Nui shibori wool scarf hand dyed with snow by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada clothing label

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Looking forward to seeing your creative new labels!

Encaustic Painting Workshop with Ann Shier

I spent a very happy weekend learning more encaustic painting techniques with artist Ann Shier. This was a two-day comprehensive encaustic painting workshop. I had taken an introductory encaustic painting workshop with Vashty Hawkins: Introduction to Encaustic Painting Image Transfer Workshop. This small taste, left me wanting to try more.

second door studio distillery district toronto ontario canada Ann Shier artist

Ann has a great studio space in the Historic Distillery District in Toronto called the Second Door Studio. Ann shares this space which is also a gallery and retail shop with artist Joya Paul. The studio is filled with beautiful pieces of encaustic and mixed media art.

2nd door studio distillery district toronto ontario art studio canada

There were three students attending the workshop the first day and we each had our own space set up with all the necessary equipment and supplies.

encaustic wax practice on watercolor paper ann shier workshop toronto ontario canada

We began the day with an overview of the different types of wax, how to mix colours, how to apply the wax medium and how to fuse the layers. We practiced on watercolour paper first. Ann is holding her paper where she demonstrated some of the techniques that can be used in encaustic painting.

Techniques: stencils, embellishments, incising and pastels


Encaustic wax and mixed media embellishments studio workshop toronto ontario canada

I’ve covered the wooden board with a few layers of encaustic medium I had mixed and am deciding what embellishments to use.

wax covered stencil in encaustic painting by doris lovadinalee toronto ontario canada second door studio

The stencil I chose is covered with a clear layer of wax medium.

texture stencils turquoise encaustic wax doris lovadina-lee toronto artist distillery district
This shows more stencils added to the right side of the painting before removal.

encaustic wax techniques with stencils doris lovadinalee toronto ontario canada
turquoise encaustic painting doris lovadina-lee with diamonds and silver toronto ontario canada
The finished piece!

Techniques: photo encaustic, wax medium, and pastels

flower photograph encaustic wax painting dorislovadinalee.com distillery district ann shier
Above, is my photograph of flowers with the colour enhanced and printed on heavier weight paper. This was glued on to a wooden board with archival rice paste and left to dry.
pink flowers green encaustic wax painting workshop doris lovadina-lee toronto distillery district canada
Wax medium is applied in layers to add texture. Pan pastels are added to create depth.

photo encaustic painting pink flowers green background doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

The flower painting is completed!

wax scrapping ann shier art studio encaustic wax painting

Ann demonstrating how to scrape wax off a stencil. This is Michelle’s beautiful daisy painting. She incorporated photo image transfer, encaustic medium, stencils and pan pastels. This was her first ever attempt at encaustic painting! Michelle’s second painting began with her photograph of the tree.

Michelle Clark and Ann Shier teaching encaustic wax workshop 2nd door studio distillery district toronto

 

Encaustic wax workshop Ann Shier and Doris Lovadina-Lee toronto Distillery District

 

artist Ann shier second door studio distillery district toronto

Ann is offering workshops in her studio, visit her website for dates and times. While you are there have a look at more of her gorgeous artwork.

To see more encaustic artwork, visit Wax and Wane : Exploring Encaustic and Cold Wax Paintings at the Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Eleven local artist are exhibiting their work from Jan. 3-27, 2018.

I hope you are able to spend some time this year exploring some new techniques. Have fun and play!

Best artwork of 2017!

Nine of my best liked Instagram posts from 2017. These were automatically generated by logging into: https://2017bestnine.com/.

Best hand dyed scarves, best artwork, best quilts by doris lovadina-lee instagram best nine toronto ontario canada

An interesting way to see your work in relation to how others see it. I was surprised at a couple of inclusions.

Instagram is such a great platform for capturing snapshots of your work. I use Instagram quite a bit in my work to:

  • record works in progress
  • record finished pieces
  • to help me ‘see’ my work at a distance
  • create a visual list take when shopping for materials
  • send information to others

How do you use Instagram in your work?

Introduction to Encaustic Painting Image Transfer Workshop

I have been intrigued by encaustic wax paintings. This is a very old art form that used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Yellow House Gallery in Toronto offered a class on this art form as well as photo image transfer. I signed up to take this afternoon workshop and had so much fun!

Photo Image Transfer

Encaustic painting workshop yellowhouse gallery toronto ontario

A mixture of beeswax and damar resin are melted together and applied to cradled birch panels.

Yellow house gallery workshop toronto ontario encaustic wax painting

Two coats of wax applied to the wooden board. Both processes begin with this step. For the photo image transfer, a photocopy is placed right side onto the wax and pressed into the wax with a smooth object. The ink transfers into the wax and then the paper is removed by carefully washing it off.Photo image transfer of stone wall photograph taken in italy by doris lovadina-lee

This photograph was taken in Italy of a stone house. I love the texture and colours. The paper film is not completely removed yet.

image transfer of italian stone wall with arched windows taken by doris lovadina lee toronto

At this stage of the photo transfer there are still bits of paper left to be removed, but I can see the what the finished piece looks like and am so happy with it.

Encaustic Wax Painting

wax and heat gun for the encaustic wax workshop at the yellowhouse gallery toronto kingston road

The second piece involved painting with coloured wax. I also wanted to incorporate some textiles into the artwork. I brought a small amount of embellishments that I thought might work, including silk fabric, beads, bark, shells and beaded embroidery floss.

first layer melted wax for encaustic painting by doris lovadinal-lee

Two layers of clear wax are applied to the cradled board first and then the coloured wax. Here I’ve added my first layer of colour by mixing black and white wax.

second layer of wax for encaustic painting workshop dorislovadinalee.com

Second layer of colour is a beautiful shade of red, thinned by clear wax.

silk, seashells encaustic wax painting by doris lovadina-lee made in toronto canada

Stripes of silk and embellishments were positioned and a layer of wax applied.

beads, silk and sea shells in encaustic wax art work by doris lovadina-lee

A beautiful pearlescent powder was used to highlight certain areas. After a few days of curing, the wax will dry clear.

close-up detail of encaustic wax artwork by doris lovadina-lee

Close-up of the embellishments, texture and colour.

vashty and christina a the yellow house gallery kingston road toronto ontario canada

Christina Kostoff owner and director of the Yellow House Gallery and Vashty Hawkins artist and teacher holding my first encaustic painting. Vashty will be teaching more encaustic and photo image transfer classes this winter at the Yellow House Gallery, visit the website for more information.

 

Collen Heslin: Needles and Pins Exhibit

I was so happy to be able to visit Colleen Heslin’s exhibit: Needles and PIns at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The show is on until January 8, 2017 (Galleries 4-5).

Chain of Command by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Chain of Command by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Fermi Problems by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Fermi Problems by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
New Age Mystic by Waterfall by Colleen Heslin
New Age Mystic by Waterfall by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton
Counterpose by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Counterpose by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Counterpose (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton
Counterpose (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Monochrome by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Monochrome by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Log Cabin by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
Log Cabin by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
Yea Yea by Colleen Heslin 2015, Dye on Cotton
Yea Yea by Colleen Heslin 2015, Dye on Cotton
Outerlimits by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Outerlimits by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Runaway by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas and Linen
Runaway by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas and Linen
Well of Exaggeration by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Canvas
Well of Exaggeration by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Canvas
No Vacancy by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
No Vacancy by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves (detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Seafoam by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Seafoam by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Seafoam (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Seafoam (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

I encourage you to see Heslin’s show in person. the colours, textures and size of the pieces are best viewed in person. You will be able to see the subtlety of each piece.

To see more of Colleen Heslin’s work, visit her website.

 

Indigo Bursts: textile paintings

Indigo dipped cotton, linen and white pique are combined to create four individual pieces of textile art. Machine quilting adds beautiful texture.

Indigo Bursts by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst: tetraptych
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches each
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

Each textile painting is wrapped over a 6″ square gallery canvas.

Indigo Burst 1 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 1
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00
Indigo Burst 2 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 2
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00
Indigo Burst 3 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 3
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00
Indigo Burst 4 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 4
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

These textile paintings can be displayed individually or grouped in twos or fours to create a diptych or a tetraptych.

If you are interested in having unique artwork to display in your home, contact me, I am happy to ship directly to you.

How would you choose to display these Indigo Bursts?

Pages from Life’s Journey: works in a series

I was very taken by the works of Toronto artist: Sung Ja Kim Chisholm. Pages from Life’s Journey were on display at the World of Threads Exhibit.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

These pieces are made with white fabric and plaster.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a simplicity that I find appealing.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

The absence of colour makes me want to get close to examine the nuances of each piece.

Detail from Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Detail from Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a similarity between each one, yet each series evokes a very different feeling.

What would the pages from your life look like?

 

 

World of Threads Exhibit 2016 – personal favourites

I attended the World of Threads Festival for the first time on the weekend. The exhibit is on until Nov. 27, 2016 with venues in Oakville, Ontario and Mississauga Ontario. If you have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it.

Three pieces by Eszter Bornemisza from left to right: No Home in the City; At Home in the City; Constructive Decentralization in World of Threads 2017 taken by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Three pieces by Eszter Bornemisza from left to right: No Home in the City; At Home in the City; Constructive Decentralization
Detail from Eszter Bornemisza's work
Detail from No Home in the City by Eszter Bornemisza

This was an amazing display of 11,000 hand cast beeswax leaves. A stunning display!

Cleave...a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart, thousands of wax leaves
Cleave…a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart
Detail of the individual leaves from Cleave...a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart
Detail of Cleave…a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart

This piece by Tammy Ratcliff of Guelph Ontario is made by printing an etched design on Washi. It’s then woven and hand stitched. It has a very Japanese minimal feel.

For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff
For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff
Detail of For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff
Detail of For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff

The free motion machine stitching on Marilyn Clarke’s piece adds so much detail that it looks as if you could step into the piece.

Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke
Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke
World of Thread entry: Detail of Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke
Detail of Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke

Completely created with thread and free motion quilting!

Secrets of the Caribbean 1 and 2 by Carla Fisher at World of Threads 2017 photographed by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Secrets of the Caribbean 1 and 2 by Carla Fisher

Every where there were beautiful, and creative pieces. I’ll have more photos next week.

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