Award of Merit Grand National Quilt Show

On Mother’s Day I received a phone call from Kathleen Bissett happily announcing that I had won an Award of Merit for my entry “By Hand, With Love”. Lovely way to start the day! Here is a link to the website to view my entry and artist statement. http://www.grandnationalquiltshow.ca/CONNECTIONS%20WINNERS.html?id=337&type=0&calendar=3 Unfortunately the photo I sent in was not very good. My old camera was not cooperating. My friend Karen Henry http://www.karenhenry.ca/ visited the show while on a teaching tour and took a way better photo. Will post in a bit – there is a raging rain storm outside and internet connection has gone all wonky.

Here is a closeup:

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My Entry for the Grand National 2015

Very happy to announce my entry to the Grand National Quilt Show 2015 was juried into the show running at the Joseph Schneider Haus Historic Site in Kitchener, ON. The opening is May 10th, 2015 and the show will run until Sept 27, 2015 with the artwork of 62 Canadian textile artists. http://www.grandnationalquiltshow.ca/

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The World of Threads Festival in Oakville ON

Happy coincidences and how one thing bounces into another. Not planned. But so important in the scheme of things. Two fabulous workshops and now heading to Ontario this week for 2014 The World of Threads Festival. Five days of gallery hopping. Happy dance!!first snow Nov 14 2014

It snowed for the first time two days ago. Yes, the dreaded white stuff, pretty and horrible at the same time. Alas, I am heading into the winter with my head spinning, inspiration overload, brand new sewing machine, studio stuffed full of supplies. An online stitch course – I have been accepted into the StitchBusiness Masterclass in the UK with stitch divas Julia Triston and Tracy Franklin. “What winter?”, I say.

More threads – workshop with Amanda McCavour in Halifax NS

Using Solvy fabric to stitch on

Using Solvy fabric to stitch on

The last two weekends I have been immersed in thread: the workshops with Anna Torma and Amanda McCavour. Both completely different artists but both use tons of thread in their textile work. Anna works entirely with hand stitching on silk. Amanda utilizes her sewing machine to create her fabric – life size dimensional illustratioscarf made with fabric and fiber bitsns .

‘Home Away from Home’ is the current exhibition at the Mary Black Gallery, Nov. 14 to Dec 21, 2014 in Halifax NS showcasing Amanda’s recent work. Once again – inspiration overload! The workshop was held at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design in an airy high ceilinged meeting room – perfect space for a workshop.

It is such a privilege to spend a day with a professional textile artist. And with other amazing artists, including Penny Burton. Lots of technique tips and oohs and ahhs. I’ll post my piece when I finish – loads of stitching left to do.

We crossed the road to the Mary Black Gallery with Amanda at the end of the workshop to visit her show. Stunning work! Her uncanny detail full of surprises in The Living Room(s) – these are entirely thread stitched works suspended by threads. They appear three dimensional but are two dimensional drawings that cast wonderful shadows on the floors and walls – the 3-D affect from the shading with her stitches.

Photographed from behind - these are reversible thread illustrations.

Photographed from behind – these are reversible thread illustrations.

And the Floating Garden was pure magic. Amanda – pure thread genius. Someone to keep an eye on, indeed!Floating Garden

Workshop with Anna Torma in Antigonish NS

What a great day – in the company of Anna Torma, who just a few days before received the 2014 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High AchievemAnna Kateent in Visual Arts. We were a small but lively group of stitchers – sitting at tables in the St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery in amongst Anna’s fabulous textile work.

I have to admit that previously having only seen Anna’s work in print or from Bagatelleson the Internet, I was really surprised to see her work up close in person. Anna is a story teller and uses needle and thread to draw her imagery. The threads hold a unique quality, a dynamic animation – like they are breathing and have a life of their own. They are rich tapestries that float in the air, the layers and transparencies draw you in to the stories, the fantasies and illusions.

silkscreened, layered, hand stitched

Anna talked about what inspires her with a slide show – her love of nature, gardens and her children. She even brought pickled green beans from her own garden to share! Delicious!

The afternoon, gilded with lots of sharing of knowledge and experience between Anna and the participants, took me on a reflective journey. The recent passing of my mother, her stories, our stories…