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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

PC Afternoon.

No, I don't mean I had a Politically Correct afternoon, it's Polymer Clay. I belong to the EOPCG or Eastern Ontario Polymer Clay Guild.... a small group of clayers who meet once a month to work with the clay, exchange techniques and ideas and such. It's not written in stone, I've attended with only my laptop when I've had other pressing work just for the company and to pick up stuff by osmosis. One of our number last Friday had to knit a pair of stunning baby booties in a hurry so we nattered while we clayed and she knit. Her life is frantic (aren't all our lives?) and we were just glad to have her there.

The group is headed up by my friend Georgia of Beek's Lane Studio (check out her link over in my list in the side bar) and ages ago she made some cord with some Bake and Bend. I found it in my stash and she pulled out a couple of knitting needles she uses for tools and voila! the knitting you see here!!

I did learn something new and valuable that had me whooping with surprise.....these buttons were just a couple of shapes waiting for me to do something when G got out her extruder to show another member how to work it. I hadn't used mine in ages and thought I'd just make some cord to twizzle onto the buttons in some fancy pattern. I looked at the colouring in the cord we used for the knitting and started to load my extruder with colours, (I had put in the tip with a triangular hole) .... chartreusey green, then a periwinkle then pink then more green .... then I pushed, and pushed and pushed, while nattering, and pushed and out came a neat long strip of green. I wondered when the other colours would come out when G explained that the one colour comes out inside the others, so I cut in the middle and Wow! pink inside. I just kept cutting and putting the little pieces on the buttons.

Now I have three buttons like this... I'll have to design a sweater for them to go on!

Friday, April 13, 2007


I took a digicam video at the One of a Kind show fashion show which showed one of my designs. I'm having a heck of a job getting it as an extra here on my side bar! Meanwhile you can click photo and watch it on YouTube.

This is a cotton design called 'Pip' with little godets at the hem and cuffs of black and white stripe. Buttons to match, of course.

Interestingly they ask for sizes 6 - 10 which I made especially, then they came to me to see if I had a large as they had a larger, mature model (she's great). I guess those skinny girls are out as far as the Craft Show goes!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Spring Show News!

I can't believe the shows have come and gone!! Such a high pressure build up and then kicking off the year with the One of a Kind in Toronto then Originals in Ottawa. Hard work but a lot of fun.

I love connecting with clients, colleagues and friends at the shows, it allows me to get things in perspective as far as life as an artisan goes, to see more of what's happening in our world and to see my work on live people instead of the forms and hangers in my studio.

Here I am with Anita who professed to have just come to take a look but now has a new design in the works for the future..... I gave her an out but she made her decision! Don't you just love her scarf?

You will notice the purple display of silver and gold necklaces behind Anita and me. This is my colleague Andrea of Lumiere Designs who does wonderfully different work.

In a quiet moment a bunch of us 'neighbours' got in to chatting an giggling (I think this was Good Friday evening when others were home with their families), we formed our own temporary 'family'. Here is Wairimu (amazing carved Kenyan soapstone plates), Jannis (a great selection of clothing) and Kluane (delightful little windowsill herb packages) with me in back, my husband thought this was a fun photo op!

Partners are very handy at shows, a young exhibitor, Tessa, from NS had trouble with her car fuses and came to Clint for help.

A trip to Canadian tire was in order so she could continue her journey west after the show. We offered her a place to stay on her long drive back in May when she passes through Kingston. She had tons of 19 year old energy which was contagious!

She was in Ontario representing a group of Nova Scotia artisans, I bought some lovely hand made skin cream.

I have a lovely group of women who stop by to catch up, visit and sometimes buy one of my cardis. I was informed that one was busy sorting herself out from a recent move and others were busy so I was wonderfully surprised when Louise and Henriette showed up on Sunday. These two have visited my studio a couple of time and I hope to have them visit again as Kingston is a nice drive from Ottawa.

There were one or two others of my usual suspects who I didn't get to catch up with and I hope they are all well.

Now on to finishing long overdue orders and an art project for submission before we head out of town again but this time for a much needed rest! I have a week and a half .... well sleep is overrated!