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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Curating Debut.

Andrea, Me, Jannis, Ann, Sandra & Rachel (missing: Rebecca)

Wednesday evening was my debut as a gallery show curator. I was so nervous but thrilled to pull together five women artists over the past few months to show our individual work in a show I call 'Women's Work'.

The work represents both their work which, of course, is women's (art)work and the work of women in what these pieces represent. Andrea Graham is a Kingston Feltmaker who is showing three pieces representing the womb, also a small felted child's dress with different pinned on labels (like 'bad girl') entitled 'Prophecy' .... which sold!.






My great friend Jannis who busily designs and sells very unique and attractive clothing made
three coats of wonderful fabrics interspersed with pictures on cloth of women from around the world working and some sage words on other panels. They are wonderful.








Another woman of whom I am fond is
Ann Henshaw (who will have a web site when I build it for her) who I have know as a movie costume designer who now has her own great artwork. Small costumes of 'threads and beads', colourful and framed. She is a delight to talk with and hear her stories about life behind the scenes creating clothes, cloth, adornment for the movies.








Rebecca Soudant is a local teacher and artist who used screen printing and block printing to make statements on clothes which she either has made or picks up at
Goodwill (her three wedding dresses). I've admired her work and the mind behind it. Her work for this show consists of three dresses, printed with messages about the plight of our native peoples and print blocks of land maps which can be purchased but left with the artist as ownership but not tearing land apart.




I did three knits and when we were putting them on display my friend Sandy whose gallery it is
said I must embellish my third one (as then not decorated or finished) with stones. She proceeded to give me amethysts, peridots, labradorite beads to mount on silver wire and sew onto my jacket. Standing there musing I mumbled something about if it were all in white I could embellish it in peals....well we did it!

I went home to see if I could order white mercerized cotton from Pat at Car
diknits but none in stock and it would take too long for it to come from England. Next resource was Silk City in New Jersey for soft Merino wool. Yarn arrived Monday, I had a nearly finished 'Wedding Jacket' for our opening last night.... I had a lot of freshwater pearls and quarts beads sewn on but finished with more today. I love it!

It's funny to have your parents and your sis show up like at a science fair or school play when you were a kid. But this is as a full grown adult, so glad they were around for this. Also my Dad and my sis Judith (or Judi as she is known) took these photos.

Sandy was a great host for our reception along with Rachel her indispensable side kick.

Thanks ladies... all of you.


Found! Lost Latchhook.


A while back I wrote about polymer clay and tool handle making. I think there was an article in Knitwords about same so I had to add my two cents worth.

A few years ago I taught Button Making at the Cardiknits seminar and make a latch tool which I had made out of a broken knitting machine needle. I had two full classes and a very busy day with clay and tools flying everywhere and while packing up all my stuff I tried to retrieve and inventory everything.

Unfortunately my lovely latch hook was nowhere to be found and I tore that classroom apart. I couldn't believe that someone might have decided to take it home! Knitters are just too honest and supportive. I got Pat (organiser) to follow up at the school to see if anyone had found it later and turned it in....no such luck. I was upset as I missed it, I just liked the colours that embellished it.

Ho hum.....

A few weeks ago, my friend Sonja (the one who knits the tiny wire sweaters) called me up and told me she had been going through her stash and dug out her polymer clay kit. She had taken the button making class years ago but pc was not her usual forte. She was fondly remembering that class when we didn't really know each other very well when she came across a strange tool that she knew she hadn't made..... a latch tool with a fun handle. She remembered I had spoken about losing my first one and let me know it was found... years later!

Here is a pic of my two tools, the first one (bottom) and it's replacement.

It was just one of those things that make your day!!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sticktoitiveness Big Time!


~My Dad~

Just a quickie to celebrate my Dad's 60th anniversary as a doctor. He's still going strong at 83 with four days a week at his office helping people with Hypnotherapy.

Dr. Edgar A. Barnett went into this about thirty years ago full time after a lifetime of fascination with Mesmer, hypnosis etc and the mind's connection to the physical body. He has helped many people including the police.


Who among us chose our career at 23 and have put in six decades and on two continents. I'm into the second half of my third decade and can only hope to be going strong learning anew, experimenting and being productive a few more decades down the road!


Keep on truckin'!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Fanfayr 08

Another Summer show over, barreling towards the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Toronto in a week... I'm in Booth 539 Turquoise Doing a show on home turf is nice, sleeping in your own bed, having friends to stay and staying up late talking of all sorts of things that you never get a chance to because you're working so hard and live to far away. My friend Jannis nearly nodded off into her dinner but said she was having so much fun just doing nothing that though she should go to bed she didn't want to! My husband who was playing a gig with his band came home and was in bed before we moved!!!

Margi, Jannis, Gordon, Johnathan,
Susan, Georgia, Ron & Patti, me.



This is a pic of us on beer and pizza night when instead of each of
us heading to various restaurants we come back to our place and eat. Johnathan and his son Gordon (down the end of the table) pick up the pizza's from Bubba's and we each contribute wine, salads and whatever else is left over in our coolers from the day.

A lovely woman , Susan, who I met years ago from Syracuse usually comes up with her sweet doggy Tess, on pack up day and hangs out and helps us pack. We're not very social then but this year she came up on pizza night so I was able to invite her back to join in. I was so pleased I could.


We had rain to contend with all weekend but it just shortened our days, didn't put the total
kibosh on any of the days. I finally seem to be building up my stock and though I have a better selection I took mostly orders anyway!

Well, still can't move very fast on my foot so I took out my bike and have been cycling. I biked downtown on Canada Day to sit with my parents in Confederation Park and listen to music. Then went biking yesterday morning for exercise as I can't power walk for a while.

I found out today I can drive so I'm not dependent on DH for getting out. Stitches out tomorrow. Don't know when I can start wearing my right shoes again but it will probably be my pink Crocs first!

.... gotta go knit!