Wednesday, November 18, 2015

PEI Crafts Council Christmas Craft Fair

This past weekend I sold my handwoven wares at the 51st annual PEI Crafts Council Christmas Craft Fair at the COnfederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI.  It had been two years since I participated in this craft fair, and it was nice to be back.  It was pretty wonderful to do a show in my own hometown, see lots of friendly faces and sleep in my own bed after the long days at the fair.  A big thank you to everyone who came and said hello and to those who made a special purchase of a Marshall Arts fine handwoven textile.

I was also able to make some great connections with local retail shops over the weekend, and and I am happy to announce that Stacey Leunes of Garnish Jewellery Studio and Boutique is now carrying my handwoven zippered pouches (pictured above).  Located at 89 Water Street, in Charlottetown, PEI, Stacey makes beautiful jewellery and carries the work of other Maritime artisans.  My zippered pouches are perfect for carrying your precious things, be they jewellery, cosmetics, medications, technology....just about anything that fits inside!  You can visit the Garnish website at

At the PEICC Craft Fair, I had a selection of my handwoven and felted River Scarves.  Woven of raw silk, cotton and merino wool, these scarves are very warm, soft and cozy, yet lightweight and breathable.  I have recently started ikat-dyeing the center band of raw silk to created static-like patterns and colour changes.  All three River Scarves pictured here sold this past weekend.

In the past few years, I have become more and more interested in designing and weaving housewares such as tea towels, napkins, and sometimes placemats.  For this season, I have put cloth table napkins (above) into production and am selling them in sets of four.  I'm excited to get back to weaving and try out different colour combinations.

 Selection of Swedish Lace Scarves.

Handwoven 100% cotton tea towels in thick 4/8 cotton.  The more they are used and washed, the softer and more absorbent they get - meant to be used!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

autumn times

It has been a long long time since I wrote a blog post.  It has been a busy 6 months full of work (dream job as supervisor of Greenwich in the PEI National Park), gardening, house renovations, vacation to Newfoundland and weaving.

I finished my working season with Parks Canada about three weeks ago.  Five days later, my partner and I flew to the west coast of Newfoundland for a much needed week-long vacation.  We used to live in Corner Brook and this was our first trip back since we left in 2009.  We made our way up to Gros Morne National Park where I participated in a one day lichen dyeing workshop as part of the Fibre Arts NL Conference.  We went for walks, basked in the majesty of the landscape, and relaxed.

I am now in the midst of fall craft fair season.  I just finished my first fair of the fall last weekend - the Heart and Pocket Revue in Sackville, NB.  I am now also selling my work at a little shop in Sackville called Earth Gallery.  Over the next couple of weeks I am trying to get as much woven as possible for the two upcoming fairs I'm doing this year.  I will be selling my handwoven wares at the PEI Crafts Council Christmas Craft Fair at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown from Nov. 13 - 15, and Halifax Crafters at the Olympic Centre in Halifax. NS from Dec. 4 -6.  This year I am ramping up my production of housewares such as tea towels and cloth napkins, while still doing the fine ikat-dyed scarves I've been making for years.

 Cotton and linen tea towels.

 River scarves, fresh off the loom, ready to be felted.

 The stunning entrance of Bottle Cove, NL.

 Sunset in the Bay of Island, NL.

Lobster Cove in Gros Morne National Park, NL.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Liminal Project

From March 17 - 23, I was in St. John's Newfoundland for the installation and opening of my solo exhibition The Liminal Project.  This exhibition will be up until April 25th, at Devon House (Craft Council of NL), at 59 Duckworth Street, St. John's, in the Annex Gallery.

The opening was a great success, both for my exhibition and the larger group exhibition Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder (all fibre art as well) - both galleries were packed with people!  Wonderful to have such wonderful support and encouragement from the Craft Council of NL, including fabulous gallery coordinator, Sharon Lariche.

While in St. John's I took the time to document my work with our good camera (ie - not my iPhone).  Below is a record of almost all my pieces which comprise The Liminal Project. (*all images copyright Rilla Marshall, 2015)

 Sable Island, 2011-13. 53" x 23.25".  Handwoven and embroidered.  Cotton.

 Erosion, NB, 2012 - 2015.  22" x 40".  Handwoven and embroidered.  Wool, cotton.

 West Point, PEI, 1958-2000, 2011.  80" x 24.5".  Handwoven and embroidered.  Cotton.

 North Shore Tributaries #1. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

  North Shore Tributaries #2. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

  North Shore Tributaries #3. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

 Faulty Geology. 2015; 16" x 16"; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton

 Bottle Cove, NL. 2010-12; 37" x 28"; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.

 North Shore Tributaries #4. 2014-15; 20" x 16.5" each; handwoven, embroidered; wool, cotton.
This Town is Small and Close to the Water. 2011-12; 28.5" x 38.5"; handwoven, embroidered, hand-dyed; wool, cotton, silk.

Archipelago. 2011-ongoing; various dimensions; handspun, hand-dyed, crocheted; wool.

 Installation shot: Bottle Cove and When the Tide Goes Out

AND, from the group exhibition, Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder, my piece Heights and Depths installed in the gallery with works by other artists.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

gettin' ready

On Tuesday March 17th, I fly to St. John's to install my exhibition, the Liminal Project, at the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council Gallery.  The opening will take place from 2-4pm on Saturday March 21st, alongside the opening for Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder, a group exhibition of fibre art inspired by Gros Morne for which I also created a piece called Heights and Depths.

So, aside from battling a bad cold for the last five days, I am in the throes of getting all my work ready for installation.  This means a lot of hand-stitching velcro onto the backs of my wall-hanging so that they can be suspended, floating on the walls of the gallery.

If you are in St. John's and can make it to the opening reception, I would love to see you.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

looming the Liminal

In March, I have a solo exhibition at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador's Annexe Gallery in St. John's.  This exhibition will be an edited selection of my body of work called "the Liminal Project" that I have been developing since 2010.  Exploring changes to the shorelines of Atlantic Canada, particularly the vulnerable coasts of PEI, the Liminal Project uses hand-weaving and mapping to make tangible the slow changes to our shores brought about by erosion, sea level rise and development.  The Liminal Project will also be exhibited in a larger form next year in January 2016 at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax, NS.

While this exhibition is up in St. John's in March, alongside will be a group fibre exhibition entitled "Wild Pure Aesthetic Wonder", with a focus on Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of NL.  I am also making a piece called "Depths and Heights" for this exhibition (which will complement my own solo show nicely) which depicts Western Brook Pond, a huge fjord within Gros Morne.  I finished weaving the piece last week, (using overshot inlay and my own handspun wool), and am now in the process of embroidering the piece to emphasize the geological forces that created such a dramatic, wondrous place.

 "Depths and Heights" on the loom.  Cotton warp, wool tabby weft; handspun wool pattern weft in three different treadling patterns for water, land, and reflection; adapted treadling for overshot inlay.

 Off the loom, with embroidery contouring cliffs and emphasizing depth of Western Brook Pond.

Colour palette of handspun wools used for inlay.

january update

I've been meaning to post these photos for over a month now.  At the beginning of December, I went to Halifax for the Halifax Crafters Christmas Market.  Super busy, so well-organized (as always) - this was probably the single best Crafters' show I've ever done.
 As usual, my table was full of colour colour colour!

 Sold lots of these little zippered pouches....

 ...and scarves...

 And sold out of my cotton tea towels.... well as my most luxurious scarf, the River scarf.

Now onto a custom order set of 8 cotton napkins in blues, greens and yellows.  Hopefully I will get cloth napkin sets into production over the winter and have them for next summer's consignment season and next fall's craft fair season.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Heart & Pocket

Just finished full-time work for the season yesterday, and I am headed to Sackville, NB this afternoon.  I will be participating in the Heart & Pocket Revue, a part of A Handmade Assembly, an annual conference about craft in contemporary art practice.  I'll be selling my wares alongside a selection of other crafters from across the region.  The market will take place at the Legion in Sackville, from 9am - 5pm, Saturday October 25th.

This will be my third time as a vendor at the Heart & Pocket, and both other times have been wonderful.  Sackville is a supportive little town!