Friday, May 28, 2010

collaboration

These handwoven bits of cloth are for my friend Melanie Fontaine (meversible.com). I've been working on them in bits and pieces over the past few months and got around to dyeing them this week. Melanie will make them into awesome hats, pieced together from various hand-dyed shades of violet and green....I can't wait to see!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

filling the shelves

This afternoon I finally got around to photographing and listing some new Wave scarves in my shop. I've just listed four new ones (including the rich indigo scarf above) and will add more over the next few days. It's been a while since I've taken the time to do this, even though my scarf inventory keeps accumulating. And now that it's May, I can take my photos outdoors once again.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

shawl plus scarves cont....

I finished weaving Lisa's custom shawl on Friday, and then dyed it along with four other Wave scarves. The shawl is such a large piece of cloth, it was nice to see it spread out end to end on the living room floor.

The red weft in the shawl ended up taking on some of the dark gray dye in an interesting way, creating an ikat effect of regular, horizontal dark stripes.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

custom shawl

A few weeks ago, I started working Saturdays at a great little shop here in Halifax called Love, Me Boutique. I've been selling my scarves there for the past year and a half and lots of my Halifax Crafters peers sell their work there as well. The owner, Chara Kingston has a great vision for the shop and only sells Canadian-made, hand-crafted work by artisans who produce small production runs. It's been my first "job" outside of my own weaving practice for the past three years, and I must say, it's nice to get out of the studio and into the public.

The customers who come in are wonderful and so appreciative of the work in the store, and I often see friends who pop in during their Saturday routine. Two weeks ago, my friend Lisa dropped in. Lisa is a poster woman for supporting Canadian designers and craftspeople and has great taste. She already owns two of my scarves and a custom hat I made for her years ago. After chatting with her that Saturday, she emailed me on Sunday and by Monday we had worked out the details of a custom shawl order. I'm finally getting to it this week, and today I set up the loom and started weaving. It is almost twice as wide as my normal Wave scarves and a bit longer as well. Once off the loom, I will dye in in a heather grey so that all the white silk changes colour. I also know from experience that the particular shade of bright red cotton that I am using will tint in the dyebath to become a darker, richer red (normally my colours of cotton don't take any of the dye meant for the silk, but for some reason this red likes to change value in a grey dyebath). It's wonderful to work on a larger custom piece for someone I know.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

how does the garden grow?


Very well, thank you. Things are coming along in our wee little vegetable garden in our backyard. I transplanted my tomatoes outdoors last week, and the peas, spinach, carrots, and garlic are all starting to poke up out of the soil. Today is warm and sunny, none of the cool wind we've been having lately. The patch of forget-me-nots are glowing their cheery periwinkle blue.

Monday, May 17, 2010

back to work

This morning, I handed in my Creation Grant application to the NS Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. It feels great to have it finished and done. I'll find out in July if my application was successful. It seems like a lot of my work time has been taken up with applications of various kinds lately. So, now it's back to my "real" work: weaving. I start to feel a little antsy if I haven't had enough time on the loom. Some scarves to finish up today and then on to a custom shawl order.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

wrapping it up

This past week, I've been working on a provincial grant application to get funds to create a new body of work. Springing from the momentum of my solo exhibition Home Terrain last fall, this project will focus on changes to the coastlines in Atlantic Canada. It gave me a chance to re-photograph my latest piece (and my first piece created at North Pocket Studio, I posted a not-so-great image of it the other day) for the support material required for my grant application. Until I get a casing sewn onto the back for a dowel support, it's difficult to photograph it well enough to portray it properly, but I think this is pretty good for the time being. I feel pretty optimistic about my grant application and am now just putting the finishing touches on it. Getting this grant would allow me to spend more valuable time in the studio making new work. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ode to sunshine

Oh, how I have missed your warmth and optimism. It feels like ages since you've been out to brighten up the world. Thank you for making an appearance this Wednesday morn. Today will be a good day.....

Monday, May 10, 2010

colour

Spring is a riot of fresh colour. Here in Halifax the leaves are new and fresh, the grass is bright green, and the flowers are blooming in their turn. Yesterday, I decided I wanted to photograph colour arrangements of my scarves for some new hang tags, and this is what I got. Two piles of folded wide Wave scarves, all cotton and raw silk, in full colour.

Friday, May 7, 2010

onwards

Here is my newest piece that I posted about last time. Very happy with it. Needs a bit more ironing, and it would be mounted on a dowel and suspended from the wall for gallery presentation. I'm looking forward to getting back into the studio next week to start a new piece based on Atlantic shorelines....until then, it's scarf-weaving time.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

islands

Last Friday I finished my first piece on my loom in North Pocket Studio. I am so happy with it and have many more ideas for work depicting small islands off the coastlines of the Atlantic provinces. Today it's sunny and warm and I finally got around to washing it and hanging it on the line to dry, along with a small baby blanket using a similar overshot pattern for my dear friend Val who is due any day now, living in the big city of London on another island across the Atlantic.