Monday, July 25, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

schoolhouse

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours at Hutchinson Pottery and Gallery in North Milton, PEI. This is the shop/studio in an old school house where Jessica Hutchinson has been sweet enough to let me have my Cranbrook loom for the summer and into the fall. I still have a warp to dye before threading begins, so yesterday I did the treadle tie-up. And took pictures of the lovely space....

As I mentioned yesterday, the grand opening for Hutchinson Pottery and gallery will take place this Saturday, July 23 at 1pm, North Milton Schoolhouse, 697 Rustico Rd. PEI. Aside from some of my scarves, they have a wonderful hand-picked selection of work by Island artists and artisans, including jewellery, pottery, handspun wool, felted hats, weaving, and painting.



An example of Jessica's beautiful tweeked neutral glazes....

Handspun wool by Louise Lortie....

These beautiful supports help hold up the ceiling in the schoolhouse. Apparently they are an architectural detail taken from shipbuilding.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

still here

In the last two weeks, I have been absent from many things that have made up my daily routine for the last few years, including the creation of blog posts. I started my contract with Parks Canada on July 6th and just finished my second week of work. My contract will run until October 3, giving me just enough time to weave like a mad woman until craft fairs start. I am working at Green Gables National Historic Site, in the heart of all things touristy on PEI: Cavendish (I found this great article in the Atlantic that's worth a read and offers good insight into the context within which my job is based). It's about a half hour drive each way to work, but the staff at Green Gables have organized a very effective car pool, so I only actually drive about once a week. The biggest adjustment has been to simply adjust to full-time employment. I have been self-employed for so long that the first few days of work were kind of anxious - not because the work is "difficult" but because I was mentally adapting to the reality that I am not self-directed for those 40 hours a week of my working life. But, after two weeks, I feel like I'm in the swing of things and am much more comfortable, though trying to get all the things done that I would like to get done on my days off can be a challenge.

Last night I finally got around to doing some dyeing after getting my inventory cleaned out by four new shops that are carrying my work this summer...nice to be outside in the evening sunshine, doing what I know how to do by heart. See the side bar on the left for a re-vised list of shops that are carrying my scarves right now.

I'm heading to the schoolhouse later today to start setting up a project on my loom. The space is so wonderful and this Saturday will be the grand opening (Saturday, July 23rd, 1pm, North Milton Schoolhouse, 697 Rustico Rd. PEI). Looking forward to spending at least an afternoon there each week, working on my Cranbrook loom. I'll take some photos of the lovely space today so I can post them here....

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

building on the edge (exploring PEI part 2)

I've noticed something happening on PEI since moving back. People are building summer homes - not quaint cottages but large, extravagant homes - right on the edge of our vulnerable coasts. A few weeks ago, we were driving along Malpeque Bay and came across these enormous, modernist summer homes (above), plunked down in cottage country. These are homes that are undoubtably only inhabited during the summer months - maybe rented out, or maybe occupied by the owners who live somewhere else during the rest of the year.

I am partly fascinated by the beauty of these houses perched right next to the sea: the juxtaposition of the architecture against the PEI coastal landscape.....but, I also want to go and knock on their doors and let them know that our cliffs are crumbling and building so close to the shore is not a great idea on so many levels. I am also blown away (is this space/money envy?) by the priveleged lives these people must live to be able to build such beautiful, large homes that are only lived in for such a small portion of the year....