I also had the chance to test drive a new booth set-up. I realized back in September that all three shows I am doing this fall do not supply pole and drapes. Since 2007, my booth set-up has depended upon the pole and drape system to suspend my display racks. I was worried that I was going to have to sacrifice a precious week of weaving time to designing and building a new booth display. But, a week before I was heading to Sackville, I had a stroke of luck. We were checking out the second-hand furniture at our local Habitat for Humanity store, and we discovered a cardboard box full of what looked like giant Tinker Toys: lots and lot of thick wooden dowels and wooden balls with drilled holes, as well as masonite shelves painted white. Damien was thinking "sculpture", and I was thinking "multi-configurable booth display". I used it on a table top in Sackville and it worked great - lots of space for hanging my scarves and shelves for surface display.
Joanna Close, a fellow textile artist and good friend who lives in Halifax and who came up for the show along with Kat Frick Miller, an artist and illustrator living in Lunenburg, NS and also a fellow Halifax Crafter. Ellen and David Close live outside of Moncton and they took very good care of us - we were very well fed. Joanna has moved away from production weaving and is focusing her efforts these days on illustration, producing beautiful watercolour cards...the ones pictured above feature the provincial flowers of all the provinces in Canada.
Tactile Desires. His sense of play and love of materials was contagious and I came away from the talk re-invigorated to play within the materiality and processes of my own textile medium.
This past weekend, I did the PEI Crafts Council Christmas Fair. I got to try out my new booth set-up on the floor this time and it worked great: I loved the multi-levels I can create and I was very happy that my lamps were able to clamp onto the round wooden dowels. I had a great spot in Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, lots of natural light. A big thank to to the Crafts Council for organizing a great show, and thank you to everyone who bought a Marshall Arts textile.
Pembroke Farms booth. Pembroke Farms is a sheep farm run by Lorna and Brian McMaster outside Murray Harbour, PEI. They have all sorts of beautiful wool products, including full sheepskins from their own breed of sheep (Pembroke breed). On the last day of the fair, I decided I needed to buy one as a gift for our school house: a one of a kind extra large, curly, Pembroke sheepskin. Perfect for curling up on in front of the wood stove, something we will have forever...our cat Luigi seems to love it too.