Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays

I'm so happy that so many of you still visit me...I haven't been a very good poster as of late due to some traveling and a little bout with a virus. I'm much better now and am out east hanging out with my fella and family.

I wanted to let you know about my new blog that I will be updating while in India come the new year.

http://dananaindia.blogspot.com/

Please follow our adventures here. I may periodically post here as well, and I def will use this blog again upon my return to Canada.

xo to all.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Gentille Alouette tonight!

Why not come out to Gastown tonight and check out a little textile arts show happening and the very cute Gentille Alouette shop? Textile art, mulled wine, and snacks=fun times :)

It starts at 5, come and visit!

see you there
xo

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

winding down...

I'm starting to wind things down now...sales are finishing up, only a couple of commissions to complete and well, it's clean up time in my studio...reason being in mid December, I will be going east--first Montreal and then to spend the holiday season with my family in Ontario until the new year.

After that, I will be in India for a few months...I'm very excited about it! We will be traveling around spending most of our time in the South...but who knows...everyone I have spoken to that has been to India ends up staying longer to explore more.

I hope to post while I'm away but I'm not sure how often that will happen...I will do my best.

xo




Sunday, November 21, 2010

circle craft


I completed my last shift at Circle Craft yesterday...it was so busy and awesome. I took some pics...not the best but it gives you an idea of the amount of space Circle Craft gave Capilano Uni textile program this year--it was amazing! We have mostly had a small booth but this time Circle Craft reserved the middle of the market for student work from local schools, ours being at the front. They are such great supporters of craft and student work.


above a pic of Sasha's indigo quilt...she dyed and printed with indigo...kind of a big deal...the prep work alone for this quilt was crazy...and check out the size!

Julie's woven pulled warp series. So pretty. Julie does some lovely and tres complicated work.
This one maybe a little hard to see but it's individual balls of lint! Stacey collected lint over a period of time from her own dryer and kept track of the date (that's what those little white tags are). When she presented this project to the class, she had projected a video on it of her taking laundry out of the washer and placing it into the dryer...over and over again. Brilliant!

I'm off to do some work.
xo

Friday, November 19, 2010

yowsa



this is really tickling my brainy brain...Erin over at Design for Mankind posted about a carpet made of disposable forks designed to mimic traditional Persian designs...I went to the We Make Carpets blog and was amazed at other ones they have made...like this one made out of coffee! And the mustard seed carpet. Love it!
I'm over at Circle Craft again today and tomorrow. Hope you'll swing by the Capilano University display. The design team over at Cap did an amazing job displaying student and alumni work in such a lovely and thoughtful way.

So we got a bit of snow yesterday here in Vancouver...of course it was so wet that it melted as it hit the ground. The best part for me was watching people downtown flip out over snow--there were so many smiles. Being from Ontario, snow doesn't excite me (it's the exact opposite) but it made me smile watching how happy it made people here.

Also a reminder that I will be at the student sale over at Capilano University on Tuesday. I have some wishing stone necklaces, cowls, cards and hopefully a long woven scarf or two but that depends on how much time I get in the studio over the next couple of days.

be well.
xo

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

circle craft christmas market 2010


hello lovelies,
Some of my work will be at Circle Craft Christmas Market starting tomorrow and running until Sunday at the Convention Centre, downtown Vancouver. I will be "womaning" the Capilano University table (my alma mater) for a few shifts on Thurs, Fri and Sat. I hope you'll come by and say hello. We're not selling at the Cap booth but there will be lots of student work to see. And of course, lots of booths that will be selling amazing handmade things...nice place to do some shopping.

Oh and a week from today, I will be at the Student Sale over at Cap...it runs from 11-7pm. Lots of great stuff for sale here too.

Also I wanted to mention that there will be a little fibre art show at Gentille Alouette on Dec. 3...some of my work will be displayed there as well plus there will be munchies and mulled wine! So do come out to Gastown and check out this amazing store. Eliza (the owner) does such a good job putting together her store, such lovely things for sale most of which are locally made...she is such a great supporter of local artists. I heart Eliza.

K, I'm off to get ready for my day.
xo

Thursday, November 11, 2010

one last pic...


and I'll lay this to rest. I really like this pic, the model looks so lovely. (again, photo credit to Marlene Karas).

I will be at a little private sale at a friend's house on Sunday...that's going to be fun. It's rainy here in Vancouver, perfect day to catch up on my weaving.

be well.

xo

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

more pics

a few more pics from the show to share...wearables made from woven, felted and hand dyed cloth...


.
photo credit Marlene Karas

xo

Monday, November 8, 2010

a few pics from VFW

I don't have my pics yet but here are a couple from around the web (thanks to VFW blog and creativitality.com).

This is the dress that I wove. It's made out of silk alpaca and I ombred the fabric after I wove it then constructed the dress. The neck piece is a pulled warp piece that I did a while back made of silk and merino wool with hand sewn pearls.
This is the first of the felted dresses that I've made. I made this one back in school and have posted about it before. Nice to see it on a live person.

This one is made of silk organza using shibori techniques and sericin removal. The skirt is made of wool and silk chiffon, shibori for texture and magnets. The skirt is actually 3 panels that can be changed using the magnets. All hand dyed.

Now that I have had time to reflect on the whole experience, I'm not quite sure that I would do this again. I loved seeing my wearables on models but this type of cloth making isn't conducive to high production...it's slow. Slow clothes--this is so not what the fashion world is about. Overall, I'm glad for the opportunity, like I've mentioned, it made me produce a lot of work in a short period of time....I'm at my best when I have some pressure but it's not really what my work is about.

I have more pics to show...coming soon....

Be well.
xo

Friday, November 5, 2010

the day after



So last night was my runway show with Vancouver Fashion Week and I'm happy to report that it went really well. I will post pics soon. I had a total of 8 looks, a combination of woven and laminated felted cloth. Everything was hand made. It was really well received and I'm happy with the positive feedback that I'm getting. Textiles seems to be one of those things that people just don't think about how it's made, so I'm happy that this actually made me people think, even just for second about how cloth comes to be.

With that being said, that was really a stressful time. So much goes into planning a show like that and I found myself sort of retreating until they came to find me before my show so that I could dress my models.

Overall it was a really positive experience. I have some great pics to show you...soon.

But in the meantime, above pic of some of my "make a wish" wishing stone felted necklaces (available at Gentille Alouette).

I'm off to relax the day away.

xo

Monday, November 1, 2010

a mini update



Portobello West went really well for me. I always have fun at those types of sales. I was surprised at how many people read the Georgia Straight article--I got a lot of positive feedback about it which was really nice. Above is a soy silk scarf I sold and I also debuted some wishing stone necklaces at the sale--you'll notice the cream one on the dress form.
I'm just putting the finishing touches on my collection for Vancouver Fashion Week. I'm really happy with the way things are turning out. The collection is a nice mixture of woven fabrics, laminated felting and shibori--lots of texture. I describe it as pretty, soft and moody.

I will post pics of everything when it's all said and done. In the meantime, wish me luck.

xo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

wheeee


A little article about me in a local paper...

xo

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

dressing a loom when tired


I was dressing my loom last night for a woven piece that I will be creating for VFW...I know, I know, I'm cutting it close but good things happen when I'm under pressure.

So of course, because I'm doing about a million things at once (felting, dyeing, wrapping hundreds of marbles for shibori, emailing, etc...) I had a threading mistake. Don't worry, it's fixed and it wasn't hard to correct but annoying.

I'm finding that preparing for a fashion show includes many details that I had never really thought of...like picking music, background projection, accessories, models! Eeep. It's actually really exciting and a bit nerve racking...luckily I have a particular vision in mind so it's just a matter of finding things to fit that vision.

I also wanted to post a reminder that I will be at Portobello West on Sunday. Please come by and say hello, I will be the one sleeping at my table.

xo

Monday, October 25, 2010

BIG news!


Ok, so here is the big news that I have been holding back on until finalizing the details...I will be debuted a small collection of my work at Vancouver Fashion Week! Yay! I'm part of the Emerging Designer runway show.

I'm really excited about this but also a little overwhelmed since this is happening very quickly. But with much thought, I came to realize that this is a great opportunity to see my work on live models! And that's very exciting to me.

So, as you probably can guess, there is a lot of work to be done so I must go. But if you are in the Vancouver area, my work will be on the runway on November 4th at 630 at the Empire Landmark Hotel.

xo

Saturday, October 23, 2010

another shop around town


Some more news...if you are looking for some of my woven super soft scarves, they will be available at The Cross Decor and Design in Yaletown starting in November. Yay! You will def see the Janna scarf there. It's a really beautiful store, so I hope you check it out!

xo

Friday, October 22, 2010


I have some exciting things coming up that I can't wait to tell you about...I have to wait just a few more days for things to be finalized but in the meantime some news I can share is that a really rad store here in Vancouver will be carrying my line of felted/shibori/magnet closure neck pieces (they are made of super soft hand dyed merino and silk chiffon) starting next week! Yay! So if you ever find yourself in Gastown, please check out Gentille Alouette.

xo

Thursday, October 21, 2010


This is a woven piece that I have done with recycled sari silk yarn that I hand dyed. I like this close up photo, the texture is delicious.
I think the rain is coming Vancouver...we've been spoiled with sunny, warm days lately.

xo

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vancouver grey


It's no secret that I love grey. I've written in the past how it makes me feel and why I love it so much so it only makes sense that it's a constant theme in my work.

I'm working away on my new shop, on some new items for Portobello, promotional things and well, everything else like taking pictures.

Above: the Vancouver Grey scarf. It's made of cozy hand spun merino with some alpaca and silk in there. It's subtly ombred (hand dyed). Perfect for the upcoming winter months, I've already started wearing mine around town. This will be available in my shop over at big cartel as well as at Portobello on October 31st.

xo


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a shiny new shop



I have a new shop! Yup! It's over at big cartel. I'm just starting to add goodies in there...come over and visit :)

xoxo

a little update


I've started preparing for my next date at Portobello West--which happens on Halloween. I'll be working on some new woven and nuno felted goodies and possibly a woven accessory for men (hand dyed woven tie made of alpaca silk maybe?) I'll see where the inspiration takes me in the studio.

In the meantime, this is a piece that I did a bit ago. The dress is made of silk organza--the design was made using a process called sericin removal, hand dyed and using a folded shibori technique. The pieces you see around the waist and around the shoulders are panels I created using the nuno felting technique, shibori as well and its held together by rare earth magnets so that you can change the shape and decide how you want to wear it.
I'll be back with another update soon--maybe with a preview on some Portobello items. Oh and with some very cool news that I'm just finalizing the details on.

xo dear readers

Monday, October 11, 2010

inspiration and some more awesomeness



On the latest cover of American Craft is work by fibre artist and weaver Kay Sekimachi. I'm always on the lookout for new inspiration and when I saw Kay's work, it really made stop and appreciate that natural palette she uses. Her latest work is making woven jewelry using found objects. It really spoke to me since the last little while I have been busy collecting feathers, shells, stones and other misc. pretty things. I'm not quite sure what to do with it all but for now I just like looking at it...really looking--noticing the small colour variations, shape, texture, line...
On another note, my friend Janna is up to her usual awesomeness by starting a Fibre Club to raise money for the Fibre program she is in. The money goes to help pay for things like a grad catalogue and student exchanges. One thing I know for sure is Janna's love of beautiful material and inspiring colour combinations so you're in for a real treat if you sign up!

Happy Thanksgiving dear readers.
xo

Saturday, October 9, 2010

some inspiration


I've been following Kate's new blog about her recent Kyoto trip. Lucky lady, she was served coffee by Hiroyuki Shindo!!! Imagine that! Her blog is so well written and there are some really pretty pictures on it...hope you'll go over and check it out.

I'm focusing on healing my back at the moment...it seems I've pulled something yet again. Ouchie. So I'm laid up on this rainy day with a heating pad and pain killers.

be well
xo

Friday, October 1, 2010

whoa


I'm really loving these spool vases from skujeniece!

My friend Janna just got one of her beautiful knit designs published, check it out! Janna was known for taking knitting needles to class (especially art history) and walking out wearing something she just knit during the lecture. A beautiful and talented knitter indeed.
xo

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

pretty


Tonight in Vancouver...we were on a walk and blinded by the sun. Love the colours and the brightness!!

xoxo

Monday, September 27, 2010

Portobello West update




Hello, I am very happy to report that Portobello went really well. I sold things, made some exciting contacts and also received feedback on my work which is great. It's always a bit scary putting yourself out there but I never regret doing it, it's always positive.


I want to thank my lovely friend for helping me for the day. It's super fun to have a friend there with you. And of course D, he's the bestest most supportive partner.


I'm taking the day off to sleep and do nothing.
xo

Saturday, September 25, 2010


It's the day before the show, I'm finishing up last minute things (e.g. hand printing labels!). I applied to be a part of Portobello West about 2-weeks ago...so I have been preparing a small collection in two weeks...uhm...well it's been stressful and busy and I'm exhausted BUT at the same time I feel really good about being so productive. It took a while to get here--since I graduated from the textiles program--I hadn't done much other then sketch some ideas and research techniques. So this really made me get down to work and try out some of those ideas. I have experimented a lot over the last couple of weeks--not everything turned out the way I wanted but everything has been worthwhile. I think I've dressed my loom about 10 times in the last 14 days...yikes!

Enough rambling...I have some more work to do. Here is a pic of part of my studio...sorry about the poor lighting, it's a bit dark in here today.

I hope you'll come check out Portobello tomorrow from 12-6pm...

xo

Thursday, September 23, 2010


As I continue to prepare for Portobello West, I'm thinking about the delicate art of pricing.
Anyone who has ever made anything that they were planning on selling, goes through this dilemma.

On the one hand, I want to make things affordable so that if someone wanted to purchase a super cozy hand woven scarf, they could. On the other hand, the time and materials doesn't allow me to really make it super cheap.

The run down...I use only the best materials. I stick with alpaca, silk, and hand spun merino wool. No acrylic! I get why people use acrylic but I just can't. I prefer natural fibres--the look and feel of them is heaven. I guess that makes me a bit of a materials snob. Also the process of making...if I'm weaving, depending on the project, dressing the loom can take from 4-12 hours...and then the actual weaving...a plain weave scarf can take 3-8 hours depending on how long the scarf is and how fine a weft your using. And then there is the dyeing. Why dye? Because I can. Because I want to get that perfect shade of mauve grey or work with the most perfect blue on Earth (indigo!).

So there it is. If I keep all that in mind, and actually priced my work according to time and materials, it just wouldn't be all that affordable. As a result, I have to keep thinking about how much I love making. How honoured I feel to have the ancient knowledge of weaving and how much I want others to own a piece of hand woven cloth. How happy I am creating things.

I guess there is no easy answer. I need to give this a little more thought (and do some more research).

Happy rainy day!

xo
**above a pic of my dye pot

Monday, September 20, 2010


Portobello West is fast approaching...I've been working non-stop in the studio, weaving, sewing, dyeing, felting...it's been quite enjoyable. Here are some pics of weaving in progress along with 'judy' who has several warps draped on her ready to go (sorry about the quality of pics, it was pretty late when I took these).


be well.
xo

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

the knitting clock


This again came via Design for Mankind...Erin has been posting some amazing things, I highly recommend you jump over there and check it out.

The latest, Siren Elise Wilhelmsen's Knitting Clock.The project is called Developing Time--Time Developing. This clock produces one two meter scarf per year. This really just tickles my brainy brain.

In other news, I'm knee deep in projects at the moment, preparing for Portobello at the end of this month. It feels good to be busy doing things that I love.

xo

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Inspiration


It's no surprise that like most, I'm inspired by what's around me. I say this a lot (ask D, I say it every time we go for a walk which is practically everyday), Vancouver is SO beautiful. We are lucky enough to live in an area that is about an 8 minute walk to the water. Along with that we get beautiful views of the mountains and the city.

I am so lucky.

These are some pics of scenery that I have been taking the last little while...it's really inspiring what I'm working on lately. Lots of moody greys and indigo blues. Nature even provided a beautiful ombred sky.




xo

Friday, September 10, 2010


It's the end of the week again, how does that keep happening?
I've been in full production mode...weaving and making small little goodies.

I felted some wishing stones that I collected when I spent the weekend a while back with Janna on the Sunshine Coast. It was such a great few days...we spent a lot of time on the beach...I collected wishing stones and Janna was strumming her guitar singing beautiful songs.

Happy Friday!

xo