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.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

circle craft

I completed my last shift at Circle Craft 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.

Friday, November 19, 2010


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 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.

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 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.

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.


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


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

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'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.

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.


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.