Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gold




Upon a recent visit to the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island, I came across these beauties. They are silk cocoons from Indonesia and guess what? This is their natural colour! Amazing! They lose their colour if they are processed for the silk so I'm keeping them the way they are.


No wonder silk was considered gold once a upon a time (still is in my book).
xo

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Double Dupes!




One of the weaving techniques that I worked on while in school is Dupe Leno. It's weaving technique that crosses the warp threads by using handmade heddles on the first harness (well that's the way I did it anyway)....sorry that's a lot of shop talk but this is what it looks like in progress...



I made two pieces with this technique. The white piece is linen, silk and alpaca. The black piece is all linen.

Fun times! I may weave more dupe leno in the future--with the white piece, I really liked that there was stretch in it because the weft I used wasn't stiff so it's springy.

xo

Friday, May 7, 2010

Upcoming Grad Show


These are the three works that have been chosen to be in our grad show over at Cityscape Gallery (North Vancouver). I'm really excited to see how they put the show together. The dress on the left is one of my new ones...it's made out of silk, while the waist piece is made of silk and a bit of wool--oh and some rocks--I felted little wishing rocks into the wool. It's held together by magnets. As well as the woven work you see in the middle--it is also silk and has magnets in it so that you can change how you wear it easily. All of it hand dyed etc... The last piece on the right, you have seen before :)

I'm still recovering from being so busy during school. Recovery means organizing my life (like cleaning my apt and unpacking from my last move--yes I'm still not completely unpacked), and of course getting some rest.

Happy Friday!

xo

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Brief Vacay


So I just got back from a long weekend...I went to Phoenix, AZ to visit my partner (he's working there for a month) and I had SO much fun! I couldn't think of a more perfect way to end my school term--after working non stop for two years, it was nice to have a bit of a break.
Phoenix is really beautiful. We did some hiking, some art watching, and boating. One of the things I really liked about it was the hot, dry weather! I was not cold once and that's big for me.

Above are some pics of Sedona, where we hiked (oh and got lost but took some amazing pics!)
I also went to see Janet Echelman's sculpture called Her Secret is Patience...it was so brilliant! All the pics that I've seen have been taken at night, here is one that I took during the day.

And finally I visited the Heard Museum and took some pics of some really amazing weavings and other artwork...I will post those soon!
xo