Thursday, May 07, 2015


I had a bit of a busy week.
Most of the instructors at work are on contracts. There are only 8 or 9 permanent full-time positions. And there are between 35 and 40 full and part time instructors. The person that held the permanent position in our studio moved into administration and the position had been vacant for a few years. It came up for competition last month and I, and all of my colleagues in the studio, applied.
We all got interviews and had to prepare a portfolio of both our work and student work.
Here are some of the images that I submitted.

Genere Mutatio Fructificatio Corpora
(Genetically Modified Fruiting Body)
This is a piece that I did for the New Brunswick Crafts Council show "Otherworldly". I was thinking about genetically modified things, food especially,  and was wondering how far it is going to go.
What are these things? They sort of look like grapes, sort of like a bunch of cluster tomatoes but are each the size of a grapefruit. And the purple. Interesting and perhaps a bit disturbing.
Here they are hung. 

What remains with details

In 2007, Charlotte Glencross died. She left me her loom and her husband John gifted me with her yarn stash. Charlotte was a very talented tapestry artist. As she was making her tapestries, she would wind multiple strands of coloured yarns on paper bobbins. You always wind more than you need and so over the years, she amassed quite a collection of these yarn filled bobbins. I used these bobbins to create “What Remains” over the space of ten days, weaving on average between 8-10 hours a day. This piece was my submission for the Fibre Arts Network exhibition “The Thread That Binds”, in honor of Charlotte. I learned a lot from using that what had Charlotte left behind.

Superwash Merino Huck lace sacrf
 The scarves sort of speak for themselves.

Hand dyed hand spun hand woven superwash merino scarf

Handwoven original design Tencel scarf

Hand dyed and hand woven rayon scarf

Me and my felted blueberries
Sometimes I just feel like felting. So I do. Sometimes the finished product sits for a while before I decide what they will become. Sometimes they tell me. This was one of those times when the little felt balls screamed that they wanted to become blueberries. I started out with 7 but that was not enough. So I made more and it still wasn't enough. Then I had to make a bowl to put them in. And the first bowl was too small. So I made a bigger bowl which necessitated making more blueberries. So I made more...and more....and more! Eventually I decided that 37 was enough. And it was good.

Oh, I had my interview. There were 7 or 8 people who had also applied. The interview was ok but I really messed up one of the questions. We will all find out who gets the position in 4 to 6 weeks.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Thing That Happened

A few weeks ago, I was asked to take part in a video that was being created to celebrate the year of Craft and the opening of the New Brunswick Crafts Council show called The Thing That Happened.
Here is the video

And here is me next to my piece "Expansion"

I'm glad that I sound OK during the video. I was hoping that I wouldn't come out sounding like an idiot! Matt Brown was the videographer and he was great and did a great job editing. But almost two hours of filming and adjusting to get around 5 minutes of final video. I never would have guessed.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The week in review

Sunday May 18- finished knotting back of red and black tapestry #1
Monday May 19- Trip to Woodstock to see Grandma and Grandpa. In the car worked on fringing rag rug samples. Decided that one of the techniques was something that I was going to NOT recommend to my students because it was tedious and horrid to work on.
Tuesday May 20- Made new cotton seine twine tapestry warp. Started to put it on the loom
Wednesday May 21- finished dressing the loom with new warp.
Thursday May 22-Made a new small warp for yet another rag rug sample. This one is a double bind technique.
Friday May 23- Dressed loom with the new rag rug sample warp.
Saturday May 24-we were having people over Saturday night so spent the day cleaning and cooking. I cleaned under and around my looms so that will have to be my craft related thing for the day. That and cooking can be considered crafty work, right?
Sunday May 25- Dug through some of my bins of yarns and picked the colours and textures for the first bit of my tapestry.
Monday May 26- Trip to Woodstock to visit Grandpa and wish him a happy 91st birthday. In the car I fringed the rest of my finished rag rug samples
Tuesday May 27- Started winding some of the skeins of yarn for the tapestry into balls. This was definitely a case of "even 5 minutes counts. I also ran (mostly) 7.25 k tonight and am off to reward myself with a soak in the tub.