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Phosphorescense- A Felt United Day Installation

 Phosphorescence. It is an ethereal natural process....light emitted by plankton on our shores and in our waters....Inspired by the Felt United theme of water, this installation was excited into being, in a process that developed as naturally as the illumination of the plankton as we walk on the beach or paddle in the water....quiet, peaceful, [...]

Family Visits….

 We have just had some precious visitors that we just do not see often enough. My sister in law and my lovely nieces and nephew came to stay for a few days....on their way to a wedding in Vancouver...Mostly we visited the beaches, and ate blackberries and bounced on the trampoline....and chatted endlessly...all good summerly [...]

felt::feutre artwork

  As many of you will know, felt::feutre has been my big undertaking for this year....It is a fabulous and awesome project....and mammoth!  I work on the felt::feutre project at least 2-3 hours a day most days...there are so many components...and all of these components are what will come together in the last week of [...]

From Vessel to Light

As I was working on yesterdays 30 Minute Felt Project, I kept thinking about about felt lighting and how interesting this piece might be turned into a lampshade. I love felt in lighting. There is nothing so soft, warm and inviting as the way light travels through the wool fibres.  I have made many pieces [...]

Red Textures

 I am having a delicious stretch into new work....making pieces for the felt::feutre exhibition....It is so delightful to work out ideas without too much time pressure; just exploring pure creativity. This is a technique that I teach in my Surface Design class....using slow felting wools to create nodules....and in this case, worked on a foam [...]

Trickster Tales

Last week was the last week in our Storytelling and Arts day in the studio. This was a weekly series of classes I have been running since the early Fall. So much fun! What a sweet, talented, and creative group of children! In our Spring session we studied Trickster Tales, and we explored these through [...]

Celestial Jacket 2

The finished jacket....as I mentioned, it had been going into the reds and ochres, but on the day I dyed it, it just had to become blues and greens....    Felting, drying, stitching, fulling, then dyeing....then I added the finishing stitches.  Layers of intention.  I used some lovely fine silk yarn in gold, but the [...]

Celestial Jacket 1

 This coat made it's first appearance in my sketchbook early in the year. Once I had opneed up some creative time this week, it positioned itself determinedly in the forefront of my attentions, allowing for no distraction.  It is a felt jacket, created all in one piece, with lots of surface texture in the form [...]

Spring Holiday Camp

The week after getting back from FibresWest, I hosted two fibre art camps for children in the studio. It was great fun, and such a pleasure to share my passion for fibres with enthusiastic young people and get to know some of the island's children a little better. They are just so sweet....and sometimes left [...]

Bark Cowl

On every walk, I fall behind the rest of my family, camera in hand taking pictures of grasses, barks, water, frost, colours....whatever catches my eye... The images live in my hard drives...my computer and my mind, until they are ready to come to life in a new form.  This cowl, and surfacing pattern is derived [...]

Joomchi Felt Cowl

  This is a really special project. Made for a very dear friend for her 50th birthday.  The inner layer of felt holds 50 pockets.  One for each year....Some of the pockets hold little tokens that reflect an element of her life...like three beads- one for each child....these inner pockets are reminiscent of healed wounds, [...]

A November Dye Walk

Foxglove Farm was the location of the Salt Spring Fall Felting retreat; one with a an abundance of wonderful plant materials to chose from for the eco-dyeing segment of the dyeing day of the retreat.  The participants made some absolutely gorgeous eco-prints on silk. I didn't have a chance to make one during the retreat [...]

Sea Constellations

  The last two weeks have been the most delicious, intense, creative times...My cousins/kindred spirits have been visiting from New Zealand. Family that I have only met a handful of times, often with a decade in between visits, but who travel with me always and close by!  While Erica was creating at the Global Mural [...]

Joomchi Felting 2

  Felting with resists to create interesting surfaces....an exploration in materials...I'm enjoying tossing around in my head the language of another craft, Joomchi,  while exploring this feltwork...the making of pockets....  Using different materials to create bubble and pockets....tyvek, high thread count quilting cottons, woven interfacing, non woven interfacings, cotton battings.....I stretched a layer of silk [...]

Inspired by Joomchi

  I recently came across two books...images on the covers that stopped my steps and set my heart beating a little faster.... Yesterday's studio inspiration came from Joomchi and Beyond by Jiyoung Chung.  It is an enticing craft form....similar to felting, but also different.   I love finding a medium new to me, and letting the [...]

SaltSpring Island Fall Felting Retreat

Foxglove Farm, SaltSpring Island, British Columbia   October 19/20/21st, 2012  10:00am-4:00pm + evenings    The British Columbia retreat will be hosted at the very beautiful and charming Foxglove Farm. The farm is located on one of the original homesteads on the island, surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected forest and agricultural fields, bordering Maxwell [...]

New Felt Market Bag

   The day started out with this...a blank canvas...perfect white simplicity.....ready for some colour play...Two layers of blue faced leicester, then two layers of Finn...BFL on the inside for a soft hand as you reach in and Finn on the outside for more durability. The finished texture is very nice....an inside pocket, metal rings felted [...]