Scholarship Opportunities :: felt :: feutre canada members

One of the roles of felt :: feutre canada is to create educational opportunities to encourage high standards in feltmaking, both artistically and technically.  This is something I strongly believe in supporting in my practice, and as president of felt :: feutre canada.  To further this goal, I am awarding 3 scholarships for online workshops to [...]

Works in Progress

For my artist in residency I had a very definite plan on what I would create. It was big and bold and very ambitious. All the characteristics I want in a new creative project. But when I arrived at the Booth, this plan had to be set aside for a multitude of reasons.

Northern Isles- Yell

Our next destination was the Island of Yell. This part of our travels was as much about people as place. We met with Shona Skinner at the Shetland Gallery, and Andy Ross at Global Yell, both in Sellafirth. I had recently been introduced, online, to Shona Skinner, artist and owner of the Shetland Gallery in Yell. Shona had just returned to Shetland after teaching at the Grampians Texture event in Hall's Gap, Australia, where I taught last year. It's a small and wonderful world!

Northern Isles- Unst

Last week included a visit to the northern Shetland islands of Yell and Unst, with visiting friend Cinnamon, and my cousin, Carol. Different work pieces aligned to make the full day trip possible. We went straight to Unst, planning to work our way down slowly. Unst is the most northerly inhabited island in the United Kingdom, with only 700 residents, it is rugged and remote. The island feels open, spacious and wild. Good for roaming and thinking.

Arriving in Shetland

For the month of April, I am artist in residence at the Booth in Scalloway in Shetland.  The building was constructed by the Scalloway Waterfront Trust in 2001 on the site of the oldest building in the village. It consists of a combined 'clean' working area and living space which is located on the [...]

First Felt 2017

First Felt...What will your first project be to begin your creative practice in 2017? My first felt for 2017 includes several elements that I is a project with hidden messages, it is an exploration of an idea, it incorporates different fibre arts techniques and invites open ended thinking, and it is a gift [...]

First Felt 2016

First Felt...What will your first project be to begin your creative practice in 2016? On the first day of the year I try to include some small aspect of all the activities and attitudes that I want to bring into the new year.  It's also a wonderful way to approach the first creative project for [...]

Making Prefelt

Making your own prefelts is so easy- and opens up so many opportunities for playing with colors, fibers and textures. Try using two or three different colors in layers; using wool for one layer and then another fiber like alpaca or angora for the next; or making nuno prefelt with a layer of wool and [...]

Sea States

Recently, I heard blue water sailors discussing sea states. I was intrigued by the term and investigated the Beaufort scale. I love the idea of the sea having a recognized state of being. Water movements, air movements and waves in varying degrees of calm and violence. A beautiful and ancient metaphor for our psychological states, [...]

SHIFT travels to Vancouver

‘SHIFT’ includes oil paintings by visual artist Barbra Edwards and sculptural feltmaking by fibre artist Fiona Duthie. Both artists use local, natural materials and subject matter in their work with a focus on texture, layers, and colour relationships. Although the artists feel a deep artistic connection, their works are produced autonomously in their respective studios [...]

Peaks & Valleys :: Surface Design Online Exhibition

This is a very special project. The first online exhibition of the Surface Design Online Challenge. The Surface Design Online program is all about experimentation and pushing yourself further into techniques, whether they are new to you, or familiar friends.  I created this challenge and exhibition to continue this exploration with participants from the previous [...]

On Being a Student….

 To close off my teaching season, I decided to give myself a creative gift, and become a student for a weekend. It was such a refreshing and informative time.  Even outside of learning new skills under the extremely talented ceramicist, Julie MacKinnon.   The workshop was held on the my first weekend back after teaching at [...]

Terra Textures-Surface Design in Felt Workshops

 Katia Mokeyeva and I are absolutely delighted to announce a workshop series to be offered this April at the Okanagan School of the Arts in Penticton, BC.  The idea is to create a mix and match workshop combination where students can chose an assortment of classes, learn very different felting styles from two enthusiastic, supportive [...]

Hegira: A SHIFT dress

  Hegira He·gi·ra hiˈjīrə,ˈhejərə/ : any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place.  Usually an exodus or migration.  C16: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijrah: emigration or flight This is the sisterdress to Migration.  I wanted to take the wishbone sculptural elements and use them in larger, more transparent forms.  An individual [...]

Rift : A SHIFT dress

  The layouts in this series of dress sculptures were so complex. There were often multiple layers of resists, or else multiple layers of patterning. The designs had to be thought through in that reverse thinking way required when working with resists, and also with transparencies, opacities, and inclusions.  My brain was burning with keeping [...]

The Last Dress

Yesterday I finished the last piece for my exhibition...a little background for you, written as I worked.    Here I am....on the day of the photo shoot of my most recent work. One day before the installation, and two days before the big opening and fashion show. And I'm taking a slow day to finish [...]