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 the […]
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 […]
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, […]
Yesterday saw the close of the SHIFT exhibition in North Vancouver. The physical show is all packed up and back in our studios today, but all of the work can now be viewed in an exhibition catalogue. The catalogue can be viewed online here, and also purchased as a print softcover book. Here’s a preview….
In the creation of Propagation, I build up layers of strata using my shadow felting techniques. This layering adds visual depth, emphasized by the dark line crevices. Cracks in our soil that allow for opportunity. Seed forms rise up above the surface, each with their own colour, pattern and potentiality. Repeating, but never the same. […]
One of my big summer projects is an outdoor felt installation created for the juried exhibition LandArt @ ArtCraft.
I have been fascinated with Land Art for many years, and allowed the whisperings of a felt installation to roam around in my imagination…When the call for entry for this exhibition came up, I knew exactly what […]
‘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 […]
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 classes. […]
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 the […]
All of the exhibition pieces for full(filled) are just about finished. Each work is now getting individual attention each day, making it ready for installation on Tuesday. The exhibition is in quite a small but interesting space. This means there are not many pieces in the show- one very large wall that will cover […]
The Valhallas- the view from our cabin….
In my book of everything (my special black book that some of you will know!) this year is looking just fantastic, and got off to a wonderful beginning with some quiet personal time in a most beautiful place. The Valhalla Ranges in British Columbia. (I honestly did not appreciate […]
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 teachers, […]
Registration is now open for the four online felting classes I’ll be offering in Spring 2015.
The Surface Design Online class has gotten bigger every time I’ve offered it….there is always just one more idea that comes up, related to the materials. Because of this and student feedback from the Fall sessions, I’ve extended the […]
I have been working in one version of my most perfect place… there are several variations on this… but this is definitely a good one. The Okanagan is beautiful. And home to Canada’s best wines, including some amazing reds. I’m staying on the Naramata bench, right on the KVR walking trail, in a vineyard… […]
Wool fibres can be used like paints, laid out to create surface colour changes, but also combined in layers to build new colors through shadowing. We can also use this simple technique to create a shift or transition in colour progression. It can be easier to imagine how to blend the layers when using […]
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
and details are set for a relaxing, revitalizing, energizing fall
felting retreat – I am so looking forward to this event!
The retreat will run on October 3, 4, 5, 2014, at Meech Lake, Quebec, just outside Ottawa.
the details are described below…please just contact me if you have any questions. This retreat […]
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 […]
Migration with Day Tripper and Night Dance in the background
SHIFT exhibition opening was a wonderful night! The show was very well
attended by an enthusiastic audience. To open the show, only Barbra Edwards’s dramatic paintings were in the exhibition space.
Beautiful World and Form Speaks to Form both 54 x 48″ oil / […]
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 the last dress. […]
SHIFT : exploring layers of perspective
July 11- August 1
ArtCraft Gallery, 114 Rainbow Road Salt Spring Island
A joint exhibition of work by Barbra Edwards, visual artist, and Fiona
Duthie, fibre artist, at Salt Spring Island’s ArtCraft Gallery.
Fiona’s work in this exhibition features new sculptural felt garments
that use geological surfaces created through fabric manipulation,
stratified textiles […]
a treasured gift from my friend els @ fiber rainbow
Like Spring Bulbs and New Leaves….
As the Surface Design Online class ends, and my teaching schedule for the season closes, I find myself in an interesting transitional space. One that has been more challenging to move through than I had thought when I planned my […]
I’m really looking forward to this workshop. We have a great space- very large, open airy and bright. Lots of room to move and work and think. Plus it takes place at the same time as the opening of my upcoming exhibition at ArtCraft. This exhibition is a collection of sculptural garments, accessories and […]
Comparing wool roving and wool batting was once one of the foundations of the Surface Design class, but that exploration felt most possible for in person classes. I include the fibers in the online Surface Design class, as I think it’s a benefit for everyone to experience working with fibres in their different forms. In […]
Teaching a most marvelous experience! It invites to teacher to share their skills and provides wonderful opportunities to refine our techniques both before the classes in preparation, but also during….
The spring class of Surface Design Online is in session, and it is just so much fun…It is amazing to see so much beautiful work, and […]
view from my classroom
I’ve just arrived home from a very beautiful trip. As mentioned before, Texas was fantastic- such a great group of creative people. I had a few days before the beginning of the Felters Rendezvous and I had some writing to complete, so I created a little writer’s retreat for myself in lovely […]
I left on a great fiber adventure this week… I’ve been traveling in the United States, completely immersed in felt making and fiber art.
First stop was the beautiful Craft Guild of Dallas. It is an amazing facility, with purpose built and architecturally designed studios for many mediums.
I gave an artist lecture to a small but very interesting group […]