SHIFT : exploring layers of perception

SHIFT : exploring layers of perspective July 11- August 1 10:00am-5:00pm 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 [...]

Craft Guild of Dallas

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 [...]

Surface Design Online: Spring Session

Registration for my Surface Design Online- Spring Session is now open! The class will start on April 5th and run until May 17th.  All of the workshop information is available on my website: I'm holding a little draw to thank everyone for their enthusiastic support of this new class. There will be two opportunities [...]

Almost Home….

   I feel as though I'm at the end of a long trip, and as wonderful as the experience has been and as much as I am loving every minute of it, I'm starting to look forward to being home, with friends and family. In this case, home is here, and I am missing you! [...]

One More….

How could I miss Claudy Jongstra! CLaudy Jongstra from De Ketelfactory on Vimeo. Just listen to her passion for her process....local wools, natural dyes, scale, aesthetic....oooo.really.stunning. She was not in my mind over the new year, but has been an inspiration to me for years now. Everything about what she makes, how she makes it, [...]

Felt Fashion-2013

This is a bit of a catch up post...Some work from 2013 I didn't share here.  Facebook friends will have seen these images, but I missed writing about them here in the midst of the busy-ness that was Fall.  These pieces and the photographs were an important part of my creative evolution through 2013.  Moving [...]

Felt Consulting

 I've been having some fun this last week/weekend doing some felt consultancy work for Pollika. Pollika are a fibre company based in Vancouver who are the North American distributors for many European brands, including De Witte Engel and Painters Threads. I've been working with them to develop felting kits for beginners....kits for yarn shops that [...]

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 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 [...]