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 [...]

Fall Happenings….

   I'm immersing myself more and more in my creative journey...more and more into exploring feltmaking and dyeing in my own way...exercising consciousness through the process and the artistic impetus within each method....Stretching into new ideas and finding my way into my full creative potential.... playing with words that have meaning in relation to the [...]

Small Things

  It's been busy, busy in the studio the last few weeks....and maybe more busy in my head as I clear house and make way to fulfill my destiny (doesn't that sound grand! It just popped into my head.....You could also read.... solidify my Fall/Winter/Spring creative calendar....Shuffle the deck to create an order that allows [...]

Summer Colours-July

So it's not quite tomorrow, as in when I said I was going to post the finished pictures of these.....but taking into account summer time, island time and Fiona time...I'm feeling pretty happy to be only a day out! The dye pot called for a bright poppy.....a blend of orange and pink....that I can only [...]

Catching up….

 Oh My! I've been in and out of town....preparing for gallery shows, preparing for fiber trade shows, preparing for studio visitors.....a summer whirlwind of wool and colour....   But now I'm back....and not going to any more (far away) shows until late September, so I can settle in to an island summer, regular studio hours [...]

Sculptural Scarves

This summer I'm exploring ways to incorporate as much three dimensional texture as possible into my work. It such a fun experiment...I love that I can be making items to sell, while playing..... These experiments often involve trips to the hardware store...hardware and building materials seem a good combination with feltmaking! And lead to some [...]

New Purses

I really love this new dye pattern....I'm seeing it on one whole collection...purses, scarves, jackets...I so want to make the jacket!  I'll be selling these all summer at the studio, and this winter at the shows....  These are all made with Blue Faced Leicester rovings...all in white then dyed after....Beautiful leather straps added. It was [...]

Pure Potentiality

  I need to order a large amount of wool for the studio this summer...mostly for getting ready for the One of A Kind show this November. I've been trying to decide exactly what wool to get, then came across a solution... a smaller order...a sampling of wool breeds to experiment with before making the [...]

touching life….

 A day of family...rather than fibre....    The weather here has been glorious, so I've been making an extra effort to get out with my sons and enjoy some moments.... They are so big- all as tall as me....but we all love a day at the beach...it's like a nervine tonic...regenerating the rough edges.....  The [...]

What to do today….

  This morning I dropped Graham off at the Fulford ferry...he's heading back to Ottawa for the funeral of a very close and loved family member...It'll be good for him to have some time there with his mother....and it was sad for me to watch the ferry leave...I let the wind blow me around for [...]