Golden in the (Felt) Garden

 Wow. What a golden month it has been….gold in colour and experience.  This was our shimmery lake view from the cottage in Quebec where the first Fall felting retreat was hosted.

  Oh so busy, and the busier things are here, the less I write about it all….I know others manage to keep it all going- […]

Joomchi Felt Reflections

This is my most recent in the series of scarves/wearables I’ve been making, inspired by the Korean art of Joomchi- a paper art form and process.  The exploration has culminated in pieces that hold three aspects of surface

design…all of which have a basis in geology…. a relationship between rock and water….Erosion and the forms it […]

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 habotai […]

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 inspiration trickle […]

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 Lake. An idyllic, inspiring […]

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 directly […]

Fall Felting Retreat- October 12-14th, 2012

 The dates and details are set for a relaxing, revitilizing, energizing fall felting retreat – I am so looking forward to this event! 
The retreat will run on October 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2012.
All of the details are described below, including class descriptions, location, costs….please just contact me if you have any questions. 

Day 1: Dyeing for […]

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 […]

Natural Dyeing with Lupines

Several years ago now, I had the chance to visit a place that was a sort of mecca for me….Taos, New Mexico, and more specifically, La Lana Wools…..a shop dedicated to plant dyed wools in all forms….I’ve been dyeing with plant dyes for 16 years now….12 years at the time of my visit, and I […]

July Eco-Print Bundles, with Ginny Huber

 

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting feltmaker and dyer Ginny Huber. We had been chatting a bit back an forth about our local, west coast dyes, and making eco-prints. This week she was visiting the area and came to Salt Spring to spend a few hours in the studio, talking felt, fiber, travel […]

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 […]

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 and […]

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 […]

Salt Spring Island Studio Opening!

The Studio is now open!

 The retail studio space is now open and welcoming visitors….Most days from 11:00am- 5:00pm.

344 Fulford-Ganges Road-Salt Spring Island, BC. Do stop in-I’d love to see you! 

A little tour of the inside…

Felt Purses, Scarves, Cowls, Lighting, Shibori Felt, Shibori Silk and Organic Cotton Scarves, some art pieces, still works in progress…

 

 

My little […]

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 a […]

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 […]

Full Moon Indigo Dyeing: April

Ah! Happy Spring!

It’s been an absolute whirlwind of activity around here…I’ll tell you more soon….maybe…unless better and more exciting things get here first!

I have been playing with shibori all week…some of you may guess what that means!

It is (also) featuring large in my new felt lines and some new organic cottons and linens I am […]

Upcoming Workshops at Fibres West

I’ll be teaching three classes this Spring at Fibres West in Abbotsford BC.
For more information and to register, visit the Fibres West website: www.fibreswest.com

Friday March 16th, 10:00am -1:00pm
Nuno Felted Scarves:
During this hands on class, we’ll create a gossamer light, wool felt
scarf in a luscious combination of silk and merino wool. Nuno felting […]

letting go of the lists…

  I do love a list…I make them regularly…and then don’t follow them….but they do help clear and focus the mind, and allow me to take the next step in the day…

  Last week I thought I was going to get piles done, in certain directions, as per a certain list, but the week took […]

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 moment we got […]

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 […]

Felt Floor

 

  This is a project we worked on a while ago…another collaboration of wood and wool….

  Felt flooring in our living room….. It was such a great, exciting experiment….The idea jumped into view while Graham and I were on the ferry from Vancouver island to Salt Spring one day….one of those jumping up and […]

Felt Armour

  Luckily
for me, I had a board meeting to go to yesterday which got me out of the house,
into the great bright, white outdoors early in the morning. I needed
that reminder to stop working and get outside….

 So later in the day we went down to Fulford, to the beach….visited the petroglyph, and […]

Bold and Dramatic…

Ahhhh…First Felt of 2012 is finished….I’m so happy with the results….It feels like a just the right starting point and direction to head in for this year.

My peacock blue plans ventured into inky midnights…

 My red (to be purple) mini pocket disappeared into the depths-The purple becoming barely discernible but the pocket is still there- perfectly […]

First Felt 2012

First Felt…isn’t that a glorious notion?
The other night was movie night here, and I was not that into it, so I ventured outside into the darkness and illuminated my studio….What a refreshing time. I never think to go out there in the evenings……usually by then I’m pretty tired anyway. But it was delightful. To have […]

Craft Resolutions 2012

 Now this is my kind of resolution! This might work for me!

I have some grand, and not so grand craft aspirations for 2012…

  I’m going to learn how to crochet. Properly, I mean. I know how to… I’ve taught people how to… I’ve even taught people how to carve their own crochet hooks. I taught […]

Studio Time

Hmmmm…. just not quite how I was expecting it! 

Today is my birthday, and my grand plans included felting myself a jacket. At least getting it laid out and started, and I had my sons all ready to help me out with the rolling as a partial birthday gift!

BUT! On November 24th, my studio looked like […]

Happy Holidays!

  I just got a box in the mail this week from my Mother back in the east.  I had no idea what it might be, maybe some early presents for the boys.  I opened it up and read her note…and cried. It’s a good thing-by the way! It’s not that it says so much, […]