Thursday, March 10, 2016

Yukon River Quest--in textile art

Last summer was busy, what with the Yukon River Quest and more. Now to show some pieces inspired by the ultra-marathon canoe race...

Day at the Race

Glimpses of other canoes are all you see once the race has started....

Some details

And in contrast, A Day on the Lake

and a detail

In a voyageur canoe, a team is really stretched out, front to back. The world you paddle in depends on where you sit in the canoe.

Fractured Team

Adapted from the photo on the cover of the Whitehorse Star in June.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Clinging to the Edge

My latest, although not so recent, is Clinging to the Edge, shortly to go to Newfoundland and the Craft Council meeting there in the fall. It's already shown in three shows in Ontario. see for more pics. But this is my piece:

Clinging to the edge

“Clinging to the Edge” started as a photo taken on Alouette Lake, a natural lake dammed into a reservoir many years ago. Most of the trees in the reservoir footprint were cut at the time of the dam construction in 1928, hand sawn with cross cut saws. This one survived the cutting, but erosion from high water wave action leaves it precariously clinging to the edge. This quilt bears witness to its struggle.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation

Once again, I have a piece in the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts' exhibit on cherry blossoms. It's always a challenge to create a new way to think about cherry blossoms.

And again I went to red purple...

"Cherry Sunday"

I attended the opening earlier this week... It was a full house at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Canadiana--Yukon Gold

The FibreArt Network has a new show opening soon, at the New Zealand Quilt Symposium....

The theme is Canadiana.

This is my entry in the show. Yukon Gold

Artist's Statement
Where IS the Yukon’s gold? In the gold mine slashed into the hillside?  Or has it already mostly melted away like the snow of early spring, disappearing as quickly as the once innumerable cariboo are doing? Perhaps the treasure is in the Yukon River itself at sunset.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Alouette Stump

Winging its way home any time now....from a show in the FibreWorks Studio on the Sunshine Coast...

from a photo of an old stump from when Alouette Lake was first logged in the 1920's. Wave action on the reservoir has washed out all the soil, and the entire stump is bared. The photo is printed on cotton fabric, painted, pencilled, stitched and quilted.

 Alouette Stump


Saturday, July 12, 2014

FAN show in Duncan, BC

If you are going to Vancouver Island (or already live there), I will have a piece in a show put together by the FibreArt Network. in Duncan. August 12 through September 5. at the CVAC Centre of Arts, James St.

see the poster for the exact address.

And here is the piece I have in the show. Of course, there's a canoe. It's called (and the text says) "C'est l'aviron qui nous mene en haut" (It is the canoe which leads us higher.) I don't say what exactly I mean by "higher". The text is the title of an old paddling song the voyageurs sang.

Photo image printed on cotton, arashi dying on cotton. Paint. Machine quilting.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Canadian Quilters Association National Juried Show

So here is the piece I have entered into the National Juried Show...
Monoprinted cotton, hand dyed cotton, machine pieced, and machine quilted, and a bit of hand quilting too. a bit of paint too

The Road not Taken

and some details of the quilting.