Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year.


Here's to amazing possiblities in 2008. Thanks for visiting. Brenda

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas


I added a little bling to the Birch Tree outside our home.

We had snow and it's been cold but it's raining here now, on Christmas Eve. Oh well, it's still cozy inside. Here's hoping all your dreams come true. Brenda

Monday, December 17, 2007

Future goals and handbags.

I've been wanting to make handbags for awhile. I want them to reference my scarves so I'm felting on top of silk and also felting in various threads and yarns for embellishment. The texture on the inside is beautiful and I'll try to have a picture of that tomorrow. It's easy to tell we are nearing the shortest day of the year. Even in the outdoors the lighting is not so great. We had a little snow storm over night but it's supposed to turn to rain later today. I hope it doesn't. I love snow and I love winter, and when it arrives I want it to stay.

I can't believe another year is almost over. I've never been one to set goals. I just sort of take things as they go but if I'm going to succeed as a full time Craftsperson/Designer-Maker/Artist (does anyone know what we are calling ourselves these days?), I'm going to have to make a plan and follow through. So more about that later as well.

Good news from the Shop in Toronto, Margot received them on Thursday and sold two pieces on Friday! Stay warm all.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Friday


I finished the order for the shop in Toronto yesterday and put the work in the mail. I met Margot at the One of a Kind Christmas Show last week. Her shop, Any Direct Flight , is on Queen Street East and I'm really excited to have my work there.
As you can see, I don't have really exciting packaging at the moment so that's the next thing I want to work on as well. I do have lovely Hangtags though so that's one thing I can mark off my list!
I'm working on a Grant Proposal today but I'm also hoping to make a few pieces in the studio today. I dyed the most beautiful green a few days ago and I'm anxious to make more pieces using that fleece. Happy Friday!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Following through...




As I said previously, I'm determined to take (good) photographs of my work but I've got to say...taking photos of textiles is one tough nut to crack!

I felt on different types of silk and here I'm using a Silk Pongee. The felting creates an amazing texture on the back. They are so soft and light but extremely warm.

I'm working on an order for a shop in Toronto called Any Direct Flight so I'd better get to work! Have a nice day.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

One of a Kind Show and Felt Scarves



And just like that, the One of a Kind Christmas Show is over for another year. Happens every year, I worry and stress until my booth is set up and then I kick myself for never having enough work! The photo of my booth was taken on the second last day after I removed a set of ladders in an attempt to make the other ladders look like they contained more work. My work sold very well I am very happy to report.

Thank you to all those who made purchases and stopped by to talk about the work. Although Felt is considered the 'first fabric of civilization' (it says so on my Hangtags!) alot of people don't know what they're looking at when they first see my work. Most people are amazed when they realize just how much work goes into making felt.

In an attempt to speed up production I'm going to start searching for a small woollen mill that might be willing to custom dye small batches.

The photo of the Christmas Tree was taken outside the Eaton Centre on Younge Street. When you live in a city of just 26-thousand people it's nice to get to the 'big city' once in awhile. take care.