Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another year older.







Happy New Year. May your wishes come true in 2009.

Thursday, November 27, 2008



Well this is not very good.....not posting since September! Talk about busy. Last weekend was the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council's Fine Craft & Design Fair in St. John's. Such a lovely show and I practically sold out which was wonderful. It was a busy Autumn. Working all day at my job and then working in the Studio at night and on the weekends. As well, I was working on a Proposal to carry out a number of research projects for the Craft Council and hopefully I will hear about that today. Fingers crossed. Someone in St. John's was kind enough to loan me a loom for a little while and I recently purchased a knitting machine so I'm hoping to expand my work in the new year. I'm excited about that. although I won't stop felting. The other image is something I'm working on right now. Until next time. xxxb

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Beauty.




Just a few shots of Gros Morne National Park where I spent a few days, a few weeks back. Nothing short of inspiring. The mountain views were taken from Neddies Harbour and the second photo from the top shows the Tablelands which is the earths' mantle. In other words, what is normally about 5 kilometres below the surface of the earth was pushed up by glaciers about 10 thousand years ago. (I really paid attention during that Tour!)(At least I think that's how it goes.) I will write again this weekend.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Work was done!

In the words of Frank Costanza, "I'm back, Baby!" and it feels good. Managed to make three scarves over the weekend and finished another tonight. Perhaps it is the type of silk I use but felting is never easy and after two months off, I'm a little rusty I guess. I'm grateful to have a job right now but I want that dream of mine...to become a full time maker...not to be a dream anymore. Tomorrow I will show you some pictures of Gros Morne National Park where I spent a few days last week. Sleep well.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

End of the summer wine.


I'm not really sure what my title today refers to, but I like to think it's about a summer well spent and so it's appropriate. My blog is one year old tomorrow. Did I learn anything this year? I hope so. I don't think I'm alone when I say that September feels like more of a time for renewal than January 1st. My work is being featured in a Brochure for the Atlantic Trade Show which takes place in Halifax each February. It's nice to be recognized. I should probably get back to the studio soon! ;)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Away but not forgotten.

I decided to take a break. Afterall, I had to get a job, and I thought it would be a good time to forget about Making. But when you are a Maker you can't forget. So I'm going back into the Studio this weekend to pick up where I left off. I really like my job and I love the people that I'm working with, but it's not me. So, as hard as the last four years have been, trying to make a living with my own two hands, I will keep trying until I figure it out. I'll start with what I know. I'll not put any pressure on myself to create something new and fantastic. I'll just start with what I know, and go from there.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Saturday





Our lawn is not so much a lawn, as it is a field of dandelions. Doesn't really matter to me. Yesterday I picked a bunch and put them in the dyepot. It made a very lovely shade of yellow on a silk/cotton blend. Now what should I do next? (ps...I did finally get the lawnmower working, but luckily I think the dandelions just duck down when it passes by!)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

A meeting.




Over the weekend I travelled to New-Wes-Valley in central Newfoundland and Labrador, to attend the AGM of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. I'm now the new Vice-Chair and very proud to serve such a hard working group of people. The landscape is beautiful and dramatic there. I also (finally) got a chance to visit Norton's Cove Studio. Janet Davis is a Printmaker and also does amazing work in Textiles. We met a few years back and I have admired her ever since. The yellow house took Janet and her husband Duke over seven years to bring back to life and it is absolutely beautiful. It was a great weekend even with all the meetings!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Nothing is written in stone.

Four years ago I left my lovely job at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary and moved back home to Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador to follow a dream. That dream was to be a full time Craftsperson. But making a living with my own two hands has turned out to be harder then I thought. Someone recently said to me, you can change anything in your life if you really want to. Nothing is written in stone.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Where was I?




I had such high hopes...such plans.... but life got in the way. Trying to teach Grade One's and Two's how to make felt turned out to be a great deal harder than I thought, so basically I ended up doing most of the work in my studio. I'm loving it just the same. So far I think I've strung approximately 200 felt ball necklaces with possibly another 200 to go. With only one hour a week per class you can't really accomplish much but one thing is for sure....kids love working with fleece and they are so wonderfully creative. So now I've gone and gotten myself another job (to try and clear up some debt)(oh the life of an Artist) so I'm not sure if I'll ever make another thing again! Well that could never happen but I am a little worried to say the least. Although, I do tend to function better when I have a lot of things happening. I will write again soon. Brenda

Friday, February 8, 2008

Work?....what work?







Ok so I can't lie. I should be in the Studio building up product not to mention preparing for my classes. But it is an absolutely spectacular day out there today so instead of working, I went for a snow shoe with Blackie around Tippings Pond in Massey Drive. The trees looked as if they had tinsel and crystals. Have a fantastic weekend. Brenda :)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

February



This is what my work table looked like today. Not much felting going on these days...for a number of reasons. I needed to search for a new supplier of Fleece. I need fleece that's from New Zealand which is sometimes difficult to source when you live in Newfoundland and Labrador. I placed an order with RH Lindsay I had recently changed suppliers but the fleece was from South Africa...beautiful to look at and touch but it was almost too perfect or just overprocessed. I like fleece that has a few bits and bobs in it, (twigs and grasses etc.) and the best fleece I have ever had comes from New Zealand. Another reason why I'm not in full production at the moment, is because I received a Grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council to take time to develop new work. I want to start working with pattern (again) and move a little away from felting. One thing that holds me back (I think) is that I don't draw. did I mention this already? I can't believe tomorrow is the first day of February. Happy Birthday Heidi. I will write again soon.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Busy....



We have a great deal of snow in Corner Brook which is making it quite hard to stay inside.
I'm still cutting out and stitching shapes in industrial felt, and I've finally figured out how to dye it rich, deep shades. However, I think I really want to be cutting and stitching silk, so I'm going to try some new work in reverse applique.
As mentioned before, I want to start setting goals mostly because I'm tired of always feeling like I'm behind in everything usually because I do leave things till the last minute! ;) I recently read somewhere that it is a good idea to write out all the steps to accomplishing a goal.
I'll be teaching all the Grade Two classes on the west coast of the province through a program called, Learning through the Arts. I'm going to teach them felting...of course! How exciting.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

New Year...New Goals



After a little break, I went back to my Studio this week. I have a lot of stuff in my Studio so I'm trying to organize and let go of some things I know I will never need. At least I hope I won't. I think too much clutter is getting in my way these days.
I have some definite goals for 2008 and I will share them in the next day or two. Like I said before, I've never been one to set goals for myself but that too is getting in my way. So, I'm trying to change that.
Three years ago, I ordered several yards of 100% wool industrial felt which I intended to use as 'walls' in my Retail Show Booth. It's beautiful material but I didn't like it in the booth so I'm trying to put it to better use. and I've been wanting to embroider for a long time now so I'm...'exploring my options'. I have some ideas but they're not fully formed yet.
And remember that beautiful green I told you about before the holiday season? I wasn't lying!:)
So what are some of your goals? Brenda