Sunday, January 18, 2009

Well what do you know!

I worked in the studio a little this weekend, when I wasn't shovelling snow or just trying to stay warm. I really wanted to over dye the shibori piece more then anything and I love it. It's torture (well not really) trying to cut all the threads to see the over all pattern. How beautiful it that I ask you? Now the work begins to find a supplier of wool yardage. (I think I probably bought this piece while I still lived in Calgary). Silk suppliers I have, but I might find it a little difficult to find what I'm looking for in wool or possibly a wool/silk blend or even a wool/ spandex blend. The hunt is on! In the meantime I should probably think about taking down my holiday decorations...or should I? b

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The sun came out...for awhile.

The sun came out on Tuesday and it was lovely. Haven't seen it since! I have a new job. For the next four months I will be conducting research in the form of designing and deploying surveys, conducting focus groups, one on one interviews, etc. for the
Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. I'm very excited to be doing this work but I will also be quite busy as I will have to travel to St. John's a number of times and also travel across the province to meet as many Craftspeople, Craft Artists, Designer/Makers as I can. The work will (hopefully) help determine where we can offer additional training to help us all become more successful! A lofty goal indeed. In my downtime I'm actually reading a book! which is another lofty goal in my world these days. I have also revisited a technique that used to facinate me...Shibori. Shibori is the ancient art of stitched resist to create pattern. Here I'm using a wool/silk mix and I've stitched across the width of the cloth in running stitch. Then I pull the threads to gather the cloth. Tomorrow I will overdye and then remove the threads to reveal the pattern. Stay tuned and stay warm. xxxb