Friday, October 14, 2016

Leigh Square residency, week 2

Week 2 started on Wednesday morning with the first of my series of three mini workshops. We made felt beads:

One of the workshop attendees brought along an electric needle felting machine that she bought at Jefferson's. Hmmm, yet another reason to pay a visit to this place.

Next Wednesday morning from 10:30-12:30 we'll be Weaving Without a Loom ($5/person - all materials provided):

A few folks came by and added some weaving to our community banner with the theme of "The Gifts of Community".. I've been asking people to write down what they like about PoCo and we've included their comments in the banner

I  came across a Salish weaving in the little heritage museum in the building where I'm working. Although there were labels explaining most of the exhibits, there didn't seem to be any information about this weaving, and there was no one there to ask.

I also spent time getting ready for Saturday's Living Room Art in the Heights event. I prepared a loom for the community weaving, and tried out the "direct warping" method that I wanted to use for Saturday's rigid heddle weaving workshop (yes, I did book two functions for one day).

I added to my CD weaving project. I hope to eventually have enough to make a huge curtain, but I'll need hundreds of them. I don't think I want to make them all myself, so I plan to have people "help" at community events. Saturday's event will be my first test run.

I continue to be impressed with how productive I am when I'm working at Leigh Square. Each day, I've been able to complete all the tasks that I had planned. During these first two weeks, I've mainly spent my time preparing for the events I had booked for the 15th. Next week, I'll be able to start on some of my own projects. I'm looking forward to that.

On a sad note, when I arrived at Leigh Square on Wednesday morning, I discovered that the neighbourhood cafe across the street had burned down. I mean - completely. 

I had lunch there the week before. They baked their own bread and made their own soups. The sandwich I had was very tasty, and I was looking forward to eating there more during my residency. I've since learned that the owners were very community minded, and the father was involved with the art centre. Apparently his artwork is hanging "above the fireplace". I'm going to have to seek out this fireplace. I also want to find a way to remember the cafe in our community weaving. I'm not sure how I will do this, but I'm hoping something will present itself over the next few weeks.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Leigh Square Residency 1st week

The first week of my two month long artist residency at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam was very productive. 

I managed to finish off the warps on two of the looms that I need for a workshop in two weeks. I've been procrastinating since June, thinking that "I have lots of time" and now the workshop is just two weeks away! 

The first one is the left over warp from AD's white blanket. I usually like to use a lot of colour in my weavings, but I loved how the blanket turned out so much that I decided to stay with the (mostly) white colour scheme.

I also finished an orange/white warp in yellow/orange/pink - it matches the colours in the room where I'm working perfectly!

I also made a few woven CDs. I've seen photos of projects made with masses of woven CDs and they look amazing. I have a community event (Living Room Art in the Heights) coming up in a few weeks and I think it would be fun to create a woven CD artwork with the attendees during the event.

Next Wednesday (10:30-12:30, $5) I'll be doing the first of three community workshops. We'll be making felt beads.

There is an exhibit with lots of Mongolian felted items as well as some fantastic photographs of the Mongolian countryside and people at Leigh Square right now. I love that connection to the work I'm doing!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

And it begins

Yesterday was my first official day as Artist in Residence at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam. I particpated in their Culture Days event. I was one of several artists displaying their work at the event. Lots of lovely folks from the community stopped by to visit. My mom even came by and did a bit of weaving. It was nice to meet the other artists as well. One of them lives in my neighbourhood and is opening a gallery shop/studio nearby next month.

I'm looking forward to finding out more about her plans.

Our community banner is off to a very colourful start. The theme of the banner is "The Gifts of Community". I asked people to write down what they like about their community. Some people wrote their responses on strips of paper that were woven right into the banner, and others used tags. I think I'll tie all the tags to the bottom fringe.

I'll be working out of the "Outlet" at Leigh Square on Wednesdays and Thursdays in October and November. I'm hosting a "Textile Open Studio" on Wednesday mornings (10:30-12:30) - bring your own project and come and keep me company.

I'll also have a small project each week for people to work on if they like. Here's the schedule for October:

October 5 - weaving on CDs (for a community project)
October 12 - felt beads*
October 19 - weaving without a loom*
October 26 - making a woven pouch*
*$5 charge for materials and supplies - you get to keep what you make.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Port Coquitlam Artist Residency

Tomorrow is my first official day as "Artist in Residence" at Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam. In October and November, I'll be there on Wednesdays and Thursdays working on my weaving and other community projects. On Wednesday mornings (10:30-12:30), I'll be hosting textile based open studios. Bring a project to work on (weaving, spinning, knitting, stitching etc - anything as long as it isn't too terribly messy) and come and hang out.

Earlier this week, I spent some time setting up their floor loom. I'll be working with people to create a woven banner that celebrates "The Gifts of Community". Everyone is most welcome to come by and add a bit of weaving to the banner. We'll be starting the banner on October 1st during Culture Days. I'll be there with the loom from noon - 3pm in the Workroom. Stop by if you are in the area.

I'll have some of my wearable art pieces there as well including these wrist cuffs.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Schedule

I have a busy fall season coming up. Lots of weaving, lots of art and other stuff as well. Here are some of the places you'll find me:

Artist Residency at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam

Culture Days
October 1 noon-3. I'll  have a loom set up for people to contribute some weaving to a community banner project (no experience necessary).

Regular hours:
October 5 - December 1, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30-3:30. Stop by the "Outlet" and see what I'm doing

Opening reception
Wednesday October 19, 7-9 pm. I hear there will be snacks.

Textile open studio:
Wednesdays 10:30-12:30. Free if you bring your own stuff to work on, I'll have a small project each week for people to try as well.

Here's the schedule for October:
October 5 - weaving on CDs (for a community project)
October 12 - felt beads*
October 19 - weaving without a loom*
October 26 - making a woven pouch*
*$5 charge for materials and supplies.

Weave Yourself, Freestyle weaving on a rigid heddle loom

Full day workshops:
Maplewood House, North Vancouver, October 15, 9:30-4, $95 (this is a really good deal!). Register
Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam: November 17, 9:30-3:30,  $135. Registration details coming soon
Learn to prepare the loom and have plenty of time to "weave yourself". All materials and supplies provided.

Weaving in the evening:
North Burnaby, November 17, 24 and December 1, 7-9pm, $50/per session, or $120/all three. Contact me to register:
Come and give weaving a try. The looms will be set up and ready for you to "just weave". You'll be able to take your weaving home at the end of the night. If you sign up for all three sessions, you will have time to learn to set up the loom and weave a larger project over the three weeks if you like. All materials and supplies are provided.

Community Events

Living Room Art in the Heights, October 15 5-9 pm. 4115 Yale Street, Burnaby. Lovely neighbourhood event. I'll be doing an interactive weaving activity. (Yes it is a private residence).

Positive Affirmations Art Journaling at the Library. October 11, November 15, December 13, 6:30-8:30 pm. Vancouver Public Library, Hastings Branch. Free. Inspired by Betsy Greer's "You are so very beautiful" craftivism project, we'll be making artsy little affirmations. Not weaving, but it's a fun way to spend the evening.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Weaving on Salish Looms

Here are some photos from the Young Maker Show and Tell event (Textile and Crafting Circle) at River Market last Sunday. We took some of the mini Salish looms that I'm borrowing from Katzie First Nation and let people try weaving on them. Lots of great creativity from the kids at the event.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekly weaving classes this fall for children and adults in North Burnaby (Hastings and Boundary)

WEEKLY WEAVING CLASSES for children and adults in North Burnaby
Register through Believe in Your Child or contact me ( to reserve a space for yourself or your child.

9-12 year olds
Oct 6-Nov 10, Th 5-7pm  $240 or $50/class drop-in   
Children will learn the basic principles of weaving  by using different types of looms. They will learn about the types of weaving that are done in different parts of the world. Students will be able to work on projects based on their own interests. They will learn to make decisions and to develop their own creative abilities.  

13+ year olds (adults too)
Nov 17-Dec 1, Th 7-9 pm
$120 or $50/class drop-in 
In freestyle weaving "there are no mistakes". This class is for absolute beginners, but is also suitable for experienced weavers who might like to challenge their creativity. Participants will learn to prepare a loom for weaving and will complete a project of their choice (eg scarf, place mats, wall hanging or a cushion cover). This is a great class, for anyone who has always wanted to learn how to weave, or for someone who is looking for a new way to use up their yarn stash - even short leftover bits can be used in freestyle weaving.