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.   

Young Maker Show and Tell at River Market in New Westminster

We'll be at River Market in New Westminster (New West Quay) this Sunday September 4 from 11:30 am to 3 pm for a Textile and Crafting Circle. The event is FREE and is open to children and grown-ups too. There'll be several people demonstrating different yarn and fibre crafts. I'll have a rigid heddle loom and a Salish loom there for people to try some weaving. You can even bring your own fibre project (knitting, stitching etc) and just hang out if you like. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Phoenix Travel Trash Necklace

A few years ago while I was on vacation, I noticed some interesting looking garbage lying on the ground outside my hotel. Every time I walked past it, I thought to myself that it would make an interesting piece of art. After several days, I couldn't resist any more and I picked it up off the ground. When I got home, I made this:

Since then, I've accumulated a small collection of baggies of stuff that I find lying around on trips. A few of the baggies have even been turned into art.

When I was at the ARTzona 2015 retreat in Phoenix, I found some "distressed" bits of metal and plastic, some torn up pieces of paper a little wrench and a lanyard. They seemed to want to be a necklace, so this is what I made:

You can see more of my Travel Trash series here. Just scroll down the page until you see it. Maybe one day I'll figure out how to put tags on the page so that I can link directly to things, but for now, I'd rather make art.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The white blanket evolves

Some time ago my daughter made an all white blanket for herself. It was her second weaving ever and because she wanted it to be "really big" it was quite an undertaking. I was quite impressed that she stuck it out and the results were beautiful, don't you think?
Well, the other day she decided to wash it, in the washing machine, and when you wash (and dry) a textile made of many different types of fibre, this is what happens:

It's much smaller than it used to be, but fortunately she still loves it. I agree that it is stunning, and now I want to go out and shrink everything that I've woven. I can't stop taking pictures of it. It looks like some sort of fabulous rock formations. I suggested that she might call it the "White Cliffs of Dover", but she scoffed and said that a blanket doesn't need a name, even though she has named her trumpet (Garth), her computer (Miranda) and her ficus plant (Lloyd).

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Indigo Workshop

I have wanted to learn how to dye using indigo for a very long time, but, until yesterday I just never quite got around to it. I thoroughly enjoyed the The Craft Lab's indigo workshop. These are the samples that I made using different techniques. Unfortunately there are no process pictures because I forgot to take my camera. (This is the part where one or another of my friends usually points out that this wouldn't happen if I had a smart phone.)

I was surprised to find out that you need to repeatedly dip the fabric into the dye bath and take it out to oxidize between dips in order for the colour to develop. The more times you dip, the deeper the colour.

Here's a written run down of what I did:
Top row from left to right:
1. Two wavy lines drawn lightly in pencil and clamped using bulldog paper clamps.
2. Accordion folded and then folded back and forth into a triangle - clamped together with a weird clamp. After several dips, unfolded and accordion folded in the opposite direction, clamped together over tongue depressors (you can see the outlines in the middle of the piece).
3. Folded in half and then beads wrapped with elastics at regular intervals. You can see the placement dots I made with a blue sharpie marker on the right half.
4. Wrapped around  a pvc pole and then scrunched up.
5. Accordion folded in both directions and then clamped between two squares of wood. After severa dips, unfolded and then accordion folded in one direction only. Clamped together with narrow strips of wood (mini popsicle sticks) and redyed.
6. Folded in half and three concentric hearts stitched and pulled tightly. Unfortunately it ripped when I was overenthusiastic in removing the stitching lines. This will let me do some boro style visible mending.

I also came home with the contents of one of the dye vats. That's how I had time to refold some of the pieces. I have it set up in the sink in my TV room and the whole basement smells like brown sugar. Good thing it isn't one of the stinky vats.