April 03, 2019

Forest and Sea and the Place Between ART 2

My second piece in the Portals Gallery show is ARBUTUS.

One of my favourite trees on the west coast.

Artist statement:
Growing only on the rocky shorelines of the Pacific coast, the Arbutus tree is unique, with its dense wood and peeling layers of bark that expose the many colours beneath, from orange to cinnamon down to the fresh lime-green bark. This piece echoes that jumble of colours peeled away strip by strip, like layers of time, revealing regeneration.

Hand dyed fabric, selected threads to match nature colours, hand stitching to echo tree rings.

Detail shots

March 26 - April 18, 2019
Portals Gallery, Cowichan Valley Arts Council, Island Saving Centre, Duncan BC

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March 31, 2019

Forest and Sea and the Place Between ART 1

In our current exhibition in the Portals Gallery in Duncan BC, I will have three pieces.


This piece was created from an 80-year-old woollen blanket found in a friend's grandfather's attic. After dyeing it, I felted three layers into one, echoing the way new trees grow from the biomass of the dead trees on the forest floor, which enables them to attain an enormous lifespan when free from man's interference. By transferring the motif onto the central square, emphasis was given to this sentinel of the forest - the Western Red Cedar. The spiral shapes echo the ferns that thrive in the shade, and the blues and greens echo the rain forest's principal colours that provide a calming presence to any who enter.

 Picking the threads and dyeing the wool
In progress with the stitching
More stitching

The completed piece

And detail - the bands of colour on the four sides are densely stitched by machine.

March 29, 2019

Forest and Sea and the Place Between INSPIRATION

Day 3
Time for a walk in the forest and on the shore...

Heading down the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail from Florencia to Wickaninnish Bay.

Lesley and Ingrid
Leann and some scale
From the forest to the sea
Mussels and pebbles
 Wind shelters built out of driftwood
 Mandy and some precarious balancing
 Always surfers!

March 27, 2019

Forest and Sea and the Place Between INSPIRATION

Tofino 2017 - Study Session
Day 2

We went whale watching!
And saw whales and sea lions and cormorants and otters.

Donna and Wendy
 Whales (so hard to get a photo of!)

 Whale back
 Sea Lions
 And, my favourite, otters playing in the bull kelp.
 Fog moving in on the way back to shore.
 Tofino by water...

Day of exploring the town, then to another beach for the sunset.

Ingrid, Lesley, Wendy
 Prime sunset colours.
 Wendy, after the sun has set.

Check to see what the others are writing on their sites about the upcoming exhibition FOREST AND SEA AND THE PLACE BETWEEN.

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