July 03, 2016

July 02, 2016

Return to French Polynesia 2016

When our trip in 2014 got interrupted with me breaking my neck, our comment even in the hospital was 'we have to come back and finish our trip'.

So we went back for the month of May 2016. And what's the most common thing there?

Sunrises and sunsets! In no particular order...



 



 

April 20, 2016

More necklaces for Calyx

During my travels last fall I have been stitching the bodies of my KEEPSAKE POUCHES and their 2000 stitches done with needle and a waxed linen thread. I have now decorated them with buttons and beads in preparation for Calyx this weekend. Here are shots of them with the semi-precious stones that are contained within and the spiritual properties of each. What can you add to yours?

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Red Jasper
Red jasper is a stone of fairness and justice. It decreases unjustness and helps in unfair situations. It enhances responsibility, choice, and compassion. It can enhance dream recall and assist in protection and rescue from danger. It is also a stone that helps in all areas of survival, and is a very protective stone.


Quartz
Clear quartz crystal is a power stone that harmonizes and balances. It enhances energy and thoughts, and purifies the spiritual, mental, and physical. It is also a powerfully protective stone, bringing the purified energy in. Due to its ability to balance, quartz is excellent for harmonizing and balancing one's environment. Quartz is also good for energizing other crystals.

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Carnelian
Carnelian is a healing stone that counteracts feelings of apathy, fear and rage. It fosters a feeling of peace within and without. It also imparts self-confidence and inspired verbal and written communication.

Red Jasper
Red jasper is a stone of fairness and justice. It decreases unjustness and helps in unfair situations. It enhances responsibility, choice, and compassion. It can enhance dream recall and assist in protection and rescue from danger. It is also a stone that helps in all areas of survival, and is a very protective stone.

Leopardskin Jasper
Leopardskin is a stone that aids in service to others – it helps to discover and connect. It makes it easier for one to take responsibility properly and it helps with creative visualization. As with all jaspers, this is a protective stone.

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Blue Lace Agate
Blue Lace Agate is a great choice for self-expression; it makes it much easier to express oneself, it helps one to speak their truth and makes it easier to convey your thoughts while speaking. This stone also works directly with the nervous system to alleviate physical tension, it is very calming and people who are agitated are drawn to its energy.

Amethyst
Promotes inner calm & peace, initiates wisdom & understanding. It works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. It engenders courage and inner strength.

Amazonite
Amazonite is an extremely soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system. It is a stone that helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviates worry and fear; it dispels negative energy and aggravation.
 
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April 19, 2016

Pillows, pillows, pillows!

While I was dyeing with neighbourhood plant material last fall for my clothing line (see earlier posts) I would also throw some upholstery fabrics in that I had been gifted. First I culled the pile for only natural fibres (100% silk, linen, cotton were the most common) and added them to various simmering pots.

I have spent the past month making pillows - boy, are they a lot of work!

The sizes range from 14"x14" up to 20"x20". The silk has the most amazing shimmer and the patterning on some are great. I am very happy with how they turned out. And finally got outside today (on our 27c day) to do some photography. Here they are...

Here are most of them lined up for front and back pics:


Wrap around - 2 different silks front and back:

100% silk bolster:

Cotton printed front with black cotton back for contrast:

Close ups of two patterned silks:

April 18, 2016

CALYX DISTINCTIVE ART - SHOW AND SALE

It's that time again!

I will be showing on SATURDAY, April 23th only.

This is a juried art show and sale where 30 different artists show separately on each day!


I have many different types of silk scarves that I dye over the summer.
Plus I will have jewellery (brooches and necklaces) and lots of wall art.

All of my art is TEXTILE based, whether it is paper, natural fibres - animal (silk or wool) or plant (cotton, rayon), synthetic fibres - nylon, polyester (all the better for burning!) and all with a component of STITCH.

I will also have some eco-printed pillows made from silk, linen, or cotton upholstery fabrics I dyed with my clothing last fall.






November 22, 2015

ECO Printed Upcycled Clothing 2

Eco Printed up-cycled clothing.

This has a once-a-year production time for me. I will not be making any more pieces until next fall when the leaves turn once again.

But now I have a large variety of pieces, ranging from sleeveless shirts, long sleeve blouses, jackets, pullover sweaters, skirts, oversize blouses. The natural fabrics range from merino wool, linen (flax), silk, cashmere, cotton (and pima cotton), rayon (viscose), modal, tencel, wool - either plant or animal based. Sizes range from XS to XL.

Photos of some more pieces:

Cotton top / linen skirt:

Cotton:

This green silk one is sold.

100% silk:

These two are both sold - to the same person!

100% silk:


100% mohair:

November 20, 2015

ECO Printed Upcycled Clothing 1

I had a friend come over to check out my Calyx stuff from the weekend sale but we never made it downstairs to my studio as I showed her my Eco Printed clothing first and she bought this jacket! Eco Printed up-cycled clothing. This is 100% boiled wool, printed with eucalyptus, geranium, oak and rose leaves from my Calgary, Canada neighbourhood. The rose bush is actually from her front yard! 
Looks great on you, Jan!


This is a 100% silk blouse printed with brown onion skins, and oak, rose and dogwood leaves. 
Kerry, I am saving this one for you! Doesn't it look good on her?

This is a 100% silk dress that would look great over leggings. 
Oak and dogwood leaves from my neighbourhood.
And this is the one my daughter selected. This is a 100% silk front, 50-50 silk-linen back. 
Printed with Silver Dollar and Baby Blue Eucalyptus leaves.



ECO Printing 1

So very excited with what I have been working on for the past couple months, here is the big reveal - Eco Printing on natural fibres (silk, wool, cotton, linen) using plant materials from around the neighbourhood. Here is a wool-Tencel blend, large scarf, done with onions skins, oak leaves, eucalyptus. It sold within the first ten minutes of my sale last weekend.

Here is a cotton-modal shawl scarf printed with Smokebush leaves.

October 18, 2015

CALYX time again - 30th annual

I will be showing on SATURDAY, October 24th only.

This is a juried art show and sale where 30 different artists show separately on each day!


I have many different types of silk scarves that I dye over the summer.
Plus I will have jewellery (brooches and necklaces) and lots of wall art.

All of my art is TEXTILE based, whether it is paper, natural fibres - animal (silk or wool) or plant (cotton, rayon), synthetic fibres - nylon, polyester (all the better for burning!) and all with a component of STITCH.

Contextural Residency 8

Three months of playing in the Fibre Art Department of ACAD over the summer produced a lot of silk scarves and fabrics. The scarves I will be selling at the CALYX Distinctive Art Sale on October 24th, and also at the CONTEXTURAL sale on November 21st.

The fabrics I will be working on over the winter adding stitch and continuing to develop the themes they were created about.

Here is the start of the dyeing process, first layer with low immersion fibre reactive dyes (they are round because the picture is taken at the bottom of a plastic pail!)







 Rinsing out the dye...

A sampling of my supplies...

 The great hanging racks with one of very many batches being dried...


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