November 18, 2016

2016 Contextural Sale

Spent the evening setting up for tomorrow's sale (Saturday the 19th from 10am to 6pm.) This textile-centric sale provides the opportunity for the public to meet the makers of silk-screened, EcoPrinted and/or hand-dyed scarves, pillows and bags, 2D and 3D art pieces, items for dogs and babies, clothing, accessories, and home decor.

Annual Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Christ Church Elbow Park, 3602 - 8th Street SW Calgary GoogleMaps/ChristChurchElbowParkCalgary
Details: Free admission; Cash, Credit or cheque accepted; Free street parking available.
Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works.



Here are some pictures of the hall when we left...
 
 
 

November 11, 2016

Going through my inventory 2...

For the Contextural sale on November 19th I am looking through my inventory from past exhibitions to see what I still have around.

More pieces that I think I will be bringing are...

From the UNESCO Heritage Site show "ExtraOrdinary Places"  in 2008 of UNESCO sites I have visited were the amazing Stave Churches in Norway. Christianity came to Norway between 995 and 1030 AD. As a result, churches were built which were ornamental, with carvings such as dragon heads, that showed a marriage of Christian and Viking symbols. These churches take their names from the distinctive building techniques using vertical staves. From over 1000 that were built, less than 30 remain today.
Norway's Stave Churches - Urnes


Norway's Stave Churches - Eidsborg


From the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia study session in 2010 came the exhibit entitled "Bridging Waters" that toured England and across Canada from 2012 - 2014:

Erosion at Hopewell Rock 
The Hopewell Rocks of New Brunswick are the iconic Bay of Fundy postcard image. Erosion from the highest tides in the world going through twice a day has carved these red sandstone cliffs into strange and interesting shapes.
Full and Detail:


Always Something To Do
Based upon a photograph I took at the pier in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea NB this scene is recreated endlessly with men and their boats. The title refers to how it is a never ending job of maintenance against the ravages of salt water and marine life.

November 09, 2016

Going through my inventory...

For the Contextural sale on November 19th I am looking through my inventory from past exhibitions to see what I still have around.

Pieces that I think I will be bringing are...

From the Alberta Badlands study session in 2004, exploring the flora and geological formations of the Badlands:

Sedimentary Swirls 
Size: 19" x 11"
Water traces lines in the mud; the wind and the sun set them in stone. One of the wonders of the badlands is this ability to see the ephemeral motion of wind and water permanently etched in stone.



Desert Flowers
Size: 28" x 26" 
Here the fleeting, magical bursting to life of the profusion of wildflowers is framed by ancient weathered sandstone cliffs carved by wind and water.



From the Cold Lake study session in 2005 exploring cold and ice, that grew into a complementary exhibit with the brand new Opera being written and performed across Canada in 2007 and 2008 (the show was seen in Calgary, Banff and Halifax) about the British explorer Martin Frobisher from Elizabethan England and his search for a NW passage across the Arctic entitled "Meta Incognita":

A Blaze in the Northern Sky 
Size: 30” x 50” 
In the land of the midnight sun where the air is crystal clear, the sun burns with a fiery blaze in the blue sky. This piece evokes those flashes of gold in the shifting blues and mauves of the northern sky. 

Full and Detail:


Ice Binds Heaven and Earth
Size: 15” x 15”
In the undefined landscapes of the north, where even the horizon can lose itself, the dancing northern lights of the heavens are tethered to the shifting snow by the ice that captures their dance.

 

Inuit Tattoo
From a diary excerpt of a crew member of the 1576 voyage, his words upon first meeting the natives.
Full and Detail:
 

November 08, 2016

CONTEXTURAL Artisan Sale

My next sale this fall will be on Saturday the 19th for the Annual Christmas Artisan Sale, showcasing unique fibre and multi-media works by local artists and Contextural members. There will be plenty of gift worthy items to help you get into the holiday spirit!

Annual Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Christ Church Elbow Park, 3602 - 8th Street SW Calgary GoogleMaps/ChristChurchElbowParkCalgary
Details: Free admission; Cash, Credit or cheque accepted; Free street parking available.
Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works.

This textile-centric sale provides the opportunity for the public to meet the makers of silk-screened, EcoPrinted and/or hand-dyed scarves, pillows and bags, 2D and 3D art pieces, items for dogs and babies, clothing, accessories, and home decor.


More information and images click on the "NEWS" tab on our website: contextural.ca
 

October 26, 2016

Hiking

Seems like after every Calyx, my husband finally gets to do something with me because the busyness has slowed down.

This time we headed to Kananaskis Country, between Calgary and Banff, and went for a hike around the Upper Kananaskis Lake to see the Lower Kananaskis Falls. The day was overcast but quite warm for an October day in the mountains.

A view across the lake, looking west.

Dave with Mount Sarrail behind him and the Rawson Ridge that he climbed a couple weeks earlier above the treeline.

Lichen hanging off the trees.

A Three-Toed Woodpecker we came across, working away for his lunch. Love his yellow cap!

The turn-around point, the falls.

View across the lake, looking east, towards the Elk Range.

My favourite shot, above the lake, on the Palliser Rockslide, and the path we walked through it in the background.

It was a very quiet day in the mountains, we only came across 2 other groups and their dogs. On the way home, as the sun was setting, some of the ponds in different fields had swans in them! Either Trumpeter Swans that live north of Edmonton, or Tundra Swans who are migrating from the Arctic (I think Tundra, but we couldn't get close enough to see if they had the distinctive yellow mark on their beaks.) It was just the right place at the right time - I haven't seen them for quite a few years.

October 23, 2016

A lovely day at a sale...

The pop-up art show known as Calyx is over for another year. I set up my clothing racks and hung the shirts and oversized scarves on it. I also had the table beside, and my regular sized scarves on a rack by it.


Lots of people were really taken with the EcoPrinting and I was very happy with the reception the process received and comments I heard. Thanks to everyone for shopping local and supporting YYC artists. I have two more sales at the end of November:


Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale - SATURDAY - November 19
10am - 6pm
Christ Church Elbow Park
3602-8th Street SW CALGARY
 



and
Christmas Market Sale - SAT/SUN - November 26/27
11am - 5pm
TBA - details are being finalized
NW CALGARY

October 21, 2016

EcoPrinting ... Natural Dyes... Botanical Prints...

Whatever you call it, I love doing it!
I spent the entire month of July at the Artist Residency printing clothing. After bundling them around different plant material and cooking them, the best part is opening up the packages and seeing what surprises there are for you.

At the end of the summer I have a rack of 70 pieces of clothing and the hardest part is picking 50 out to take to the Calyx Distinctive Arts show and sale on Saturday. (Good thing I have two more sales in November.)


I bought some display equipment and have been planning how to do a layout on it. This is the first stab at it. I will post from the sale tomorrow what the final display looked like.


Also on these racks I will have the oversized shawl scarves I dyed/printed.

In silk:

Silk Fleece:

Silk and cotton:

Silk and Cashmere:

Cashmere:
And then there are the 50 regular-sized Devore silk-rayon blend scarves + solid silks scarves + velvet scarves. I am ready!

October 19, 2016

More EcoPrinted clothing

By using up-cycled clothing that I scour second hand shops for, spending hours searching for natural fibres (silks, linens, cashmere, cottons, wool, modal) in natural colours, I am always impressed with the amazing 'finds' I can uncover.

Here are three silk garments, but each with very different properties.

This is a very fine KNITTED fabric in 100% silk, in a turtleneck style:


This is a sleeveless, light-weight habotai 100% silk blouse:


And this is a heavier 100% silk blouse that drapes very nicely. It has a glossy finish to the fabric and quite a substantial hand to it:


October 18, 2016

Scarves for sale!

Once all the actual dyeing is completed I spend weeks washing, ironing, then labeling every piece in my studio. I usually only do this for the Calyx show in the spring and the fall but this year I have three different sales in the next two months. Seems to make it a little more worthwhile!

Washed and ironed now hanging nicely on hangars:


Labelled with what plants are used in printing, and care instructions:

 
Starting to pack (softly folded into a large bag):


I always have a huge inventory in my studio, so if you're ever looking for a gift for yourself or someone else, or just interested in the process, come and visit me!

October 16, 2016

Other items for Calyx

I have been busy over the summer in the ACAD Fibre Studio doing lots of dyeing and printing.

Along with the EcoPrinted clothing I will also have these items at Calyx:

Velvet Devore silk-rayon small bags (~5" x 7")


Baby toques in 100% cotton, in newborn and infant sizes. Super cute when knotted on the end!


Pyrography.


October 14, 2016

CALYX DISTINCTIVE ARTS - SHOW AND SALE

After a very busy summer, spent in a 3-month residency in the Fibre Art Department at the Art College, then a couple of exhibits around town (I will post about these later)...

It's that time again - fall sales! I am going to be in three different ones this year. This first one is next weekend and the other two are at the end of November (more about them later).

I am taking part in the Calyx Distinctive Arts Show and Sale on SATURDAY, October 22 from 10am -4pm. This show is a classic and it's classy! Paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more. The best time is to arrive early. This is not a play! Really. Early is better as many people are in-the-know about this show and arrive to collect new work from their favourite artists.



I have a massive amount of silk scarves that I Eco-Dyed over the summer, as well as Eco-Printed up-cycled clothing. I have added a line of oversized scarves, out of some gorgeous fibres like cashmere, pashmina, superfine silk and fine linens.

Hope you can make it for a visit...

Clothing:


And the oversize scarves:











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