Sunday, 27 May 2012

Summer Weaving

I setup my tiny loom (a relative term... only small compared to the big floor looms) on Friday!  One of the nicest ladies ever, Marie Payne, helped me figure out my ancient loom.  She had never seen one like it! It needs a little cleaning up and some TLC but it's a great little loom.  I do not miss setting up the warp though, my back is still recovering. 

Marie also gave me her extra copy of this amazing pattern book.  We used to refer to this book all the time at school.  Of course, I could not just pick a simple pattern to start out with.  I am glad I still remember how to read draft patterns, otherwise I would have been in big trouble. 

I have only done a little bit so far, hoping to get more done throughout the week.  This photo doesn't really show the colours too well, but the warp is blue and teal, and the weft is a light mint green.

I also went for a quick visit to the Beyond the Valley Studio Tour to see Paull Rodrigue's studio and his guest the lovely Sandra Greenwood and her jewellery.  It's crazy to think that it was about 4 years ago that I started working for Paull, which is around the same time that I graduated from Sheridan.  Maybe all those youngins at NSCAD are right. I am old! 

Anyway, Paull let me make something, which considering I haven't really blown glass for 2 years was sort of a sad display.  If I had some kind of plan it might not have been such a disaster, that was always my experience at Sheridan that when I went in to the shop without a plan.  No plan = disaster, always. 

This is Paull making a "peanut".  Basically just a big bubble that when popped, makes a very loud *bang* noise.  I remember him scaring the crap out of these old ladies that came into the shop when I was working there.  Amazing. 

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Summer Shows

I finally know the official line up for my shows for the rest of the summer! I will be doing the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show, Art on the Street, and the Haliburton Art & Craft Festival.  I am really excited to be participating in all of these great shows!

First: the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show

Where: Kew Gardens Park, Toronto, ON
When:  Saturday June 9th and Sunday June 10th
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Admission is FREE!

About the show: The Beaches Arts & Crafts Show features 150 artists, artisans & designers from across Canada and attracts thousands of visitors looking for quality handmade products. It takes place in the beautiful Kew Gardens Park in Toronto's Beaches District.

The show started out modestly in 1984 with 25 exhibitors and at that time it was just about the only show event in the Beaches. Since then it has grown to showcase 150 Canadian artists, artisans & designers. Exhibitors are juried and selected based on the quality of their work and the originality of their design.

Now 28 years later, the show includes a large variety of Canada's finest handmade works including visual arts, photography, jewellery, leather work, fashions, ceramics, glass, gourmet foods and much much more. The show will be held on Saturday June 9th and Sunday June 10th, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Admission is FREE, bring friends and family to this unique outdoor event. The show will be held rain or shine!

Second: Art on the Street

Where: Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph, ON
When: Saturday July 14th
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Admission is FREE!

About the show: Art on the Street Art Exhibition & Sale is a juried showcase featuring contemporary fine art and craft that takes place annually in Downtown Guelph.  This year's event will take place on July 14, 2012.

The event has grown in both calibre of artist and scale since its inception in 2003 to become Guelph's largest open-air art exhibition and sale.

Art on the Street is a beautiful opportunity to meet the painters, potters, blacksmiths, jewellers, glass blowers, textile artists, photographers, and more to take home a piece of Guelph's creative culture. 

 Art on the Street is a free event which welcomes art lovers of all ages. 

Third: The Haliburton Art & Craft Festival

Where: Head Lake Park, Haliburton, ON
When: July 27th - 29th
Time: Friday 12 am - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: $2, Kids under 12 free with an adult

About the show: The Haliburton Art & Craft Festival is one of the best in Ontario. Featuring 130 artists and artisans from across the Province, and a few from outside Ontario, this Festival has been a signature event for Haliburton County for close to 50 years! Fresh, innovative, eclectic - you will find it in Head Lake Park on the fourth weekend of July every year

Monday, 14 May 2012

West Hamilton Studio Tour

Now that I have had some rest I can finally do a little update on the show.  I had such a great weekend with my wonderful hosts, Gordon Leverton and his lovely wife Nancy.  They were such gracious hosts and Nancy kept me very well fed the whole time (almost too well fed, will have to hit the gym a little bit extra this week I think!). 

We had a few crazies through, but there were so many lovely people that came through. That's why I love doing studio tours, everyone is always so friendly.  They actually appreciate art! 

It is definitely nice being back in good old Ontario and doing shows. Setting everything up was a bit slower than usual.  It's much harder when you forget where everything usually goes.  But the kitchen was the perfect little spot to setup.

This is Malcolm. He was my helper for the show.  When he was not on my table, or at least trying to get on the table, he was sitting in my chair or schmoozing with the visitors. 

Apparently he slept on my table at night.  Maybe he was just being a good guard cat?

Here are some of Gord's paintings setup in the kitchen. 

One of my favourite paintings above the fireplace.

We also did a little pre-tour on Friday night.  And while I didn't get a chance to see the whole show, what I did see was pretty great.  Here are some of Helga Morrison's pieces setup in Studio 9. 

And some lovely ceramics by Tara Lynne Franco also in Studio 9.

More ceramics at Tony and Sheila Clennell's studio! 

Paul Elia's work is fantastic! 

Jason Freiburger's work in Studio 4 

Fellow flameworker Sandra Greenwood was on the tour as well. Her Touch of Glass work is lovely.

Julia Veenstra's paintings were incredible.  She had so many fantastic pieces there, this is a detail of one of my favourites. 

All in all a great weekend. Thanks to the organizers and everyone else for all of their hard work! 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


10% off coupon for Etsy! 
To celebrate the upcoming West Hamilton Artist Tour I am offering 10% off in my Etsy store!
If you click on the image below you will be taken to my shop.


The coupon code is: WHAT12
Simply enter it when checking out.

The coupon will be valid until May 18th, 2012. 

Friday, 4 May 2012

NSCAD work

I want to add a section on my website for my NSCAD work, perhaps later in the summer not that I am going to have more time as the summer draws on.  For now though, I will just put them up on here. 

UPDATE: website updated! Click here to check out the new section.

My ring project from first semester. 

My brooch project from first semester.  Meant to be worn by two people so you can secretly communicate with each other. 

Neckpiece from first semester. 

Viewmaster Brooch from Jewellery II

Etched and Mitered pendant. I love etching!


One of my favourites

Forged spoon! 


Final project!