Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Patchwork in Chicago

I recently visited the University of Illinois in Chicago.

The Pliable Plane
on from March 3 to May 9, 2016
at UIC, architecture department
The architecture department had a patchwork installation in their hallway.



The makers are Jennifer Meakins, Nicholas Rummler, Antonio Torres, Aura Venckunaite. The students helped install it.

I had a fun weekend. The city is fabulous.


As I looked around I felt sad that Toronto didn't look as great. In my opinion, Toronto was developed with a poor vision.


The Toronto waterfront is an issue and it seems to me the high-rises that are built are just that- super tall buildings. Many of the ones I saw in Chicago were conceptual and had links to the city.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Radiation Exhibit Continues

This post is about a show that happened in Lennep, Germany a few weeks ago.




The Radiation exhibit, or "Strahlung" exhibit, was divided between two museums because of its size. It was a cooperation between the Tuchmuseum (textile museum) and the Deutsche Röntgen Museum across the street. Doctor Wilhelm Röntgen invented the x-ray so it was fitting the exhibit went there.


View of one room in the textile museum. My piece is on the right.

Mine was at the textile museum and I heard the interest and attendance was high which made the museum very happy! To see some of the history of this exhibit click here and here and here.


View inside the textile museum in Lennep. 

This exhibit is going to be shown once more in June in Celle, Germany, at a patchwork day and then my piece will be mailed back after 2 years of touring.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Making Changes

I recognized a friend at the St Lawrence Market that I hadn’t seen in over 30 years ! She and I went to high school together in Montreal. She has recently moved to Toronto.

I exhibit my work in Europe.

We met for coffee later in the week and had a long chat about everything! It was wonderful!!

I prepare teaching samples for my
quilt classes.

She asked about what I was doing and I gave her my blog and my website address.

I organize trips to Verona, Italy, with a textile theme.

But later that week I wondered what she would see on those sites.

I work on art journals.

The website has not been updated for years! No new photographs. No new text. No additions to my CV. Yet I have done a lot!


I recently organized a trip to Umbria for August 2016...
and by organize I mean preparing an itinerary,
interviewing the right people to give workshops and lectures,
finding the best places to eat,
booking an amazing villa,
discovering places to visit...
a big job!


The blog is fine if you follow me regularly. You know what projects I am working on and you know what I have done.


I exhibit my work in Toronto.
This piece was part of the exhibit
The Gathering last summer
@ Gallery 814.

But for a person who is just visiting for the first time I need to have a better description of what I am and what I do and what I have done!


I teach in the art department at different high schools.

My website and my blog need a make-over! 


I take some art classes and always keep learning.


That is what I will be working on in the next months.

I curate textile exhibits





Sunday, April 10, 2016

Starting the Day

My yoga teacher talked about getting in the zone before the practice.


To close off all things around you and get in tune with your breathing, focusing on the air filling your lungs and the breathe leaving your body.


To shut off all thoughts and listen to your body. What is it saying to you... My knee hurts today.... It is nice to sit and relax for a moment during this busy day.


I realized I do that when I start my daily art practice. I do it without thinking. It comes to me naturally.


I can do it quickly. I think it is because of my almost 20 years of dance training. That discipline to get right in the zone without distraction and begin working.


You focus.

You are ready.

You begin.





Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Biennale of Marrakech

El Anatsui was exhibiting at the Palais el Badii.



I love the folds of metal making it take on the properties of cloth.



The metal looks soft and pliable like a blanket.



I love the size of this work.



It looks beautiful exhibited outside. I can only imagine the sun light touching the medium and making it glow.


To see more of my posts about El Anatsui click here.


(photo credit Sophia Reford)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Colours

I learned how to make the Ukrainian Easter eggs (Pysanky) when I was 6 years old from my best friend's older sister.




I continued to make them when I had children and passed on this tradition to them.

Coloured eggs made ages ago by my little children.
We kept them all from year to year.

This year, I wasn't going to get all the supplies out but my daughter asked for them.

She wanted to teach her boyfriend. What a sport he was! His egg was great!! (shown below)



He did say it was really difficult controlling the kistka (tool for drawing with beeswax). He now appreciates the craft even more.

I guess that is always the case. After one realizes how much effort it is to make a quilt or how long it takes to hand stitch a panel there is always that extra awe.



Friday, March 25, 2016

Discovery

The nice thing about going through boxes and bags of stuff in my studio is finding things I forgot I had- mostly quilt blocks.

Bear Paw blocks were almost all made up!

As I reorganized shelves, fabric and spools of thread, I did spend some time sewing those blocks together or adding a border on some quilt tops that needed a frame.

Made using 5 inch squares and a few rectangles.
Made using  my fabric scraps of course!
I did buy new fabric for the back.

I sent several quilt tops out to the quilter for layering and quilting.

I love this lime green binding.
I could have gone with dark brown (boring)
or even a blue but the green makes a splash!

The whole process did take away some time from my art work but I feel it was worth it. It is much better to have these quilts done than in a box where no one can enjoy them.

What a treat sewing by the fire on a cold spring day!

I urge you to do the same!

Make it a spring cleaning project!