The Antigonight Festival “Art after Dark” took place last Friday and Saturday in Antigonish. We had good weather, especially on Saturday and lots of people came to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this great gathering of artistic projects. There was music, theatre, dance, visual arts and lots of participatory events.
My project was called “Prayer Flags – Good Wishes in Cloth” and I had a great turnout at the Library community room on Friday night. Lots of people came through and helped by making a flag. I had prepared the flags and gathered lots of material to decorate them so everyone found something they wanted to put on. I had to let most of the flags dry overnight as there was quite some paint on them, so I strung them up the next morning. They look so bright and cheerful in the sunlight!
Have a look for yourself:
Alltogether we made 113 flags, the are strung up outside the library and will weather there and send all the good wishes and hopes into the universe. I had a lot of positive comments about the project and all ages, from kids to seniors enjoyed making the flags.
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Since moving to Nova Scotia 5 years ago I started to collect beach glass on my walks along the beautiful local beaches. It became a little bit of an obsession, and I got my whole family addicted, too!
In my fibre art, some of my main selling articles are fabric postcards and small wearable art pins. I thought about combining the seaglass with fabric, and after some trials I found a way to do this. The articles sold well locally. I had already heard about the Mermaid’s Tears Seaglass Festival, an annual three day festival in July, that is all about seaglass. This year was their 5th event, and the first one I could go to, so I decided to go as a vendor and bring my fabric art with me. I was sure this was something new, as most artists use seaglass in jewelery or decorative art pieces. So I made a number of bigger pieces, some framed fabric collages and lots of postcards and pins. The festival was held at the Lighthouse in Souris, PEI, which is a charming little coastal town with great beaches.
Attendance was very good, the media coverage was good, f.e. CTV did a piece for their local news.
I set up my table and was able to hang some bigger pieces from the tent structure, as all the vendors were in one huge tent. The visitors were quite interested in my pieces and I had lots of great feedback. I heard comments like “I’ve never seen anything like that!” over and over. The sales were good, too, and it was a lot of fun talking to other vendors, taking in the amazing seaglass finds and just chatting with visitors who were interested in my artwork. I will definitely try to go there again next year and I have many more design ideas for pieces with seaglass!
Here is one of the postcards:
And here a fabric pin, about 1 1/2″ by 2″:
And finally, one of my bigger pieces, 17″ square. This one has hand dyed fabric, hand painted fabric, stamped and discharged shells and seaglass in it and is called “Ghost Shells”.
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I am going to be teaching in Wolfville at the Gallery of the Acadia University on August 4th 2013. It will be my “Postcard Fun” class, so each student gets to make three textile postcards to take home. It is a fun class with lots of play and experimenting, suitable for all levels, even non-sewers. I hope lots of people will enroll, I love to teach that class!
Here is the poster, as you can see there are more exciting classes offered by really good teachers:
Enjoy the warm weather, bye for now,
I will have two pieces in the upcoming “Hands Dancing” show in the Inverness County Centre for the Arts. They have a beautiful large gallery space there and I’m happy to be included in this years members’ show. It runs from June 28 to July 28. If you are in the area I can highly recommend this exhibition which features a great variety of art.
One of my entries is called “Panta Rhei – Everything Flows” and incorporates some lovely silk fabric, hand painted fusible web, hand dyed fabric and lots of machine stitching.
The other artwork is called “Sea Moss” and depicts some underwater plants in different techniques. The background is a hand dyed piece of silk that turned out really well.
Both pieces will be for sale as this is a sale show. I love going up to Inverness to take in the beach and the general area, it is so beautiful there. And the art centre is a very special place, so go ahead and visit!
Join me for a talk and trunk show at the Senior’s Cafe in the Antigonish Town and County Library on April 3 2013, 14.00-15.30pm in the Community Room. I will talk about my textile art journey and show lots of my work – from the humble beginnings to award winning pieces. Also, there will be coffee, tea and munchies!
Here are some pictures of the exhibition in the Antigonish Town and County Library in daylight – enjoy…
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My fibre arts exhbition “Fabrications” opened last Friday and the turnout was great. Lots of friends came, my family was there to help and we had a really nice evening. It is interesting to hear all the comments and have visitors pick their favourite piece. The exhibition will be in the gallery space of the Antigonish Town and County Library until March 31, so come and see for yourself!
We are all listening to my friend Sarah O’Toole’s opening speech
Surrounded by my “fabrications”!
Sarah and Tabea take in my art
- I was happy to see so many familiar faces. The support for artists in this town is amazing!
This exhibition is supported by Arts Nova Scotia.
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I am very excited about my first solo exhibition “Fabrications” which will be shown at the Antigonish Town and County Library during the month of March. It will be an overview over the last 5 years of my work, lots of pieces that were in national or international shows and haven’t been seen around here. The opening will be this coming Friday, March 1st, from 7-8pm. There is still a lot to do and prepare, but it will be done by Friday! I hope to finish one more piece, to have some brand new art to show.
I hope lots of people can come and see the show, or join me on Friday for the opening.
The library gallery is such a beautiful space, bright and open, I am happy to be in this space and my art will benefit from all that light.
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I was asked for a donation for the AGECIP (Antigonish Guysborough Early Childhood Intervention Program) fundraiser event “Love for all” that will take place Friday, Feb. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the StFX Keating Centre conference rooms and have live jazz music, a silent art auction and will be catered by our local Gabrieau’s Bistro.
So here is what I came up with – and I hope someone will love it:
All you need is love, 18×18″, cotton and silk
All you need is love, detail of the hand dyed silk heart on a silk background with beading
Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
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My new fabric creations are available now in Antiongish: handmade fibre art postcards with lots of love and hearts… Valentine’s cards. They are available in two local stores: Lyghtesome Gallery and Aphrodite Art and Fashion Inc., both on Main Street Antigonish. To give you an idea what they look like:
Glitter and roses for Valentine’s Day
There are lots of individually designed cards, so please come and and pick one for the special person in your life!