I have been sadly lax in updating recently – not for lack of wanting! But for lack of time!
First things first: Please stay tuned for images of lovely artist Joshua Vettivelu’s work while he was here. Once we pour through all the documentation I will post some goodies.
Second things, well, second: There is so much amazing arts stuff going on in this here city that it would be insane to try to stuff it all into one little blog post. So I won’t! I will reserve for it it’s very own, with a focus on events and upcoming exhibitions at our favourite local artist run centre The Eastern Edge.
Fourth things third: (didn’t see that coming, eh?) Here is a delightful paper-cut I made from japanese papers and an exquisite little Olfa cutting tool from lovely local art shop Urchin Art Materials.
And some other things, too: I have recently begun an embroidery class with incredibly talented textile artist Susan Furneaux at the Anna Templeton Centre. It doesn’t look like much right now, but I’m so happy to practice my basic stitches for the next couple weeks until we start on our projects proper. After this six week class is over, you can expect to see a brand spankin’ new series of embroidered works. It is a beautiful, meditative process that shares a lot with my current practice. Tiny, detailed, and meticulous, it allows for a sort of focused stillness akin to my labyrinth work – like yoga for just your fingers.
Last Tuesday we held the pattern launch for Operation Homespun: Next Generation!
Operation Homespun came into existence some decades ago, the first written record of a couple dozen traditional Newfoundland knitting patterns. Assembled into a handy book, this was released some years ago. Last year, Operation Homespun: the Next Generation competition took place, where local knitters designed brilliant new pieces to contribute to the ongoing history of Operation Homespun.
There were several winners, including favourite non-wearable, juror’s choice, and the two winners of the competition Andrea Babb and Laurie Legrow, designers of the Republic Jacket and the Wreckhouse Wristers. After much knitting and pattern drafting and testing, the patterns were finally launched to a room filled with enthusiastic knitters.
You can get your copies of Operation Homespun and the two new patterns on the Anna Templeton website.
Last thing but not least thing:
I am reading this amazing book by Katherine Dunn called Geek Love and just LOOK AT THIS HAPPYUMBRELLA PLANT!
Today is a snow day and I just could not be happier.