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July 2017
Once again I have the honour of being juried into the Sooke Fine Arts Show. This time "The Legislature" will be on display. And I will give a demo to show how I use fabric and thread to paint a picture using a photo as the starting point.

     

March 2017
Working on translating a photo I took of the Legislature at night into fabric. First step: I took the photo. Second step: I drew the image and indicated where to have light, medium and dark values. Last step: the fabric piece with lots of thread painting.

 

February 2017
I am very pleased with my new business card. Beautiful, isn't it?

 

January 2017
A bright baby quilt ready to be delivered to the soon-to-be-born baby.

 

December 2016
At "Show and Tell" I displayed the beading I had done on the dyed silk cocoons.

 

November 2016
I taught a fun Lutradur class. Everyone enjoyed using a soldering iron and a heat tool to make 3D dragonflies and butterflies.

 

October 2016
I had a fun time using ice cubes and procion dyes to create some lovely fabrics. The photos below show how the ice looks with one colour of dye sprinkled on it, and how the final fabric looks after it all melts. I used three different dye colours to get this effect. Iím looking forward to creating a lovely art piece with this fabric.

   

September 2016
I was hired to embellish some African fabric for a woman who wanted to wear it like a shawl. After stabilizing it, I was able to then add beads to the neck-lines and skirts of all the cute little figures. A different woman wanted to buy it before the new owner could even put it on!

   

August 2016
I was commissioned to make a wall hanging for this unusual spot in a front entranceway.

 

July 2016
I am honoured that my piece, "Monkey Puzzle Tree", has been accepted into the 2016 Sooke Fine Arts Show! The show runs from July 22 to August 1 at SEAPARC Leisure Complex (2168 Phillips Road, Sooke, BC).

   

June 2016
The Fairfield Artists Studio Tour was a pleasure to participate in and a great success! The display was a riot of colour and people were enthusiastic. Many pieces were sold on the first day and I received some exciting new commissions.

     

May 2016
I am one of several local artists in this year's Fairfield Artists Studio Tour, an annual self-guided tour that provides art-lovers an opportunity to meet local artists, tour their studios and view their work while exploring the beautiful neighbourhood of Fairfield, Victoria BC. Come visit me, Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8, 2016, 11am - 4pm.

 

April 2016
Heavy duty, extreme sewing, major fun!

 

February 2016
This is my response to the challenge issued by the Canadian National Quilting Association. I had to use the five fabrics that they provide, and it is donated to their 2016 fundraiser.

 

January 2016
Here is what I did when I was challenged to upcycle a piece of clothing! Want one?

   

November 2015
Finishing up the Year-End Challenges:
1) What do you do with plastic tubes? Why, cover them with fabric and make art!
2) What do you do with unmatching fabrics? Why, weave them, paint them, stamp them with dragon flies; use it to make a silk-lined handbag.

   

August 2015
My piece called Autumnal Splendour is in an art show at the Coast Collective Gallery.

 

July 2015
A friend told me that she was going to burn all of her paintings that she didn't like anymore. So I asked her to give two of them to me. I cut them into strips and wove them together, then added some black stitching to put some definition back into the shapes of the jars. Looking forward to hearing her reaction.

     

May 2015
Got the news that my San Juan piece has been accepted into the Sooke Fine Art Show this year.
I volunteered to do a demonstration so I have made a banner to identify myself. Using the technique that I will demo I am making lots of bookmarks which will be sold in the gift shop.

 
   

March 2015
My donation to the Canadian Quilters' Association challenge. Each person gets the same five fabrics and we have to create a piece based on the theme "Blowing in the Wind". The large butterfly is actually made from paper, paint and beads.

   

February 2015
I printed the customer's photo, which she took in Scotland, on cotton (20" by 30" approx) and then I hand stitched, machine stitched and added beads for a bit of glitter. Close-up photos show the house and surrounding landscape, as well as the French knots and hand stitching of the foreground.

   

January 2015
My commission was to interpret a photograph of a family home into a fabric wall hanging that was given to a woman as a surprise gift. Here is what she said - I have to think she likes it!

The woman who "transposed" our home onto this piece of fabric truly has an unbelievable talent. I almost feel as if we have a bond, of sorts, in that she has totally "captured" the love I have for this "place" where we have shared sooooo many good times.

   

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