Monday, March 26, 2018

Catching Up With 2018 (or Creating As Fast As I Can)

Eastern Cottontail, Vintage Embroidery Floss, 4 x 4 x 1.5

Happy Spring! I love this time of year, don't you? This morning I heard a red-winged blackbird, one of my favourites.

2018 bolted out of the gate and I haven't had the opportunity to update you on developments. There's lots to be excited about and, if you follow the fibre arts community, you've probably noticed that fibre art is exploding right now. Good news all round.

The first event on my calendar this year is Collected Threads, a retrospective exhibition of the various contemporary fibre artists hosted by Elsa Elliott in the St. Jacobs Village Silos. For many years, Elsa has promoted a contemporary fibre artist in tandem with the Waterloo Region's Quilt and Fibre Art Festival through her iconic store The Silo Weavers which closed its doors last year. Collected Threads will feature a past and current work from 12 of the previous guest artists, including me. 

What a great idea! I can't wait to see the work and how artists have changed over the years.

Event: Collected Threads
Place: Village Silos, St. Jacobs, ON
When: May 22 - 26, 2018

Wave 3A - Frothy, 10 x 10 x 1.5, Peruvian Highland Wool, Alpaca and Beeswax on Board

Next, I am thrilled to announced that I am the opening artist in the Blyth Festival Art Gallery for the 2018 Blyth Festival season!  I am so excited about this and have a new body of work to show for the first time that is really something new! More on that soon.

Event: Every Fibre Of My Being, Solo exhibition
Place: Blyth Festival Art Gallery, Blyth, ON
When: June 22 - July 16, 2018

Wave 3B - Detail, 10 x 10 x 1.5, Canadian Wool and Beeswax on Board

Finally, just when I thought I used up all my exclamation marks, (drum roll please) I have been selected as one of five artists granted the Kingsbrae International Artist Residency for the Arts! (!!!) This is an amazing opportunity to spend a month living on 20 acres of award winning gardens in beautiful St. Andrews, New Brunswick, focused on creating art. Still having a hard time believing this one is real. 

So - lots going on and it is all extraordinarily interesting. I am having a blast right now and learning so much as I go. 

Hope to see you out and about this spring and summer. Maybe at a workshop? Hmm - more on that another day.

Enjoy the sunshine and plant some seeds!