Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Creeping up on February, and all those workshops starting again!

Not noted on these were the times--9:30am to 3:30 pm each day.

Two-day SAORI Workshop March 21 & 22 with Terri Bibby from Salt Spring Island

Weaving without Boundaries: SAORI Freestyle Weaving

Discover weaving the SAORI way, an award-winning weaving style that originated in Japan. This unique workshop will allow you to enjoy the freedom of expression through weaving where there are no rules and no mistakes. You will explore new techniques in weaving, SAORI clothing design and share ideas with others.

This workshop is for anyone - whether you have never woven before or are an experienced
weaver. The SAORI philosophy invites you to "Look out with eyes that shine" and see beauty in new ways. Immerse yourself in colour and texture while creating your own unique cloth! The workshop is an in-depth SAORI weaving workshop including the philosophy, hands-on weaving, demonstrations and discussions on clothing design. Each person will complete a length of cloth that could be made into an item of clothing, a bag, wall-hanging, etc.

The workshop will be held at the Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary studio:
1139 11 St SE, Calgary, AB
The studio is located in the Art Point Gallery & Studios Society building

Cost: $200.00 for the two-day workshop with a materials fee of $15. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required for registration, with the balance due March 1.

Length: two days (6 hours per day) Number of people: Minimum 6, Maximum 12

Pre-Workshop Requirement: Each student must have a pre-warped loom, either table or portable floor. Workshop participants will receive a detailed materials and equipment list.

Reply to Barb Harrison, behdesign@shaw.ca, to reserve your space, and contact Valerie d_vschmaltz@shaw.ca?to make the deposit. Deposits will be refunded only if the workshop does not meet its minimum registration and is cancelled.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Big opening for Oh Canada

And there's even a free shuttle bus to get to everything! Times will be posted soon. Check website for details.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


MAJOR Call for Entry:

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning. This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island. The Finalist exhibition will be held on the island from September through October 2015. 



As my mother always says "If you learn something new every day, you know you're not dead" --classes in everything you could imagine, online from photography, entrepreneurship, DIY, culinary and design, and many other areas. Skillshare has free classes on some subjects, or you can pay a sliding fee scale for membership extras.

Are you an artist or an "Entrepreneur"? How has the art world and artists changed? What *is* an artist now?
Thought provoking article---read the comments as well: there are a few trolls but also more food for thought.

Exhibits, Shows:

And now for something completely different and no doubt, a load of fun!

Information to pique you from last year's show here. Tickets here.

"Oh Canada" has finally come to Calgary! Ironically a show curated by Denise Markonish for the American North Adams, Mass. arts and cultural centre MASS MoCA, though with all Canadian artists, it has come in parts to show at 
 Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America, organized by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), is the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside Canada. Comprising of more than 100 artworks by 62 artists and collectives from across the country, Oh Canada is huge in both scale and scope. Too big for just one gallery, the exhibition will be presented at Esker Foundation, Nickle Galleries, Illingworth Kerr Gallery and Glenbow. This unique collaboration will encourage dialogue, debate, and a deeper understanding of local, regional, and national contemporary practice.
On a side note, the first i ever saw anything about this show was a poorly researched article that mentioned "the quilted bear". 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mulberry Silks

I am a huge fan of Patricia Woods threads a/k/a "Mulberry Silks". I have used medium weight silk threads, packaged as 'mini topics', for lots of hand-stitching - many of the threads used in my 'Edge of the Forest' piece are Mulberry Silks. These mini topics are beautiful collections of hand wrapped thread colours by shade or theme - not huge spools but just the perfect amt. for my hand-stitching needs - you can also get larger spools if you need more!  Beautiful weight and lustre - no shredding!!!

Grab a cuppa and enjoy her site! For the month of January, 20% off many of her threads! Did I mention, she has ribbons too???


Friday, January 2, 2015

Workshop announcement---get it while it's HAWT!

 Andrea creates some phenomenal work--what an opportunity to learn from one of the *best*!

And don't forget next meeting is January 15th (Thuursday) at the Signal Hill Library!