Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Local Plants

I promised myself to try to dye some fabric using local plants while I was on holiday in the south of Italy.

I did some research on the internet about using eucalyptus leaves.

I did the right steps.

Collect the rain water.

Collect the leaves.

Some dried and some fresh, just to see what would happen.

Prepare the pot.

Cut up the fabric.

I had a perfect white, cotton dress
that I didn't wear anymore.
Boil 1hour and 15 minutes.

Sadly, it didn't go well...but the kitchen smelled nice.

Trouble shooting:
maybe needed more leaves,
maybe the plant wasn't the correct variety.

It was fun trying.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Inspired by the Surroundings

I have been holidaying in the south of Italy for the past 9 summers. Every year there are fires in the mountains. Man made. Illegally.

120 cm x 80cm
artist: Maria Teresa Sansotta
In this photograph the art work is hanging on a black-coloured wall

How long does it take to grow a tree?

How long does it take to burn it?

detail, Controluce
free motion, hand dyed cotton

Having this textile work exhibited in Italy brought this issue forward. Her work sold to a southern family who lives in the north of Italy.

There were 4 fires in July where I was staying. Driving down to Calabria later in July, it was evident there had been many fires in their province as well, either recent or in the past.

The plane arrives to put out the fire only about 3 to 4 hours after the report is called in. It scoops water from the Tyrrhenian Sea and flies back to the mountain fire, repeating that several times until it is out.

It is quite spectacular to see the skills of those pilots!

Ms Sansotta used these fires as inspiration for her work, Controluce. Anything can inspire. Be open.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Shelled some beans with a friend.

I love the design on each one. All different. Each unique.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Radiation Exhibit Prague

The Radiation exhibit had another chance to be seen in April 2015 in Prague.

I like to post current things but I received these photos just before Verona Tessile and I completely forgot to post them.

My work far right.

If you want to read about this exhibit click here.

It is a shamed the individual representations don't have air to breathe around them. That makes a huge difference for the viewer. I do know this exhibit is fairly large. I think 80 pieces.

The organizers have decided to keep the exhibit together for another year. It will be seen in:

June 11-12, 2016, Celle, Germany (near Hanover)

In  November, the Roentgen Museum in Lennep, Germany ( W.C. Roentgen was the inventor of the x-ray) and the Textile Museum across the street (Tuchmuseum) will provide a joint venue.

Exciting to see art and science together again!

Sunday, July 5, 2015


There are times when I have no ideas.

Then I sit quietly on a train

and ideas fill my head

and I realize there won't be enough time in my life to make everything I want to.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Summer holidays are starting soon.

Many shops are preparing for their closures, like the "macelleria" (butcher shop) near my house that is closing from July 6 to August 24... now that is a holiday!!

I don't think an artist ever goes on holiday.

The brain is always alert to new designs and new inspirations.

I leave Verona on Wednesday for the south and have packed my sketch book.

At the end of last summer, my friend and I planned to do some fabric dying this summer using natural materials like local plants but it gets so hot down there....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One Year Ago

Well, the year has passed...

An entire 365 days...

A birthday bouquet from my special friend

since my last birthday.

You may remember my bellezza project where I took a picture everyday for the year...

from birthday to birthday.

It was more difficult than I thought.

I got out of the habit (aren't we all creatures of habit!!) when my camera died in October finally succumbing to the salt water that got in the mechanism that summer. I was without a camera for one week and that threw me off my game.

I saw beautiful things every day but may not have photographed them- because they were fleeting things, or by the time I got the camera out the subject had passed or the photograph didn't do the subject justice.

I plan to make an iBook of all those photographs when I get back to Canada in the Fall.

There is beauty in every day.