Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In the Mood to Draw

I have been working on a series...well, it was in my head for a while and last year I printed some fabric for it but it never went further.

Today, I was in the mood to draw.

Sketch, a fast one

I did many blind contours. For blind contours you have to keep your drawing instrument on the paper at all times. You can not look at your drawing as you draw. You can only look at the contour of the object you are drawing until you decide the drawing is over. It's always a nice surprise to see what is left on the paper.

I like the shapes. Fun to draw. Very quick to draw. I like working fast.

Vertebra of a cow, a Canadian cow.
These are drawings for the series I still have in my head.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Printing Results

Here is the report from the silk screen workshop I took a few weeks ago.

The house heat eventually came on and I was able to dry the packets to set the pigment.

I lay the packets on the radiator.
bubbles in the sink
I was so pleased most of the print was still visible.

I did not lose any of the designs.

I love the textures I've created.

Not sure yet what I will do with these pieces.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Verona Trip

It's now official.

The trip to Verona, Italy, is FULL.

We have a few Canadians from Quebec, Ontario and Alberta who have signed up. We have two English women, one of whom lives in France. We have an American who lives in Germany.

What an international group!

The travellers quilt, create contemporary textile works, paint, knit...what talent!!

I can't wait to share this special place with them. I really love living in Verona!!

People who like my trips are open-minded people who love new experiences. They have no mobility issues (we do lots of walking). They love Italian food (who doesn't!) and have no serious food restrictions. They work well in groups.

I am disappointed I couldn't get everyone who sent me emails of interest registered for the trip but there is always the next time. Spring 2021. Remember it's first come, first served.

Please check back in April 2019 to see a visual diary of what we'll be up to in gorgeous Verona!

I also have a trip to Umbria (the province in the middle of Italy). It focuses on journalling. Check it out here. You'll have to scroll down to see the Umbria info.

(All photographs of Verona are mine from past trips.)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Printing Workshop

I took a workshop at ColourVie with Gunnel Hag; Deconstructed Screen Printing.

It was a silkscreen printing workshop using textured items to make designs. Loved it! It is exactly what I focus on when doing my art- repurposing items like plastic and using things that are destined for landfill.

One part of the technique that is important is keeping the fabric wet and moist after it has been printed. Heat is needed to set the dyes...which of course proved difficult for me as today is Day 9 of NO HEAT in the house...a reminder for people: I live in Canada and winters are cold! (anyway they are installing a new boiler today so I will be ok this evening)

I wrapped the printed fabrics in plastic and tried to keep them warm tucked into a pile of quilts.

I will have to give you a report later on after I heat the fabrics and rinse them. It could be that I lose all the colour and nothing sets!

I really hope I won't lose all my work.

The packets are wrapped in plastic, then in a cloth bag
then tucked into the middle of a pile of quilts while I wait for the radiators to get hot.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Verona Trip ...One Spot Left!

I am happy to report that after only a few weeks the Verona trip enrolment is almost FULL- there is one more spot for someone who wants double occupancy.

Dear readers, please check this blog around April 24, 2019 and see the daily diaries I will be posting.

I'll put pictures of the group and the activities we'll be doing.

And maybe that will inspire you to join me on the next trip to Verona in the Spring 2021.

Keep in mind, the trips usually fill up before the December holiday season.

(My photographs of Verona)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Verona Trip Preparations

The Verona trip is filling up!!

View of Verona

So far, I have 9 people who have sent a deposit already, officially reserving their spot.

San Giorgio

The maximum size of my group is 12. That's a good number for the apartments, for making new friends, for sharing the activities with and for ambiance.

Verona is a gorgeous city; small enough to be quaint but large enough to be interesting.

Ponte Pietra

If you have been following the info about my Verona trip over the years, you know we also visit all exhibits in the textile festival, Verona Tessile. Preparations for that festival are well under way. The hosting group, Ad Maiora, is working very hard. Their 5th edition is going to be great. You'll see a variety of textile styles from an international group of makers and artists. The exhibits (so far 9 exhibits confirmed) are hung in historical buildings- very nice from an architectural perspective. This experience is added to my own itinerary of classes, touring, wine tasting, cooking class, gelato eating, aperitivo sharing...can't wait!!!

Ponte Scaligero

The juried show news is up for those wanting to submit a piece but I am afraid the rest of their site hasn't been updated yet. I am sure they will get to that over the next months as plans solidify.

Giardini Giusti
If you are interested in joining the trip then get in touch.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Verona Textile Trip

My post cards for the next Verona textile trip are out !!

I am really excited about it. It's going to be great!

Here are a few testimonials from past trips:

The Verona trip was amazing and I owe that all to you. Your
knowledge brought it to life and your passion was infectious. It was such a treat to meet all your friends, please say hi to Carla and Danny and also the lady who shared her quilts with us. Thank you, thank you. (B.H. Verona 2015)

Verona and the Adige River

I enjoyed the variety and quality of all the activities. The Verona trip ranks among the best trips I’ve ever taken. The places we visited, the exhibitions in historical venues (Verona Tessile event), the hands-on activities and the people I met will be in my memory forever. The Verona trip was an excellent and unforgettable trip and, in my opinion, the best way to experience Verona. Thank you, Sandra (Verona 2013)

Verona and the Adige River

The trip exceeded my expectations. It was a wonderful combination of exploring two lovely, historical cities (Venice, Verona) combined with seeing the works of other fibre artists and hands on learning experiences. (Verona 2013)

Day in Venice

The accommodations also exceeded my expectations. The apartment was well located to everything, clean and very comfortable. I can honestly say that in all my travels, I have never slept on a more comfortable bed and the pillows were perfect. I very much enjoyed having (some) meals catered there. Bringing the group together to share experiences and thoughts over delicious prepared food in the local cuisine was one of the many highlights. (Verona 2013)

The Arena in Verona

What did you like doing the best?!

I don’t even think I can answer that! The trip to Venice, the winery lunch, the amazing quilts in the most beautiful venues, the workshops were great as I don’t tend to take many and I can see what I am missing(!), the camaraderie among the group, just walking around by myself in Verona and the food not to mention the wine. For me personally I thought it was the right mix of sewing and other activities. Did this trip meet my expectations? Yes and more! (K.O. Verona 2011)

vineyards in the Valpolicella

If you are interested click here for images of past trips and more details.