Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekend Retreat

I attended a knitting retreat (or Knitting Camp as they call it in Italy)

Relais Villa Pomelo
Novi Liguri
What a beautiful hotel.

One of the hallways at the 4-star hotel

The group is called Cuore di Maglia and the knitters make items for premature babies.

This is a bag I made a few weeks ago for my yarn storage
My friend gave me a heart to add to it because the
main part of the logo for Cuore di Maglia is a heart.

We spent the weekend eating well (of course! we are in Italy)...

...and knitting and staying up till 3 in the morning like at a sleep over party.

A hat I knit to be added to a care package
for the premature babies
that weight from 500 grams to 2500 grams

One of the speakers at the event was a doctor from one of the hospitals.

Items our Verona group made.

She talked about their facility and the families we help.

photographed from the publicity of Cuore di Maglia

Why am I part of the group? Because I want to show the parents there is someone thinking of them. The babies are well taken care of but who is there for that mom or dad.  I want to show some support, let them know someone is thinking of them and sending 'good vibes' their way. I am so glad I can do a little something. The hospital staff says it is really appreciated by the families. It feels good to know that.

photographed from the publicity of Cuore di Maglia

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Patchwork in a Patchwork

Talk about patchwork! There is an entire quilt top in this patchwork! Maybe more than one!

Dover Street Market Ginza, Tokyo
photo credit :Sophia Reford
Verona Tessile (May 19-24) will have quilts made by Japanese artists and quilters. Keiko Goke will be giving a workshop. Mid-week the Italian, the Japanese and the Canadian quilters will have a special dinner together and a fabric exchange!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Garden at the Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
photo credit Sophia Reford

Friday, April 10, 2015


San Zeno Basilica
Verona, Italy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Beautiful Colours

I bought a case of Sicilian oranges from 3 guys and a truck parked outside on the piazza!

I make freshly squeezed orange juice every morning. So good!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Verona Walls

Rocks, stones and wonderful patterns. Be inspired.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I went to see Paolo Vigevani's photography exhibit at the Scavi Scaligeri.

The cubes and wonderful violet carpet
were left over from the opening
which I couldn't go to due to another social event.

I went with a photographer friend. We had some great discussions about the pieces, the industry and the fact that "everyone" is a photographer these days.

Vigevani had many shots of people, as if he was spying hence the name of the exhibit Quando L'Occhio Diventa una Spia (When the Eyes Become a Spy)... I wonder if some of his subjects were staged.

Il fotografo del traghetto
New York, 2000
I love the look the subject is giving us.
I love the colours.
I love the lines.
I love the three male images.

I can't see many of his shots being allowed today due to privacy issues. I think we'll see less and less candid-people shots which is too bad.  In the 1950s, Fred Herzog, a Canadian photographer, documented life in Vancouver. His work is full of great candid shots. TVO had a great documentary on him which aired Fall 2014.

Vigevani's exhibit is on till May 10, if you're in the Verona neighbourhood.

One of the things I got out of his exhibit is AFFIRMATION for my own work, for my own eyes and what I see. I felt good that some of his works were things I have photographed.


Or how about these:



To me, it was a YES you are on the right track. YES you have an artistic sense.

(ps My computer isn't liking this relocation (although I am!). I can't receive or send emails from Italy at this time. I will answer emails as soon as I can.)