Studio Process and Projects

Spinning Slubby Wool

Spinning Fleecemaiden hand spun wool, plied with a fine, mohair and silk blend. Slubby plied wool looks like macaroni or pasta, yes?

Yarn Organs

Part of my creative practice uses objects that other people hold on to that make them sad or unhappy-and create work based on their experiences. The objects I’m working with right now; camera film, prints, journal pages, are from a deeply challenging, traumatic and life changing time in a person’s life. I’m working on crafting […]

Stitching Paper

The project that never ends. And has still not ended. I began lettering in the spring of 2019 on a long roll of tracing paper. When complete, it didn’t feel done. It felt too clean, the words too crisp and the meaning both blunt and out of context. I started to sample and stitch. This […]

Spinning Wool, Social Distancing

Social Distancing, what a strange concept. What a strange time. I spin the majority of my yarn myself to control the aesthetic, I love the meditative process, and it saves a lot of money on 100% wool special yarn. I ran out of yarn right before the state of emergency in Manitoba, so I got […]

Slow Little Twists: St Malo, Manitoba

A welcome slowed down pace. I love when I can find materials in my immediate space. Well, I can always find materials in my immediate space but they look different in the forest than they do in my apartment in the city, don’t they?

The Work That Hurts

I’ve been doing the work that hurts. Cutting my stomach open and looking at my guts, my heart. Who are you? I whisper to myself. It’s becoming clearer and fuzzier at the same time. The more I cut myself open the more I find the rotten parts, meticulously cutting them from the healthy tissue. Where […]

A Much Deserved Service

I keep them all. Why? In case I need them in the future. So I have a record. Lettering them forced me to read them as a series. Foreign and familiar patterns reminding me of who I am, and who I am seen as. Or in this case, what I am seen as. I’m seen […]

Getting Back to Play

Play is such an important part of my art practice, and something I’ve lost touch with over the last few years in riding the wave of momentum and administrative work. Sometimes an exciting realization can come out of laying on the floor, doing material research, or putting something on your head. Don’t take yourself so […]

Roots and Repeats

Returning to my roots, the heartbreak journals. They’ve been in balls and bundles sitting on a shelf, and I’ve been asking myself if I should just throw them out (but never actually doing it). It seems like I’m not done working with these, doesn’t it? Exactly the same reason I started shredding them to start […]

Module Shapes Research

OK so I was at a meeting where they made these paper Christmas ornaments. I was really into them and made about 10 during the meeting, and realized they made really interesting shaped modules that fit into each other. I am making some larger ones out of paper by simply scaling up the small one […]

What I’m Looking at Right Now

MOUTHFEEL by Emily Lawrence and Kylie Dyment “MOUTHFEEL co-opts the pornographic lens in order to create a collaborative immersive video installation that envisions what it would look like if objects could be brought to orgasm. While fantasizing Martha Stewart high on ecstasy and stuck in the dollar store, these video vignettes are short and seductive investigations […]

Control, Vines: A Reflection of Growth

Does anyone else look at their work from when they were younger and realize years later what you were making work about? I’ve been thinking about the ring that was donated to me for my heartbreak project and I realized that without knowing it, I’ve done work about creeping control. I used to be very […]

It Washes Over: Opens Febuary 2nd at Flux Gallery

My Solo Exhibition ‘It Washes Over’ Opens Friday, February 2 from 7 to 10pm!!! Exhibition runs until February 9th 2018 at Flux Gallery It Washes Over explores experiences through the objects we hold onto, and how the experiences they represent change us. Using donated items of significance that carry memories, grief, and trauma, Katrina ventures […]

Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Art School

You will be writing a lot. Writing is the gatekeeper to people seeing your work in a meaningful way. at least half of the time you spend on your art practice will be doing things that aren’t making art. Things like: administrative tasks, writing submission documents for grants and shows, blogging, social media, financial planning, […]

How to: Marigold Natural Dye

  ​​Last summer I grew several marigold plants and dead headed the blooms as they wilted all summer. I decided to finally make a dye bath with them. Marigolds make a beautiful green/yellow dye, and I will be showing the instructions to permanently natural dye wool with dried marigold blooms. You Will Need: Yarn- 100% wool […]

A Wordmark From a Dear Friend

dear friend Lizane made me this gorgeous wordmark, read about her process for designing it below from her instagram : Logo for my dear friend, @katrinamjcraig who is a textile artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her textile work explores the physical and emotional experiences we all have but rarely talk about, or reveal only to those […]

Performing “Over It”

I have an interest in everyday suffering- Everyone who exists has experienced suffering. In the culture I live in, you’re not supposed to suffer. It’s expected that you might be sad for a few days, maybe a few weeks. Death, heartbreak, transition and loss are something to move past. There is a huge “happiness” movement with […]

Objects of Understood Significance

Sometimes certain objects that I get are loaded with meaning for that person but don’t look like anything special to anyone else. Then there certain objects that our culture assigns so much significance to you that they’re symbols of something much larger. I was given these spectacular rings for my heartbreak project.  

Journal Excitement

I had a lot of colored pens when I wrote on these journals and it’s been a happy accident to get so much variety in something I can’t change the content of. Tape, Cut, spin. Joy in Labour.    

Roughness, Softness

Do you ever have an overwhelming desire to run your hands over uneven surfaces to experience what it feels like? There is something about roughness- we are accustomed to the things we touch being soft and comfortable. We forget to take the time to use the full range of our senses  

Transforming Snow Boots

One boot taken apart. Transforming objects that make us sad into something new to honour their purpose, reflecting while engaging in the process of taking them apart  

Journals, Sentimentality

I find it really difficult to write about my work sometimes. I suppose if i found it easy, I might be a writer instead of an artist. I’m sentimental with objects. I keep things that were important to me, whether happy or sad memories are attached, and I feel guilty throwing them away. I’ve been […]

Natural Indigo Blue

    I had a few days off of work last week with my last being tomorrow so I had a full weekend of making an indigo vat and dyeing some puppets for an upcoming installation. I just finished mordanting them to overdye tomorrow and the rest of this week! Pre-mordanting is always my least […]

Organising the Hoard

I spent my Easter Monday organizing the rest of my stored projects into plastic bags labeled with their title and date made. I have earned buying Easter chocolate, right??!?  

Felted Warp Thread

Becky Jo Gartner (a talented textile artist, photographer, designer of Blue Lady Bug and friend) accidentally felted a huge merino wool weaving warp she was dyeing, and she sent me a big envelope with some of it inside! I made the sample on the left (5″x14″, merino wool, sheep wool, linen) with a frame and […]

Photodegrade

  Photodegrade Hand Spun Wool, linen, plastic bags dyed in indigo 18″ x33″ 2015 As the plastic bags in this piece photo degrade, it reveals the structure underneath.    

The Eyeless Woman

Childhood Monsters, The Eyeless Woman Linen and Handspun Wool Textile Puppet 2015 In a winter that lacked inspiration, I made this big guy, and she was a labor of love. In my usual fashion, it sat finished for about four months until I strung it up.  

Homemade Loom(ish)

    Here is a current project I’ve been working on. It’s been a struggle since I graduated to post on here because…. I haven’t made very many things. But I’ve jumped back on the horse! It’s been tricky trying to make things without the support and the equipment that NSCAD supplied. This piece involved […]

Vines Crawl, Body Restrained

  Dress: Cotton/Silk blend dyed with logwood purple, silk piping dyed with madder and black tea, silk organza dyed with logwood purple Model: Lizane Tan Dress: Cotton/Silk blend dyed with logwood purple, silk piping dyed with madder and black tea, silk organza dyed with logwood purple Model: Pamela Stone Dress: Cotton/Silk blend dyed with logwood […]

Summer Project Time, Rolling Dunes

drying silk organza, dyed with madder and instant coffee (use what you have!) Its summer project time! I am trying to imitate the rolling sand dunes in my home province of Prince Edward Island. I am using layered silk organza. I used a stitch resist to form wrinkles during the dye process which i am […]

Vinyl Little Bags

Some Vinyl Little Bags are up for sale! They can be found in my Etsy Store or by contacting me. Lined little bags are 20$, Unlined Little Bags are 15$ They’re great night time bags, makeup bags, or purses for those who pack light! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are! Here in […]

Dye And Print

 Pro Mx and Inko Resist, an investigation of all the colours fushia, lemon yellow and turquoise can make. 36″x36″   50”x95” logwood and iron natural dye.

Intermediate Print and Dye

So much dye! I have been making a lot of coloured fabric the last month and a bit, i am taking an intermediate print and dye course and have been making a lot of fabric  Thick Serge Wool, Acid Dye Unbleached Cotton, Pro Mx Solid Dye with Pro Mx print paste sample  Unbleached Cotton, Pro […]

Fashion 101, Circle Skirt

Today is the first day of my two week vacation from work and school, EEEE! I’m going to Prince Edward Island Monday to visit my folks and some friends. Last night I decided to cut some hand dyed and hand screen printed fabric I made about a year and a half ago. I’ve been trying […]

Summer Update

Life has been hectic since school ended! Here is what I’ve been up to! I was doing a condensed seven week independent study. The study itself was based on my dreams. I recorded my dreams for several weeks leading up to the study, and I chose one to base my work off of. In the […]

Knitting Knitting Knitting!

Hello! Long time no post! I have been doing a condensed seven week independent study and working full time, whew! I’m not quite ready to show the work from my study, but I have a project that I never put up from the winter semester. These are hand knit sweaters. I dyed the roving with […]

Yarn!

So, I decided to natural dye and hand knit conceptual sweaters based on memories. A girl in my class said I wouldn’t get it done, so I took it as a personal challenge. Here is a picture of the yarns i have spun as of today and the knitting in the back! yeesh! I am […]

Textiles for the Market Place

So, textiles for the marketplace teaches you how to make textiles and money at the same time. our first semester project was to make products for a Gaelic historic village in Cape Breton for them to hypothetically sell at their gift shop. I decided to naturally dye and spin yarn for sale, and here it […]

Weaving Final

Hello friends, I am posting about my weaving final now because they were christmas presents for friends and family!!! My project was using the same warp (the strings going in one direction) and making the 4 scarves as different as I  could using the same colour. The original warp was for my family’s scottish tartan, […]

Introduction to Weaving

Hello friends! its been such a long summer not doing projects! well, i am back after a lame four months of occasional posts of outfits i did on polyvore. I am only taking nine credits this semester, so i am taking introduction to weaving and a six credit intermediate fashion class (which i will post […]

Personalized Body Form

This post is going to be about how to make your own custom duct tape body form of your own body, for draping and or sewing purposes (so everything fits perfectly!).  This is my much loved body form, with some masking tape over top as well. If you’re not into the duct tape, you can […]

Knitting

So, I know how to spin wool. I learned at my job last summer and the summer before at a historic house where we had to wear costumes and give tours. Instead of dealing with mean tourists or messing up the cash register, i could sit below a window and picturesquely spin wool all day. As you […]

Silk, Silk, Silk, Silk!

So, when I dyed the purple cotton for one of my wearable art show dresses seen here when i was finished,  I threw two meters of silk crepe I had kicking around my apartment into the dye bath. I think it’s two meters… anyway, I forgot it there for a while *cough, three days…cough* and it turned […]

Things I’m Working On

I’m sorry i’ve had such a boring blog blog lately. Since it is summer vacation, i have been baking instead of sewing! haha. i need a bit of a textiles break. I discovered Joy The Baker recently, and if you are a foodie, I definetly recommend everything on her site! so far I have made Cinnamon Sugar Pull […]

Natural Dye For My Hypothetical Line

So, in my developmental drawing class, our final project is to design a line and stuff without actually making it. we need fabric swatches, and since i plan on doing natural dye, I’ve been dying pieces of silk. i accidentally made all the same colours just in two different pallets… oops! i am going to number them going […]

Completed Repeat

So, here is my completed repeat! Mine was fairly dull in comparison to a lot of other ones people did in my class. I hand dyed the fabric, just to let you know 🙂 the colour is closer to the first picture, but the flash did weird things up close, so it looks more pink […]

My First Repeating Print!

so, i know my blog is basically just screenprinting, but draping is just boring unbleached cotton things, and developmental drawing I’ve been much to lazy to photograph the hundreds of drawings. i promise i will document some in the near future. This is my first repeating pattern. Its of a lamp! i know, its kind […]

Screenprinting Midterm

So after I made the fabric from my last post, I made it into a dress, which i am planning on putting into the wearable art show. this dress went quite well, I don’t think i even had to pull out the seam ripper. I thought I would have enough fabric for two dresses, but […]

Devore Fabric/Screen Printing Midterm

I have finished the big part of my screenprinting mid term. This is my fabric, i have 15 ft (approx) of fabric, and i dyed it with cochineal (a type of beetle used to replace red dye 3 in lipsticks and food) and aluminum acetate, and then printed the designs on. I then applied the […]

Natural Dye

So, did you know with a little experimentation you can make virtually any (non neon) color with natural dye? Bright, beautiful pure colours. Textiles (aka, dye) is one of the biggest pollutants in the world. Many companies use low quality dyes, and don’t rinse them out properly to make the colours look more intense when you purchase […]

New Semester, New Classes, New projects.

wahooo! i have a few first projects completed in my new classes. first on the agenda are my inspiration collages for Developmental Drawing for Fashion. basically, i was told to do four pages of collage in my sketchbook for what inspires me, and here they areeee  

Intro Resist Dye Final

I have mixed feelings about my final. some pieces i am very pleased with, others… not so much. my project is based on tropical fruit. i should be pleased with what i achieved through the lack of sleep and such.. but i still want to redo the dragon fruit one. 

More Introduction To Dye Work

I took one for the team, and took pictures of the rest of my dye samples today, sheesh! my natural dye samples were small already, so i had pasted them into a notebook. i just took pictures of those samples instead of digging through my scrap bin, if you’re wondering why they look so tiny! […]

The Reason I Usually Have Rainbow Hands

I am taking an introduction to dye class right now. This is the work we had done as far as midterm. The original images for these photos are HUGE so if you want to see details, click on them.   Acid Dye Wool, Acid Dye on Silk, Potato Dextrin Resist with application dye on Cotton, Corn Dextrin Resist, Application […]