I used to do really craft based work. Somewhere along the line I stopped working with fibre quite as much, and started using alternative materials. Mordant printing uses a thickener and heat to selectively place mordants (In this case I used alum and iron) into fabric, so when put into the pot, the natural dyes […]
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 […]
I feel like I’m starting to defrost after so much time with myself during quarantine. It started out with me bursting with energy. I had just come down from such a challenging year. Fast paced-stressful-chaotic. Maybe a stressful decade ending in a global pandemic. You know, the works. A lot of my recent projects recently […]
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. After receiving ANOTHER email, I began to letter all the emails an individual has sent me after I asked them to stop contacting me 5 years ago. When complete, it […]
So like everyone else in the world I’ve been social distancing, and playing my all time favourite video game…. Animal Crossing. And my favourite accessory in my favourite game is the acorn knit hat. So let’s make one! A quick hand-spun chunky wool crocheted and natural dyed with onion skin and alum.
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 […]
Sprouting, growing, eating, thriving, seeding, dying, drying.
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?
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 […]
We got the car stuck when we stopped to take the outdoor photos. The weather had warmed up, and we sunk down a few inches. The car wheels kept spinning. A kind stranger who knows how to push a car out helped us push it out, and we were back on the road in ten […]
I had a really chaotic fall and beginning of winter. In response to this, I stopped posting a bunch of things I had lined up on social media on my blog, and just posted whatever I wanted to. These are some of my botanical creations that got set aside to handle my stress levels and […]
Extreme Cold Warning: Clear. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Wind north 20km/h light early this evening. Low minus 31c.Wind chill near minus 41c. Frostbite in minutes. Taking an ice drive to McCreary Manitoba to facilitate a natural dye workshop. I had to put the supplies in the back seat of the car so the supplies didn’t freeze […]
these ink drawings may seem out of place. I thought they were “off brand” (a problem within itself, but not a conversation for right now). I was talking about it to a friend who I went to university with. She has seen my work for nearly a decade and we used to work in the […]
Repurposed cotton shirts block printed with Alum and Iron, and natural dyed in Madder
You can’t control how events will change you, just that events will change you. I’ve been making work about grief, trauma and closure, but really I’ve been making work about change. Changes shock us, they rattle us. Loss is change. We don’t always know how to deal with these changes. I’ve changed through doing my […]
I went to Flin Flon MB and Denare Beach SK for a week long artist retreat where I would be a guest artist and hosting a workshop. I had no idea what my next week would look like when I got there. My favourite thing about visiting new places is getting to know people who […]
Two centuries ago no one could have imagined that something as valuable as cochineal, ranked alongside gold and silver as one of the great treasures of the Spanish empire, would eventually be forgotten,” explains historian Amy Butler Greenfield, author of A Perfect Red. (source) When people think about natural dyes, they imagine dull sad brown colours that […]
I’m sorry I didn’t check in enough when it happened. I was still learning to support people. How do you record the weight a person has on a life, and the weight they have after they’re gone? How do you learn who someone is by what they left behind? In memory.
It all began with a journal. Or two journals, to be more exact. It all starts with minimalism. I love the idea of minimalism and letting go of the things you don’t use, but sometimes it doesn’t jive with making things. My sad journals. These journals hurt. They feel like a dull hollowness. They suck […]
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 […]
I made this piece a full year ago and still haven’t published this post. It has been sitting in my draft folder, sometimes with writing in it, and sometimes without. I think it’s always easier to talk about someone else’s story than to talk about your own, and if I had the right words I […]
I have had this book for my Heartbreak Objects series for a long time. It was the first donated object I had received, and it was a heavy one. In his early 30s he had the realization that he was bisexual, and his family was not accepting of his sexual identity. His niece (who was […]
We like to pretend we can have a person forever. We are fallible creatures who grow and change, and eventually cease to exist. I was given these wedding bands as a generous contribution to my project Investigations of Heartbreak and Grief. Wedding bands are culturally one of the biggest signifiers of commitment and often that’s […]
I was donated the book Anal Pleasure and Health by Jack Morin as part of my project An Investigation of Heartbreak and Grief. The owner of the book met me for coffee and we talked about the symbolism of this book in his life, and why it’s important to him. In his early 30s he had […]
I received a big box in the mail. Part of an office chair box covered in duct tape. Inside was a stuffed animal, a beeswax candle, a David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Record, and a long letter about a series of uncomfortable and emotionally exploitative relationships…. ending with this one. The remaining objects had been poking […]
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 […]
Embroidering with my feet up, enjoying the big screen in the sky. A blur of sunscreen, small talk and sitting on the dock, with a beer by my side. Everything needs to slow down sometimes.
Carlene Kurdziel donated a pair of snow boots to my heartbreak project. It was my first donated object, and a doozie. The glue that holds snowboard boots together is pervasive, and there is stitching on top of it. I had to slice through the stitching with an exacto knife and then muscle the glue apart. Carlene […]
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.
Wow. North America has flipped upside down in the last 12 days. Up here in Canada we aren’t feeling the impact of the newest election as harshly or directly as our neighbours to the south, but there is a thick feeling of trepidation and anxiety in that we share a border with a highly armed […]
‘The Wool Fish’ at Rainbow Trout Music Festival, St Malo MB. This interactive textile piece was built under a canopy with a pully system. Participants could pull on any of the strings handing down from the outside, and 26 different areas of the puppets will move up and down depending on which strings were selected. […]
I spent Saturday at the Manitoba Fibre Festival where I was exhibiting three pieces in their Contemporary Fibre Exhibition. There were some awesome pieces including the big warm wool pods Alyson and I got inside of. There were tons of vendors, workshops, and of course FIBRE ANIMALS!
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 […]
What a busy winter I’ve had making work. There is a stressful social climate happening right now, with elections (Canadian Federal Election this fall and the US Presidential Race happening right now) and the refugee crisis really highlighting how far we need to come with human rights and prejudice. I had an overwhelming urge to […]
Cotton Thread on Lycra Body Suit, shown in “Best” at the C2 Centre for Craft
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 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.
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 […]
Assorted natural dye samples, April 2011
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 […]
This is my semester’s work from advanced fashion. I was taking six credits of this course, and six credits planning the fashion/wearable art show ‘Runaway’ with two other girls. Artist’s Statement for this body of work: The winding patterns of the Gunnera Manicata leaf are my inspiration for this work. As I looked at […]
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.
I had a gallery show! AHHH! so exciting. It was at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax NS. It was a collaborative show with my friend Darren Pottie, who is a super talented and awesome art history and photo student. This is the dream it was based on: In a secluded field a pregnant woman […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
So everyone, My winter semester is over. I’ve completed my third year of my bachelor of Fine Arts. I have two more to go, because I am taking a reduced course load. This is my final project in FFF, and its made from solvie. Anyone who actually reads this thing with any kind of frequency […]
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 […]
Hello friends. What is solvie? Solvie is awesome. Its a plastic bag type of stuff that was originally used for soiled linens so only one set of hands would have to touch it, because it dissolves when it touches water (so you’d throw the whole bag in the washer and then not have to deal […]
This is another project for Fiber Fabric Fashion, it involved a felted sweater (aka wash it in hot water and put it in the dryer until it shrinks) and then needle felting into it and crochet. This project was a struggle for me to combine the felting and crochet in a way that made sense, […]
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 […]
THE SECOND PROJECT: KNITTING We were taught the basic stitches of knitting: Knit, Purl, Stitch Increase and Stitch Decrease and told to play and make something for the body. I realized b accident that if you increase several stitches beside eachother you get holes…. and went with that. all of the holes in this piece are permanent […]
So, the Fiber Fabric Fashion classes are among my favorite. They are a breath of fresh air because they require thinking instead of technique and are basically awesome to do. Here are the first two projects: FIRST PROJECT: KNIT ON THE BODY This project involved partner work, and this is Cheryl Ozon with me (she […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
After about 300 years tracing the repeat to make it line up correctly: i present my all over repeat. For size reference, the kitchen utensils are approximately life size, if not slightly larger.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
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! […]
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 […]