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Naturally Bombed

The Powell River Friends of the Library and Sunshine Gogos (on behalf of the Stephen Lewis Foundation) are organizing the first fabulous Art Chair Auction this August 26th, 2017. As you know me, I could not resist getting involved and so I jumped at the opportunity to create my first art chair!

And so it is with great pleasure that I announce that my chair, “Naturally Bombed”, will be heading to Powell River from Cortes Island on Friday for the opening of the new library and will be on display until the auction.

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When I received my white chair, my mind was churning all the options available and all the ideas of what I could do with it, but since my focus has been textile art for some time now I decide to pursue my current passion of painting with wool and do my version of yarn-bombing!!! The fun began by naturally dying the wool I bought locally from Joy Shipway. I used my pigments to dye the wool and then I had to let the wool cure. I started to paint by applying many layers of flat black paint to make the base and finished it off with a gold fluid paint to make the dots. It was then time for wrapping the beautiful naturally-dyed wool. I made 3 bundles of different tones wool. Here are some picture of my process in creating “Naturally Bombed”.

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I had so much fun brainstorming for this project and designing this creation; I had never done a project like this, but I have to say that I am pretty happy with the results!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus

You could say my Focus at the moment is Textile Art. It all started when I was creating my two last art installations, which consisted of making art dolls and they need clothes!!! I had so much fun naturally dying their outfits and the wool for their hair… and then I started knitting – something I had  not done for over 14 years. Since last winter, I have been knitting up a storm and enjoying every minute of it. Creating neck and wrist art has been my passion and being Focused on building my stock up – both for the summer markets here on Cortes Island and for my Etsy Store. I enjoy “painting with wool” as I call it, and this includes using fabric paint, natural dyes, buttons, beads, and found objects. Here is one of my new wrist art pieces made from  black merino wool, silk, mohair, and silver yarn accents. I added vintage buttons for the finishing touches.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Order

You could call me a bit OCD when it comes to my walk-in closet, which actually consists of a small bedroom that was recently converted into every woman’s dream… or at least I think so! I freshly put all my shoes in Order and placed them all in a row just how I like it and ready for summer!!! And… wink, wink… maybe one day I will share the rest of my sumptuous closet space in future posts, but only once it is ready to show! I love having everything organized just so – all the clothes hanging in perfect Order so I can easily see the material and all colour-coordinated, just like when you walk into a store!

Every season I change my wardrobe over and put last season’s clothes away in rubber maids ready for the following year. It’s like going shopping but in my storage locker! I highly recommend trying this out. Here in BC, Canada, we usually have distinct weather changes with each season so this is a great way to keep it fresh and not buy more than you need, or in my case not buy anything at all… xoxo

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Friend

We all have a very special Friend in this wonderful world without whom there would be no food!!! It’s a serious Friendship that flourishes between the Bees and the flowers as they do their thing together like only best Friends can!!! Please inform yourself on what you can do to save the Bees. They are our Friends… xoxo

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Fun Bee fact: Did you know that bees communicate with their hives through what has been called the “waggle dance”? When scout bees find a new source of flowers, they come back to the hive and do a little dance to indicate the direction of the new site as well as distance and how many flowers there are. Pretty amazing!

BalducciArt Update!!!

After a taking a well-earned break, I am back at creating my neck and wrist art and building up my stock for this summer’s market season on Cortes Island, as well as for an upcoming music festival where I will be vending – announcement coming very soon. During my time off from knitting, I spent some time to naturally dye some wool and work on my garden – from which I drew lots of inspiration for colour combos thanks to the abundance of the many blooming flowers. I was also busy with installing the art installation at The Cortes Island Museum which opens mid-June.

I have just completed my third commission – a one-of-a-kind man’s Bandana – and I started working on a new design: the Mini iPad clutch which will be featured in my Etsy store this week. And heads up, I have many new items coming to my Etsy store in the upcoming weeks, so look out for updates at http://www.laurabalducciart.etsy.com

In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of spring and getting geared up for what is shaping up to look like a fantastic summer ahead….

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Paddle-boarders’ Unite!

I am starting a paddle-boarders’ meetup group! So I am hereby calling all paddle boarders — whether you be local or just passing through — of all ages and levels of experience!
You are invited to join us starting June 8 at 1 pm @ Hague Lake to cruise the lake, meet new friends and always have a paddling buddy!!! This is not a competition, just loads of fun to be had. If you can make it to the meetup, you can be assured there will always be someone there to paddle-board with you!
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We will paddle until the weather stops us… Look out for the orange pylons — they will indicate our muster point. The paddle-boarders’ meetup will take place every Thursday, weather permitting.
For more information please email – laurabalducciart@gmail.com

Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent

If you don’t get up early enough in the morning, you may just miss the Evanescent moment of the morning dew on the flowers in the garden!!! Here is a view of a magical morning earlier this month when the dew bejewelled one of my Queen of Night Tulips…

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Creative Sessions

As some of you may already know, over the last few months I have started teaching what I call Creative Sessions. At the moment I only have one student but she is very talented and we have created a lot of art together so I feel I started with the best student possible! During the last few weekly sessions, we have created an art doll; started a unicorn doll. We have explored pointillism, and we also naturally dyed some of our local Cortes Island wool (from the lovely Joy Shipway) which will soon be used in one of our final Creative Session before breaking for summer vacation. I have to say that Nola impresses me on weekly basis with her commitment to taking each session to the next level, her patience to detail, and her open mind. I will continue working with her over the month of June since we have decided to collaborate on a submission for the upcoming members’ show that will be exhibited at our local Old School House Gallery in August. And we will continue our sessions throw out the summer and into the fall when I will also take on a few new students, as I have realized that this is something I really enjoy and I always learn something from my fellow artists, young or old. There is always room to expand your inspirations!!!

Here is some of the work Nola did over the last few weeks:

Art by Nola

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A Staycation!!!

What does that word mean to you? Have you ever taken one of those? And if so, what did you do? Or what would you do if you took one?

So I just had a staycation right here on Cortes Island… and I think it’s a really interesting thing to do and would suggest everyone to give it a try – whether it means taking five days, two weeks, or a month off your regular routine. Mine ended up lasting two weeks and instead of jetting off somewhere you have been before or on to an new adventure, try Staying Where You Live!!!

So I obviously stayed on Cortes Island, in  beautiful BC, Canada. I did this for many reasons: 1st – I love where I live as there are many activities to do here that I enjoy but don’t always give myself the time to enjoy… I am often too busy to – shall I say – smell the flowers and chillax. 2nd – I had a desire to slightly change my routine. For one thing, we went through a very long, cold winter which saw us spend much time inside, and then I co-produced an art event (Expose Yourself) that had me working from September to March and kept me at my computer more than I usually want or desire. I also created an art installation that grew beyond its original scope to something much bigger than planned, which meant a lot of work inside my studio (which I love!), and with the sunlight rising earlier and setting later, I started to feel antsy for the outdoors. And 3rd – I needed to not be distracted from who I really am, take some well needed time in my own brain to figure out what my next move/chapter/mission really is and figure out what do I love, what am I really into, what and who did I really want to vote for (politically as we just had an election in our province), what do I really stand for?

So of course, my staycation meant staying in my own environment – my home, my studio, and my brain! And with my family and away from social media (there were a few moments, I do admit, when I did go on social media but only for very specific reasons). It was refreshing in so many ways. Yes, I missed seeing what my friends were up to, chatting on my network because I do live in a very rural area and can be quite isolated. Taking a break from the computer however, helped me realize how much distraction there is on social media; it can take up so much space in your mind and leave little space to see how to get to the next step, or makes you lose focus and forget what your goals are in the first place.

My staycation turned out to be very interesting in ways I did not expect: For one thing, I saw things on Cortes Island I had never noticed before and will certainly share on some of those things in future posts. And the list of what I did accomplished during that time is quite extensive: I finished my online classes and started a new introductory class at the School for Aromatic Studies, which I also finished (this was very inspiring and brought me back to my roots in so many ways, but that’s for another blog post). I got all caught up with my spring work in my gardens. I  started installing the show that was created during the Curators Workshop for the upcoming season at The Cortes Island Museum on Refugee Cove. I brought out my hula-hoop again. I went boating on the Salish Sea. I went out for brunch with friends and had a beautiful dinner with my sweetheart at our local restaurant at the Gorge Marina, and spent countless hours walking up and down all the different white sandy beaches with my family. Yes, the one down side of a staycation is that you still have to do your chores, run your usual errands but at the same time, you know you will be sleeping in a clean and comfy bed and enjoy the food! So all in all, it was great and I am now ready to move on to an enjoyable rest of spring and a fruitful summer ahead, and keep working towards the next chapter of what “creating art” means to me. I hope everyone gets an opportunity to try a staycation someday because it was a thoroughly refreshing experience that taught me a lot about myself and my goals.

And here are a few photos of my staycation!!!

xoxo Laura Balducci

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