Spring is in the air, which means it is time to get back in gear at the studio with lots of exciting times on the horizon. I just started teaching my “Creative Sessions” with my art student Nola McPhail, in our new studio space at the Linnaea Education Center where we’ll be spending the next five month working in many mediums to create an art installation of all our work at The Co-op Cafe, from Aug 15th to 31st. We are very excited for the opportunity to share what we have been working on for the last year and half. Over the next months, I’ll be sharing some of the progress and more info.
All this means a lot of studio time for me this spring, especially because I am also preparing to host and curate the annual members’ show for our local gallery, which has “Space” as a theme this year. It will showcase all the talented artists of Cortes Island and will run from July 27th to Aug 5th. I look forward to working closer with the members of my community as well as creating my biggest painting to date; you can expect to hear a lot about this show and the full season ahead at the Old School House Art Gallery.
As you know, I love to create with as many mediums as I can possibly learn. Over the last two years, I have been working a lot with textiles: naturally dying, spinning, knitting, and weaving. Maybe you have heard of India Flint, an eco-dyer who has very inspiring techniques (to visit her website, click here). I was recently invited to participate in one of her art shows planned for 2019, called “Garden of the Hearts” – a community art project hosted by the h.ART group at the former Onkaparinga Woollen Mills in Lobethal, South Australia – where each participating artist will embroider one line of an original poem (written by the artist) on a specifically-measured piece of material (preferably made from natural fibres) which will all be stitched together by India Flint to create her art installation. This is a very exciting event to be part of amongst over 250 other artists from around the world, and the first time I submit to an event in Australia using my beloved techniques of stitching, dying, and writing… love it!
So this is what’s up in the studio these days, along with my 365-day challenge “Wink”, which will be featured in another post later this week. Stay tuned, exciting times ahead!!!
Harvest season is over and I can honestly say this has been a great season! Our freezer is full and so are the shelves of our pantry. On a Scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this year’s yield an 8. We are two points shy of a 10 because not everything we planted – such as our zucchini, basil and potatoes – were as “bumper” as the rest of our garden. But hey, life goes on! As for the potatoes, even though there were not that many of them (we only got a small boxful) they were all about the size as the one you can see proudly displayed on the Scale below. So yes, half a pound per potato is great and a small box of them is better than none, but nowhere near enough to get us through to next year’s crop as my man loves his potatoes. I still look forward to eating them! xoxo
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….
I have become very fond of working in the medium of textile art as of late, and I plan on continuing to explore and create in this medium. I am loving the process of naturally dyeing cloth and wool, and then knitting with the fruits of my labour. I plan on spending the next few months experimenting with this process. At the moment, I am busy creating bandanas and wrist art, which you can view on the web page I have dedicated to it (here) an in my Etsy store, linked below! I have been having so much fun working on my store and I keep adding new items all the time, as this is my focus for Spring and Summer as I hope to be crafting many new items to share and sell. Of course, my plans also include gardening, skool (and yes, I do mean to spell it like this!) and as much beach time as possible. In the last few years, my focus has been art installations with their many deadlines and logistics. I am happy to take a step back from these pressures and have fun living in a more fluid way. After this hiatus, I do plan on creating a new art installation – which will include some new techniques – to share something very fresh in 2018. Stay tuned and check out my Etsy store. I wish everyone a wonderful Spring!!! xoxo
Laura Balducci’s Etsy store: Click here!
It has just occurred to me that I have been a working artist for 30 years.I started at 15 years of age at Suki’s Hair Salon in Vancouver starting my training on the weekends and moving into full time at 16.I wanted to be a hair artist since I was 7.After my apprenticeship I had the opportunity to go to Vidal Sassoon in Los Angeles where I did intense training.I went back to Suki’s and begin to build my clientele up which lead to lots of teaching,print work for magazines,wedding,fashion shows,commercials and videos and working with modeling agents.In the mid 90’s I had a very bad snowboarding accident which ended up opening more doors as I began the road to adding make-up artistry and fashion styling to my resume and going to school at Blanche Macdonald.At the end of the 90’s I tried my hand at painting taking nite classes at Emily Carr.Today I still do all my trades concentrating on multimedia art from painting,photography,hair,make-up,fashion,writing,gardening and playing music with my band the Abbie Hoffman Society.I turn 45 this year and its been a life of creating on many different canvas,using many different style of brush’s,and loving every minute.If I have made you smile ,think,laugh or feel good about yourself I feel I have done my job.I continue to create art daily in one medium or another supporting myself with the loving encouragement of my friends,partner,and zoo.I also believe everything is art .Thank You for a wonderful life in the arts that just continues to grow.Laura Balducci