BalducciArt Wool

BalducciArt Wool is a one-of-a-kind, artisan yarn which has been spun by hand – you could call it “art wool”! Each is unique and comes in a variety of colours, some dyed naturally, some with Ciba dye, and others yet from donated fibres. My style of spinning results in my art wool being irregular and highly textured – sometimes chunky, sometimes thin.

I suggest using it to knit with a needle set larger than 8mm. You can also mix and match the wool with any of your the favourite yarns you might have in your stash. BalducciArt wool is priced by the gram so each ball varies in price. I do my best to source as local a base fibre as possible and I then add other fibres when I am drum carding my batts and prepare them to be spun. Instructions for care are simple: hand-wash in cold water and lie flat to dry. You can purchase my yarn via email, my social media, or by commenting below. You can also find my art wool and many other handmade items at The Gorge Harbour Market all summer long on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. I’ll be there with my spinning group, “Spinners Unite” where we offer our wares and put on wool-spinning demos on our wheels…. you won’t be able to miss us! xoxo Laura

For any questions or if you wish to purchase some BalducciArt Wool yarns, please email laurabalducciart@gmail.com or leave a comment.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Twisted

As a yarn maker we go throw many steps before the wool is ready to be used!!!

I started with raw fibre I source out as local as possible, wash and dry, then I use my drum carder to create batts to begin the spinning process, create a skein and then wash again. Once the skein is dry I use my trusted ball winder to create a ball of wool to knit from or sell. You really get to visualize the Twisted yarn when you do this and check out the work you created. Here is three stages of my new art wool “Tiger Lily” hand dyed, hand spun, during the ball making process and ready to put on my table for the summer markets or create a funky scarf, bag or hat for example.

You we’ll be able to find my wool for sale at The a Gorge Harbour ever Saturday from 10-1pm starting the last Saturday in June and can purchase privately by contacting me via email or leave a comment. BalducciArt wool is irregular inconstance, novelty hand spun wool and is unique one of a kind, created with love.

For more info please email laurabalducciart@gmail.com

Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a Theme

It’s official: I have taken to a new medium of creating art!!!

It’s been a slow process but I am making strides forward with the help of the few friends who are kind enough to patiently guide me along the way. I have been learning to use my spinning wheel to create my own yarn. My goal is to keep on learning and eventually knit, weave, and naturally dye all the wool I create on my spinning wheel. Every week, I get together for an afternoon with my talented friends and we spin together. There are so many spinning wheels out there! Some are pretty high-tech, some are motorized, and some are traditional – all have their unique style and they also each create different kinds of wool. It’s all very intriguing to me.

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In the photo above, you can see three totally different Variations on a Theme! The various types of spinning wheel that I experience in one of our afternoons. The Louet, the Jensen Tina, and mine – the Majacraft Suzie Pro. For the time being, I am sticking to learning to spin wool on the wheel I own but I do look forward to experimenting on other wheels in the future. xoxo

But What Is Your Passion?

I have been a working artist for over 30 years in the hair, make up and fashion styling industry and have just recently retired!!! And I loved my profession – so now what???

Since I moved to Cortes Island six years ago, I’ve had the chance to dabble in many mediums of art which led to the creation of five solo art installations and my participation in many group shows, combining the different techniques I have learned over the years. You can view all my exhibitions and shows on my website. I’ve had so much fun and accomplished many goals during this time in my life – these include a group show in Europe, the making of  a CD and touring with my band The Abbie Hoffman Society, the recording of a sound track to go with one of my art installations and a whole lot of art dolls, and one that even came alive… It’s been a a great ride!!!

So the question is what is my new burning passion now that I am not styling hair anymore? Creating Art… Obviously!!! So where do I go with it? I have been pondering this question for a few months. I love colour theory, knitting, dying fiber, and creating lots of art, which makes the idea of working in Fiber and Textile Art a no-brainer for me and the central focus of where I am putting my energy. Creating Wearable Art!!!

I have started on this path, as many of you know, but I have decided to continue exploring this exciting medium in the new year by creating more wearable art. This means experimenting with fiber and textile art, learning to spin yarn as well as focusing my concepts on making wearable items that follow the colour theory I have used all throughout my career. In my past work, I used the palettes of the seasons: fall, winter, autumn, and  spring. My new collection of work is thus aptly called “four seasons” and includes hand-knitted scarves, chokers/collars, and silk scarves that have been painted with natural dyes and Cida acid dyes. I am creating four items for each of the four seasons – so a one-of-a-kind and limited edition.

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I will have a few items at The Gorge Christmas Bazaar alongside another new item, greeting cards of my art dolls, as well as some of my original art pieces, and my art book “My Stuffies’ Secret Life”. I am excited to share my new and past art in a few different formats, which includes craft fairs, pop-up shops, and a soon to come online store! So come and see me at the Bazaar and may the celebrations begin! xoxo

 

Entangled Goals!!!

Every year at this time I set new goals for myself. I am not sure why but it always feels like its the start of a new year to me!!! Maybe because of the rapid changes in the weather and Fashion Week being in full groove; maybe because as a farmer, you work from February to October starting from seed, planting, loving, harvesting, preserving for the winter, etc. Who knows? But this year is no different except that I’ve got some Disentangling to do… after a very productive year that saw me co-producing an art festival, attending workshops, taking online classes, curating for our local museum, vending at the farmer’s market, gardening my little butt off, teaching art sessions, exhibiting art installations, paddle boarding, learning and enjoying life… Wow! I just got tired from typing all that out hahahah… I sure am changing it up this year!!!

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After a two-month hiatus from blogging, I realized how much I missed it, so one of the plans I am making for the coming year is to spend more time on my website (revamping and updating it, and creating an online store), over the last year, I have been learning more techniques and experimented with textile art – something I plan on continuing to explore starting with getting a spinning wheel, as well as working toward a new art installation (stay tuned to watch the progress!)

I was also gifted a text book this summer as an indefinite loan, which I am thrilled about reading and plan to study too: H.W. Janson’s second edition of History of Art (a topic I am really interested in but never studied).unnamed

So there you have it! This is me taking a step back, keeping it chill and disentangling a few goals. You see, about a week ago, I had no choice but to let go of some of my goals due to a flare-up in my wrists, neck and spine that has put me back in casts for the next few months. This has meant going at a slower pace, as well as regrouping to see what my new options are.. and of course, creating art! The future is looking up and the light is shining through. I dedicate the coming year to growth, expansion, and being the healthiest me possible. And I am excited! xoxo Laura