There is a theory that says every snowflake is different – not as if we could ever compare every snowflakes to each other… The same can be said about every Face in the Crowd – each unique even though it is said we all have doppelgangers out there! Snowflakes float through the air individually, each with theirs own patterns and sparkle, but if you look close enough, each one has a face too. wink wink!!!
As many people around the world know, Canada produces some Sweet maple syrup… a lot of Sweet maple syrup! But what fewer people may know is that Canada has only become the world’s top producer since the 1930’s (before that it was the US). And today, Canada produces more than 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup. In 2016, about 73,000,000 litres of the delicious golden liquid were produced!Maple syrup is made by harvesting the sap of the Sweet sugar maple trees in the springtime and then boiling it down to the desired consistency. I happen to be a big fan! I use it in my baking, to sweeten my tea and my yogurt… and yes, sometimes, I just eat it straight off the spoon!!!
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.
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
“Where does all the beach glass come from?” A question I have often asked myself while combing the beaches of the Salish Sea over the last few decades. And as you might have guessed, I have collected my fair share of this Weathered glass. With every piece I find, I know there is a story to be told, and I sometimes make a story up in my head as I walk home and add another piece to my collection – maybe it is the remnant of some mysterious shipwreck or a piece of an old message in a bottle that broke over some reef! I love seeing all the colours and shape and how some sparkle and some have a matte finish, some still have some sharpness to their edges while others are completely smooth – each piece is unique on its own. And what do I plan to do with all this Weathered beach glass, you ask? Well, for now it sits in a vintage bowl in my garden to be adored but who knows what the future holds!?!
Over the course of 2017, I had the opportunity of viewing the sketchbooks of some of the artists in my network and I got really inspired!!! I have never worked out of a sketchbook but I saw many different ways to use one and felt it as another way for artists to Grow, experiment, and lock down ideas.
So I decided to start my very first sketchbook in 2018! Since I have a thing about collections and I also love a challenge, I thought I would use my sketchbook to start a new body of work by doing one sketch a day for 365 days and see what I come up with, what I will learn, and what kind of Growth I will see in my art practice if I put my head down on a daily basis for a year.
I am currently on day 8 and I have already learned a lot! I am very excited about this experience and have started to look forward to my daily practice. My goal is to create a body of work to do my largest solo show in 2019 along with an art book to go with the collection called “Wink!!!” It’s super fun to watch the Growth of my sketchbook and I will share sneak peaks over the year, so stay tuned and I hope you will enjoy the process as much as I enjoy creating it. xoxo
This past weekend, I attended a Mushroom Workshop on Cortes Island facilitated by Brigid Weller. It was such a wonderful day – blue skies and great company!!! We all took a walk around the Smelt Bay area in the woods together and found many varieties and colours of the Round button mushrooms.
We learned how to cook the edible ones, and which ones are poisonous in our region, and we also learned that we can make paper out of mushrooms, that leather is being made from them in Eastern Europe and – my favorite take-away of the day – which mushrooms can be used to naturally dye fabric.
The photo above is of an edible mushroom found on Cortes Island, and below are photos of paper and leather (which does not do well in the rain, btw) and of some of the beautiful colours you can turn hand-spun and naturally-dyed wool! All works are by Brigid Weller who graciously shared an abundance of info with us all!!!
Behold the Pedestrian-only (for both the bipeds and four-legged family members!) path to one of the most beautiful spots on the Salish Sea: Hanks’ Beach!!!
But do not be mistaken! Even though this is a foot-path, I would never call it Pedestrian as its appearance is ever-changing with the seasons; so it’s never a dull trail to walk and the source of constant inspiration with something new to see and experience every time we walk it… wink wink ; )