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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.
This week our local art gallery “Old School House Art Gallery” opens for the season. We have a very exciting season plan for our neighbors and visitors on Cortes Island B.C. We start the season off with a solo art installation by Loni Rene Taylor this Friday June 15 and is open for 2 weeks including being featured during the art studio and garden tour on the 16th.
With 2 members show one representing our digital artist called “All Things Digital” which I have a couple pieces in and for the first time sharing the video from “Senses That Sin” show casing 3 art dolls, my live doll that comes alive Namchi Bazaar, and accordin player Del Riviera from Powell River, I am excited to share the walls with many other talented artist for this show.
We also have the membership show which I am the curator for and still accepting submissions for until July 14. It’s been a great experience so far meeting and seeing the submissions that my fellow artist have been preparing for this show, I can’t wait to hang this show on the walls and share it with you. This years theme is “Space” and I also have my biggest painting to date in the show.
Look out for more info on the rest of the season coming up at Old School House Art Gallery and don’t forget ever Friday is Gallery Nite from 6-9pm with either an opening, performance or artist talks. I love art show season on Cortes Island it’s so inspiring to see all the talent I live amongst meet the artists and learn there process.
We also have art shows happening at The Coop Cafe, Hunt & Gather, Hollyhock retreat centre all in Manson’s Landing, The Coop Craft Shop In Squirrel Cove.
Spring is in full force, with all the flowers and seeds Awakening from their winter slumber and their colours bursting Open. I have to say it’s a pretty inspiring time of year! I love watching all the action and the surprises that appear a little more each day. One of the things I love about planting perennial flowering bulbs is that they reproduce yearly with more foliage, depending on where I planted them; some comes up in bunches and others in spots I had not imagined a flower would be. Tulips are one of my all time favourites, maybe because they are some of the first ones to unfold from their cocoon of leaves. But don’t get me wrong, I love all plants. I wish everyone a wonderful gardening season…
In 2017, I had the opportunity to meet a fellow artist who shared their sketchbooks with me and I was deeply inspired by what I saw. I thought it was a great way to bank my visions and grow as an artist as well as an excellent opportunity to experiment. So as I mentioned in a previous post, I have given myself a 365-day challenge for 2018 and started my first sketchbook. I am drawing inspiration a daily tarot card as I also practice and grow my intuition. I am really enjoying the process!
Here is a preview of the first few pages of my sketchbook!!! There are 8 squares on each page, and each square represents one day; at the end of the year there will be 46 pages that will make up my new art installation “Wink”.
I named my sketchbook “Wink” and found a muse in Lucy (my well-used cup cozy!), a coffee shop find from many moons ago that I fell in love with instantly because I am a sucker for kitsch art. I decided to draw permutations on one of her eyes for 365 days in a row (and yes, I am a sucker for putting extra challenges on myself).
Every morning, I ask a question, pull a tarot card, and record my thoughts in my journal – which is a new thing for me too. There is something very cool about this practice as it helps clear my mind of all the static! I then go to my sketchbook and do my drawing for the day. I have been learning a lot by doing this challenge so far and I am having a ton of fun in the process. At the end of 2018, I will share my sketchbook with the world along with many surprises and a solo art installation called “Wink”. This is the second time I give myself an entire year to experiment and build on a thought and create a new body of work; I find it very enlightening and with so many possibilities. I am super excited about this project and look forward to sharing my sketchbook as it grows.
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
You may recall back in January when everyone was talking about resolutions, I spoke of some Goals I wanted to accomplish in 2017.
Well, I am happy to report one of my goals is alive and realized !!! It’s such a good feeling to have materialized this goal so soon in the year and it’s been so much fun creating and building my new Etsy store. At the moment, it features my wearable art such as my Bandanas and Wrist Art pieces. New items will often be added and soon my art dolls will also come grace my virtual store!
To visit my Etsy store, please click on the link below. I hope you enjoy your visit and feel free to share it with your friends. Thank you,
I have a new art installation called Senses That Sin which will debut on at the Expose Yourself Art Exhibition in Powell River from March 17th to 19th. Senses That Sin consists of 3 art dolls and one live doll! Indeed, I am taking my art to the next level with the inclusion of a live performance on March 17th by Namchi Bazar and Del Rivera. As you can well imagine, I can’t share all the details at this time but I can say that it’s been an exciting learning curve to create the many stages and details involved in this project. For now, I offer you a sneak peek at the plate forms that each Doll will stand on!!! Nudge nudge, wink wink… I really look forward to seeing the completed vision and sharing it with you at the art exhibition!
The lifestyle of anyone living on Cortes Island, on the beautiful BC Coast, could best be described as rural.; it is also very remote. It takes 2 ferries to reach the first urban centre where one can do any city stuff!!! This means that many of us become savvy on how to Repurpose items that have outgrown their use and which hopefully make their way to our recycling centre. Such items can be found as boats with holes in them, old rusted bathtubs that needed replacing, and so on. So I have made the habit of going down to the centre once a week to see what we can find to create more garden beds – since we are big on growing as much food as we can and because the land on which we live is riddled with sand deposits (since our property is nestled between a sandy lake shore and sandy ocean trails) it is difficult to make your normal run-of-the-mill raised gardens and we have to get creative!
Those pieces also make for some interesting conversation pieces, as we Repurpose as many items as possible by giving them a rebirth as one of the features in what we call our Art Yard!!!
Everyone is talking about resolutions this time of year. Personally, I like to take the month of January to put some goals into action and prepare for new adventures on my horizon instead. I find that taking this kind of action in my life doesn’t bring on as much stress as the word “resolution” does – because we all know that life brings enough of that all on its own.
So here are some of my goals: Take more time to enjoy life to the fullest; continue to work towards being the strongest, healthiest and most energetic person I can be (which includes getting a handle on my smoking habit, and No! I did not say quit!); learn some new art techniques, and put as many smiles on as many faces around the world as possible through my art and this blog.
Now for the adventures part: I have a new art installation in the making called “Sense that Sin”; I have started a new venture called BalducciArt which is my newfound passion of creating in 3D through textile art – you will find a new page on my website just for them and will hear more about them in one of my posts… And as many of you might know, I have taken a position of co-producer with Expose Yourself (an art exhibition in Powell River) which is starting to shape up as a promising adventure you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned to get all the details as I will be sharing them as they unfold (or check out our website to learn how to SUBmit at https://eyexhibition.com).
On a more personal level, I am planning adventures at sea by spending as much time as possible exploring the water via boat and paddle board; I am determined to attend as many workshops as possible to keep exploring the infinite possibilities of art, and to take a trip somewhere with my sweetheart (in a plane) to deepen our common love of taking adventures together… and while I am at it, I will take this opportunity to share my philosophy for 2017: “It takes approximately 165 muscles to frown and only 6 to smile.” I know how I will choose to share my energy; do you?
The time has come for me to get back to work in my amazing studio! I have been waiting for this season to come so I could settle back into a routine of creating art daily. After spending the last many months preparing the birth of a new installation – based on pressed flowers I collected as well as naturally dyed random items, it’s now time to put all the pieces together. I am taking things to a new level with the techniques I have learned over the last year and combining them in my own unique way; only time shall tell what it will grow into. I look forward to sharing the process with you all. Here is a sneak-peek at the beginning stages of something new and exciting!!!
(lamp shade, gold leaf, pressed flowers) what does this equals to? The start of a new art installation!