Nicola Hawkins: Junkosphere & Studio Tour

Currently showing at the The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery is a show by Nicola Hawkins. The web page for The Rooms gallery says this: Nicola Hawkins: Junkosphere December 17 – April 15, 2012 Level 4 This exhibition by Nicola Hawkins features collaged paintings, sculpture, installation and animation – all proposing a discourse on the relationship…

Tōri-iru

Meaning: “Pass through and enter” Artist: Vicky Taylor-Hood Medium: textile Dimensions: 33″ x 31″ Inspiration: In the days following the earthquake and nuclear disaster, in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands deprived of home and security, I was struck by the bittersweet irony of the legendary Japanese cherry blossoms…

An update

I’ve been working on the same piece since about 8:15 this morning with only a few short breaks and am about done in. After last night’s post, I flayed myself with details for a bit, then went and had a good night’s sleep. The morning dawned fresh and new and I decided to apply a…

Merde. Pardon my French.

I have heard it said that one of the tricks to creating good art is to know when to force a piece into the shape that your mind’s eye has created and when to let it take on a life of its own. I generally don’t have a problem with this, but then, I generally…

A funny and relevant take on the job of being creative

I came across this video a while back on the Quilt Art mailing list and, for some reason, neglected to share it on the blog. Elizabeth Gilbert approaches the idea of genius from a refreshingly new slant. While I’m not sure that I agree with the idea that Genius is a disembodied gremlin living in…

The design wall today

After my fabric painting adventure, I’m back at the design wall again. Right now I’m working on several pieces, as is my wont. Typically, I have half a dozen on the go at a time, in various stages. I find it helpful to work this way as I can move from a piece that has…

Painting summer

One of the things I’ve often found to be a great remedy for artistic blockage is fabric painting and dyeing. Painting more so than dyeing, truth to tell. Having completely depleted my hand-painted fabric supply over the past few months, I decided to have a go at some skies and oceans. Normally I paint outside,…

Birches

Update: these pieces are sold, but I have others here that are similar. Please contact me using the contact form below if you are interested. These are among the batch that is foiled and ready to go off to shops (on consignment). They also come in golden, wintry light blue and autumnal russet backgrounds. If…

Studio clear-out sale

I am, in the spirit of spring, clearing out some stock from my studio. You can see the first lot posted here. All of the stock is of good quality. There is nothing wrong with it other than I simply need the space (both physical and creative) more than the stock at present.

Studio clear-out sale

I am, in the spirit of spring, clearing out some stock from my studio. You can see the first lot posted here. All of the stock is of good quality. There is nothing wrong with it other than I simply need the space (both physical and creative) more than the stock at present.

A ready-made series, or several

It’s funny how sometimes you take the same photographs of the same places and, without even realising it, track the seasons of time through those pictures. One of the views that always strikes me as particularly dramatic is that of Whaleback Rock here in Torbay. I walk over the crest of the hill on our…

Burn, baby, burn!

Some time ago I promised to try out the effect of pyrotechnics on textiles. My intention was to grab a few samples of my work and set them ablaze. Since then, I’ve wussed out repeatedly on burning up things I’ve made. I couldn’t even come up with a “hit list” of designated ignition targets. It…