Like blue velvet and diamonds

I’ve been plotting out a series of pieces and am started in on the skies and basic layouts for them. Sifting through photographs to jog my imagination has been a great help, since the skies on Exploits are a little different from the ones I find on the Avalon Peninsula. The clear nights are deeper…

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…

Eye of the beholder

I have two pieces on the design wall at present and both are further along than you might think. As a rule, I dislike showing works in progress on the blog, not because I fear plagiarism (there are plenty of other more appealing folk out there from whom thieves might steal) nor because I fear…

Designing, a variable process

Everyone comes to the process of hashing out a design in their own unique way and what works for one person or piece might not work at all for another. My work usually originates in one of two distinct ways; either I start with an idea and create the fabrics to give body and substance…

Chugging along

Today is a mundane Monday, which is not a bad thing at all. It simply means that I more or less chug along merrily, working away at various projects, without chaos, interruptions or the recent, dreaded Snow Days. I’m currently planning a series of textile pieces for various shows and events as well as finishing…

Workshop prep

I’m putting the final touches on workshop kits and workshop prep for a one-day class to be taught on Saturday. Today and tomorrow are more or less straight organisation, although I do have to make one additional class sample to bring along. The workshop is my basic Landscape Design workshop, but the folks for whom…

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.

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…

On ugly fabrics

As per Micki’s request in the comments of my last post, here’s a photo of the ugly birch fabric: It’s a Northcott Lyndhurst fabric designed by Janet Orfini as a part of the Farmer’s Market series. I found it in the country-kitsch (and I mean that non-derogatorily) section of a local fabric store. The realm…