Wednesday, September 29, 2010

promise for Marilyn

For those interested I am working in a 8 epi warp. I would have prefered thinner cotton twine but it was hard to obtain. But it is OK. No worries.

I promissed Marilyn from New Zeland I would post an image of the rods that help me keep more or less tension. Usually the warp I like to set it quite loose in order to help me at the end when the distance of the nails of the frame are too close and it gets tighter.
I hope this picture is clear for you Marilyn.
Day 5 of the woven Journal.

Yamile, my friend from Colombia, here is sharing her lunch in The Attic.
This place is a wonderful space because people interested in Arts visit the Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre every day. They drop by the Studio at all times. It has been such an amazing idea to set the loom here. Thank you Sybil for your hospitality!!!! You won't regret this.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The starting point!

This weekend was a very joyful day because not only was the Doors Open Ontrario,

where artists around every Province had the opportunity to showcase their art, it was an excellent opportunity for my kids, my husband and me to go to Joshua Creek and start the tapestry!!!

First of all, thank Stella Tang, Yamile and my kids who helped me sort out and prepare the lengths of all the materials.
As you see, I love the different textures, hues and callibers from the different natural and synthetic materials. It is just fantastic to see the yarns hung there, ready to be woven.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New tapestry, new baby on board!

Hi to All.
I am very excited to share with you the starting of my largest tapestry to be woven in Canada. The project is an inspiration from a picture I took from a tree bark. The colours are just fabulous and the idea about developing it in a large scale just came to be when Sybil Rampen accepted the project to be woven in the attic of the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
The place is just excactly what it is needed to get inspired! Sybil, as amazing as she is, is a generator of ideas and good energy to be surrounded of. Here in the picture you see Yamile Roa, my Colombian friend who will be helping me as my apprentice to follow some parts of the GREAT weaving.

This was such an exciting moment and we where really having fun putting together the frame loom. If it wasn't for Dale, who I really thank because he was not feeling 100 % great, he managed to do an effort and help us out in the making. Thank you Dale!

Behind her is Dale, a true crafty and Dear friend who kindly helped us put together and partially design the frame loom. It was set in one day, you tell me if he isnt gorgeous!!!

The design is based in one of my pictures. I will try to explore all the possibiloities of textures for the surface with as many diverse materials I can get. Shinny, mate, soft or rigid...everything!

I will keep you informed of the progress of this beautiful project. Good that I have until 2012 to finish, huh?
Good bye for now.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

When thirteen Moon Entwine

Moon Rain Centre for the arts was a fabulous encounter of diverse medium, materials, concepts, ideas. I guess for me having the opportunity to attend with my kids made the experience even greater!
We could breath art all over the path where the installations where appearing. Could be a waterfall, a forest or a beautiful piece of wheat covered land, the place turned just magical.

The exhibitions that took place made the perfect complement for the over all experience. The 9me International Triennale of mini textiles was a feast for the eyes and senses. Some pieces where stunning.

Here, some of the artists enjoying a quiet space by the side of the stream. From left to right: Ixchel, Ewa Bartosz-Mazus, Thoma Ewen and Krystyna Sadej.
One amazing thing that occured in those days was the fact that it was Full Moon, the weather was so warm, and we where able to bring a telescope to the campsites.
The moon was so clear that we could see perfectly the irrecular contour of the Moon, the 4 moons of Jupiter and many shooting stars... It was just magical.

The integration of materials into the landscape created a sense of being walking on the skin of the Earth. Breathing through its pores, feeling its struggle to survive...
We shared moments of creativity, frustrations for our materials, bad weather at some point, but most of it was gratifying.
I am sure my kids and I will remember Thoma, Moon Rain, and the wonderful people we where able to share thoughts, meals, bonfires....or Tequila!

Regard sur le Centre Moon Rain

Quand les treize lunes s'entrelacent

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Installations and artists in Moon Rain

On-Site Installations

Irene Anton • Deutschland
Irene Anton
Carole Baillargeon • Québec
Carole Baillargeon
Ewa Bartosz-Mazus • Polska
Denise Coker • Québec
Denise Coker
Joanne De Nobriga • UK
Joanne De Nobriga
Nadine Dupex • France
Nadine Dupex
Claire Gurette • Québec
Claire Gurette
Andie Haltrich • Québec
Andie Haltrich

Peter Harris • Canada
Peter Harris
Jocelune Ladouceur • Québec
Jocelune Ladouceur
Nathalie Levasseur • Quebec
Debieve Soazig
Hope Maclean• Québec
Hope Maclean
Edith Meusnier • France
Edith Meusnier

Gael Morin • France
Gael Morin
Johanna Nousiainen • Québec
Johanna Nousiainen
Kathryn Pannepacker • USA
Kathryn Pannepacker

Ali Rabjohns • UK
Ali Rabjohns

Hannah Ranger • Québec
Hannah Ranger
Nadine Richard • France
Nadine Richard

Krystyna Sadej • Canada
Krystyna Sadej
Jolanta Sprawka • Québec
Jolanta Sprawka
Marie Pier St-George • Canada
Marie Pier St-George

Ixchel Suarez • Canada
Marie Pier St-George

Liane Thirty-Smith • Canada
Liane Thirty-Smith

Owen Tuf • Québec
Owen Tuf

Jeanne Vallancourt • Canada
Jeanne Vallancourt