Mushroom Making and Road Trip

Friday was my open studio time at Carya Village Commons, a great group popped by and needle felted hearts for our group project and then we made felted mushrooms. It was a fun way to end the week.

After open studio, my friend Wendy picked me up and we loaded up her jeep and headed to Camrose for a fibre festival. We lucked out with great weather and had a fun day connecting with other vendors and customers. 

The Show took place along side an alpaca show so we got to check out all the alpacas before the doors opened for the festival.

I picked up a couple fun items at the festival as well. A sweet stitch marker from Hedgepig Pottery and a yarn holder from Prairie Witch Fibre.

The show was great and we had a lovely dinner before heading home. Part way home we had a bit of excitement as we witnessed a high speed police chase in progress but we made it home, had a glass of wine and off to sleep.

Night Of Artists

This past weekend I went to Edmonton for The Night of Artists Art Walk. It was an awesome weekend, connecting with other artists, a gala and meeting new customers. It’s a well put on show and the Gala is a fundraiser for Amy’s House.

Here’s a springy picture I took, for a video of my booth check out my Instagram.

Holiday Season

The Holiday season is always a crazy time. With holiday markets,  celebrations and school performances it’s busy! Here’s a couple snapshots from the past two months.

 

Beacon Original Arts

This past Sunday was the Beacon Original Arts Show. It’s always such a lovely show. The organizers make it such a warm and welcoming environment and it’s great to meet the other artists and connect with customers. I liked my set up this time for my wreaths.

BCA Residency Showcase

After a morning of mending, the community and I enjoyed an afternoon of discussion, snacks, and art. Our community weaving turned out Beautiful. All of the wools were naturally dyed with local materials the community grew, foraged or used food scraps. They dyed the materials with the solar dye kits they picked up throughout the summer and then brought in their finished piece to add to the weaving. 

It was so lovely to hear about peoples experiments and stories of how the project brought families and neighbours closer together. We enjoyed snacks and stories and a friend of mine even came out from Medicine Hat to surprise me. 

Along with the weaving I showcased three photographs from my partner Mike which were of my dye plants I have grown and rusty bits I use for dyeing with. I also had two pieces, a bundle dyed cloth and a stitched and rusted piece. 

Mushlove

Mushroom Love!

This year I took on an artistic challenge and applied for a local art show MushLove here in Calgary. With the theme being mushrooms I wanted to incorporate mushroom dying into my final piece. Being the wrong time of year to forage I was toying with the idea of ordering some dried mushrooms when someone wandered into my booth at the Vintage and Vines market and started chatting with me about my love of felting mushrooms and this art show coming up. HIs name was Simon from Soma Mushrooms and was talking about the show I had signed up for. 

It turned out Simon makes tinctures from mushrooms and herbs and was wanting to experiment with extracting dye from mushrooms. So a collaboration ensued. When the dye was ready I drove out to Strathmore AB to meet up with Simon and exchange an art piece for a jar of mushroom dye. He had a science lab in his basement and a toddler under toe. It was fascinating to see his process and to come home with a jar of pigment.

I took this dye and diluted it in a pot of water, cooked it up and dyed some wool

The colours came out a beautiful golden brown. I used this wool to felt mushrooms on and with a hare sculpture named Rusty for the show.

The opening of Mushlove was a beautiful event at Nverland Gallery.