on the move…

Well to be honest, moved!

I’ve been a very quiet blogger, but there has been loads going on. I’ve moved! Yup, Ned and I have left the city and headed for a bit of country living…can you hear the theme of that old TV show Green Acres in your head ? (now that’s showing my age!)

I’ve left behind what was almost the perfect studio in the city and am now in the midst of creating the perfect studio, or as close as I can get. This one will be a bit smaller but a whole lot warmer in winter and cooler in summer…which will be wonderful!

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The old studio sure looked bigger when it was empty, which beats the back of the car, it hasn’t been empty for a month or more.

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There isn’t much to show of the new studio yet, but I will send along updates as things progress. Inside the house there’s a generalised state of chaos …walls being painted, doors being replaced and countertops being changed. When things get a bit too crazy inside, Ned and I sneak off to our new favourite walk.

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Or stop to chat with one of the frequent visitors that drop by our new home.

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I have been getting a bit of work done, perched on a stool at the kitchen island. It’s a great way to cook dinner and stitch at the same time but not so good for the “sitting bones”. Note the plaster filler beside the stove, I’m not sure if it’s food safe!?

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The piece I was working on was juried into a show called “A Gathering” which opened at FibreWorks Gallery in Madeira Park on the 10th of October and runs till the end of the month. I’ll be at the  “Meet the artists” reception this Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. if you’re in the neighbourhood.

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The garden here is one of the big reasons for moving, a chance to really get my hands dirty …or dirtier. There is some established garden that needs a little love and attention (actually, a lot of love and attention!)  and there are the most amazing raspberry canes. Still producing berries in October, not many mind you, but delicious.

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Hope that all is well with you, wherever you are! I know Ive been an intermitent blogger at best, but if you would like to keep closer tabs on me I’m on Instagram …ravensthread is where you’ll find me. And there’s a few pics of Ned as well- of course!

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Bye for now, Catherine

intermittent blogging…

…seems to be the way things go for me. I get on a roll for a while and then take a break. I  wonder if it might be a “normal” thing to need to be quiet sometimes. I think it must be for me so no apologies for being “away” for awhile…my new goal is intermittent blogging!

But all that said, here I am again, with a bit of news and a bit of new work.

It’s been busy (as ever!) Edwina came for a visit and we got the potassium permanganate and indigo pots on the go and created some really lovely pieces. My favourite is this very simple folded double dip…I think the marks are really lovely. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it!

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I’ve been doing some mixed media work in my sketchbook as well, it’s prep work and exploration for some work I can’t share with you yet.

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These are done with pastel, acrylic paint and graphite…I’m really liking the depth I can get. Now the challenge is to translate these into fabric.

Things are busy on the home front as well. The garden is in overdrive!

and there’s been a bit of jam making. It’s cherry jam -which I have never done before- and the results are pretty yummy, if I do say so myself.

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I’m working on a piece for the upcoming Fungi and Fibre Symposium coming to the Coast this October. It’s an international event and should be loads of fun to have close to home. I can’t show you the whole thing-yet- but here’s a sneak peek…hopefully the jury will like it!

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There’s lots more work to do but I’m liking the effect I’m getting so far. I’m really enjoying the handwork and it’s portable, perfect for summertime. While I’m stitching out-of-doors Ned has been busy “floating” in the river …he’s getting his float style down to a fine art, with nose just barely out of the water and eyes following the stick!

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Edwina is putting us both to shame! She is preparing for a 10k run!! on the 17th of July and Fundraising for Cancer Research, UK. Here’s a link to her Just Giving page ….run Edwina run!

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Bye for now, Catherine

whisperings…

We had a perfect Sunshine Coast welcome this past weekend to help celebrate the opening of whisperings at FibreWorks Gallery, thanks so much to everyone who visited and celebrated with us.

Reg and Yvonne hung our work beautifully and many thanks to Connie and her team of textile talent for supplying the goodies! It was a really lovely day.

My images have ladders in them …

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and dogs….

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or no exhibition cards yet.

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But thankfully Connie had her camera out at the opening and took some great shots…

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Thanks to all who made it to celebrate with us…

Bye for now, Catherine and Ned

one week to go!

…which explains why it’s been so long since I posted on this blog. I have really had my head down getting ready for…

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I am so excited to be exhibiting with talented artist Anni Hunt atFibreWorks Gallery . The opening is Saturday the 26th of March from 2 till 4 pm and I really hope you can join us, but just in case you already have plans the show is up till May 15th.

But just before heading up the coast the opening reception for Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation opens at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver.  The opening is Tuesday the 22nd of March from 6 to 8 pm, and I have a piece in the show!

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….it’s looking like I’ll be sipping champagne and celebrating next week…a couple of times!

Hope you can catch at least one of the openings, if not I promise some images…of both shows.

Bye for now, Catherine

 

in the pink….

…really it’s a blend of grey and pink. The soggy grey Vancouver winter continues but every now and then we get a glimmer of sunshine, it’s just enough to make you think spring may turn up eventually. Sometimes the rain clouds part and as soon as there’s a bit of light in the sky Ned and I head for one of our favrouite spots to watch the sun go down.

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While the pink outside isn’t happening very often it’s been quite pink in the studio lately, it’s cherry blossom time again and I am hard at work on my entry for this years exhibition. The deadline for entry is fast approaching and of course it’s not finished yet…but then I still have a week ( almost). I like to think I work better under pressure but truth be told it’s been so long since I have completed anything well ahead of the deadline, I don’t know any other way.

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This years entry-in-progress is dye painted cotton organdy, hand stitched onto a layer of white wool and includes some very fiddly paper blossoms. It will have beads as well…deadlines willing!

Cherry Blossoms; A Textile Translation  runs March 22nd thru April 10th at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver. The opening is Tuesday evening the 22nd of March from 6 to 8 pm and hopefully this piece will be there, IF the judges accept my entry…fingers crossed.

I’m back to life again…life drawing I mean, I really do love it. Sometimes it’s difficult to go out on a dark and rainy night after a long day, but once I get there it’s so worth it.

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My drawing style has changed  (maybe evolved is a better word?) and this year I making an effort to not get bogged down in the details but try to catch the feel of the pose. Some nights it works and some nights it doesn’t!

But every now and then drawing with a pink pastel helps to shake things up a bit.

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Hope you are finding a sunbeam to bask in where ever you are…

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Bye for now,  Catherine

happy January!

Since we are more than half-way through the month, it might be a little late to wish you a Happy New Year and I’m not really sure when the cut-off is. I’ve been looking online for a guide to the etiquette and can’t find a definitive answer, but I’m thinking there really shouldn’t be an end to good wishes.

It’s a bit of a blah January here, but then for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere it usually is! the weather here is grey- top to bottom grey. I quite like the subtle colour of this time of the year but…a little sunshine wouldn’t hurt.

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The weather has been creating some really interesting effects. It’s been foggy along the waterfront walk Ned and I take some  mornings. It makes for some dramatic photo’s.

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This time of year keeps me in the house but one of the benefits of doing the dishes are the visitors that are coming round…

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…this tiny fellow has been hanging out all winter. Actually there are two of them and the only reason I know that is they have been at the feeder together.. there may be more but I certainly can’t tell them apart! According to my bird book he’s actually a she, and a Rufus Hummingbird.  Apparently it’s quite common for them to stay the winter in Vancouver, there were a few nights in December when I thought she had made a big mistake!

These fellows arrived in a flurry on the weekend- taking over the garden for a few hours. It made me think spring might not be that far away.

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There are some tiny  signs of spring in the back lane, which I scooped up and brought home with me! Doing the dishes needs to have some rewards and these are sitting on the windowsill right above the sink to spur me on.

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I love snowdrops, they always remind me a bit of sad bunny rabbits.

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January’s weather has been good for being in the studio and getting some work done, which is a very good thing! Anni Hunt and I have a show opening March 26th at FibreWorks  on the Sunshine Coast. Right now there’s work in progress on the walls and the worktable, a bit under the machine and even a piece on the floor…a wonderful state of organized chaos!

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Bye for now, Catherine

thanks for coming!

A big thank you to everyone who braved the weather to visit our open house! Elizabeth I had a great day visiting with everyone.

For those who couldn’t make it- here’s what you missed!

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We had my big work table covered with Elizabeth’s Farmwurx ceramics , there were lots of mugs, bowls and treasures of all kinds. And my favourite Word Ware  bowls… with their sometimes cheeky saying about for and eating. They are  on the right hand side of the image below. If you see anything you can’t live without contact Elizabeth.

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Those are my Imprint scarves hanging in the background- or at least the two that were left! It was so busy when we first opened I completely forgot to take any images…I know!I know!  I do it all the time.

Our “flight of fancy” managed to survive the rain and damp, which is no mean feat when you consider the paper our birds are made of are reclaimed outcasts from the pulp mill. The paper itself is very stiff and difficult to work with -until it gets wet- or even thinks about getting wet- then it turns to mush!

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“flight of fancy” ( I love this definition – “an idea which shows a lot of imagination but which is not practical or useful in real situations”) was hanging in the greenhouse- not the driest of places at the best of times but as you can see- it was raining, which made the definition really ring true!

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As I mentioned above – and always seem to be saying – it’s been raining  here. Ned and I have managed a few walks by the river but there’s been no swimming- he would be swept away!

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Bye for now, Catherine

sneak peek

It’s our open house on Saturday and hopefully you will brave the rain and come over for a visit!

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Just to tempt you out here’s a sneak peek of our installation, though it doesn’t look like much yet…it will!

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I’ll tell you all about it after Saturday, complete with pictures.

I’ve been printing up a storm! and have gotten quite carried away with the process so…rather than drowning in eco-prints these silk scarves will be for sale at the open house. I promise to iron them first….

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Bye for now, Catherine

it’s almost time!

for our open studio….

Elizabeth Harris  and I have joined forces yet again for our 3rd annual ( I can’t believe it’s been 3 years!) open house.

It’s “getting ready” time around here…Ned and Runnerbean have their hair appointments booked and I’ve been scrubbing and cleaning out the greenhouse, which really isn’t as much fun as it sounds! We are planning and preparing for our “flight of fancy” installation in the greenhouse …it’s going to be amazing!

Hope you can make it…

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Bye for now, Catherine