16 Oct

Learning The Art of Kumihimo

I am so grateful Vancouver has Maiwa and their school of textiles because they manage to bring to town so many interesting and skilled artists from all over the world to do talks, teach workshops, and share their work. When I looked through their latest brochure earlier this year I knew I wanted to take […]

13 Oct

Work In Progress: Repetition and Pattern in Blue

For one of the recent proposals I started roughing out an idea for an installation inspired by this classic Japanese textile pattern of repeating scalloped shapes. The version I started with looks dramatically different than the rest of the work in progress I am sharing here, but it was a rough prototype. I chose five […]

06 Oct

The Tree of Life At Lipont Place

These are photos of some of the wonderful art in Tree of Life at Lipont Place in Richmond. I went to see it last weekend and left feeling super excited and inspired by all of the incredible work. It’s a traveling show predominantly featuring textile art by fifty-eight master artists from twenty Asian countries. From […]

04 Oct

Pattern Play with Upcycled Envelope Paper

I created these pieces two weeks ago for an artist call application, and have been inspired by their mix of colours and patterns ever since. I shared work in progress of one of them in a previous blog post about revisiting recycled paper from security envelopes in my work again. It was a pleasant surprise […]

25 Sep

Sculptural Work by Mo Kelman

I attended a lecture by Mo Kelman at the beginning of September as part of Maiwa School of Textiles fall schedule, when they bring in a new round of out of town speakers to teach and talk. Kelman is an interesting choice for Maiwa because while she does use textiles in her work, her approach […]

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