12 Apr

Studio Visit with Amanda McCavour

One of the things I’d arranged in advance of my trip to Toronto was to do a studio visit with textile artist, Amanda McCavour. She was about to leave town to do an installation in Alberta, but we managed to fit it in. It was an absolute pleasure to finally meet in person, and I […]

10 Apr

A Fun Workshop at The Paper Place

I was in Toronto last week visiting family, and I’d also arranged to teach a paper cutting workshop mid-week at The Paper Place. It was an enjoyable evening of talking about paper cutting, knives, and paper, all in one of the best paper goods stores I’ve had the pleasure to visit. I did not manage […]

27 Mar

Signs of Spring (It’s about time!)

It’s been the rainiest and coldest spring I can remember in my thirteen years living in Vancouver, and only now at the end of March are the usual signs of spring making an appearance. I saw my first cherry blossoms of the season on an elderly tree at Kits beach, that is consistently one of […]

23 Mar

Looking for new Podcasts to Listen to?

As most artists I know seem to do these days, I listen to podcasts when I’m working in the studio. I add new ones to the list all the time, and remove older ones I am no longer interested in. At a recent get together with artist friends we made a point of having each […]

20 Mar

Sashiko Embellished Skirt

I put the finishing touches on the sashiko stitched denim skirt last week with the addition of a few more circles and half circles. I kept most of the design to the front of the skirt with a few small details on the back and sides. I love all of those straight stitched lines against […]

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