1. Environmental Footprint of the Textile Artist/Craftsperson
Something like a post I did ages ago about the environmental footprint of a tee shirt, but looking at all aspects of how our creative activity has an impact on the world around us. I did a crazy huge mind map that could almost be a book, but my conclusion ultimately came to a simple "Make art, it's the right thing to do."
2. Rant about the Proliferation of Lazily Edited How-To Craft Books
Yeah, I know publishing is a tough game, but so much of what is out there is a waste of resources. I am also deeply suspicious of the ploy in which a popular blogger gets all her friends to help create the content of the book, for which no one is paid. This one could be tagged "Pet Peeve".
|This amulet contains the prayer of loving-kindness.|
I will be leading a mixed media workshop on creating amulets for the upcoming Isle of the Arts Festival here on Gabriola. We will be making small objects that offer protection against negative forces using natural materials such as shell and bone as well as cloth, thread, shisha mirrors and beads, drawing upon traditional practices, mythology and symbolism. Underlying the process will be a focus on developing a practise of working with intention, and responding to the inherent meaning of the materials we use. This will be a fun one!
|The latest piece, in progress. The frame is about 30" across so that gives some idea of scale.|
The latest piece, and the most intricate so far, in the Codex work is coming along. So is my "Home Sweet Dome" welcome mat that I am hooking, at a somewhat glacial pace.
5. Children's Book Based on the Story of Louis Nicolas
For some time I have had an idea cooking for a storybook about Louis Nicolas. My plan is to write it myself and have Vicky Bowes do the illustrations and her husband Mike Swallow to do the maps. The logistics of it all are daunting, but I believe it is such a great Canadian story that it deserves to become part of our national lore and legend.
6. Christmas Card
We don't give gifts in our family - rather, we draws names of one relative for whom we create a really special handmade card. I got my brother Dave's name, and I made this sweet mobile of bells, sparkly green rick rack, tiny Yule logs and three rows of red felt triangles embellished with cloth letters spelling out B-E-L-O-V-E-D, which is what "David" means in Hebrew, and a glass star. It was more elegant than it sounds, and I forgot to take a picture of it. Drat!
And there's probably more oddments kicking around in my head but daylight is fading and I need to actually do some work! If I don't post again before Thursday, I wish you all the very best in 2015!