INSPIRED in GUATEMALA

I love Mayan textiles!

I have purchased quite a few used huipiles (women’s blouses/shirts) over the past few years, mostly from a store in Antigua, a lovely old colonial city about 45 minutes away from Guatemala City. The store has a huge pile of old huipiles that I go through each time I’m in Guatemala; I’m always searching for treasures.

On my recent trip I started looking also at the insides of the huipiles to see the weavings’ backsides. A lot have little thread ends all over from small coloured sections, woven in or hand-embroidered. They reminded me of the wires I use these days….so I am going to work on combining wires and textiles in the next little while. I love working with wires, but very much miss the textures of textiles.

Used huipiles for sale, Antigua, Guatemala

Used huipiles for sale, Antigua, Guatemala

Join Me at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Booth #A128

57th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

July 6 - 8, 2018 - Nathan Phillips Square - FREE - Rain or Shine!

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.  Artists will be available at their booth spaces for you to see, experience, and purchase their original artworks during the following hours. Our Cascading Beer Garden by Henderson Brewing Co. is open throughout the day for food, beer and refreshments!

Friday July 6  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Saturday July 7 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sunday July 8  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Recent Work images

For the past couple of weeks I have been preparing the photographs I took of my recent work. I'm learning more and more about Photoshop Elements, the photo software I use. It may be Photoshop light, but it has lots to offer and I am enjoying exploring this digital darkroom.

Check out the RECENT WORK page to see the images of my new work, just posted.

Springing into Action!

Now that spring is here and the weather is warm enough to work outside, I have started sanding and drilling wood bases for some new works, in preparation for EVERLOCAL in June and the Studio Tour in September. This year all the sawing, and some of the heavy sanding, has been done at the Danforth wood workshop of the Toronto Tool Library, a fantastic organization. I have to make tough decisions now about how to divide my time between art making and gardening at Everdale. The HomeAlive! garden needs a lot of work too!!

Wood working tools

I like working with wood....a nice antidote to the plastic and metal found in deconstructed devices. I do have some of my own tools, but I have found 2 places where I can make wooden discs for new works, frames, etc with more sophisticated tools, and guidance. I will be checking them out this next week: Site3 CoLaboratory and The Tool Library in Toronto. Both have a set of tools that can be accessed by members or guests....cooperative ventures, so smart!