Tuesday, January 26, 2016

It's All in the Details!

I really should have been paying more attention when groups asked for help to hang a show. I didn't think I needed to learn because someone else was better at it than me.
So when it came time to hang my own show, I realized I'd never done it before.....ooops! But my DH (the tall guy) and my friend, Barb were part of my very wonderful crew, and I couldn't have asked for better and more patient people!
First, I packed my suitcase.... this suitcase once belonged to my grandmother and I keep meaning to "pretty it up", oh well.
I put in everything I thought I'd need:

  • hammer
  • eye screws
  • hanging wire
  • tape
  • sticky stuff for the labels
  • pens and marker
.....but I forgot the measuring tape!

 I folded the larger pieces into fabric so they wouldn't get knocked about:

I did some last minute preparations:

I bought some plants:

 And then we hung the art!

The show looks wonderful, people actually came to see it and I'm thrilled!

It's still hanging til February 2nd, It has to come down by noon, I'm teaching that morning, so 1/2 of my set up crew (the DH) has to take it down! I haven't told him yet, do you think he'll mind?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

More Ice, More Beauty!

I've been doing some more Ice Dyeing, trying to keep up to a wonderful group of students. Here's some of my latest patterns:

Aren't they gorgeous? the secret is working with fabric folded into equilateral triangles..... the top two fabrics are just as vibrant as the bottom one but I took the picture with my iPad and not my phone...

Friday, January 8, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Save the Date....

Keep January 22nd aside on your calendar, because you're invited to my first solo show! Please join me from 4-6 pm and see my new series, entitled [Insert Here] Textile Art Inspired by Structure. Of course you can come anytime to see the pieces, be sure to sign my guest book!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Be Careful What You Ask For!

One of my goals for 2016 was to read more good books! I've always been an avid reader but have found in recent years that I've kinda gotten lazy about finding something to capture me between its pages.
So I went to the best source of all knowledge, Facebook and asked all my friends! Wow, you all amazed me, thank you, thank you! I am now equipped with reading material for the next 12 months and more. Some I'll buy and some I'll look for at the library. One person keep a list on Pinterest to share, great idea and many suggested www.goodreads.com

So I promised the list to everyone and they are not in any particular order. If you've read the books listed, then look for others by the same author! At the bottom of the list are authors that are recommended by other but not any particular books. I've not vetted them or checked spelling and I didn't look up the authors for books if they weren't provided (I know, I'm not very helpful, sorry!)
Let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Title                                                                       Author
Left Neglected                                     Lisa Genova (Still Alice)
Puny Sorrows                                      Miriam Toews
Ragged Company                                Richard Wagamese
All the Light We Cannot See               Anthony Doerr
Ru                                                        Kim Thuy
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox    Maggie O'Farrell
Guns, Germs and Steel                       Jared Diamond.
Life after Life                                      Kate Atkinson
God in Ruins                                       same
Road Trip Rwanda by                         Will Ferguson
 914                                                     same
The Girl on the Train                          Paula Hawkins
Boys in the Boat
Shit my Dad Says                                Justin Halpern
What we Keep                                     Elizabeth Berg
Maude                                                  Donna Mobry
Bone River                                           Megan chance
Dreams of Joy                                      Lisa See
The Game of Thrones                          George RR Martin.
Water for Elephants                              Sara Gruen.
A House In The Sky                            Amanda Lindhout.
People of the Book                              Geraldine Brooks
When I Found You
The power of One                                Bryce Courteney
Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
A Light Between Oceans
Deep Down Dark
Loving Frank
The Glass Castle.
Old Filth                                              Jane Gardam "
The long way home                            Saroo Brierley
A House in Fez                                   Suzanna Clark
Mao's Last Dancer                              Li Cunxin
Colour                                                  Victoria Finlay
The promise of Iceland                       Kari Gislason
Chocolat                                              Joanne Harris
The Invention of Wings                       Sue Monk Kidd  
Bone Clocks                                         David Mitchell
The Reason I Jump                             Marcus Zusak "
The Book Thief
What the Pilgrim told the Psychic      Jane Christmas
Anne Cleeves                                      Jimmy Perez series set in Shetland Islands
The Saints of The Lost and Found.      T M Causey
The House of Niccolo Novels             Dorothy Dunnett
Big Magic                                            Elizabeth Gilbert.
Marie Bostwick
Three Day Road                                  Joseph Boyden
The God of Small Things                    Arandhti Roy
Never Let me Go                                  Kazuo Ishiguru
The Book of Negroes.
Orenda                                                 Joseph Boyden.
A Tale For The Time Being                 Ruth Ozecki
Second Skin                                         India Flint

Favourite Authors
Margaret Maron, Louise Penny, and Anne Emery
Wanda E Brusetter
Bill Bryson
J K Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith has written a trilogy featuring a detective Cormoran Strike.
Anything by Bryce Courteney, Colleen McCulloch, Tom Keneally
Jodi Picoult
Toni McGee Causey
Henning Mankell if you enjoy Swedish noir,