Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Snowmen Time Again

Okay as much as I hate to admit that the summer is gone, I do enjoy the Fall colours and the time in my studio. Having just come back from a month backpacking through Greece, I found the adjustment interesting. And yet, three weeks have passed and lying on the beach seems a long way away.
My studio is now filling up with snowmen and items for the winter markets.
The snowmen will be available at the Red Barn Market on November 7th, and at Craft Culture December 12 & 13th. They are all packed and ready to go....
Amy & I will be teaching a needle felting workshop at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on November 1,2015, if you are interested in learning to make them yourself.
Contact me at coloursparks@gmail.com for details or visit our Facebook page

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Colour Contest

I just came back from a holiday in Greece and the whole time, I was looking at the beauty of the colours of the landscape. Taking this picture I thought about what an awesome colour combination and, of course, being a dyer, I thought wouldn't this look awesome on yarn.

I just ordered a new bulky yarn, a super soft merino, angora and a bit of nylon blend, it will be awesome for cowls, hats and bulky baby sweaters...I am ready to begin my new collection so I'm asking for your ideas.

To participate in the contest 

Like the ColourSparks page


Post a picture, on the ColourSparks timeline of a colour combo from nature that you like and give it a name.
The winning colour will be used in the new collection and you will receive 2 skeins and a pattern to make a cowl. 
Contest ends October 24th, 2015.

How much does nature inspire your creativity?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Series and Spring

I began a new series of work in January. My group the ArtFelt Collaborative are having a show at Lake Country Gallery in July and we all decided to get to work. Our collective theme chose natural colour fleeces and off we went. I love natural colour fleeces and I love collecting different breeds of sheep. These piece encompass at least 15 or more different sheep breeds all in their natural colour. I began collecting different breeds a few years back from a shepherdess named Val in Swift Current Saskatchewan. I finally pulled those samples out and began washing them.

They were amazingly beautiful and the colour variations were truly unique. Of course..ha ha..that wasn't enough and I ordered more. The Cotswold grey was the true inspiration for this series. The beauty of the individual locks were incredibly inspiring. 

I am intrigued by the idea that all these sheep breeds are classified, categorized, evaluated and stamped...slotted into compartments of use and need and desire and quality. Some are judged better than others. I am amazed that when I combined them totally disregarding their labels they join together to created a oneness that is totally unique.

That's what this piece is about.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Never to old to play with Snowmen

Snowman Workshop on November 15,2014

I've made a lot of snowmen this fall. I was having so much fun making them and then lining them up in my studio so they could smile upon me. Though they all were a bit different, they were definitely my style
The snowmen from my students had a different look and it was lots of fun to see them create.
Now, I am sure, their snowmen are smiling upon their faces now.
 My snowmen will be on sale at Bottega on November 29/30, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Okay, Snowmen are cute too

I know its summer and I am really not trying to hurry up the winter, but these guys are just cute.
I have spent the last couple of days in the studio playing with snowmen and I was having fun. It's so much warmer to make them out of wool than snow.
I love the way each one takes on a personality of its own and together they are group.

They will be available for sale at Etsy Made in Canada Market on September 27, 2014 at  Sandhill Winery located at 1125 Richter St, Kelowna

Monday, August 11, 2014

Colour in Neutral

Now that I'm moving forward after my trip to visit family in Toronto, I am back in my studio and exploring new ideas and new ways to felt/
I love colour and I use it a lot in my art practice. I understand that some people like neutral, but I'm just not one of them. I am, though, learning to do colour in neutral and this piece is my interpretation of just that.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Waldorf Gnomes still make me smile

Waldorf knitted gnomes still make me smile. When I'm feeling a little blue, I get out my plant dyed yarn and start knitting gnomes. It's like comfort food without the calories. The knit up quick, I can make a few in the evening if I'm watching TV and then into my studio  to sew them together.

The colours of the plant dyed yarn are special and as they come together each gnome has its own individual character. I've tried photographing them inside, but they truly want to be placed in the garden and captured there.


Yes, sometimes things can be challenging, but after 10 gnomes I'm ready to face the day.  And I didn't gain a pound.