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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Factory 163

Members of Gallery 96 met at Factory 163 (163 King St.) in Stratford to take photos and sketch ideas for an upcoming show about the history and architecture of this old furniture factory. Got some interesting shots, now what to do with them?
Here's Erik, our currator for this show and our resident cartoonist. You can see Erik's work at

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

2 pieces for the Lawson Killer exhibit

The Lawson Killer Exhibit is an annual juried exhibition at the Gallery Stratford. I entered 2 pieces and both were excepted. Yeah! The above piece,"POD", is coffee stained quilted paper, stamped embellished with yarn, beads, leaves, more paper. It is 3 sided and topped with velvet leaves and net leaf skeletons

"POD" detail
Next is "NEPTUNE'S GAUNTLET", which is a photo-transfer collage on fabric, embellished with beads,yarn, embroidery, paper, lace and sequins.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Masks and Maskmaking

I often travel to schools doing art workshops. One of the kids favourites is maskmaking. Her are some photos from Sprucedale P.S. Their Musical that year was "The Lion King"


...and a few more.
Here are some of my own that were sold at Gallery Stratford.

Monday, October 13, 2008

From my portfolio

"Eye Pods" Cascading pods made from old postcards. Three sided, one side pops open to view message.

"Family Pods", A trio of fabric pods-red dogwood boning.One is closed, the second slightly open to reveal a feathered interior, the third is open, lined in gold and has cascading family photos on fabric. The pod fabric is stained, painted and stamped canvas with fabric embellishments.

"Sentinel" , started as a piece of driftwood from Paddy's bay on Kennisis Lake. It's unusual shape
determined just what is was going to be.

"In Conversation With My Mother", Two paper teacups linked by machine embroidery

"Burrowing Owl" mixed media collage

Donation to the "I Love My Gallery Auction". Quilted watercolour

"Masks" Quilted , appliqued and embellished for a private customer.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Manipulate This and That

I'm a member of Gallery 96, in Stratford. In September we had an exhibition called "Manipulate This". Members took a workshop on manipulating images using photoshop or gimp. The work produced was exhibited as works on canvas or as animations. All work was produced from an earlier work by the artist. "Manipulate That" was an art happening that followed where the public was invited to create and manipulate art and music. Above is the cover of the catalogue featuring work by Val O'Flynn and myself.

I had three pieces in the show, the first "Florabunda" was an image of an old quilted wall piece, "Secret Garden"
"Secret Garden"


The second piece was from a sculpture piece called "Guardian", a mixed media piece. The torso had pencil drawings of birds. The altered piece was called "Guardian 2" and was printed on canvas then beaded.The last piece was much smaller and done on my computer, printed on fabric, embellished and beaded. It was called "Iris" and was derived from a photograph.


Here are a few collages from another show at Gallery 96