New York – Let’s Get On With the Show

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Six wonderful nights of appealing performances.  This is another reason I love New York.  As soon as we arrived and stashed our luggage at Leo House some of us went to Times Square to see what we could find in show tickets for the evening.  We found tickets for “On the Town”.  It was  wonderful musical and even though we were very tired we throughly enjoyed the singing, the costumes and the overall production.  It was very exciting the first night in New York to hear the song  “New York, New York,  a helluva of a town”.   It set the stage for the week and yes it is a helluva of a town.

Monday evening saw us attend the Metropolitian Opera in the Lincoln Centre complex.  The opera was La Donna del Lago by Rossini.   Beyond the set, the performers and the wonderful music a highlight for me was the hall with the Swarovski crystal chandeliers.  As the curtain rose for the first act so did the chandeliers.  We came away feeling satiated and in a bit of a wonderland.

Next we went off to the Jazz Standard club.  We were privileged to hear the Russell Malone Quartet.  Russell Malone is considered to be one of today’s finest jazz guitarists.  He was introducing a new CD  “Love Looks Good On You”  The CD is wonderful mellow jazz.  The set was great, , with some good variety, it was over too soon.  I actually spoke with Russell Malone and told him how much I enjoyed the quartet’s music.  toWe had a great southern dinner, there were fritters, a great brown butter sweet potato mash, crispy brussel sprouts slaw and a delicious banana cream pie with lots of bananas and crispy shards of burnt sugar brittle.

One of the students from Grant MacEwan U had a cousin acting in this show and this drew us to the Kraine theatre on the lower East side on Wed. evening .  “The Accident” was very much like a Fringe play in Edmonton, well done and very enjoyable. We were lucky to get it on opening night.  There were a number of small theatres in this location. It would be fun to have been able to see more in the evening.

Thursday  saw us back on Broadway at the Lincoln Centre, this time Avery Fisher Hall.  We were wowed  by Yo Yo Mah and the Silk Road Ensemble and also by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  I was blown away by the size of the orchestra and the youth of the concertmaster.  The sound filled the hall and the Strauss: Death and Transfiguration transported the listener.  I realized that this was the first symphony orchestra I had heard live other than my favourite  Edmonton Symphony.  When I expressed my amazement at the size and the sound I was told that the New York Philharmonic is considered one of the premiere orchestra’s in the world.  Again I felt so lucky to be able to hear them.  The Silk Road Ensemble’s music was all new to me.  However I knew I was going to love it when I heard f what I thought was bagpipes and turned out to be a gaita. Yo Yo Mah and the Silk Road Ensemble certainly expanded my musical horizons.  As I write I am listening to them and am transported back to Lincoln Centre.

Our last evening took us back to Times Square and  Broadway for The Audience.  We went into a magnificent old theatre the Gerald Schoenfeld, divested ourselves of many outer layers and settled into our seats with anticipation.   The curtain went up and Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth appeared.  Within a few minutes we were not aware that it was Helen Mirren.  It was the Queen of England.  The mannerisms, the voice  the gestures and the facial expression were to a Queen watcher evidence that this was the Queen.   Helen Mirren’s diction is impeccable.  She is agile onstage.  I was mesmerized!. In short this was the best way to conclude a week in New York if it had to be concluded at all.

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New York – Food Glorious Food


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Food seems to be on my mind  so today’s topic fits nicely.  Might as well write about food while the house still smells of the baker’s dozen of “everything” bagels that I brought home from Murray’s Bagels in Chelsea.  I was alerted that the bagels were addictive and I concur.  I was also warned that I should not ask for a toasted bagel.  (A toasted bagel is just matter of fact in Edmonton).  My friend went in to Murray’s with me one day and asked for a toasted bagel before I could tell her not to and she was told that Murray’s bagels were never toasted.  They are so fresh that they don’t need to be toasted.  They are thinner than bagels I have eaten.  The texture is dense with a very  fine crumb. They are just the right amount of chewy and don’t require a lot of effort to eat.  I think that this is a good measure of a bagel.  Murray’s also has a very nice variety of soft spreadable cream cheese.  I liked the scallion one and the Kalamata olive one was also recommended.  When you buy one ready to eat the cream cheese is generous and oozes out the sides once you bite into it.   Murray’s also had delicious raspberry rugulach, just saying.

As I write this I am reminded of a card I saw years ago which had a picture of pioneers next to a covered wagon and in front of a campfire.  The inscription said “ate out again today, it was good”.  That statement pretty much sums up eating in New York.  Good food where ever we went.   Some food and locations did stand out.

One such location was Doughnut Plant.  Fortunately it was located directly between the subway exit and Leo House, a two block journey each evening as we returned from our foray to uptown shows.   To fortify ourselves for the last block through cold blasts of winter we would of course stop, ostensibly to warm up.  Unfortunately that excuse wore a bit thin as we found that even the largest doughnut can be scarfed in less than three minutes.  I am not really a doughnut fan but have never been such a shop in my life.  Pecan Praline Beignet, Brooklyn  Blackout, Peanut Butter & Raspberry Jam, Coconut Cream, Manhattan Cream,  Creme Brûlée. Of course there were more, but even in a brief time one develops favourites.  The long wall was covered with three-dimensional fabric doughnuts.  Whoever did these was an excellent fibre craftsperson and there is real creativity displayed.

One evening when we ventured to a Lower East Side off, off Broadway play we ate at Katz’s Delicatessen.  We sat directly next to the table made so famous in Harry Met Sally.  The sign above the table said “we hope that you have what she had”.  In fact we had the Pastrami sandwich which is the best.  I actually had half a sandwich.  I couldn’t get my mouth around it and tried to take it apart and still couldn’t get through it.  I felt that it could have easily served me and a couple of friends.  One person in our party had a vanilla egg cream.  I tried a sip and it was delicious.  Another person had the potato pancakes and I tried those as well.  Would go again but would share half a sandwich with a friend.

Thursday we wandered around Soho for shopping and found a restaurant called  Le Pain Quotidien.  It was a communal table restaurant with delicious organic food, heavenly bread plus more.  My problem is that my eyes are always bigger than my stomach.  The most memorable item for me at Le Pain  Quotidien was the beverage. (I was now waging all out war on the sore throat).  It was a bowl of frothy hot lemonade with freshly grated ginger, lemon chunks and honey.  Wish we had a restaurant like this in Edmonton, alas, none in Canada yet.

Yes, yes this is getting to be an essay.  I have honed it down to just three more restaurant/ food shops I want to tell about.  Readers are very lucky that I didn’t get to any of the food shops listed in my favourite Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.

Our tour leader had tried to schedule lunch at Eataly.  We finally made it to discover as she put it “a Debaji’s on steroids”.  An apt description.  Piles of many kinds of oranges and other citrus fruit.  Shelves of interesting pasta, chocolates, nougat.  Then there were the deli food counters – focaccia with aroma’s to draw you in, panini that looked like they should be in a painting, desserts so luscious you wanted to say “one of everything please”.  As well there were individual restaurants within the store including one for pasta and a wine bar. One of our group from Edmonton had been invited to lunch with a friend and he discovered that there was another restaurant on the 14th floor with a wonderful view in addition to delicious food.

Our last afternoon we wandered (if you could say that when it was one of the coldest days in New York and mighty chilly even by western Canadian standards) down to Chelsea Market.  It was food kiosk, restaurant, food shop, one after another.  There are two that particularly caught my interest.  The first was spices and tease .  This market kiosk consisted of bowls and bowls of fresh spices and teas behind glass of course and a very appealing display.  I came home with a very few to try.

I saw a sign Liddabit Sweets. I have a cookbook of the same name so I was off on a search.  A small kiosk tucked in a corner turned out to be the storefront location for Liz Gutman and Jen King authors of the cookbook.  Before laughing yourselves all the way to the fridge for a carrot check out this book or even better the shop.  Top notch ingredients and exacting recipes by authors who met at the French Culinary Institute. Good candy making is not a slam dunk but the results are worth it.

So I am at the end except for I remembered that when I was in Grand Central Station food court I kept seeing these cookies that were iced half white and half black.  Some were just regular size and some the size of side plates.  I stopped and asked if they were special to New York and was told that yes they were and that they had come out of  Seinfeld episode.  So when next in New York go to Grand Central.  While there be sure and check out Magnolia bakery.  I am hoping I can find the recipe for their “Smore” cake.  One of the very best I have eaten but not shippable to Edmonton.



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New York – Fabulous & Frigid



approaching New York

approaching New York

Well you heard that I was going to New York and I went – Feb 15, returning Feb. 21.I hardly know where to begin. There will be a number of posts over the next while because there is much that I want to share.

This morning my whole house smells of wonderful New York bagels as I brought home a baker’s dozen from Murray’s in Chelsea.  One suitcase and the contents are being aired out so that the New York bagel smell won’t go on my next trip.  Creating this post will be accompanied by munching an “everything” bagel and enjoying a cup of tea from leaves that I brought home from a shop in the Chelsea market called spices and tease.  My tea of choice today is Ginger Lemon Green as I also brought home a doozie of a chest cold.

Today’s post will begin with an overview while subsequent posts will focus on specific components of the trip: jazz, theatre, classical music, opera, food, textiles, museums, and personal experiences of iconic sights. Don’t know if that is an exhaustive list but it will serve as organizer to me and perhaps anticipation for you.

Was there a highlight?  Every moment was one to stimulate the senses and because of the richness one could only be in the moment.  This was accompanied by wonderful conversations with the other members of the tour, at breakfast especially and while waiting for trains and buses and of course at intermission’s and dinner.  Photos – not as many as I would have liked, just too cold some days to get out the camera, but there will be some.  The wicked cold and wind chill of one of New York’s coldest winters however couldn’t distract from the sensory delights.  Come on!  We are Albertans.

The beginning – Several years ago I learned that Grant MacEwan Community College (now MacEwan University). sponsored a tour to New York.  This year it came to fruition for me and a long time friend.  Good thing too, as this is the last year that MacEwan will do this.  I can hear  friends scoffing when they read the word tour,  however for those of you who are still with me read on.   This is a tour conceived by people who understand the concepts of adult community education.  Part guided, part discovery.  (Pause to savour a couple of bites of the best bagel this side of heaven.)  The superb organizer – Brenda Philp, in her Community  Education role, one of several she holds at MacEwan U arranged the air and ground transportation and the lodgings at Leo House. That is always a relief to have that taken care of and saves time for individuals.  This freed the travellers to do their own research on the actual activities.  An important component was the collective experience that each learner brought to the project and that included Brenda’s experiences in having led this tour for over 20 years now.  Brenda had another guide: Ron Long  of both Theatre Arts &  Conservatory of Music at MacEwan U.  I  really appreciate this opportunity, it was a superb adult learning project.  To digress –  with my adult educator hat on, let me explain that many adults organize their (non-credit) learning through a  project approach  New York had long been on my list of experiences that I wanted to include in my life so imagine my excitement.

There was  a lot of pressure on me because I wanted to see and do everything.  No small goal for New York.  So with  my research the pressure continued to build.  The tour participants met for an orientation and then communicated by e-mails.  I had reached the wall of overwhelm with my planning.  Now I  gave myself up to the experiences that would come as a result of being open to what each person would bring to the trip.  Ideas for what to see and where to go evolved based on each person’s experience with knowledge and input from Brenda and Ron.  I ended up with a much richer curriculum than I could have ever set for myself on my own.   I found that many of the things that fellow travellers were wanting to do were of great interest to me.   This  trip turned out to be a survey course of New York for me.  While some of the participants focused in on very particular elements I mainly chose one experience from different areas of interest.    So yes, I just scratched the surface of New York but gained so much that I know that I must spend more time there.

The experience was organized to provide guided support for things individuals wanted to to for the first couple of days with orientation to the subway system, maps etc.  The learning was just in time and contextual.   By day three we were beginning to spread our wings and take little risks in venturing out on our own.  Getting there advice was always provided when we asked.  Sister Katherine of Leo House would provide ideas every morning and was a wealth of information about what do do and see that likely only New Yorkers would know and it was timely, i.e. last week was Fashion Week in NY.  Once I started to study the maps and try and figure out things on my own I quickly realized that a feature of New York addresses is that you will learn either the St. or the Avenue (pronounced Aven-nu, think Barbara Streisand).  I expect that before next time I will need to consult Brenda for some detail on how to figure out what is missing in the address.

New York,  a remarkable experience.  I certainly could see how this experience is an excellent one for the MacEwan students to explore their specific interests in theatre and music.  I wish that all Theatre Arts and  Conservatory students could benefit from this enriching experience.   So here’s to Brenda, Ron, Jamie, Bev, Karyn, Kirsten, Sara, Joel and Kaden.  Thanks to each of you for the learnings and in making this a memorable experience.

I realize that I could write a book about the way New York walks, whispers and looks.  It’s no secret to say I love New York a lot.  (Apologies to Lorenz Hart.)


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Creative Process – CDA’s

IMG_5763This post is really for last week. I did a guest blog for my friend Anna Hergert’s blog. So go have a look see at her Feb. 7th post.

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Orappa Creek Farms

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A coat needs a hat, especially in what I am guessing could be cool and windy New York. Somehow ear muffs or toque just don’t seem right.
So I took myself to the Old Strathcona Market several weeks ago and consulted with my friend Helen Gladson of Orappa Creek Farms As you can see she is, among other things a felt artist. A chat with Helen on a Saturday morning always yields up some new idea or creation.
We began a consultation on a hat that would work. All the hats that were in the booth were tried on to get a sense of what design would work. Helen has many interesting shapes and adds texture through pleats and a variety of fibres. I was most concerned about having a hat that would cover my ears. Once we had a shape that I thought would work then we set about to choose a colour. Of course black was obvious with the carmel coloured coat. However I wanted a hat that was of about the same value as the coat and not carmel. After some more conversation that considered colour we finally settled on green. Now how did I explain the green that I wanted? Something in an olive range. This was a challenge for Helen as I could see the colour in my minds eye but as I hadn’t brought anything to show. We looked carefully at her spun wool and I was able to point out a small piece of one skein that seemed close to what I wanted.
Halen then started to work in her studio on the farm. A week ago I went to the market and found several hats waiting for me. Three different colour ways and one very unusual design. They were all taken home and auditioned. I loved the unusual design but just couldn’t carry it off and so settled on the original shape I had chosen. Helen had made it in a heathery olive green that works in value with the coat. As you can see the brim rolls up nicely and if the wind gets bad I can roll it down. We both think that it might look nice with a pin so I am now auditioning pins in my collection.
Now we just need the New York weather to cooperate. The long range forecast looks like it is going to be colder than anticipated. As long as it is warm enough to walk through Central Park and other touristy areas I will be happy.

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2015 CQA Challenge – Blown Away

Blown Away Fabrics

Blown Away Fabrics

I love “brown paper packages tied up with string. String no longer figures in Canada Post’s system so the next best thing a brown padded envelope appeared in my mail this week. It was from Linda Schmidt, VP of the Canadian Quilters Association and contained the package for the Trend-Tex challenge for 2015.
What a treat to open the package and be surprised by the contents. To be able to use whatever comes in a challenge is just that – a challenge. My first thought was “oh, greyed colours”. This can make the challenge a little more difficult for me because I am a brights person. I spread the fabrics out on my off white chesterfield to contemplate each time I passed, put the thought of the challenge in my mind and went to work on other things. Over the course of the evening thoughts began to come. I am reminded of my basic design class in University. The Professor said that about 30 designs would need to be sketched before one really worthwhile one would emerge. I often don’t do the sketches any more, usually I just process mentally until I get something that I think is worth sketching. I think that part is based on experience and that my mind also forms and mulls and sorts. By the time I got up the next morning I had an idea. I laid out the fabrics and found that the idea didn’t give me what I wanted.
So I reset the problem. This time I spent more time considering the range of colours and patterns of the fabrics. Then I put my mind’s eye in the geography of Lethbridge. (I’d taken a course at the University there many years ago and stayed in the dormitory so that helped.) Thirdly I clearly fastened on the theme of the challenge “Blown Away”. With those things in mind I went back to my daily life.
By last evening I had a thought and this morning it is clearer. Now to the technical aspect of how I will create the actual piece. With the challenge I often find that I am limited by the width of the fat quarter. That often works but this year I will have to be more creative to achieve what I want. There will also be another technical challenge to test my skills. That is a good thing as I am always interested in pushing my knowledge, to learn something new as I work.
Inspiration for me is always linked to something in my environment, something that comes into m field of perception. For example when the challenge fabric arrived last year it was bright and had linear elements. As I was contemplating what to do with it I heard that Pete Seeger had died and one of mu favourite songs of his was “Inch by Inch, Row by Row”. Those two things combined to inspire my 2014 piece.

I am interested in learning how inspiration comes to others so please share your process if you like.

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Once Upon a Coat

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My first conscious passion in life was clothing.  How I came to this I don’t know because as a child my clothing was very limited.  I first remember making outfits for paper dolls that appeared in a weekly newspaper.  Magazines weren’t part of my life then so imagination served.  Now I have many other stimulus for my love of clothing and it includes texture, colour and shape.

Next month one of my goals is to come to fruition.  I am going to New York.  This has been a desire for about 40 years now and at last everything has come together.  In order to go I feel that I have to have just the right coat as that is what I will wear everyday for the week that I am there.  February in New York will be warmer than Edmonton likely but if is still winter.  So what will see me through the day?  Walking, riding a ferry, museums, Central Park, Lincoln Centre, 5th Avenue, Tiffany’s, FIT. Are you starting to see the task?

Yes I have gone through my stash of fabric and searched the internet for current looks that might meet the need.  Warm, light, good for rain or snow, will cut the wind and go into any place and be at home.  So after much searching and thinking and looking and drawing I came up with a design that will work with a piece of fabric I have.  Only problem to be solved, an interesting lining and some buttons.  It seems that there isn’t a store in Canada that really meets my needs anymore for good quality interesting fabric.  No matter; Britex in San Francisco will no doubt rise to the occasion.  Only one thing left to do and that is find the time to make a coat.  Turns out time is likely not going to allow.

Next stop – closet.  Everything obvious is rejected.  A conversation with my sister brings to mind a carmel coloured coat that is rarely every worn and that came to me from a friend many years ago.  Digging unearths the coat in the pictures above.  It is light, has a light quilted lining so warm, made of tightly woven cotton so it will repel water somewhat.  It is too long for the uses I want to put it to but will shorten without ruining the proportions of the design.  Low and behold it is a Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni.

I have a favourite designer and he is Giorgio Armani.  His lean architectural designs with clean lines that are timeless really appeal to me.  I often turn to his designs for my own clothing designs. I know that I can feel comfortable in this coat.

The coat is classic and timeless except the collar seems a bit dated.  I can fix that with a scarf.  However now I am curious about how old the coat might be.  Thank goodness for the internet and wonderful search engines.  I wish I had access to a clothing database but Google will serve.  So I start searching.

First I find that the label Le Collezioni is one step below the made to measure haute couture of the designer.  That confirms what I can see in the quality of the fabric and construction.  I now find that in the 1970’s Armani began to work with an Italian company named Gruppo Gft formed in 1887 to turn his designs into ready to wear.  They met his requirements for quality of construction.  He worked with them until 1994 when they were sold.   So I deduce that my coat was made sometime between those dates.  They did start manufacturing in both the USA and Canada later.   I didn’t pursue that avenue as both labels in the coat say “Made in Italy”.  Armani began designing women’s wear in 1975.  So I can narrow the coat to between 1975 and 1994.  When I look at other history of fashion designs I deduce that the coat was likely purchased by the Aunt of my friend in Italy in the 1980’s.

I had fun researching this and learned some new things about my favourite designer.  Now to get the courage to shorten an Armani coat.



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2015 Goals

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This blog will focus on fibre arts related goals for this year. There are others – travelling, work around my home and garden, political volunteering however the fibre arts are the “big rocks” as the story goes.
The first one and it relates to the photographs at the top the blog is to extend my teaching, speaking and writing efforts. To that end I have been invited to teach some workshops at a local shop Quilters Dream
Another big undertaking is my decision to register as a candidate for the Canadian Quilters Association’s Judging program. While it is true that I have judged over the years in a number of forums and have had some training when I was a District Home Economist with Alberta Agriculture this training is far more extensive. It will put to the test my memory from design classes in University and call upon my collective knowledge over my quilting career which now spans over 35 years. It will also be a test to see if I have kept up to date on new techniques, materials and changing ways of doing things with evolving styles as well as being able to use my knowledge of history of quilting and the different genres within quilting. I hope that my love of working in many areas of textiles and with many fibres will prove beneficial. There is extensive studying, reading and exercises to do in preparation for the actual first phase of training in Lethbridge at the CQA conference in Lethbridge in June.
I have downloaded the materials and am excited about starting to explore my library and add to it as I get started. Part of the undertaking is to keep a journal and I am sure that I will share my excitement, discoveries and learnings in my posts as I move forward.
There are upcoming shows to aspire to. Edmonton and District Quilters Guild will have their biannual show in June and I have some ideas about what I might submit. and there is also the CQA show in Lethbridge in June as well.
It promises to be an exciting year and I hope that my followers will enjoy it along with me.

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2014 – A Year in Review

Well now that I have completed my 365 CDA’S it is time to take a look back over this past year. The very first thing accomplished was to create this blog. I posted 46 times which surprised me. When I reviewed the year-end stats I found 46 followers, another surprise. I got to know my camera better and was able to remember some of the knowledge acquired in my photography class from University. there is a long way to go and I am waffling about how much time I want to invest in improving my photography as I fear that will lead to a need for more equipment. The biggest challenge with blogs, for me, is to get the photographs into the blog and to add links. More learning to come in 2015 on that topic.
The second big undertaking was the CDA’s themselves. I learned that it takes mush longer to do one than originally anticipated. All in all with designing creating, photographing editing, uploading and posting I probably invested about 300 hours in the task.
The learnings were many. I tried new materials, learned to work in series, had fun in pushing the boundaries. At first I worked faithfully each day. As the months wore on, particularly in April with 30 days I created an overall canvas and then cut the pieces apart and worked on individual pieces. Still later I found that it was just the best use of time to start and keep at it until it was complete, for example July.
Another big accomplishment this year was acting as the Show Secretary for the Focus on Fibre Arts show “Prairies”. The tasks were mostly organizational and I spent a lot of time at my computer. I also had the experience of overseeing a jury and judges for the first time. This project used over 500 hours of time. I did meet the artists and enjoyed the new people I met nd corresponded with.
My travelling took me to Vancouver three times this past year. The first time I went via the Rocky Mountaineer and saw things that one never sees from the Trans Canada. It was a once in a lifetime experience and as a result I made my first foray into a collage. That is the image at the top of this post. After my sister and I arrived in Vancouver we were met by my other sister and we went over to the Island where she lives. She took us to the Filberg Festival in Comox and we spent a wonderful day exploring all the booths of crafts and meeting artists with many different creative talents. At the Filberg we had some unusual popsicles. Back home at my sister’s I undertook to use some of her plentiful blackberries to make blackberry lavender popsicles which were greatly enjoyed.
My second trip to Vancouver was to take a felted jacket workshop with Rutsuko Sakata through Maiwa Handprints. Rutusko is an impressive textile artist who lives in n artist enclave called Fiskars in Finland. Her work is inventive, creative and time intensive. This was my first real effort at wet felting and it is an undertaking. Hopefully the finished jacket will make it to a blog post soon.
The third trip just before Christmas saw my sister and me stay at the wonderful Georgia hotel. We were treated to a glittering crystal decorated Christmas tree, a ride in a Bentley and also enjoyed using their gym. We had an occasion to see the “Forbidden City” exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. While it wasn’t possible to bring home any pictures it was inspiring to see the textiles, the painting on silk and the exquisite porcelain from centuries past and exhibiting a sophisticated art future.
I also had the good fortune this past summer to attend a week of Anna Hergert’s Art Quilt Camp in Muenster Sask. It was a wonderful experience. I especially enjoyed meeting other text artists and the synergy and inspiration that was generated by talking with them. I also really enjoyed the dying that we did together, particularly the parfait dying. I wanted to so some shibori and discovered that what I wanted to do would likely take me a lifetime to stitch before dying.
There are many new goals for 2015 and those will be posted next.

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“Putting on the Glitz”

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I declared that for my purposes 2014 was extended for three days. My New Year begins at midnight tonight. Purpose: so I could confidently say that I met the challenge that Anna Hergert and I created a year ago. I have met it! 365 Creative Daily Acts, each one sized 2 ½” X 3 ½” have been executed. Mine are all three layers of fabric with the exception of February which was done on water colour paper. While the there layers are joined in some way it would be stretching things to say that they are quilted. They are certainly collages however.
So – “Putting on the Glitz. In the last 48 hours I have created 31 confections of glitz. Since the weather outside is frightful I combed the house and found some delight Christmas leftovers. It was a challenge to create 31 different confections with limited materials but I have done it.
I started with wide decorating ribbon that is advertised as 2 ½ ” wide and it is very close. There were two different ribbons and one was used on the reverse side so a variety of effects were achieved. Each piece of ribbon had layered on top a piece of sheer gold fabric that had little gold stars printed on it. The sheer was cut 3 ¾” X 4″ and then gathered/pleated as it was zig zagged onto the ribbon, Peltex, backing fabric. This created some interesting texture to be worked with and hence the approbation “confection”. For embellishments some gold rick rack, the selvedge of the gold sheer, gold mesh, gold thread, gold stars originally intended as table confetti and a roll of gold wire stars along with some beads were used.
The learnings for December are that it is exhausting to try and come up with 31 different ideas with limited material and with limited time. It was fun however to push the creativity and to just have fun with the luscious textures and to find ways to make it over the top. I am reminded of Miss Piggy saying “more is more.
Do have a look at Anna’s year’s worth of CDA”s. They are quite inspiring.

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