Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Butterfly Project

It starts with sheer silk chiffon in white, dyed a beautiful orange.

Then the sketches, and measurements.
Here is the bodice layout.  Fine black merino, orange merino and silks.
The black "scarf" that becomes the draping neckline.
Four pieces of wings, and more black for the back.
Measurements dialed into the dressmakers dummy....
and the final results, a lovely monarch has emerged.

It moves like air.  Stunning!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Art Gallery Installation

My Puesta de Sol (sunset in spanish) wet nuno felt art piece is now hanging in the Art Gallery of Burlington (Ontario).  It will be part of the Panorama of the Americas exhibit in the Community Gallery until May 24.  Please visit the gallery if you are near Burlington.  It is the first time I have been there, and it is a huge and varied gallery with some amazing art of all mediums!
 My entry won an award that will be presented at the Panoply - a Pan American Celebration of our Fibre Craft Heritage conference May 22 - 24, where I will also be teaching a workshop for nuno felt scarves.  The workshop is full, but I made some wonderful new friends at the gallery, and will be organizing several new workshops in the near future.
 My fish in the room of weaving and knitting and tapestry.
You can walk all around Puesta de Sol, and see all the details.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amazing Experience

Pamela's, my lovely shop in Jordan Village, was featured in a local fashion show, raising funds for local women's charities.  The host for the fashion show was the wonderful Lynn Spence (fashion expert from Cityline).  She is as amazing in person as she is on TV.   Lynn came to all the shops personally to choose the fashions that were featured, and when she was in Pamela's she saw my  nuno-felt coats.  She chose two to be toppers over outfits, and asked me if I had a light colour one for her to wear as she hosted the event!
I was honoured with the request, and brought the rose-grey (the one from my etsy site).  She wore it over a black dress, and you can see how great it looked on Lynn!
 Backstage in the prep area.
 Lynn with me backstage.  What a wonderful, inspiring lady.  Thank you Lynn.
The coat is still available on etsy if you would like a "famous" piece of nuno-felt wearable art!  (upper right corner of the blog).     Sorry this one is now SOLD!  Custom order one in YOUR favourite colours!