Category Archives: community

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I feel a little like a two-timer. I needed to create a blog for my design class so I’ve been spending more time there than here. But now I’m ready to share! We’ll see how the two blog thing goes. I have my suspicions . . .

The new blog is more about my working process and is intended to share my student work, inspiration, process etc. I think I’ll keep our family adventures here for now.

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You can find it at woodtextilestudio(dot)wordpress(dot)com.

I have to say I’ve been enjoying the chance to do it all again without making the same mistakes I made the first time. Hope you like it! I’d love to hear some feedback.

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Local artist Laura Bucci has just announced a new community art project involving mail art. I was so lucky to have participated in one of her collage button making workshops. I can’t wait to see what she does with this latest adventure.

These amazing postcards by Riitta Ikonen have me wondering how a stitched postcard would fair. I just might have to participate.

Go here for more information on how to get involved.

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it’s that time of year. . .

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has begun! We had a wonderful time at the Waldorf school fair this past weekend. I always feel like the holidays have begun with this event. The sun came out and gave us an amazing day. I bought a sweet little frame loom for the boys to use alongside my Archie Brennan designed copper loom. They are still eating up all the new tools and techniques I’m bringing home. We are working on a family tapestry with everyone contributing a few passes of the weft.

Things are still super busy but instead of making for shows, as I normally would be at this time of year, I am working on final projects. A shibori dress, a small tapestry weaving and a carpet design are filling my thoughts and busying my hands these days. I’m glad I have had the experience of pulling together handmade goods for sale and holiday magic for family simultaneously. I think it helped prepare me for this.

While I am not doing any shows this season, Owl+Pussycat holiday items are available at Collage Collage in East Vancouver and Room6 in Deep Cove. Both stores have online shops as well.

You can find recycled wool stockings, wooden snowmen kits and felt ornament kits at Room6. Megan has done a fantastic job curating her shop and it’s so full of wonderful gift ideas. If you haven’t been you really should!

I am also super excited to be working with Erin at Collage Collage on some DIY stocking kits. They come with all you need to design and make your own recycled felt stockings. If you need a little help, Collage Collage is running a stocking workshop with the kits on December 5 that looks super fun! Check out their line up of workshops here.

Now to breathe and get back to making!

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Today I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be. I have been so lucky to experience some amazing speakers as part of our program. Meghann O’Brien came by to share her weaving process. I was spellbound by her delicate treatment and combination of diverse issues like cultural appropriation, materialism, history and tradition and even physics. The way she talked about her journey towards traditional Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving and incorporating contemporary themes was very inspiring. Her fine detailed work and her commitment to her process struck me most.

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I held this tiny, delicate cedar basket in the palm of my hand and I could feel how important attention to detail was to her and I was reminded to slow down, breathe and be aware of things a little more deeply.

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Just a short post to break the long blog silence. Things are busy. A little too busy I think. We are muddling through it and trying to keep as much of a sense of normalcy as we can. Pumpkins were carved. School projects are underway. I’m planning to do a little first term blog retrospective once the dust settles.

A few things of note in case I can’t be back in this space for a while. I won’t be re-opening the shop before the holidays but I am so happy that our friends at Collage Collage and Room 6 will be carrying some Owl+Pussycat holiday goodies. There will be stockings and stocking stuffers. I’ll share more soon!

Circle Craft Christmas Market is coming up next weekend. I can’t believe how fast these past few months have flown by! The Capilano Textile Arts students will be there. So if you are curious about what I’m up to, head on over. While Circle Craft is going on I’ll be in Mexico for a family wedding. Just cause things couldn’t get any crazier! I’m sure looking forward to that beach!

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I popped into the Silk Weaving Studio at Granville Island the other day. My iphone shot does not do justice to the sumptuous colour and hand of this amazing Noren.

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Yesterday our weaving class headed to Van Dusen to meet Nicole Dextras, the creator of the Little Green Dress Projekt which is part of a larger curated body of work at the garden called Earth Art. It was interesting to see how she talked about the project and how she filtered comments from the public. Being outside the gallery atmosphere, the works are quite tactile and accessible and the artist is expected to discuss them more often I think. It seemed like the kind of approach a very confident, experienced artist could take. It was also interesting to note that the art itself is only a piece of the work. Selling rights to photographs and looking into publishing will also create further value from the experience. She is planning to leave them up into October if you want to check them out.