Artist Retreat

Artist Retreat

Last week I had a lovely retreat, so to speak, with Hubby.  It was actually a working vacation for me.  We went up to Annapolis Royal, NS and rented a cottage in the area. The view out the front window was gorgeous!

We decided we didn’t want to cook while there, so I roasted a chicken and cut it up the day before we left.  I also made some hummus and vegetable  sticks for dipping. Plus we took the usual peanut butter and homemade jelly, and boiled eggs.  Plus fruit, bagels and bread.  We survived on that, oatmeal and two grocery store salads for the entire time we were there.

Well, except for our friends’ providing a BBQ supper and a picnic beach lunch!  I tell you…there is nothing better than eating fresh baked homemade bread sandwiches out on the rocks overlooking the ocean!

We were gone for three nights.  My friends are rug hookers too, so we had a great time hooking and finishing while I was there.

I also searched for a suitable gallery to show my Parker’s Cove fishing shack series in Annapolis Royal.  While there are a good many galleries there for the population, many have unfortunately closed since the beginning of Covid.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I started hooking the large Parker’s Cove piece.  It’s 12” x 36”.  I am currently hooking the last of five fishing shacks. It will be a couple of weeks or more before I finish. We are expecting company.

I had a photographer in to photograph my work. It was a massive job!  He managed to photograph everything in about an hour.  We worked together to finish over 75 pieces during that time!  This is all the work I have in the house that was not previously photographed, excluding the Parker’s Cove series.  I’ll have that photographed when it’s finished.

Other than that, I’ve been enjoying Elizabeth Miller’s site – Parris House Creative Community – on Mighty Networks lately.  There was a lovely Zoom meeting in our gardens, showing each other our yards, but focusing on vegetable gardens.  Elizabeth has a huge garden!  Plus she’s into so many interesting things!  I loved the opportunity to see her space, even if only virtually.  I also took part in her monthly Crafternoon on Sunday.

My first group show with Visual Voice Gallery in Truro started Monday!  The theme is “Summer”.  Check it out, either in person or online!  You can find it online at: Visual Voice or visit 128 King Street, Truro, Nova Scotia.

I am currently busy preparing for a July show and sale at a local museum Stay tuned for more information!

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week everyone!

 

Humming along…

Humming along…

I had a lovely afternoon last Monday up in Truro at the Visual Voice Gallery with the proprietress.  We went through my work, I described my process, and she decided which pieces she wanted to keep for various shows.  I also took my notecards on the off chance she might want some of those.  She did!

So now if anyone is looking for my work through a gallery in Nova Scotia, they can contact the gallery owner at: gallery@visual-voice.ca

The first show I’m a part of starts today at Visual Voice in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.  It’s a group show on the theme of “Summer”.

In other news…

The Visual Voice Gallery owner mentioned two other exhibits I could take part in this year, both group shows.  One is the end of August into September.  The August/September one is called “Offbeat”.  I plan on presenting her with some unusual pieces I’ve hooked over the years to see if anyone is interested in them

She also mentioned the Christmas sale, in which she tries to keep items under $100 CAD.  I have several items I could display in that sale as well. Then there are my Christmas notecards. So if you’re interested in acquiring or seeing my work in person, visit Visual Voice!

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I am organizing hooked pieces for a photography session later this month.   I finally went through the professional photos I’ve had taken in the past and noted them on my main inventory list. I need to be better at figuring out what needs to be photographed professionally and what’s already been done.  Next up is to take the pieces that need photos off the walls for the photographer.

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I am also preparing for an exhibit with The Bonnie Hookers July 14-16th at Scott Manor House in Bedford, Nova Scotia.  I will take a variety of work that is a variety of sizes. I will be there most of those days to help demonstrate rug hooking, answer questions and facilitate sales.  If you are a blog reader and show up at the sale, make yourself known to me and I’ll try to show you around the exhibit.

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I’m working on finishing some of the Parker’s Cove fishing shacks.  I’ve also started the biggest Parker’s Cove piece to date.  It is over 12” x 36” and will take awhile to hook. I’ll be working on it during my upcoming self-designed artist retreat.

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That’s it so far everyone!  If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week everyone!

 

 

Exhibit Time!

Exhibit Time!

Hi everyone!  Lots happening on the art front these days!

  1. Today I run some work up to Visual Voice Art Gallery in Truro, Nova Scotia for jurying into their Group Spring Show. The show runs from June 20th – July 16th.
  2. I will be part of an exhibit, along with the rest of The Bonnie Hookers, at Scott Manor House in Bedford, Nova Scotia from July 14-16th. A few of us will be taking shifts at the exhibit to demonstrate rug hooking.
  3. I am taking an artist retreat for four days next week to visit Parker’s Cove again, and check out venues that might want to hang my fishing shack series.

Aside from that…

  • I am sewing the cording onto the Parker’s Cove pieces and whipping the ends.
  • I also started hooking my large Parker’s Cove piece.
  • Plus I am transferring more small pieces on backing.

It’s been a busy week in the rug hooking department.

I would be delighted to meet up with any of you at one of the shows!  Make yourself known to me as a blog reader, and I’ll try and spend some time with you going around the gallery.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

Monday, Monday…

Monday, Monday…

Good morning everyone!  This past week I have been busy hooking more Parker’s Cove fishing shacks.  I have a few colour questions to fine tune them.  My photos were taken late in the day and some of the shacks were in pretty deep shade.  I need to get back up there to confirm the colour choices I’ve made.

To that end I booked a four day artist retreat in the area for myself in June.  Hubby will go with me and spend time on his creative projects as well. I hope to be finishing the wall hangings by then, but we shall see.  There are a lot more to do!

Last week I also enjoyed the company of real live, in person rug hookers!  It sure is nice to feel comfortable getting together with other people again. We shared our work and hooked away.  The time passed very quickly, and I am looking forward to getting together again this week.

I am still working through “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, with a group in the Parris House Creative Community on Mighty Networks.  I am finding the chapter I’m on is taking a long time to complete.  I am however, being jolted out of complacency, off my butt to get up and do something about my artistic career.

Two of the areas I am exploring are exhibiting and sales options.  I am teaming up with two other rug hookers.  We are all members of the same rug hooking group.  We are tentatively booked for a museum in July.  I am not convinced this will go ahead.  If not, we will hold an art show and sale in my backyard.  I am also checking out galleries for possible representation, though I am not very confident in this area, having had mixed results where we previously lived.

I am also preparing work to be professionally photographed.  This is a challenge, as I have close to fifty pieces that need photographing. I am starting to think it might be more affordable to buy a subscription to Adobe Photoshop Elements after all!

I created a quick two and a half minute video of my studio on YouTube, for your viewing pleasure.  It is, of necessity, very brief. If people show an interest, I may do a longer, more detailed one later.

Well that’s it for this past week.  If you have been reading, thank-you muchly.  Take care everyone, and have a great week!

Artsy Happenings

Artsy Happenings

This week I reknit the Fleece Artist Fundy National Park yarn flat-topped hat in new modifications.  The top is no longer flat.

I also finished the Fleece Artist Greenwich Dunes National Park yarn neck warmer, and am halfway through knitting the wrist warmers.

Aside from knitting, I’ve been organizing and planning knitting projects.  I’ve been researching how to combine David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” and bullet journaling.  Some serious project planning happening.  Check out these videos…

Bullet Journal Set Up & Journaling for Creatives by HoneyRozes
Bullet Journals and GTD – Bohoberry
My Bullet Journal – 4 Months In – Kendra Bork
Boosted Journal by Ricardo has some good ideas on productivity bullet journaling as well.

Checked out Assiniboia Gallery’s “Trains” exhibit yesterday.  Great show!  Some lovely work in a wide variety of styles.  They also have a couple of small Rod Charlesworth pieces for sale as well, but they are not part of the exhibit.  I love Rod Charlesworth’s style.

Spent last Saturday at a music concert at the local university.  It was a modern and contemporary music concert by Barbara Pritchard and Rose Bolton.  It was really interesting.  I’ve never really been exposed to that type of music before.  It reminded me a bit of atonal music, but it was better.  (I’m not a fan of atonal music.)  It was very good, and I (and the people I went with) could see applications for it right away.  So funny.  Hubby is a movie buff and saw the applications for it in the movie industry.  My friend is a family therapist who saw therapy applications right away.  The 15-year-old who went with us confessed to being scared in the middle of one piece (!).  And I was just mesmerized.  The theme was “Fire” and all the pieces related to fire in one way or another.  I felt like I was by the campfire or a forest fire, and warm for the first time in ages!  It was a fascinating body of work.

This week we had our wedding anniversary.  We headed out for a drive in the nearby countryside and enjoyed the scenery.  We went for a short walk by a lake.  Stopped in a small town at the local bakery for drink, snack, and conversation with the locals.  Came back to town just in time to stop at a favorite restaurant for supper.  A lovely day.

Met someone in the grocery store the other day who was curious about my ‘craftwork’ and wanted to know if I would show it to him.  I assured him I would be here at least the winter, and would be delighted to share my work with him.  To all my readers, if you want to come talk crafts with me, I am available.  I haven’t gone anywhere and won’t be until next year sometime.  Just use the contact form on this site, or give me a call.

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Hi all!  We’re back from Alberta.  We stopped in at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer to see Alberta artist Doris Charest’s exhibit.  It was lovely work!  While visiting Ms. Charest later I found out she has published an adult coloring book on a nature theme.  I looked at some of the coloring pages and commented she needed to find a rug hooking pattern maker to turn some into patterns.  For anyone interested, her website is dorischarest .

We spent time visiting family and friends for most of the week.  Not much artsy going on.  I did finish knitting my Garter Stitch Scarf from Shannon Okey’s book “Spin to Knit”.

I also purchased some of the Canada 150th Birthday National Park yarn by Fleece Artist from Unwind Wools in Okotoks.  Thanks ladies!

Now I’m home it’s time to catch up and decide what project to work on next.

Banff, Alberta 2018

Banff, Alberta 2018

We really enjoyed our time in Banff this past weekend.  We took time to check out the local cuisine, go for walks, check out the Luxton Buffalo Nation Museum, and we even checked out the nearby town of Canmore.

Moving on to Red Deer and Edmonton.  Saw a gorgeous art exhibit in Red Deer by Doris Charest.  It’s upstairs in the Sunworks Home and Garden store, in the Harris Warke Gallery.  There’s a cafe right there for a snack before or after viewing her artwork.

Made it to Edmonton tonight.  Just chilling out and having a good time.

 

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Home Again!

Home Again!

We had a great time on our trip to B.C.  A beautiful drive down the Fraser Canyon led us to a very busy lower mainland. Spent time visiting with family and checked out 10th Ave. Found the lovely Figaro’s for a real cup of tea and dessert.

Saturday we headed out to Granville Island. We checked out the Market. I had great fun poking around, and picked up yarn for hooking at SanJo Silk and the Fibre Art Studio.  Also checked out Maiwa and Paper-Ya.  Picked up a quality notebook for next year’s household bullet journal.

Sunday we went on a very informative walking tour of Chinatown.  It was a free tour, which meant you tipped for it.  The lady who gave the tour was excellent.  She talked and walked us for 1 1/2 – 2 hours!  We finished at a Chinese pharmacy that had dried geckos in it, to treat asthma and back problems.  I’m curious how they’d use it…

We had a late lunch, and then walked back to my sister-in-law’s condo.  Checked out some design features in the cityscape on the way.

Monday we checked out the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum and the Britannia Museum. It was a day of lots of walking.  We had a beautiful walk down by the shore in Steveston.

Tuesday we headed to Vancouver Island to visit friends.

Brentwood Bay, B.C.

We spent Wednesday in Sidney shopping thrift stores and bookstores for anything rug hooking related.  I found a book on Celtic knotwork and calligraphy I plan to make use of.  I found a rug hooking book for my friend who is learning to hook now.

Thursday we headed up Island to Chemainus in the rain to visit Val Galvin of Renditions in Rugs in her home studio.  We took the Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay ferry.  Quaint and small, but got the job done.  A fun ride, even in the rain!

View from ferry heading to Mill Bay from Brentwood Bay, BC.

Val is very friendly and helpful.  I was able to purchase some pencil hooks from her, so if you’re looking, keep an eye on my page or contact me to have a look and a try.  Thanks Val!

Jean Ottosen and Val Galvin

Friday we took the ferry back to Vancouver to be with family.

Ferry to Vancouver (Tsawwassen), B.C.

My sister-in-law and I had a great time checking out Michelle Sirois-Silver’s studio on her Open Studio Saturday.  It was nice to see her again and chat.  I loved seeing her work with zippers in it!  While there I took a quick photo of the books on the counter.  I’m always on the lookout for a good book!  I’m curious to know which of these Michelle found most helpful.  Guess I’ll have to interlibrary loan them and check them out. 🙂

My sister-in-law and I checked out the Artisan Market in the West Vancouver Community Centre.  I dropped a fair bit of change on homemade jams and jellies, chocolates, etc. It was deadly on the pocketbook because everyone was using Square, meaning they all took credit cards!

We also attended the Vancouver Institute’s lecture Saturday evening on the global arms trade.  It was very interesting.  Mr. Andrew Feinstein from South Africa (well now from London) spoke.  I had no idea how widespread it was and how bad it was.

Sunday we were at the Vancouver Art Guild Show and Sale.  Lots of good work there, but the artists who stuck out for me were Beatrice Watson and Robert Kitt.  Margaret Stott had some whimsical work that was excellent as well.

Monday and Tuesday we spent the days driving home.

Evening in the Rockies.

Dawn in the Rockies.

It’s a long haul from Vancouver to Regina!  But Hubby was eager and I was glad to arrive before another snow storm.  Yes, Regina was covered in a blanket of beautiful white snow when we arrived, and more followed.  Hubby has been out shoveling and I’ve been busy with laundry and making a grocery list. And so life goes on!  A wonderful trip and a great big thank-you to everyone who made it possible!

 

A New Look!

A New Look!

Welcome to my new website everyone!  Take a look around and tell me how you’re liking the new look by posting a comment below.  I welcome feedback.  🙂

The last month’s posts are missing on this blog, but that’s okay.  I’ll update you here.

Since the middle of September I’ve finished “Escapees”.

I’ve also been out plein air hooking at Echo Lake Provincial Park here in Saskatchewan.  It’s beautiful in the fall with golden yellow leaves on the trees against the bright blue prairie sky.  Here’s what I was hooking in.

The other side of the lake looked a bit barren though.  The leaves had already fallen and the golden brown of the grassy hills was showing through the bare dark branches.

The end result was a small approximately 5″ x 9″ piece I call simply “Echo Lake”.

I attended Art Now! in Regina this fall.  It was an inspiring event for me.  I was able to spend Saturday listening to presentations, and enjoy the artwork in-between sessions.

I’ve also been spelling off my hooking with knitting.  I’ve finished my Painted Desert Shawl by Karen Klein (available free on Ravelry) from Sea Turtle yarn.

I’ve been knitting some baby items… a hat and some mitts with an i-cord string attaching them.  I am currently working on this baby sweater, which requires I pick up stitches around the neck and down the front to knit a collar and button band.  I am knitting to learn new techniques.  I’m finding baby items ideal for this.  They are small and quick to knit…when I’m not distracted by other things… The patterns for these come from “60 Quick Baby Knits”.

I’ve also been spinning.  It’s come to my attention that I have a lot of fibre that needs to be spun.  I just had my wheel serviced and will be working, when I have time, to spin it up.  Here’s a couple of small skeins of old singles that I plied together to make yarn.  I will overdye these to make them usable.

And, now that Canadian Thanksgiving is over, my eye is turned towards the upcoming Christmas season.  To that end I diverted myself to scrapbooking last week.  My daughter was married about twelve years ago and I promised her a wedding scrapbook.  I think twelve years is a long enough wait!  I had the tools, the time, and the money to finish it off.  Traditional scrapbooking is not cheap! It is my daughter’s Christmas gift this year.

On September 23rd I took part in Sunrise Library’s Old Fashioned Fair.  Sunrise Library is a branch of the local Regina Public Library.  I had a blast!  So much so I forgot to have photos taken of me there!  I was with a group of weavers and spinners and we had a great time chatting and demonstrating to the public.  Definitely on my repeat list if asked next year.

As a result of the Old Fashioned Fair I ended up at the local Weavers and Spinners Guild one evening.  Had a blast spinning away while listening to the meeting.  Lots of people doing interesting things there.

I’ve also been approached for information to include on myself and my hooking in a book to possibly be published in 2019.  Writing everything down about my en plein air hooking was a bit of a novelty.  I didn’t realize it was such a process, or that I knew as much as I did.  It was good for me.

And in-between all that I’ve been helping my web designer with the new website, including the new videos for my classes that help explain what they are about. Please feel free to provide constructive feedback.

 

 

 

In My Studio

I had a delightful day trip last week to Dilke, SK.  Found this gorgeous fieldstone church there.  One of the town residents opened the door for us to peek inside.  I believe it was called St. Lucy’s Anglican when it was being used.  It hasn’t been used in over two years.

This past weekend was interesting.  We were creative in finding places with air conditioning to hide out in.  Our house doesn’t have a/c.  One of the places we ended up was the MacKenzie Art Gallery.  I really loved viewing the Alex Janvier exhibit.  It was awesome, informative, and sad at the same time.  I wished Mr. Janvier was there to talk to though.  The placards describing the work didn’t go near far enough!

After seeing Janvier’s exhibit we did a quick walkthrough of the rest of the Gallery, then headed to the Gallery shop.  Hubby waited outside while I went in to look around.  About 15 minutes later I went to leave.  To my surprise there was no one else there!  No staff, no customers.  AND the grated doors were closed and locked up!  With a sign saying the staff member would be back in half an hour!  Oh my!  Locked in a museum shop!  Not exactly my worst nightmare. Ha!  Actually, it would have been nice, if the staff had been there to answer some questions.

I caught the attention of a woman trying to get into the shop.  We were laughing at our predicaments – me trying to get out and her trying to get in.  I caught the attention of the security guards who by then had figured out something was going on that was abnormal.  One of them came through a side door, through a workroom, and into the shop to escort me out.

Hubby decided I needed to be treated to dessert out to help me deal with the “trauma”. LOL!  We headed to a lovely Regina restaurant called La Kasbah de Maroc for dessert crepes.  They have a lovely Toasted Coconut, Banana Crepe, with Caramel Sauce.

It will be a mixed bag kind of week. We are having work done on the house.  It may cause some disruptions.  That, plus selling items online.

  • I will be working more on “Escapees”.
  • I also have some Certificates of Authenticity to print and fill out.
  • Plus I want to prepare a couple wall hangings for sale with new hang tags.

I’m wanting to design some wall hangings, but it’s too hot to do anything here.  We do not have air conditioning.  The outside air temperature hit 36 C yesterday.  Thankfully we live in a big old house that takes a long time to heat up.  Especially if doors, windows, and curtains are left closed.  Unfortunately that makes it too dark for hooking.  But even with our fans running, it’s hot!!!

 

Welcome to May!

What a beautiful May day we have here.  It’s overcast, just the way I like it.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like the sun.  But sometimes the prairie sky can be too bright for me.  It’s so intense in colour and brightness.

Yesterday Hubby and I had a delightful walk around Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  You wouldn’t know that out in the middle of the Canadian prairies lay this jewel of a park that houses the lake.  We watched all kinds of ducks and geese coming and going about their business.  It was a magical time.

This past week I’ve been focusing on getting back to a normal sleep schedule and organizing 1500+ photos of South Korea.  I’m still working on both.  I want to get the photos organized so I can get started on my next wall hanging/rug.  I’m debating whether this one will be a floor mat or not.  I want to use my leftover worms for it.  We shall see.  It depends how the design works out.  So this week is photo week, sketch week, and possibly design week.

Just a few reminders…

My work is currently in a group show at the Art Gallery of Regina until Friday.

Also, I am planning to take part in the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair again this year on May 27th from 10 AM – 4 PM.  I received notification of where my booth will be located.  For people looking for me, I will be at the far end of the Fair between Montague and Athol streets on the south side of the street.  Maybe start walking the Fair from the Elphinstone Street end if you want to still have money and energy by the time you reach my booth!

In other news…I am being published for real this time.  The information has gone to press.  Stay tuned for further information.  I’ll believe it when I see the article in the magazine!

In my studio – Art Gallery of Regina

Hubby and I wandered over to the Art Gallery of Regina on the weekend to check out the Salon Show and Sale with fewer people around.  We took the opportunity to snap a few photos as well.  The show seems to be going well.

I am not fond of the way they wanted my work hung, but in order to meet the conditions of being in the show there was no alternative but to follow their directions.  They wanted all work hung from one nail, mine with a cord.  I prefer a hidden hanging system for my work and hang it that way at home.  I use two cup hooks at either side, just behind the edges of the wall hanging, and slip my hanging rods into those.  I think the cord and one nail cheapens the look of my work, and am not happy with it.

I hooked more this weekend.  “Moss” is coming along fine.  I should be finished hooking it by the end of the week.

Other than that, I’m busy switching to Korean time early to give me more time to enjoy the trip while I’m there.  I currently arise around 1 PM and go to bed around 4 AM.  It gives me lots of peace and quiet to think and read…and to watch the odd movie!  Ultimately my goal is to go to bed at 7 AM and get up at 3 or 4 PM.  Time is short to make that shift.

I am also getting my walking legs back in shape.  I see from our proposed schedule that there will be a lot of walking in South Korea.  So I am putting in a couple hours a day walking.  Thankfully I live in a good neighborhood for walking, though there aren’t many hills to practice climbing.  South Korea is quite mountainous, especially around Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju, where we will be.

This week I’ll continue to hook on “Moss” and prepare for South Korea.  I have to provide my books to the accountant to do my business taxes while we’re gone, so it will be a busy week.  And I need to pick up an extra SD card for my DSLR camera.  It will be a productive week I hope.  But come Friday I’ll have fewer daytime hours to do things in.  I want everything purchased for the trip by then.

 

 

Inspiration Monday – Wascana Creek

We live near a creek beside which the City has kindly placed a walking and biking path.  Every now and then we go out to enjoy it.  Yesterday afternoon was one of those times.  We went on an hour and twenty minutes long walk.  The Creek is a great place to people watch, as well as bird watch.  I took plenty of photos and narrowed it down to this slideshow for my readers to view.

I told Hubby we need to go on more walks the next few weeks.  I’m trying to get in shape for South Korea.  I hear there will be a lot of walking.  Lots to see and do!  And I could use the exercise.

In the meantime, Saturday was the last From Start to Finish class.  I had an excellent student who wasn’t afraid to ask questions and gave quality feedback when I asked.  I really appreciated everything she had to say.  I have revised some areas of the course based on her experiences, and mine.

I cleaned up the dining room and put everything back where it belongs.  My dining room is looking more like a dining room than a rug hooking studio.  It will stay that way until May, when a new set of classes will begin.  Feel free to check out my classes and contact me if you are interested in taking any.

I am still hooking on “Moss”.

My current event is the exhibit at the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  I have two pieces on exhibit: “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-eyed Grass”.

The last Saturday in May, the 27th, will be the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair.   It runs from 10 am – 5 pm.  I will be demonstrating and selling work.  I hope to see people there!

 

 

 

Weekly Review – Loose Ends

I am busy preparing for our trip to South Korea in April.  Looking forward to new scenery and meeting friends and new people.  As a result I am tying up loose ends.  I am busy hooking more on “Moss” and hope to finish the hooking before I go.  I’m two thirds finished.

This week I finished preparing for the final From Start to Finish class tomorrow. I have to hook one more sample for me to demonstrate to my student, but that should not take long.

I spent this morning filling an ETSY order.  Just to let people know, I’ll be shutting down my ETSY shop gradually this spring and summer.  People will have to order from here on my website if they want my work, visit the SCC Fine Craft Boutique in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, or visit me in person at my studio (please contact me for an appointment).  I will maintain my presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  But my main focus will be Facebook and here on www.jeanottosen.ca .  I have nothing against Etsy.  I am just trying to streamline my online business.

I will be changing things around on my blog for awhile to see what works for my readers.  I have had a drop in readership since switching to the new blog.  Not sure what the issue is, but it is a significant drop, so I will be messing with things to see if I can get it back up there.

Hubby and I walked over to the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale opening night Wednesday evening.  It was filled with people!  The exhibit is really good this year.  I encourage people to head over to the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre to take a look.  Afterwards we went to a nearby restaurant, La Bodega, for a decadent chocolate fondue for two and a cup of tea.

In my studio – Mohair Blanket

A friend gifted me this lovely mohair blanket this week.  Not entirely sure how I’m going to handle it and prep it for hooking.  Any ideas anyone?  It’s a very loose weave.

I finished deconstructing my greys and blacks this week.  It took six hours total.  I have a lot of greys and blacks.  I put them back on the shelf today.

Works in Progress

I’m also back at “Moss”.  It is taking a long time for a variety of reasons.  One has been developing my new website.  Then there was the rewriting of course syllabuses lost in the computer switch over that didn’t happen in the end, earlier this year.  Another is it is a large wall hanging for me at 1′ x 5′.  I am finding it a bit of a challenge staying focused on that large a piece.  Then there’s the colour planning of the piece.  I like the colours well enough, but I’m not sure I’m conveying the image I want with the piece.  But I do plan to finish it.  Hopefully in time for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on May 27th.

Classes

I had a great class again on Saturday and plan to prepare for another one this coming weekend.  Sorry, I will not be teaching any classes in April.  Instead I will be preparing for, going to, and recovering from a trip to South Korea!  Looking forward to the change of scenery for a bit.  Classes will resume Saturday, May 6th with a Finishing class.  If you want to register contact me by April 24th.

Exhibit at the AGR

I dropped off my wall hangings Friday afternoon for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  The show starts Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Regina in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre on Elphinstone Street in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I will be in attendance at the opening from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  As mentioned Friday, those wanting a studio tour please let me know and I can arrange to open my home studio in the evenings for guests.

Talk to you all later.

 

Weekly Review – Upcoming Show

Hi everyone.  This week has been busy.  I have been preparing for an upcoming show and sale.  I relabeled and packaged up “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-eyed Grass” for the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale.  I’ll drop them off at the gallery in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre later today.  The show starts March 22nd, 2017 and goes till May 5th.  I’ll be at the opening briefly on March 22nd, which is between 7 and 9 PM.  If you want to meet me there, contact me first to make sure we don’t miss each other.

If you’d like a studio tour while you’re in town for the show, please let me know ahead of time.  I will be away from the studio for two weeks in April.

I also managed to update and write more of a lesson plan for my student this weekend.  I am looking forward to exploring the world of rug hooking with her.

This week I am sorting through my greys and blacks and doing a full deconstruction of wool clothing.  In the past it was partly done, but not wholly.  So now I am cutting off seam finishes, ripping the fabric (pants, jackets, and skirts) down to a size that a cutter will handle easily, and pressing the pieces.  Then I’ll put them away.  This is taking surprisingly longer than I thought it would.  So far I’ve devoted four hours to the greys alone.  I figure I have about that to go.  I have a lot of grey and black fiber.  My goal is to save some space in my storage units.

Hope everyone has a great St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ll be celebrating with the boarder today.  Hubby is off to a supper with some ex-coworkers to talk shop and do some mentoring.  It’s pizza night here.  Might have to throw in a green salad! 🙂

In my studio…and out – Inspiration

Hi everyone!  This weekend we had a great time, both teaching a class and attending a multicultural festival that greatly inspired me.  I didn’t get away unscathed.  I found some inspiration to purchase!

The Buddhist temple paper cut was actually a gift from the ladies at the Chinese booth.  There were some very delicate paper cuts available there.  The watch was $5 and is actually a gorgeous bracelet.  The Pashmina shawl has a wonderful paisley design I just couldn’t pass up.  The bright green and pink fabric is handwoven by the Chakra people from Bangladesh.  It is beautiful cloth!  The lady selling it suggested I make a traditional skirt out of it.  But I am hesitant to cut into it.  It’s just gorgeous!

So that was my inspiration for this month.

In other news…

  • my class on Saturday went really well.  My student and I colour planned a monochromatic grey, black, and white rug.  Lest you think that’s easy, let me remind you that grey has many different coloured undertones.  You have to have a good eye for shades and tints (value) to colour plan a grey rug properly.  Other “colours” have the same issue.  There are warm and cool versions of all colours.  But some have more undertones than usual…black and grey for sure.  At any rate, we got it done and she is off with lots of cut fibre to hook rug the next couple of weeks.
  • The Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale is coming up.  This week I have to prepare and pack my pieces for the show.  I’ll be taking them “Dancing Tree” and “Blue-Eyed Grass”.
  • I will be preparing for this coming Saturday’s class.
  • I will be hooking on “Moss”.

A reminder that after the end of March my next class will be May 6th and will be a Finishing class.  May 13th is tentatively set as a design class.  The Finishing class is 2 hours long, and the Design class is 3 hours long.  Both Saturday afternoons.  If you can’t make Saturday afternoon class and would like classes, feel free to contact me and we can arrange a mutually beneficial time for a class.

That’s the rug hooking plan so far this week.  Hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for reading! 🙂

Weekly Review – Moss and other news

WIP Moss

I hooked a bit more on “Moss” this week.  It’s slow going, but it’s coming along.

I spent this week in preparation for the From Start to Finish class which starts this Saturday.  It is a four week class which includes lessons on idea finding, design, colour planning, technique, and finishing.

New books arrived!  “Designing Handmade Rugs” by Annie Sherburne, “Hooking Animals” by Judy Carter, and “Creative Techniques for Rug Hooking” by Donna Hrkman.  I am enjoying “Designing Handmade Rugs” at the moment.  The author uses a different tool for her hooking.  She uses a Brown’s tool and hooks with a variety of fibres.

Information on the Art Gallery of Regina Salon Show and Sale arrived.  The Show and Sale is March 22nd to May 5th at the Art Gallery of Regina located in the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

In my studio…and out – the Mackenzie Art Gallery

Inuit tapestry weaving on display at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, SK until April 30th, 2017.

Yesterday Hubby and I headed out for a little inspiration and a bit of a break.  We headed to the Mackenzie Art Gallery here in Regina, SK.  There was a wonderful exhibit of Indigenous Peoples artwork on display!  It is the collection of Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.  If you are in the area I highly recommend going to see it.  There are a lot of different media types represented, including fiber art.  Lots of new and interesting ideas.  Check it out!

Good news!  I was up to pay my entry fee into the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair on Friday.  We are IN!  The Street Fair is the last Saturday in May, so I have adjusted my class schedule for that weekend.  I will hold the Onion Skin Dyeing class another weekend.  Looking forward to another fun day at the Fair!

I’m gearing up for my Curves rug hooking class this weekend.  I plan on having a fun time teaching.  I love teaching, though I have been told that I tend to overwhelm at times.  I am concerned my students feel they get what they paid for!  I’d rather give too much information than not enough.  Still, I do have to slow my pace for new rug hookers.  After all, I want them to enjoy rug hooking and come back for more lessons!

Current reading…still working on my business plan, and some online courses.  The courses finish this week and then next week I’ll write the finals for them.  After that I’m taking a break and spending more time rug hooking!  I will finish “Moss” yet!  I am hoping to have it done before we leave for South Korea in April.  Then it would be ready for display at the CVAF Street Fair.

Weekly Review – Exhibits & Sales

 

I’ve had an interesting week. It’s that time of year to be applying for exhibits and sales.  I’ve applied for two so far.  I’m not sure exactly where I stand in the application process on both of these exhibits and sales.  I’ll fill you in when I learn more.

I did manage to upload more product – rug hooks – for sale.

I also chatted with my web developer about more ideas for the website. I look forward to upcoming changes as time goes by.

I was able to prepare my sample pattern and fiber kit for the Curves class next Saturday.   I have also written more on my course outlines.

I pulled two books off my library shelf to help with a revamped business plan.  One is “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, and the other is “The Right-Brain Business Plan” by Jennifer Lee.  I’ve used these two books before with considerable success.  So I’m not really starting from scratch.  Just planning what to do this year.

I finished reading “Canadian Folk Art to 1950” by Fleming and Rowan.  Lots of lovely photos of a wide cross section of Canadian folk art.  The text seemed excellent at times, but with long winded sentences at other times, making for a bit of an uneven read.  However, the overall message was there and it was a good read overall.  I enjoyed the few hooked rugs photos that were included as well.

Another book I am currently looking at is “Hooked on Cats” by Joan Moshimer.  The rugs in the photos are beautiful!  She uses Cushing’s Perfection dyes to dye wool for her rugs.  I don’t use Cushing’s, but my Majic Carpet and ProChem will work just fine.  Joan gives basic dyeing instructions in her book for onion skin dyeing, spot dyeing, dip dyeing, and for overdyeing.  An informative book with a lot of patterns in the back and a nice gallery of finished work.

Fantastic Friday!

Hi everyone!  Today is nice and warm.  We are taking a break from our usual cold winter weather and sporting a lovely 0 degrees Celsius this afternoon!  Hubby and I went for a walk, as we have every day this past week.  The weather this week has been fantastic!

I’ve been busy studying and reading about folk art.  I figure it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the origins of folk art, seeing as that is what my work is described as, and the various expressions of other folk artists.  I am, in particular, interested in the Canadian scene.

I dropped off my application to be part of the Art Gallery of Regina show and sale this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing what other local artists have been doing come March when the show opens.

I have had a request to offer another rug hooking class.  If anyone is local or interested in attending, please let me know.  I will be taking up to five students in my home for lessons.  Right now I have yet to decide the topic of the class.  So if you have a preference now is the time to give input!

Aside from the above, I am still hooking on “Moss”.

In my studio…

WIP African Dream - 1

This week I am going to work more on my sewing/craft room.  It is one of two rooms in my house taken over with my fiber activities, and scrapbooking.  The video I posted the link to on Friday says it all.  It needs to be reorganized and the space better utilized.

I watched the video again with a critical eye to my space usage and organization.  While storage is good, the organization is not so great.  Lots of empty spaces in there, and unfinished projects scattered around the room.  Time to corral all them and decide what I want to finish and what I want to toss.

I’m thinking of trying to fit my rug hooking supplies in there as well as everything else.  That is going to require some major purging and re-arranging.  But I think, with some serious purging and judicious relocation of boxes, I might be able to dedicate the tall storage pantry to my wool stash.

Aside from that, I am working on finishing African Dream this week.

I also need to send wall hanging information to the SCC (Saskatchewan Craft Council) for the ArtNow pieces I’ll be taking up to them for exhibit and sale.  Plus I need to find some boxes to pack them in.  I’ve about given up for the long narrow pieces.  I think they will be going in triangular tubes.

Weekly Review

Hi everyone.  This week has been a mixed bag.  I hooked more on African Dream.  I am excited to almost be finished.

I also prepared Sprouts, Dancing Tree, and Blue-eyed Grass for exhibit and sale.  Hubby was off to buy supplies for packing them yesterday but had no luck.  However he was given the name of another outfit in town that might have a greater variety of box sizes to help me.  I’m glad I started the process early.  With Hubby taking our only car to work every day, it makes it difficult to run errands.

And, last but not least, I produced this 20 minute video of my craft room/sewing room. It is a tour showing some organization ideas for people to consider when developing their own home studios.  It is not a professional video.  It was all shot at one time.  I do not know how to edit a video on this computer, and my attempts to use QuickTime did not proceed well at all.  I gave up.  If anyone knows of an easy to learn video editing software that is free or next to it, please let me know.  I’m operating on a Mac currently, but plan on switching back to a PC platform this fall sometime.

Depending on the reaction to my sewing room video I will decide if I want to go to the effort of cleaning up my rug hooking studio and doing a video of it.  To be truthful, my rug hooking area is so small at 8′ x 14′ that I hardly think it’s worth a video.  But my online followers might want to know where I work and what I use.  Besides, it will just be a shorter video! 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  See you next week! 🙂

In my studio…

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This week I am preparing for the upcoming Art Now, Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair.  I’m a tad early, but I do need to  purchase shipping supplies for my rugs, make sure everything is tagged properly, and the certificates of authenticity are filled out.

Looking forward to a couple lovely drives to Saskatoon come mid-September to deliver and, possibly, pickup.  Thanks to our new vehicle being so cheap on gas, it’s cheaper to drive them there and back than it is to actually ship them!

I will also continue working on African Dream.  I am very close to finishing the hooking.

Plus the knit baby blanket.

I’ve finished and passed both Gale courses, and would like to start working on a website now.  So I’ll be seeing what I can do about that.

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