Monday, 26 December 2011
Above is an image of my Christmas card for this year, sent as a post card to perhaps two dozen family and friends. The angel is from a photo taken at a Montreal cemetery, transferred with TAP onto painted cotton and finished with some stamping and stenciling. Backed with Timtex and paper, then zigzag finished.
Christmas dinner is just a memory now, and a fridge full of leftovers. We were lucky enough to have our four children here, two with boyfriends in tow. We know we won't always be blessed with a full table for the holiday dinner, so we are grateful for it now. Our niece announced her engagement as the family gathered, which made it very special.
Warm wishes to all of you and your families for a festive holiday season.
Sunday, 25 December 2011
sitting in ottawa watching the snow gently fall is how i always imagined the perfect christmas day. martin (my husband) is working at the hospital and tikvah (my younger daughter) and i are frying latkes and getting ready for our 6th night of chanukah.
a beautiful , cherished holiday time to you all and wishing you all a blessed 2012. belonging to this group is one of the blessings i give thanks for at this time
love to you all
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
I've blogged about this technique, including links, in case you are sufficiently interested and have time between the mince pies and the carols.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
I have just received the photos of my dogs modeling organic cotton handknit sweaters. Here is the link for the sweaters, but I just have to share my beautiful dogs. And now you can see the original Lucy who was featured in the Street Life piece, New Girl on the Street.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Monday, 12 December 2011
I have written up the story of this quilt on a blog attached to my website. No, I am not about to start blogging but I thought this might be one way of keeping a record of the trials and tribulations of my quilt making. Here's a detail which includes bar codes, my QR code and Braille.
You can read the rest of the story here: http://hilarygooding.weebly.com/blog.html
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
This was the first of the series for our steetlife challenge. It sold together with the companion piece Through the Looking Glass II ,at a gallery space that was rented for the month of December by 13 local Hudson artists. It is a very nicely lit space and will hopefully be of use to all the Hudson artists until the building sells. The first photo was taken from the side to show the wrap around images.
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Pam attended the silent auction today, and said there were hundreds of people there, though only 20 - 30% of the pieces were actually sold. I am thrilled to report that both of mine were sold, and also Pam's piece with the yellow star.
It was fun to participate. I find that the event is something of a peek into another dimension of fibre art.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
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The image is in my Google+ albums which may be a problem, but I won't know until/unless someone wants to try it!
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wanted to share these images with you, collages done by Claudette Castonguay. I bought these in the form of gift cards at the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Montreal, some years ago. If you study them closely, you can see that she has blocked in the major shapes with paint, and then added tiny photos of windows, doors, Persian carpets, etc. often repeating a single image. She has also introduced whimsical drawings of chairs, bikes, etc. as well as printed material: sheet music, menus etc. I find them very lively and very beautiful.
They are titled "Madrigali", "La Ruelle" and "Allegrossimo"
‘Street life’ or ‘Life on the street.’
I drive my daughter to school every morning and we cross a very busy intersection (Plamondon and Cote des Neiges) where there is a crossing guard and many children. Most mornings we chat about what we see. The changing seasons are very visible at this intersection - either the mounds of snow or piles of leaves. We often comment on the attire of those crossing the road and discuss how their clothing and paraphernalia (snow boards, skate boards, hockey sticks, roller blades etc) relate to the seasons. In our opinion, autumn (or fall) wins the trophy! The season starts with a few unremarkable brownish leaves and ends with an enormous collection of every shade of autumn you can imagine. One morning this past autumn, when the leaves were at their best and many of the children began to wear their warm, brightly colored jackets, my daughter said, ‘Mommy, why don’t you sew this for ‘Street life?’ That did it!
Techniques are appliqué on steam a seam for the people , the sign, the building and windows. For the autumn leaves I ‘sliced’ bits of silk and bonded them to the background with steam a seam and bo-nash. I did not cover these silk bits with tulle or anything similar because I kind of don’t mind if bits of the silk ‘flutters’ around much like the leaves. If they eventually all disappear off this piece, that will be part of what we see at this very interesting intersection. One of my favorite South African artists (no, not William Kentridge …) is Jan Van der Merwe http://www.art.co.za/janvandermerwe/ . He works in rust which also changes its composition over time. I used this rationale when deciding not to ‘trap’ my leaves down.
I had fun with this piece – it was quite a ‘leap’ out of my usual style.