Saturday, July 6, 2013

Getting ready for Renfrew Art in the Park!

It has been a busy last couple of weeks in my studio.  I’ve been working hard to prepare for an upcoming two day show in Renfrew, Ontario over the weekend of July 13 and 14.  This show promises to be a big event in the Ottawa Valley and one that I am looking forward to taking part in.  Renfrew Art in the Park is being held at Haramis Park, across from the big Walmart in town and runs both days from 10am to 5pm. 

This show is being hosted by the Renfrew Art Guild and there will be no admission price for visitors wanting to come out and see the great selection of art along with demonstrations.  There are over 30 unique artists taking part in the show as well as guests from Stone Fence Theatre entertaining kids and storytelling.

Please click HERE if you would like to download a printable PDF copy of the information shown above.

I recently ordered a huge banner with my business name and website address on it to display on my canopy during the show.  Hopefully it will arrive in time and get noticed!
Unfortunately the weather so far this year has not been conducive to sun dyeing.   I have found myself getting frustrated with dreary, rainy weather day after day.  Typically by this time of year, I have had many opportunities to get outside to create sun dyed items from my gardens.  This year has been far from typical and I’ve only managed to get out a few times.  I have been forced to work with ice more than sun so far but am still in good shape for the show.  The few good sun dyeing days that presented themselves were very productive.
I will be introducing a few new lines in Renfrew to test the market.  I will have sun dyed aprons and table runners and even something very new to me, artist tiles.
Alcohol Inks dyed tiles
I’ve been creating Artist tiles for several months now and put them through vigorous testing before introducing them into the market.  I use ceramic tiles and decorate them with Alcohol Inks.  

I’ve been working with about 30 different colours to create a further kaleidoscope of secondary colours.  The patterns I am achieving now are amazing!   

After the main surface of the tiles are dyed,  the sides of the tiles are painted, and the product is sealed with 3 coats of sealer.  The back side is finished with cork.  I’m offering them in coaster size and trivet size. No two are the same! Perhaps they will appear on my website at a later date if all goes well.

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