I am very blessed to be able to work at something I truly love, creating beautiful, wearable art. Although most of what I do involves long hours and meticulous detail, the hours spent in my studio or out in my yard sun dyeing are some of the most rewarding and stress free times of my work week.
Sadly, sun dyeing is over for this year and I must turn my attention to other techniques. The summer of 2013 will be remembered by me as one of the worst sun dyeing summers on record. Too many rainy days, far too much wind and the hot, still, sunny days were few and far between. I was beginning to feel restless and tense toward the end of August knowing that I was going into the winter without the stock I can usually build up. Then along came the most glorious autumn on record as far as sun dyeing conditions are concerned. I was outside most days in September and continued until into October, I was in heaven! While the Ottawa Valley was ablaze in spectacular autumn colour, it inspired me to make not only silk scarves using the beautiful maple and oak leaves but also table runners and placemats depicting the array of colours all around me. The Autumn Splendor table set I displayed at the Library Art Show in September drew lots of attention and compliments. It sold quickly and was sent off to a distant place as a reminder of Canada.
Now, I am turning my attention to the art shows I have pending in the month of November. On Saturday November 9 I will be doing a one day show in Kinburn Ontario along with my friend and fellow artist, Nancy Trottier. Then we are back on the road again over the weekend of November 23 and 24 where we will both be displaying and selling our work in Ottawa at the beautiful Library & Archives Canada building. This show is hosted by the OVCC guild and we are both excited for the opportunity to introduce our creations to the city of Ottawa.
Along with my silk scarves and home decor I’ve also been working on some new artist tiles that I will be selling at the November shows. Now that sun dyeing is over I am back trying to master alcohol inks on ceramic on a more regular basis. My work with inks is becoming much more fine tuned and less random. I am much happier with the results I am getting now as opposed to even 6 months ago and this gives me a sense of “growth” as an artist.