Wednesday 21 July 2021

Small Observations Walking With Rusty Pups

We walk before the Day Lillies awaken

We walk past tree stumps
reminding me of those years long ago
when people were talking about insects taking over the world!
Perhaps they will.

We walk past grasses arching gracefully 
from what used to be our veggie beds.
We've given up on veggies
now it is left to nature for the butterflies and bees.

And then of course
there is always the favourite huge stick of the day 
that has to accompany us around!

This hot sunshiny summer makes the stream 
a very inviting cooling spot for Rusty Pups
who often dive in and splash their way downstream
disrupting the quiet, still beauty of reflections!

To my surprise I discovered 
there are tiny rusty critters who live close to the stream!

Everything is attracted to our quieter Rusty Pup, Brandy!
Others like the horrible deerfly really bother her
But beautiful butterflies, not so much!

LET me go inside pleeeease.
Rusty Pup, Ginger, is not a fan of the heat
When we sit out on the front porch
She likes to go inside and lie under an open window.
Close enough to still feel part of the pack!

Sometimes the small observations of daily life
are the most important.

Thursday 15 July 2021

In The Middle Of The World


My pieces for
 In the Middle of the World
have been lying flat on two guest beds.

As I started checking if they all had sleeves and labels
they became a crumpled mess.
I loved the look of this messy pile of stitch and cloth
and had to record it here.

Stitches on linen and silk, velvet and damask
all dyed with plant materials.

For me sense of touch is very powerful.
It is the reason I work with cloth and thread in my hands.

Every type of cloth reacts differently
to needle and thread.

Every stitched mark enriches a seemingly mundane cloth
and reflects your own thoughts and feelings
of that day.

When you spend hours, days, months,
stitching large works
you can't help but leave within that cloth a piece of your soul.

I know that Judy Martin is also working on the finishing touches for 
In the Middle of the World
Opening October 2nd
at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
in Almonte, Ontario.

I know that our wonderful curator, Miranda Bouchard,
is working hard for us despite her responsibilities
and contributing so much to create a beautiful
and successful show.

I hope you have a day filled with the sense of touch!