Monday, November 30, 2009

A Weary Weaver

Getting very tired, but hope to have a sleep in tomorrow - just a little one. Still loving having a space to work and teach in. Had an awesome class today teaching tapestry - getting itchy to weave one...........and so many images are flashing by.......

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Super Hero capes........

Camille and I were making super hero capes for Oma Gosh! Designs today and we worked steady. Rainy outside but warm at the same time. The rain has been extreme in the Cowichan Valley the past couple of weeks wreaking havoc on the area and the many people that have been affected by the flooding. There is more rain expected and everyone is watching the tides.
I drove through the reserve on Tzouhalem Road and was amazed at how high the river is - there is something mysterious about this weather and its power. To the delight of both Glen and I, rounding the corner by Klem Klem Bighouse, two sea lions poked their heads up - very rare to see sea lions up that far from the bay. Even though we are in a temperate rainforest area, the rain has not been this 'bad' for many years. I think we have had more snow in the last couple of years than rain.
My looms were beckoning me today and it was frustrating not to be able to weave - however, Camille and I are getting our orders filled and getting ready for a craft fair.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rainy day at the studio

The day began with my feeding the birds - the lovely part of being at Whippletree is that behind all the buildings is a vista of wilderness - standing at the fountain looking out back, is quite beautiful. There is a resident one-eyed black rabbit, and many birds - also an aloof eagle that I hear, but have yet to see. The sense of history I feel is quite strong. The old buildings have come from various parts of the island and together stand strong in their character. There are some buildings from Duncan's old China town and I believe my studio is from Sooke and was a gas station....research to do as I try to sort out what I want to concentrate on artwise. I am loving teaching new weavers - both 4 harness and woven tapestry and I am itching to do a tapestry. Have some new knitters coming and a spinning student. Margitta's studio is full of beautiful art and it makes me want to paint!!! One of the highlights of my week is finding out that Margitta's piece from the Verse and Vision show was based on a poem written by an old friend of mine, Janice Young and the poem was called Tapestry.......felt it was a bit of a message.....ah, yes the warp and weft....

Monday, November 23, 2009

Welcome to Leola's Studio

Leola's Studio has just opened and is located at Whippletree Junction south of Duncan, BC. It is a studio for working in the Textile Arts: weaving, knitting, spinning, dyeing, thread painting, crocheting, sewing etc. and also a teaching space where I teach the above.