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Thursday, November 29, 2012

studio portrait Thursday: unproductive chaos


I'm cheating - this necklace sold at the previous craft fair. It's a sweet copper and white glass design. I love the combination of the metal with white. I really should make it again ... but I just cannot get motivated. Last month's dire craft fair was a loss, and I find it difficult to get whipped into a frenzy for Christmas.
I'd really just like to sit down at the bench and make something for the love of it, not because my inventory is looking stale.
I have some ideas for cute though; stay tuned.
Oh, and I'll be at Got Craft? next weekend (http://got craft.ca  for details).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

wordless wednesday: wire and fibre pendant

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

copper and glass bracelet

I have some pieces for sale in the Blackberry Gift Shop inside Port Moody Arts Centre.
This quirky copper and glass piece sits alongside some awesome work by other local artists.
It's worth a visit.
Check out http://pomoarts.ca for details

Monday, November 19, 2012

PSA - a promotional service announcement

PSA - a promotional service announcement:

Christmas Marketplace 2012 has opened and the gifts are flying off the shelves.
Please do your friends a favour and let them know where to find the best artist-made goodies in the Tri Cities. Either point them towards our website or suggest they subscribe to our blog for regular updates. Or they can join us on Facebook - our Events page will keep them primed. We are also on twitter - join the #portmoody conversation with us.
Share the love; there's enough to go around (but get down here quick!) - artist-made gifts nourish the soul :)

.... and for a taster, try out this video from last year's Shaw Express visit to the arts centre (tune in at 4 mins).

Saturday, November 17, 2012

art on the wall 6x6

art on the wall, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

My flame flower amidst the wonderful 6x6 fundraisers at Port Moody Arts Centre.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Oooops! Forgotten something perhaps?

Oooops! Forgotten something perhaps?:
ceramic frog by Pauline Doyle

Our Christmas Marketplace opened last night - the gift shop is now open seven days a week until December 22nd, from 10am until 6pm (Sundays 12 noon to 4pm) for all your gift-buying needs.

Thursday, November 15, 2012



marketplace_prep, originally uploaded by Blackberry Artists.
The Christmas Marketplace is almost ready. Helpful festive elves have been scurrying around the gallery in the Port Moody Arts Centre all day, moving plinths into place (owwch my back!) and pinning the tree in place.

Oh horrors! everything is now under wraps until November 15th when the gallery and gift shop will be unwrapped by one special and intrepid Arts Centre member at 5pm. Arts Centre members get first dibs on the christmas offerings on show in a special shopping event before the main opening at 6pm.

But shhh! don't tell.Here's a sneak peek at what's under the wrapping (more in our Flickr gallery ... can you see your heart's desire?

Artist-made gifts nourish the soul

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lest we forget


Saturday, November 10, 2012

fleeing the studio


Who let the cat out of the bag?
If you want to know, come visit me at the Archbishop Carney Christmas Fair on Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam tomorrow (10am to 3pm).

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Carney Christmas Craft Fair this weekend

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

fibre friday: judged

(educational) results from a recent jurying -

"This is an interesting idea, but to really make it work, the felt work needs to be better and more integrated."

"The materials are so different that it is difficult to get them to merge into a whole."

"a more interesting, hand-crafted pin on the back would elevate the quality."

"Butterfly pin: Not good design or use of felting" - this about the dragonfly pins above

referring to this moss cuff
"The wires sticking up are interesting, but tend to bend down easily – try firmer wire here?" i may have a couple of whimsical pieces entitled, you'll have someone's eye out with that, m'dear, but i really don't want to enucleate with a piece of jewelry

remarks about the clasp on a tinned copper embroidered cuff "it doesn’t appear to be silver, so it is not integrated with the silver wire, which cheapens the piece." the clasp is nickel silver to tone with the tinned copper

and this gem - "Many of the fibres appear to be synthetic (?) so they won’t felt together " - well, duh! my materials section stated synthetic fibres are used in my designs, not that they are felted.

"Assessment: FAIL"

It's always uplifting to be rejected so intelligently.

FWIW - my work doesn't fit in with the aesthetic of the gallery shop I juried for (note to self: research your submissions!), so I'm not that surprised at being turned down. However, my pieces were returned well picked apart (as in threads hanging loose), and the ignorance of some of the jurying comments left me open-mouthed in amazement.
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