I’m still basking in the glow of the show this past weekend. Such an awesome time! Yesterday I was so motivated that I moved the new piece that I sketched out before my son was born onto the rack. That’s progress, right?? I am brimming with new ideas and dreams. The only problem is time- and that’s even with my husband home on parental leave! When this baby starts getting onto a schedule I totally forsee being able to get lots of work done. Until then, it will be bits and pieces here and there.
And of course first I have to finish the stocking. I’ve finished the hooking on it and have to start the sewing so will be able to show you progress soon.
In the meantime, as promised, here are some pictures of my favourite pieces from the show this weekend. Totally inspiring!!
I have to start with Jen Lavoie’s “This Train.” The photo does not capture the true magnitude of this piece- it was huge!! And so amazingly spectacular. The attention to detail and the skill-level exhibited in this piece can’t even be described. She won the ‘Museums Choice Award’ and a ‘Viewers Choice Award’ for this piece and rightly so!
“Koi Motion” by Carol Murphy. Loved the colourful fish and how she managed to capture so well the concept of motion in the water. My daughter really liked this piece too!
I was attracted to “Waiting for Leftovers” by Grace Collette because it reminded me of our big group camping trip this past September and got me thinking about some of the really funny stories that came out of that trip. In the back of my mind I’m trying to work out how to do a rug to capture the funniest story!
“Old House at Ste-Famille” by Francoise Vezina Gagnon. I loved the colours of this piece and the slightly wonky feel to the shapes. While the setting is in Quebec, I was reminded both of a trip we took to Italy and my favourite church in Iceland.
One of the three featured artists at the show was Cathy Henning from Ontario. She had many spectacular pieces including this one entitled “Silhouettes.” I have tried the silhouette approach in terms of buildings in one of my pieces but loved how she did it with people.
Another of her stunning pieces was this one of the Queen’s University campus. My husband did both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Queen’s so we know the campus well. It got me thinking about whether I could do a rug of either of my alma maters. The Carleton campus itself is attractive but the buildings are not. And the Ottawa U campus is, well, kind of unattractive. So, maybe those won’t be future rugs….
I was fascinated by this older Cathy Henning piece. What an amazing use of mixed media, and even more impressive since it was made in 1974! It must have been very cutting edge at that time. Love the use of birch bark in the background and all the textures. It was also heartening to see that after 38 years the piece is still looking great and the natural materials have not fallen apart. As I am slowly incorporating more mixed media in my pieces it is good to see that such materials can last over longer periods of time.
This was another huge piece- “So this is the World” by Anne Cox. Loved the sky and the awesome reflection on the water.
And last but not least was “Calm Before the Storm” by Jen Lavoie. What an amazing sky! Almost makes me want to get into dyeing just to be able to achieve those gradations of colour.
An amazing show with amazing pieces and this was just a small selection of the over 300 rugs that were there. Can’t wait until next year!