Photo by Karen D. Miller

Sneak Peek!

Photo by Karen D. Miller

As I have mentioned, I am back working on my three-panelled piece. The other night I finished the first panel and was anxious to see if it is going to work out before starting the other two. Looks like it will come together nicely so I am on to panel #2!

Here is a sneak peek of panel #1. The brown is silk sari ribbon that I have sewn onto the piece. Yep, I am trying out that technique again in combination with the hooking and it is working out perfectly for my vision of this piece!

Karen

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Inspiration Photo #25

Photo by Karen D. Miller

 

 

What:   A stand of sumac down by the Ottawa River.

Why did this catch my eye:   There is something about this bright red hue against the blue of the water that I just adore.  It screams not only Fall, but also warm against cool, fire against water.  It is just a really jarring and lovely combination.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Inspiration Photo #24

Photo by Karen D. Miller

 

 

What:   Pumpkins!

Why did this catch my eye:   There is something about this time of year- the colours, the orangey hues.  Orange is not a colour that I use much of but when I look at this grouping of pumpkins, it makes me want to hunt out all of my orange yarns and challenge myself to use them.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen Miller

When in Vermont….

Photo by Karen Miller

We were on the road for three weekends in a row in October. With two young kids. This past weekend was mainly about Hooked in the Mountains. But while we are on these road trips we also try to build in some fun time with and for the kids.

Photo by Karen Miller

So this past weekend we spent all day Sunday at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. We have been on the grounds of the museum many times before because Hooked in the Mountains in the past has always been held at the Round Barn at the museum. But the show was usually held in November and the museum itself was always closed so we couldn’t have a look around.

Photo by Karen Miller

This year though we were there when it was open. And even though the exhibit is no longer on the grounds of the museum, it still seemed like a fun thing to with the kids. For those who live near me, picture the Shelburne Museum as kind of like Upper Canada Village. Although, dare I say it, it is even a little better than Upper Canada Village.

Lots of buildings to go into and the set up is very pretty with lots of fall foliage and little gardens. The only downside- it was a freezing cold day so we had to keep ducking into buildings to warm up. We may be from Canada and be used to cold weather, but we hadn’t packed our warm winter stuff and there was a definite chill in the air that day!

Photo by Karen Miller

One of the highlights was the carousel. We were just walking past when a woman ran out of the nearby building (she had probably been hiding in there to keep warm) and asked if we wanted to go on. We didn’t think that they ran the carousel so of course we said yes and the four of us got on. We had it all to ourselves which was super cool. She let us go around quite a few times. Very fun!

Photo by Karen Miller

The Green Mountains were looking even more pretty than usual with their fall colours on. A great weekend!
Karen

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Hooked in the Mountains 2014!

Photo by Karen Miller

 

I’m back from a fantastic weekend in Vermont! The highlight of course was the Hooked in the Mountains Show. This was the first year that it was in its new location in Essex Junction and it was awesome. Everyone who worked on this show went above and beyond to make it a success. There was so much beautiful fibre art to see, wonderful people to meet. Loved it!  I really enjoy all the inspiration at this show and getting to see what people are doing with this medium.  There are a lot of boundaries being pushed these days and I think it is fabulous!!

I took LOTS of photos but they asked this year that people not post photos without permission from the artists. So instead I will show you what I took to the show. Most of my pieces are still out in Niagara-on-the-Lake but I did manage to bring a few to Vermont.

 

Hooked fibre art by Karen Miller

 

My “The Tree Climber” piece. This is an older piece of mine but I had never shown it at a Hooked in the Mountains show before and thought there was no better time than now. It was nice to see it in the exhibit. This piece has a lot of sentimental value to me as my daughter is no longer that small anymore. 🙂

 

Solitude by Karen Miller

 

This was the second Hooked in the Mountains show for my “Solitude” piece. Because it won a Viewer’s Choice ribbon at the show in 2012 it was invited back this year and hung on the past Viewer’s Choice Award wall. I think it still managed to attract some attention- perhaps from people who hadn’t seen it before. Every time I walked past it there was someone touching the frame.  Most people don’t realize that each panel was hooked separately and then fitted into the frame.  When they find that out they are always shocked!  🙂

 

Along the Path by Karen Miller

 

And I took my most recent piece, “Along the Path.” This is my first time posting a photo of it framed. My husband made a custom driftwood frame for it the other week. Where it was hung was perfect as there was a light shining right on it which caught the sparkles in the metallic yarn and really set it off.

 

Photo by Karen Miller

 

While there I also did my Guest Speaker talk on Satuday night. On the car ride to the show my daughter announced “If I was you mum I would be freaking out right now!” It hadn’t really occurred to me that I should be “freaking out” so it did give me a moment’s pause. But in the end it went really well and I was super happy with how it all came together. Had a fantastic chat with some others after the talk and I am full of new ideas and new directions. It really felt like a rejuvenating experience artistically!

Karen

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Inspiration Photo #23

Photo by Karen Miller

 

 

 

What:   Another shot looking down at the base of Niagara Falls.

Why did this catch my eye:   At this part of the Falls there is much more swirling foam on the water.  I thought the swirls of white against the greeny blue water looked a lot like photos you see of earth taken from space.  There are so many patterns, depth of colours and textures in this one small area.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen Miller

Sharing my home with another fibre artist

Photo by Karen Miller

I am so thrilled and proud to show you this piece that my daughter hooked, all by herself, and to let you know that it will be part of the exhibit at Hooked in the Mountains in Vermont!

Here’s the back-story on the piece. She started it awhile ago; so long ago that I can’t totally remember when she did start it. I am pretty sure she was four years old (she’s now 7 so this has been a masterpiece in the making for some time). I have photos of her sitting curled up beside me on my bed while I was pregnant with my little guy (it was so much more comfortable to prop myself up in bed and hook at that time than to sit over my frame!) and I was working on a piece and she was working on her piece. It was super cute.

I gave her her own hook and her own hoop. She would put it down and occasionally the bug would bite again and she would pick it up- usually if I was working on something and she would “chat” while we worked. She even created a new technique which she said she learned from studying a piece that she saw hanging at Hooked in the Mountains in 2012. She would hook her yarn and then at the end trim all the loops to create a shaggy look. She always refers to it as her “technique.”

Earlier this year my husband made a proposal to her- if she finished it he would make a custom frame for it. And then I sweetened the pot and told her that if she finished it I would submit it to Hooked in the Mountains. So she finished it and it is currently on display in Vermont- mission accomplished!

She has named the piece “Flowers.” She designed it herself all those years ago by drawing her own design on the backing. I think she is a bit disappointed with how it turned out as the original idea was that it be a picture of her family and it kind of morphed into more of an abstract piece. I think it is really cool- but I could be biased as her mother. 🙂

I’m not sure she will hook anything else. At least not anytime soon. She tells me that hooking is “boring.” I think it is something that she may pick up again when she is a bit older- she didn’t always think it was boring but I think having the same piece dragging on for so long may have bored her a little. I think my role is to just make sure that she has the materials she might need kicking around and if she changes her mind they will be there for her. In the meantime, the little guy has expressed interest and so I set him up with a little hoop and some yarn. He’s only 2 so it isn’t working out too well but he gets a real big smile on his face when he does a loop successfully. Maybe I’ll have two fibre artists on my hands. 🙂

Karen

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Inspiration Photo #22

Photo by Karen Miller

 

 

What:   Looking down at the swirling water at the base of Niagara Falls.

Why did this catch my eye:   I was immediately fascinated by the patterns in the water.  While everyone else around me was posing in front of the falls themselves I was trying to take photos of the swirling water.  So much like marble.  I thought this could totally translate into a rug.  And I loved the colours too.  The seagull was just an added bonus. 🙂

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo by Karen Miller

Kids at Heart Exhibit

I recently made mention of a collaboration that I was doing with an artist that I have long admired.

I just happen to be related to that artist.

In fact she just happens to be my daughter.

Photo by Karen Miller

 

When I saw the Call for Entry put out by the Swoon Fine Art and Antiques Gallery for their upcoming “Kids at Heart” exhibit I knew it would be something super fun for my daughter and I to do together.  The premise of the show is to have a child make a piece of art and then the adult is to make a piece of art that is inspired by that of the child.

My daughter (age 7) decided that she wanted to paint a scene that she had seen on our trip to Twillingate this past summer.  So I bought her a canvas and she brought our her paints and got to work.  The result was her painting “Iceberg under Sunset”.  It measures 10″ x 8″.
Hooked fibre art by Karen Miller

 

After spending some time looking at her painting, this is what I was inspired to make. It measures 12″ x 12″ and is called “Late Night Twillingate.” The water and iceberg are a combination of wool yarns and metallic yarns. I wanted to do something different for the sky and really wanted to capture the orangey hues that were in my daughter’s piece.  Since I love to combine different materials and techniques with hooking,  I decided to sew strips of a hand-dyed scarf to the piece to create that marbled effect. I really like how the sky turned out- when you see it up close it is almost as if the sky is glowing! My husband custom-made the frame for the piece using Newfoundland driftwood.

I am so very excited to say that we found out yesterday that our pieces have made it into the show! Both pieces will be heading to Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia shortly and will be on display and available for purchase between November 8th and November 30th, 2014.

I feel like this show is one of the most special that I have done because I get to share it with my daughter. I’m so proud of her- how many kids can say that their work has hung in a gallery at the age of 7??!!

Karen

Photo by Karen Miller

Thanksgiving Weekend!

Photo by Karen Miller

Hope all my fellow Canadians had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

We had our Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday night.  Usually we go away for Thanksgiving but this year because we have been on the road more often than not we decided to stay home. I’m sure we will go away again next year but this year it was nice to sit down at our own table just the four of us and eat a meal cooked in our own kitchen!

Photo by Karen Miller

Which isn’t to say that we were home ALL weekend. Friday we hit the road again for one night down in Burlington, Vermont. The purpose? To drop off my pieces for Hooked in the Mountains! Since drop off was early Saturday morning it made sense to go down on the Friday and spend the night. We also managed to squeeze in some time for the kids at the Lake Echo Aquarium which was really fun and a bit of a reward for having spent so much time in the car!

Everything that I have heard through the grapevine indicates that this show is going to be incredible! I can’t wait to see it and am very excited to see the Featured Artist displays. And of course I will be doing my guest speaker talk on Saturday afternoon. Still working away on that but am almost ready!

Karen