Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

 

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark- 2006

Inspiration: I have always loved this photo from our trip to Denmark.  I love the colourful buildings in the background, the reflection of the words on the ship in the water, and the shape and structure of the boat.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

Last year was all about the inspiration posts.

This year I wanted to do something similar without committing myself to another huge undertaking.  The solution- travel photos that I have taken over the years.

I often find myself going through these looking for inspiration from time to time and thought it might be fun to post one that I find interesting every Friday.

So here is the first Travel Friday- Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia taken in 2005.

Have a great weekend!
Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland: Lewisporte Shore

This past summer, on the drive back to Corner Brook from Twillingate, my kids and I and my sister stopped for lunch along the road just outside of Lewisporte.  Down behind the food truck and right down by the water was this lone twisted and gnarled tree.  I was immediately struck by how stark the white bark looked against the very blue water.

When I got home, I knew that a piece of driftwood that I had picked up along the beach in Twillingate would be perfect to recapture that lonely tree.  This piece measures 5″ x 7″ and was hand-hooked by me using a variety of yarns, silk sari ribbon, and wool roving.  And of course, the piece of driftwood.

This piece will be part of my solo exhibit in Corner Brook at the Arts and Culture Centre in October.

 

Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland: Gros Morne Vista

It seems that the downside to working against all sorts of looming deadlines is that inevitably something has to give. In my case it seems that since I can’t let my family starve or have to fend for themselves, the thing that has to give is blogging.

So right now I’m playing a bit of catch-up.  I posted this piece recently on my Facebook page and am finally getting it on here.  It is the next in my ‘Postcards from Newfoundland’ series.  This one is called “Gros Morne Vista.”   There is always something incredibly inspiring about Gros Morne National Park.  I really think that there is a) not one bad vista to be had there and b) no vista that is the same as any other.  I love the drive through the park up to Woody Point, past the Tablelands.  There is really nothing else like it.

This piece captures the mountain ranges that are nearly always framed by copious trees and a cloudy blue sky.  It measures 7″ x 5″ and uses a variety of yarns and wool roving.

I am sending this one off very soon to Corner Brook and it will be on display and available for purchase at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in the near future!

 

Karen

2014 Year in Review

 

2014 felt like a major turning-point year for me, with lots of little stepping stones that are slowly taking me on the path that I want to be on with my art, and which I plan to continue to follow into 2015.

This was a fantastically successful year sales-wise at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  I am immensely grateful to my sister for all the help that she gives me coordinating sales there (since she lives there and I don’t!).  And I am immensely grateful for the support that I receive in Corner Brook.  It is such a great feeling when people love your art and want to buy it and bring it into their lives!

The first half of the year was definitely focused on making art.  And the second half of the year was definitely focused on showing art.  From May through November my piece “Heading West” was on exhibit in Alberta as a part of the juried “Prairies” fibre art show.  My piece won a second place ribbon which was very exciting!

October was a super busy month.  The group exhibit “Colours Caught in Fibre” opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  This was the first show that I organized and pulled together and it was a total learning experience, a lot of work, and a lot of fun.  It was a huge deal to me seeing what had been a germ of an idea that my husband put into my head during a casual conversation, becoming reality.   When we finished hanging all of the pieces and I looked around the room I knew that it was a fantastic show and I was so happy to have had a chance to exhibit with the other talented ladies from Ontario.  That show also gave me a huge confidence boost and showed me that I was ready to approach galleries with my work.

Another huge accomplishment was being selected to be included in the international book ‘Textileart Around the World.”  That was big for a number of reasons.  Firstly, it continued my ongoing goal to be published in books and magazines etc.  And secondly, it accomplished another personal goal to have my goal included with not just other rug-hookers but with other textile and fibre artists.  Having that recognition was beyond confidence-boosting and has given me a hint of what can come if I continue to work hard.

October was busy on a few other levels too.  I was asked to be a guest speaker at Hooked in the Mountains in Vermont.   I always enjoy going to that show and this year was no exception.  The conversations that I got to have with several other talented and revered rug-hooking artists were invaluable and have helped to set the tone for my approach in 2015.

Lastly, my daughter and I were selected to participate in the “Kids at Heart” exhibit in Nova Scotia at Swoon Gallery.   I still smile when I think about the fact that my seven year old daughter had her art hanging in a gallery.  Anything that I get to do with my kids is wonderful in my books and this was definitely a highlight!

While I enjoyed every moment of 2014, I am super pumped that 2015 is here!  I have big plans and big dreams and 2014 has set me up well to continue to strive towards my goals.  I am so grateful to all of you that follow me and leave me comments and kind words.  I hope you will all stick around to see what I get up to this year!  🙂

 

Karen

 

 

 

 

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland: Icebergs on the Horizon

Just before the holidays hit I finished a new piece in my ‘Postcards from Newfoundland’ series.  This one is called “Icebergs on the Horizon” and was inspired by a particularly pinky sunset sky that I saw this past summer in Twillingate, Newfoundland.  In addition to the super big iceberg that parked itself just off the shore of our rental cottage, a number of other icebergs started to float in that morning.  Unfortunately that was the day we left so we never got to see their massive forms up close, but I did get to see them take shape off on the horizon.  They took on a purply hue because of the colour of the sky and I thought it was incredibly beautiful.

Like all of the other pieces in this series, this one is small- measuring 7″ x 5″.  It will be on exhibit and available for purchase at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in the near future.  I’ll let you know when it is hung there!

Have you noticed some other changes around here?  My wonderful husband spent some time last week giving my website a complete makeover.  Yes, I just had a major overhaul of my site last May.  But so much has changed since then in terms of where I am at with my art, where I am heading, and the “feel” that I want to give people when they look at my site and my work.  And I also knew I wanted to change the name of my site.  I’ve kept Marzipan Road as the name of this Blog, but more and more people were beginning to identify me with my work (which is a good thing!) and so I wanted my name to be more prominent on the site.  And it was time to make the website mobile compatible as more and more people are gravitating to their smartphones and tablets etc.  So with all of this in mind, we knew it was time for a change.

Can I just say that I absolutely love the new site.  I hope you do too.  A fellow fibre artist friend commented to me that it looks confident and sophisticated.  That was exactly what I was going for and exactly how it makes me feel.  The new website and the new name are just the first of what I hope is many new changes this year.  2015 is going to mark a whole new direction in my work- a lot of it will not be what people have come to expect from me and I am excited to see what the reaction is to it!

Take a look around the new site and let me know what you think! 🙂

Happy New Year to you all!

Karen

 

P.S.  Watch for my 2014 Year in Review coming soon!