Year in Review!

What a year 2018 was!  This photo is of my top nine posts this year on Instagram.  Pretty cool that seven of them are of my own work.  🙂

This was a year where I did a lot of teaching.  I held several beginner classes at my home.  And I also taught my ‘Nature and Landscapes’ at a number of venues including Green Mountain Rug School, Fibrefest in Almonte, and a class for the Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets guild in Burritts Rapids, Ontario. I also taught two classes on hooking Tulips at the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild Annual that was held here in Ottawa in May.

More recently I taught a two day ‘Hooking Realistic Portraits with Yarn’ class at my home last month.  The students were amazing and their projects were very personal to each of them.  The class went so well that I plan to hold another one in the Spring here in Ottawa.  If you are interested and are not already on my class waiting list, you can email me at marzipanroad@bell.net and I will email you when I have a date for the class set.  🙂

Another highlight from the year was winning the Original Award at the OHCG Annual in May for my piece “A Mother’s Worry”.  It was such a surprise and a thrill to win.  The Annual was great also in that I got to see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in awhile, and I also had a Featured Artist exhibit of over fifteen pieces of my work.  It was a really fun time!

In addition to having my work on exhibit (and some pieces available for sale) at the Annual, I also had some of my work in a fun show in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  My sister and a bunch of her friends put on an exhibit of their pottery entitled “The Art of Living”.  I was asked to include some of my hooked pieces and even sold a piece!  I also just had six of my woven and hooked pieces at the annual Baz’Art Holiday Sale at the Shenkman Arts Centre.  It was my third year participating in this juried show and it is always a beautiful selection of work from local artists.

Another big project was this wall hanging that I made with my daughter’s grade 5/6 class.  I went into the class for four sessions and taught them how to rug hook.  They did their own designs based on what the school means to them, and then I sewed them all together to make this cool wall hanging.  The kids had a lot of fun- it is always so rewarding to teach kids about fibre art!  I’ve been invited back to the schools again this year so will be teaching something new to the Grade One and Six classes.  I’ve already started to prepare their projects- can’t wait!

This was an amazing year also for travel.  We were all over the place- Quebec City x 2, Montreal, Algonquin Park, Vermont, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Paris, France.  We had so many cool experiences and my kids were exposed to so many neat and interesting things.  I loved Paris and I loved getting to go to all of the wonderful art galleries there.  We made it to the Musee D’Orsay, L’Orangerie, Le Louvre and the Contemporary Art Museum.  Saw so much work from Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir etc. etc.  I was particularly struck by the work of Seurat and other artists who did pointillism.  Seeing it up close you realize how many little dots go into making up the image.

 

It inspired me try applying pointillism to my own work, using little individual loops of colour to create the image.  I have been working on a little 5″ x 7″ test piece before trying it on a larger scale.  It took a little getting used to the technique, but now I am getting into it!

So, what’s on tap for 2019?  The New Year will see more teaching, including the Portraits class I mentioned above.  In early January I will be making this PDF course available for purchase and download:

I had a lot of people asking me if I would teach a class on weaving backings for rug hooking, and I thought a PDF course would be the best approach.  This 47 page course breaks the process down step by step and has lots of inspiration and tips.  My daughter and I have been working on it for the past few months- I gave her the text and photos and she did the layout and made things pretty for me.  🙂  Excited to have it out in the world for people to buy.

I will also be launching a new website in the New Year- I’ll keep you up to date on when that will be available.  And of course the book that I have been working on will be published in October!   That will be super exciting for sure.  I’m sure there will be lots of other surprises that pop up as well and of course lots of travel, travel, travel.

I’m going to take a break now for the holidays.  I hope that you and your families have a wonderful time, no matter what you celebrate!  My favourite parts of the holidays, in no particular order, are:

  1. Christmas Eve- something so special about that day and of course that evening.  Magical.
  2. New Year’s Eve- again, just seems magical and we always do something special and different together to bring in the New Year.
  3. Christmas morning- seeing the kids open their presents and seeing what they picked out for us is THE BEST.
  4. December 26th- my husband laughs at me for this but it truly is the best day.  All the cooking and preparations are over and we eat leftovers and just hang out and relax.

See you in 2019!

 

Karen

 

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