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I am a Canadian artist in Calgary, Alberta, working primarily with textiles. I'm curious, eccentric and just a little opinionated. Surrealist in thought, Fauvist at heart, this is my almost daily art journal, eccentric and eclectic, explorative and absurd.

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Wednesday
May012013

the yonder is here now

This was the post i wrote yesterday morning that while doing so, WordPress decided to deactivate/suspend my blog as "violating terms of service"! Sooooooo, here we try again! I tried this morning to post to another blog there, and the same thing happened so to hell with them--no more WP, period. I am hoping i get an answer and that maybe i can recover some of the data and images, but i won't be using them anymore.

I'll slowly be adding things here: Galleries, widgets, photos and categories, side bar links and whistles. I'd forgotten how much time it takes to set up a new blog from scratch! (And it is new because squarespace has changed so much that i'm a bit lost!)

 

Some of the samples going with me to Bowen for the workshop:


 
    "Autum Vortex", Red Osier ecoprint on cotton

I’ve done some “pre-research” and i should be able to find red osier on the island. This is definitely my personal favourite of plants local to me!

 
    "Gift of the Oak" Oak ecoprint on silk habotai

Garry Oak is prolific in parts of BC, but it remains to be seen if any grows on Bowen! Hoofies crossed. The focus of the class is of course on indigenous, or at least “local” vegetation if transplanted/naturalized, so my plant ID books are going with me as well. I’ve been lucky on this voyage to have an extensive background in identifying plants as an avid gardener, floral designer, amateur botanist and finally as ecoprint artist, but i don’t know it all (yet! :))

The Summer edition of Fiber Arts Now (preview only as issue hits stands soon!) has a wonderful article by my friend Wendy Feldberg about taking ecoprints to the next level. I’m pleased to be among such great company as several wonderful international artists are highlighted.

And here is the current work, the pieces for the second element of Strange Soul take Flight. (I'll be adding more info on that as i go--relearning old skills with this platform's capabilities!)

 

Reader Comments (7)

I love the cover photo for this blog-but you knew I would!
May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina
Thanks Tina!
May 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterarlee
Good to see you have a new space here Arlee & love the new work taking flight!!
May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMo Crow
Absolutely beautiful work with that red osier, i'd love to come to Bowen Is and do your workshop but Aus is a bit far to travel from for a few days BUT i would bring my own red osier as i have it growing at the bottom of my garden. Best wishes for the new/old blog, looking good.
May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterkaiteM
Kaite, you should try it out then! Wonder how different the results would be on the other side of the world :)
May 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterarlee
Just when you are so busy with everything, your blog goes zap
damn damn damn

love this dye work
and your workshop sounds fantastic

xt
May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentert
Hi Arlee
Thanks for the help in finding you again, so happy I have. I missed your sometimes acerbic, sometimes fun voice each day.

Wish I could join your workshop too, but Australia is just too far away, geographically and financially. Best of luck with it, though.
May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

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