Fibrefest 2016 was a great success for the Feltikins. Their launch was met with a very enthusiastic response from attendees at the event. A number of Feltikins have now found their way into new homes. It was a very touching experience to connect with the people who took them home, those who simply found them enchanting and those who were bewitched by the magic of wool and the whole felt making process.
The representatives from the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum were very helpful and supportive. Thank you to the volunteers who made lunch for us! A special thank you to Roberta for taking good care of me during the entire weekend.
I am happy to announce that Feltikins can now be purchased at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum Gift Shop at 3 Rosamond Street E. Almonte, Ontario, K0A 1A0. http://mvtm.ca/
Feltikins will have a booth at Fibrefest 2016 in Almonte, Ontario on September 10th and 11th. The event takes place at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Almonte Arena. We will be at the arena in Booth 32. http://mvtm.ca/fibrefest-2016/
Furtive. Mischievous. Restless. Raucous. With their loud, persistent “Caw Caw Caw”, one senses that crows are not only communicating with one another but with us as well. Their message could range from a simple “I’m hungry” to exhortations from the “other side”.
Whilst in the midst of personal tumult, the idea of “crow” grips me. It guides me into a primal world teeming with endless creative possibilities.
The restless, fugitive nature of the crows calls to mind the sense of excitement that one experiences just before an intense electrical storm, the steely grey sky, the highly charged air. This fleeting ecstatic sense of anticipation is juxtaposed in this work with the warm, enveloping, nature of felt. In making felt, one’s own hands transform loose fibre into a soft, yet durable, long lasting substance. A deeply comforting material, it grounds me just as crows transport me. One balances the other.
The notion of calling or conjuring also comes into play. I bemoan the absence of crows in my environment while working on this piece and yearn for the sound of their raspy caws. After months of contemplating, reproducing their image and honouring them, a small family of crows has moved into my neighbourhood. The circle is complete.
My felted crow wall hanging is featured all summer as part of the Earth, Sea, and Sky exhibit at 285 Dundas Street West, Toronto for the duration of the summer.
Please join me for the closing reception Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5 - 7 p.m.