Aug 27, 2014

Wow ... I Dyed It ! Now What ?

I have spent the last week or so between pet-sitting last week in a beautiful setting with beautiful gardens below the balcony ....

... and my aunt's 80th birthday this week (she doesn't look a day over 50 !!!!)
As per usual I took her on a driving tour of the area where she grw up and I just had to take this reference photo of the corn this year ! The kind of high corn that I remember, as a child, playing in .... East Wawanosh Twp. Huron County, ON, Canada.         My aunt is 5'6".
On the way home I passed this abandoned homestead which Mother Nature is quickly taking over.

Before I left last week I soaked a small piece of white cotton (6"x12") wrapped around a few purple leaves (I truly have no idea what they were or what I was doing) in a pint jar of hot water ... like sun-brewed tea in a glass pitcher ... then left it in a sunny window. I threw a very tiny piece of rusted iron into the jar for safe measure. I haven't done any of this on my own before but I have been listening, to my group and my blogger friends, somewhat. I opened my tiny bundle today and am surprised with the result ... I didn't expect anything would happen. But my white cotton is a bright shade of yellow (which sure doesn't show in these pics) and even tho' the rusty bit didn't touch the cloth, there is a small rusty spot on the fabric ! (I had remembered that rusty bits would darken the colour).
NOW WHAT ? ;) I've just ironed it but does it need something to 'set' it ? Just experimenting, here.
I have deliberately stayed out of this 'natural dyeing' arena but thought (if it worked) it would give my 19 yr. old gr.dau. & I something to play with when we go camping next week. She is staying with me for a week.

Yes, I am going to be on vacation for 3 weeks starting bright and early Mon. morning, driving north, then north-west for 4 hrs, into the near-northern forests of Ontario ... can't wait ! I will on occasion be in a Tim Horton's to use their free WiFi and catch up on a few things. Otherwise I shall be stitching on something ... I don't have any idea, on what, at this time.
Talk to you soon !

Aug 16, 2014

Made It ! ;)

It was due Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 and I was done the sewing on the 13th !
I let it rest a day and then my s-i-l and I put it on a stretcher frame (he has such strong hands ... thx Kevin !) ... he pulled & I stapled, on Friday. It had been a very hectic day, with many other things demanding our time but we finally got together and got 'r done at dinner time.
I have submitted it on-line and will not know until mid-Sept. whether it is accepted or not ... the show itself runs the month of October.

WINTER STREAM is from my own photograph taken in February of 2014 in rural Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. Being longer than most pieces I work on, I found this piece to be quite a challenge - having to roll it up every time I put it under the needle - so, quite a physical project ! Time for a machine with a longer arm ?
Progress Shots:

WINTER STREAM - Sharron Deacon Begg
20"x38" - hand-painted (acrylics) fabrics and thread

Aug 15, 2014

FIBRE CONTENT - details !

CONGRATULATIONS to Connection Fibre Artists members, 
Bev Craig White and Sharron Deacon Begg 
for their Jurors Choice Awards !!

The Second Biennial Fibre Content Exhibition

The response from the artists was enthusiastic and the 2014 Fibre Content Exhibition promises to be an excellent follow up to the inaugural 2012 show. 
This year’s show will feature the best of contemporary Canadian fibre art — a wide range of works in fibre and mixed media: fabric, paper, yarn, thread and various mixed materials.

The show will be held at the
(formerly the Burlington Art Centre), 
1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, 
September 9-16, 2014. 
Admission is free
Gallery Hours are: 
Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm,  
Sunday noon to 5:00pm.
The 2014 Fibre Content Exhibition is juried by 
Emma Quin, Executive Director of the Ontario Crafts Council, 
Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and 
Sandra Dupret, Dean/Principal of the Fleming College Haliburton Campus.

In the Second Fibre Content Show, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Central Canada Division is joined by Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Burlington Hooking Craft Guild, Connections Fibre Artists, Grand Guild of Fibre Artists, Group of Eight Fibre Artists and Oakville Fibre Arts Guild.

The jurors reviewed 208 submissions – a difficult task given the quality and variety of work that was entered. The full-colour catalogue will include pictures of all 124 pieces in the show, featuring the three Juror Choices. This will be a keepsake item, as was the 2012 catalogue !

Aug 5, 2014


An update;

“I choose Sunset on Lake Huron for its sophisticated
drawing quality and successful use of fibres. I was
also impressed with the artist’s ability to
incorporate a sense of light. This work is a lovely,
subtle collage with great composition.”

Sandra Dupret, Dean and Principal of the Haliburton Campus of Fleming
College, is immersed in and responsible for one of the leading arts education
institutions in Canada. With a history of more than 40 years, the Haliburton
School of The Arts has established a reputation for excellence through
innovative delivery formats and diverse programming in arts, heritage, and
sustainable building. With a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking and
Sculpture), she is an exhibiting artist, educator, curator and administrator. She
is the 2014-15 President of the Board of Craft Ontario.

Aug 2, 2014

Where'd July Go ?

Since June 25 when I blogged this piece, I have done diddly in the way of stitching ... and I feel guilty about that ... I feel like such a sloth !
I did set it aside, but for good reason. I didn't have a 'need' to finish, thinking that it would be a good project to take with me in September and work on it at my leisure ... but along came a Call For Entry ... due for submission Aug. 15. Can I do it ? I'm going to give it a damned good try.
... a portion of new work 
It is almost 40" long(101cm x 50.8cm)x 20", so I need a lot of surface behind my machine to support the canvas as it runs through my machine ... space that I do not have where I normally do my machine work.

My big kitchen table is ideal and the light is great but peanut butter and jam sandwiches would have compromised the work ... there are 9 people using this table weekdays 5 of them grandchildren.  
I could have worked in my dining room but that seemed too available to my 2 and 3 yr. old gr. sons who are babysat here.
Besides, once I start stitching I do not want to remove all my stuff ... I want it to stay exactly as I leave it when I leave my chair.
So, finding space, time and peace to get started has been scarce.

But a 'space' opened up for the weekend ... the little boys are here today and are being watched and fed and played with by gr.dau's (19 & 16 yrs) who are most capable ... I am not needed ... so my dining room today is my current 'studio' .... and a baby gate separates them from temptation. The rest of the family have gone camping ;)
This piece doesn't require massive amounts of sewing so I'm hoping that I get far enough along this weekend that I might not need to move to my friends' (I have a standing invitation, whenever I need to) house after all !

On another note;
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. 
The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindented to others, could not conceivably be more wrong. 
-Karl Popper, philosopher and a professor (1902-1994) 
This quote resonated with me, particularly when I have read, or been told so often, by 'artists' that they would never copy someone else's art work ... well ! 
Common sense tells us that our brains collect and store millions of details about everything we see, say, or do.  We are highly influenced by everything we look at, that we touch or read about.
As clever as we are, we add, re-work, enhance and mix it up ... and call it our own.

Jul 20, 2014

Enough Is Enough, Already !

I awoke this morning with another weather-related headache and stiffer than normal joints ... geeze, I'm tired already of the summer of 2014 ! It's nearing the end of July ! ... Canadian summers are already short enough !
If it isn't raining, big dark-bottomed clouds are racing across the sky and even with brief glimpses of sun, the nights are generally cold. Bloody Cold being the word that we Canadians use when describing the temperature as the snow leaves the surface of the ground, early in the spring. Cool is usually the word I would use to describe some (but very few) summer evenings.
Cold has me ready to scream 'enough is enough already !!!'
It was warmish yesterday, but definitely leading into rain, as I headed out to Elora for Group 5's 'Untitled' exhibition (The Harris Artists Collective) Opening Reception. I just have a small area between 2 large school house windows so 6 pces. were enough. There is a chest-high ledge all around the room which used to be the gym in this old public school.
I had to 'fix' these photos as the day was dark with rain on Thurs. when I hung these pieces. Attendance at the opening was middling but I had a chance to talk about my work to quite a few interested visitors ... and that's the best part for me.


the window sill piece
Anyway, it was gently raining when I headed toward my friend (and mentor) Elizabeth's house to do a quick exchange of treasures ... a small pce of beautiful bark for me and some light green, glass containers for her. Driving up her driveway reminded me to take a picture of the tree that had gotten blown down in last week's storm.

The 1st 2 pic.s are those that Elizabeth took ... the house is behind and untouched. Oh, look ... some sun after the storm !
Her husband standing in the fallen tree ...soooo huge when on the ground !

These last 2 pics are mine of where this tree used to be.
Still raining as I headed home along a back country road ... stopping to take some shots of the beautiful, if not soaking wet, country-side where the crops are making a good show, none the less.

Threatening clouds on one side of the road ... 
.... raining on the other, still a little ways off.

No break in the weather today ... just a bit warmer.