July has been one of the busiest on record for me. I graduated from the Textiles: Craft & Apparel Design Program. I also opened my first store front and open studio at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. On top of that, I have been adventuring around Newfoundland looking for inspiration in every corner. Geocaching and organic material collecting in Tilton, Bay Roberts, Cupids, Bell Island, and Fogo Island, just to name a few.
My new life chapter has given me the drive to discover so many new things I want to try and learn. I have become endlessly interested in Mycology- the study of fungi. I find myself wanting to learn everything there is about Newfoundland mushroom and lichen, and dye with every last one of them. But, one day at a time. I have done my first collection of mushrooms this past weekend on the path to the 1800’s cemetery on Bell Island. I’ll be spending the next few days experimenting with mordants and my small harvest of craterellus tubaeformis– or small chanterelles. For now, they are sitting in a alum bath until tomorrow. I am very excited to see what I get, even if that is a pale yellow or brown.
As for my studio, It is so very charming. I love having my own space. I can work on what I want, when I want to. I am under as much pressure as I put on myself. It is perfect. It has also been very fun decorating it. Experimenting with display tools has been interesting. Right now I am mostly doing screen-printing and natural dyeing in my studio. With the fall fast approaching I plan on soon working in felt too. I love figuring out new ways to represent the colours I love so dearly. You can learn more about the amazing Quidi Vidi Village Plantation at http://qvvplantation.com/.
Speaking of felt, I will headed to Fibre Arts NL 2015 in Gros Morne this October. A Newfoundland and Labrador Fibre Arts Conference celebrating Craft year around the world. I am taking a course called “Forms in Felt”. 3 dimensional felting has always excited me. I am hoping to work with my own naturally hand dyed fleece for our class project. I have never been to Gros Morne and expect to return home with lots of new ideas. I was very lucky to receive funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. It is amazing to be supported by your local craft community to further yourself in your career. There are so many different classes taking place in numerous forms of textile arts. Take a look at the webpage for more information on this remarkable opportunity. https://fibre.craftcouncil.nl.ca/
I have made so many new friends since joining the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation family. I am thrilled to see what new adventures lie ahead.