Eye to Eye Part Two

More from the International Women’s Day Art Show. I just loved the wide variety of media used, and the countless ways in which the theme  “Eye to Eye “was evoked.

Amazing colour in these abstracts:DSCF7256DSCF7250DSCF7265DSCF7285I found this fascinating. The figures actually show up much more pronounced in the photo. They were barely visible to my eye in real life.

…these tender personal works…DSCF7275DSCF7276…and this wonderful lady inspired by “steam punk”DSCF7308

She’s well prepared for all eventualities with those glasses.

DSCF7272This was painted on myriad pieces of wood…what a unique canvas.DSCF7287

….and this large standing piece had raised cut outs, which were painted on the opposite pieces on the other side. (how did I miss taking a picture of the other side???)DSCF7314…inspired by a totem pole…DSCF7300…whimsical…and full of hidden details..

and  I’m sure  the style must have a name…but I don’t know what it is..DSCF7280There was a lot of beautiful photography. These two examples were especially powerful for me.DSCF7247These are photos of various nebula, and in the centre of each is superimposed a photo of a minute organism. The universe in its extremes.

The next is the same woman showing the passage of time and the effects of life. I found it very moving.

DSCF7269Actual eyes were featured in many works.DSCF7281DSCF7252The next and my last two photos are the pieces that I think of first when I am telling someone about this wonderful art show.

This work, moved me deeply, perhaps because I am a mother of three sons, and can only guess at the agony it evokes. My stomach literally knotted as I looked at it.DSCF7311

The mother, with memories of her precious son as a toddler, is now helpless and in pain as he makes disastrous choices. I will never forget this powerful piece of art.

…and this painting which made me laugh out loud when I read the title …….. Fifty Shades of Green.DSCF7292

….do you see the hunter and the hunted?

The exhibition is on until May 4th, at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. This is just a small sampling of the works on display.( I always get so caught up in looking that I keep forgetting to take photos. ) Do come and see it if you are in the area, You won’t be sorry.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Eye to Eye

DSCF7271Saturday (Feb 14th) was the opening of the International Women’s Day Art Show at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, and what a wonderful exhibition of the talents of women in this area. Not just the traditional art media were represented, but a wide variety of fibre art, sculpture, photography, and mixed medium pieces all representing the artist’s vision of the theme “eye to eye”.

Five  members of the Sunshine Rug Hookers  have their rugs on display.DSCF7237This is Cheri’s whimsical take on the theme.DSCF7251

Cynthia’s thoughtful study,

DSCF7264Gail’s wonderful 3D “I”DSCF7260……my Hijab… DSCF7302

….and Jean’s spectacular “Hamish”.

Other fibre pieces…DSCF7304DSCF7283DSCF7245

mixed media…..DSCF7261DSCF7262DSCF7238DSCF7299DSCF7298…this was one of my favourites

there were sculptured 3D pieces…..DSCF7294DSCF7328DSCF7307DSCF7315

zentangle….DSCF7323…….and many many more to come in the next post.

What a celebration of women and their amazing talents.

 

Tangling with Zentangle

Usually when I start hooking a piece, I have a general vision in my mind of what I want the finished product to look like. But not this time! Nope….I have no clue. So I’m “hooking in the dark” so to speak, trying stuff out, and discarding a great deal of it until I come up with something that pleases my eye.

I started out using a 6 cut, but quickly abandoned that for a #4. I couldn’t get the detail I needed with the #6.DSCF7230I hope the lime green will stand out better when more is added. As it stands…I’m not impressed.

I think this is the third set of colours I’ve tried in the “drape” design, and I plan to dye a lighter version of the green to add some variety. It certainly doesn’t set my heart afire with this combination.DSCF7229The ribbon loops please me so far, but I have no idea yet what style or colour of background to use in this section.DSCF7228I dyed 6 different colours of the yellow, planning to have the rings of this flower section get darker as it went out. I found it needed the blue for contrast, and now I’m debating how to proceed..DSCF7226The variegated blue is hooked with an overdyed plaid which I used in the hall rugs and really like. However, there is very little of it left, so I must use it wiselyDSCF7227

So far so good with the triangles. I like the blues. ….background black???? or the ribbon taupe???? ummmm…don’t know yet. DSCF7225

It’s quite a mishmash of unconnected elements at the moment, but hopefully I can eventually tie it all together to create a unified zentangle sampler.

A cold day to start off February, and a good one to stay inside and hook while I enjoy the Canadian Junior Curling Championships on TV.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Hooking With Friends

I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter’s day in January than curled up in a cozy chair by a fireplace, surrounded by friends, and hooking, visiting and eating home made soup for lunch. That’s just what I did yesterday at Helen’s . We were surrounded by inspiring hooked pieces on her walls.DSCF7201

….this hooked by Deanne FitzpatrickDSCF7202…and this wonderful tryptic also by her…DSCF7203….these finer hooked pictures…..

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and delightful small pieces scattered about the room.

Ann was working on her famous stars…DSCF7214

DSCF7199….which sell faster than she can make them.

Cynthia is creating a piece inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and her illustrations of Alice in Wonderland.

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Cynthia’s creativity, use of varied materials, and free form hooking, have me holding my breath to watch this unfold.DSCF7210

The beautiful fuchsia is a sari silk and fairly glows in real life.DSCF7211

You can see the wide variety of colours in the “white” background already.

Jeanne was sporting the necklace she made at Jennifer Mauuel’s workshop.DSCF7196 DSCF7197

….while she has nearly completed the background of her  “Four Seasons “.DSCF7195

Helen is hooking a piece inspired by by a “Happy Winter Solstice” card produced by the Syracuse Cultural Workers.DSCF7209

….it  depicts night and day above and below the moon.

I was working on my Zentangle sampler.DSCF7217

….while Mary was corking ….DSCF7198

….with some beautiful coloursDSCF7207

and Kathy was knitting a shawlDSCF7194…..while wearing a poncho she made…DSCF7216

….decorated with a beautiful hand made broach…DSCF7215

…and Wendy popped in later with her knittingDSCF7212

….what  talented friends I have……….what an enjoyable day.

 

 

Transferring my Grumpy Owl Pattern

In the past, I’ve used quite a variety of methods to transfer a pattern onto my backing but this time I am using a “makeshift” light table. Ray acquired a large sheet of plexiglass which is destined to become a proper light table, but in the mean time it will work when propped up on chair backs with a goose neck lamp underneath.  DSCF7174

…and instead of being the job of many hours, it is completed in mere minutes.DSCF7185I absolutely love it…..BUT……..having drawn it….I now want to hook it in a style more faithful to Mathieu’s “dot work” original. I just can’t see cluttering it with a variety of zentangle patterns….so….

Back to the drawing board. I must have a zentangle example hooked for R.U.G. in May. I found a great site called Linda’s Zentangle Patterns and started sketching ideas.DSCF7187

The three patterns to the right are ‘knightbridge’ , ‘drape’, and at the top (my favourite) ‘coral seed’. The two on the left are my own.  I then decided that I would make it to fit the top of an antique washstand that sits in my front hall. That measures 14″ x 30″ …so I reduced that size in half twice, and sketched a plan.DSCF7188

I added another pattern, aptly called ‘triangles’, then I redrew it to the right size, and set up the light table once again.DSCF7193

I made some changes as I went along, but here is the pattern drawn on the backing (with some changes to come still)DSCF7191

Since it will be in the hall, I plan on using the same colours as my hall rugs (here’s an old ‘in progress’ photo showing most of the colours)DSCF2422

I’ve got some dyeing to do in my immediate future. I don’t think I have any of that wool left.

In the meantime, I’ve been working away on the white background of my bunny piece.DSCF7186

He’s nearly finished. I can’t wait to get these new projects under way. Why is it that starting something new is always more fun than finishing something off?

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I’ve Done It Again

I While I admire  the primitive hooking of others, it seems I am not capable of doing it myself.  I realized this when I was hooking the Magdelena Briner inspired ‘dog memory rugs’ for my sons.DSCF5290

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 I seem compelled to add more detail than is required for the primitive style, and my work ends up only “primitive-ish”  ….but somehow I forgot. I blithely started hooking away on the rabbit challenge rug, once again intending it to be primitive, and once again missing the mark . DSCF7146

When I got to this point, I stopped. I liked it less and less as I went along, and finally realized if I left it the way it was, I’d never even finish it. It wasn’t primitive, the lettering wasn’t going to show up against the bunny, and he looked as if he had a serious fur disease and a bad case of hypertension with bulging eyes that threatened to pop out of his head.

Some serious ripping out followed., and a different coloured bunny emerged.DSCF7162

I didn’t have enough browns to do his whole body, so I dressed him up with a jacket.

I learn something new with every piece I hook, and this jacket was my “aha” moment. Here’s the sequence of events.  I was searching for wool that would go with the spot dye I was using for the eggs. I settled on yellow, but the only colour I had enough of was a solidly dyed piece of very bright vibrant yellow. It was too “in your face” and wouldn’t work, so I grabbed all the bits and pieces of paler yellows as well and just started mixing them all together. Much to my surprise, from a distance it looks like a more subdued yellow with a variety of highlights….(note to self….remember this for future reference).

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It’s certainly not my favourite piece, but fun to hook and a relaxing break before I tackle the zentangle Grumpy Owl, which I anticipate will be a major undertaking.  The figure itself is 25″ tall but I haven’t yet decided on the outside measurements. I’ve been tracing over the outline to make it easier to see when I set it up on the light table. I can’t wait to get started on it.DSCF7172

A very happy New Year to all my internet friends. You enrich my life on a daily basis.  I wish you health and contentment in 2015 and a productive year of hooking what you love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Exploring Zentangle

“Zentangle” is a word I’d never heard until recently, but I’m quickly learning more and more. The Sunshine Rug Hookers are responsible for the programme at the spring RUG meeting, and the chosen topic is ‘using Zentangle style doodle patterns in hooking.’

I’m always excited about a challenge, so I’ve jumped in to begin to create a rug using the Zentangle concept of repetitve doodles. Hopefully I’ll have it completed to be a part of the demonstration in April. If you google Zentangle  you’ll find a myriad of amazing designs and pictures. Here are just a couple:zentangle-circus-horse-jani-freimann

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After browsing and contemplating, I decided I’d like to do an owl, so I went on a search for a photo of some sort that would be suitable to adapt.

Low and behold, the very next day my son Mathieu posted this photo of a drawing he had just done. He calls it ‘dot work’, and this is Grumpy Owl.DSCF7142It was perfect. I loved it. A phone call later and he sent me an enlarged version….roughly 7″x7″. I took that to the copy shop and had it magnified 400 times, to a copy that is roughly 28″x28″.DSCF7143

I can’t wait to get started. Ray has a large piece of plexiglass which he plans to make into a light table for me, but in the meantime, I plan to prop it up on saw horses and put a light underneath to transfer the pattern to my backing.

In the meantime, I’m working on a challenge with the Yahookers group. The challenge is to do your own rendition of the free pattern in the Nov/Dec edition of Rug Hooking Magazine.

SPOILER ALERT!!! If you’re doing this challenge…dont go any further (we’re not supposed to share and influence other participants)

I’ve changed my version from a Christmas bunny (complete with holly on his neck and red whiskers) to something else….not really Easter,,,but maybe….actually it’s just silly…and fun to hook.DSCF7141

….at this point I was trying to decide if I should outline the letters, and looking at a variety of ways. The idea is to have eggs floating in the background. I can’t imagine what I’ll ever do with it when it’s done, but it’s fun hooking it in any case.

Happy holidays everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Sunshine Hooking in our New Digs

Finally! I remembered to take my camera to a Sunshine meeting, so I can share what my hooking friends are up to. As usual, there’s a wide variety of wonderful work underway.

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Jean is working on a Maude Lewis piece. I love those oxen…they have such personality.

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Our creative Cynthia, is hooking a “wonky” Christmas tree. She intends to cut it out and applique it to a blue silk background. She has used a  variety of materials as well as yarn to create the “bling”.

Gail is also hooking a “wonky” Christmas tree.DSCF7101

….this one quite large, and also using a variety of hand cut materials. The reds she  spread out to choose from are spectacular..DSCF7102

That hot pink is to die for!

Mary is creating a Christmas tree hot pad…I suspect it will be used before long.DSCF7110

Linda is also hooking a “hot pad”…(and I just now realized it should be rotated ….since the tea is actually being poured into the cup)….sorry Linda.DSCF7104Sitting beside her was  this amazing little bag she made to keep her tools in. The flowers are done in “Quilly” by rolling up strips, sewing through them for shape, then sewing them to the background, which is then hooked. Oh I wish I had more patience with creating “little things”.

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Speaking of “little things”, Cheri is creating more of her very popular “lady” necklaces. They are bought up as fast as she can make them.DSCF7113

Our other Gail is hooking colourful daisies…DSCF7105

Luise is finishing her little piece done in memory of Hilda Hayes (using Hilda’s wool)DSCF7123

….she’s also finishing up the wings of this beautiful 3-D angel.DSCF7124

Fiona is working on a piece she began at a workshop with Deanne Fitzpatrick….instructions were….draw something important to you, and draw it BIG.

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….so this is Fiona and her husband standing on their dock in front of the Green River (just started….green of course). It will have two borders…the second having a variety of wild flowers common in this area. I can’t wait to watch this wonderful piece develop.

Karen is creating this path to??? . I’m not sure if she will eventually tell us, or leave it to the imagination.DSCF7114

This musical piece is for Liz’s grandson in New Zealand.DSCF7126

Jeanne is working on the background of this piece which has all of her grandchildren’s names.

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Jeanne acquired this piece at a sale at RUG. It had been a  from a workshop on landscapes, and a bit of it was already hooked. Rather than end up with seven small pictures, she decided to hook the four seasons, plus an evening and morning sky, and dedicate it to her grandchildren in one large rug. I hope they don’t fight over who gets it.

Apparently this Hex symbol was supposed to be done in primary colours, but the hooker’s preference  was for more subtle tones..DSCF7111

Isabelle found her sweet primitive bunny on a sales table as well.DSCF7117

This exquisite Initial has Waldoboro work in the centre.DSCF7120

….and this geometric will become a colourful hall runner.DSCF7119

Edie continues with her floral rug…DSCF7122

….while others knit ….DSCF7121

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….and Judi was sorting worms.DSCF7112

All of this was happening at our wonderful new location….Rotary Place…..DSCF7136

….the windows on one side look out on…..DSCF7133

….that’s right….a hockey rink….and on the other side…DSCF7130

Yup! ….another hockey rink. Now what could be more Canadian than that!

Hijab and Moths

The hooking on Hijab is complete, and I must say I’m pleased with the way the background turned out.DSCF7095

After steaming, I did some tweaking of the face and the bottom edge. The edge was somewhat uneven because many of the rows of hooking had ended on an angle. I improved that by adding a few loops in places that appeared jagged. I may have to make further adjustments when I begin the finishing if it doesn’t fold back smoothly.

Now I’m ready to move on to the next project. Recently I stumbled upon this skirt, which had been packed away for MANY  MANY years.DSCF7096Oh what memories. Although I now have an aversion to my poor sewing machine, it wasn’t always the case. My mom was an excellent seamstress, and when I was just a teenager, with her help  I  made a three piece suit (very chique at the time)….the skirt, a jacket, and a long sleeveless coat…..all fully lined and the plaids carefully matched at every seam. To this day it remains my finest sewing accomplishment and holds such sweet memories of my mom.The skirt is all that remains, so I decided I would take it apart and use it for my next hooking project.

Alas, after washing it I discovered it had quite a few moth holes. I washed it again, and took it all apart, but then wondered if it was folly to try and hook with it. I consulted my wonderful friends on “Yahookers” and received great advice from both JoAnne Harris and Ivi Collier. ….1) put it in the freezer for a couple of weeks, wash again, then use avoiding the holes   2) test the strips for possible weakness by pulling the ends before hooking them.DSCF7097

So here it is…disassembled, frozen, and awaiting a new life. Now to get on with the planning and drawing (and maybe even some finishing that should be done first….but never is).

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Sir John at OMAH

A week ago, the exhibit to celebrate Sir John A. MacDonald’s 200th birthday opened at the Orillia Museum of Art and History.DSCF7064

You might well ask…what has this to do with rug hooking? Well here is the background. About a year ago, the various organizations in town were notified of this upcoming celebration, and were invited to participate. The Sunshine rug hookers decided to see if this was an event we could contribute to, and Mary Anne Grant volunteered to attend the committee meeting. Indeed it was, and for the past year we have been hooking pieces to celebrate Canada’s first prime minister. With Mary Anne’s guidance, enthusiasm, and information, our group contributed not only hooked pieces but other fiber work of the day including tatting, embroidery, quilting, cross stitch and crochet. And so the exhibition not only features the political events and social scene of the times, but also a fine display of the handwork being done by women in Canada in the 1800’s as well.

Sir John himself, (who visited the annual last spring), is lounging in his parlour (newspaper cast aside)……(hooked by Luise Bishop)DSCF7047…….with his wife looking on.DSCF7051

 

Of course the building of the railway connecting this vast country from coast to coast was perhaps Sir John’s finest achievement. DSCF7076

Gail Mueller’s wonderful rug celebrates its importance, and other exhibits and articles told the story.DSCF7061

There were many surveying instruments used in the building on display, but I seem to have missed taking a photo of them.

A painting by M. Van Halen…DSCF7056

…and my contribution….. this hooked caricature based on a cartoon by Peterson….DSCF7049

As you can see by the caricature, Sir John wasn’t averse to a wee tipple, and there was even a display of books and bottles related to the whiskey industry.DSCF7079

This was Sir John’s home “Earnscliff” in Ottawa. DSCF7083

…and the parlour of his home….DSCF7084

…..so very “Victorian” with its abundance of decorative articles….so many of them fibre related. There were many examples in the exhibit. Rugs and chair pads…DSCF7050 DSCF7067….pillow cases, quilts and table cloths and blankets…DSCF7072 DSCF7058 DSCF7074….cross stitch…DSCF7068

….embroidered pictures…DSCF7085….and of course that essential Victorian decorative item….the doily.DSCF7070 DSCF7073

DSCF7069….examples of First Nation handwork of the times..DSCF7075

…even a warm (and well used) buffalo coat…DSCF7066….all looked over with appreciation by Victoria herself….wonderfully interpreted by Cynthia Young.DSCF7088DSCF7062Perhaps the most touching article for me was this…..common in an era where many children failed to live to maturity…..a photo of the child with a lock of hair….a precious keepsake of a lost child.DSCF7081

Happy Birthday Sir John. Thank you for helping to create this wonderful country I call home.