Category Archives: female

Things Textiley in Greece: Fibres and Fabrics – Old and New

Goats on the road, every afternoon – milking time.  The huge variety of goat cheeses and other dairy products was a gourmet’s delight while travelling around Greece. Each village seems to have its own bacterial cultures producing distinctively different cheeses. It was the same with the many different fermented drinks. The fermented honey mead drink […]

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National Museum of Women in the Arts – No Man’s Land

Magdalena Abakanowicz, ‘4 Seated Figures,’ 2002. Burlap, resin and iron rods. ‘No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection’ (here for the online exhibition.) was recently shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. ‘4 Seated Figures’ may have been inspired by Magdalena’s memory of witnessing her mother being shot […]

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‘Earth Repair’ – the Beginings

‘Earth Repair’ began as a response to what I considered to be an emergency situation. March 11, 2011 – quoting from my journal – ‘Emergency. It has been a long winter here on the island. The deer are hungry. They are eating the bark on my precious Indian Plum. I need to care for this tree. The […]

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Nyonya Baba Culture in the Straits of Malacca – Traditional Garments

Georgetown, the old part of Penang, is a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. There one can explore a unique culture that began in the 15th century when the Straits of Malacca was one of the busiest shipping routes in the world. Chinese migrated from southern China and settled up and down the Malay coast and […]

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Etsy Shop – Ravenmade Works: My Process

I go to thrift stores, garage sales and estate auctions in search of embroideries, hand made works that have essentially been discarded. Each one has a story about its maker, its owner and its history but for most of them this provenance has been lost. Sometimes, when I take a work out of it’s dusty […]

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New Work

For many months I have been collecting woolen embroideries from second-hand/thrift stores. Friend Carol has also been collecting for me – she has superior gathering skills. They are being used for a series called ‘Handwork’ and are about acknowledging the creative work done in the private home, by woman – work with no value. I take the embroideries out of their frames, […]

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Alberta College of Art + Design, Artawearness IIX

This Is Kyle Nylund, a gifted fibre arts graduate from Alberta College of Art + Design here. His costumes, makeup & hair design & choreography all came together to delight the audience. Kyle told me his entry this year was largely influenced by his experiences at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. Kyle said, ” […]

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