I have been working on a piece about the past summers’ forest fires. I wanted the lining to make the white wall really glow. Thinking the red satin would do the job, it glowed a sickly pink. Re-lining it with orange made it much more ominous (bottom right). Just so you know, every piece involves some adjustments, reworking, failure even. But, as Samuel Beckett said: “Fail better”. I take comfort in that.
I will have work in this show. Vancouver's textile arts community is wonderful. You'll see....
With the assistance of a BC Arts Council grant, I'm exploring work about trails. Christine Byl writes "a good trail is both structure and interpreter of landscape." I'm drawing and reading, experimenting. This small embroidered spool will be with me on assorted hikes this summer:
I have an academic article published in Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal! The essay is about my own learning that is bound in with making art -specifically my project around weather. Having been out of academia for a while, there was a steep learning curve to get the thing done. So many thanks to all involved at the journal and here at home. Click here: Embroidered Meteorology
Cartographer John Nelson has set up a lovely blog that invites people to write short pieces about personal aspects of maps and mapping. It's a gem and I'm very pleased to have a post there recalling the "Bike Trip" project maps:
I lost my Mom July 7, 2016. She was the queen of "no fuss", see below:
My Mom slipped out of the world this morning at 1am. I was holding her hand. She had seen and smiled at both her grandchildren the day before which made all of us feel ok. She had been rapidly declining over the past week but the staff at the Holy Family Hospital were attentive and gentle with her.
She was a great Mom and a five-star Oma. She had an adventurous soul: playing soccer with her brothers, riding on my Dad’s motorcycle when they were sweethearts in Germany, sailing on the “Yahda" and later living on their boat “Amber”. There was no shortage of hijinx and mischief in her, but never in a mean way. She was also a creative powerhouse. I made her a blog for her birthday years ago and it is a testament to her love of colour but more importantly, to making things FOR people -things they could use and enjoy for years. You can post comments here: https://lismatzkuhn.wordpress.com/
As you probably know, Mom was not religious. But she was kind and had an open mind and heart. She cherished her friendships very much –her long time buddies, the folks up and down the coast, fellow craftspeople at the Telegraph Harbour Marina weekends, fellow boaters, and all children large and small. So rather than any donations or flowers, please invite a friend out for tea or lunch or make them lunch or a beer, just hang out and enjoy that person’s company. Have a laugh together and raise a glass to Mom, and while you’re at it, all the good people who work in the health care system. It would make her, and me, happy.
My presentation at Sam Sullivan's Public Salon is now on YouTube! 7 min of fame. Me, trying to convey how utterly remarkable the Bayeux Tapestry is. If you can't go to France to see it, look at http://www.precinemahistory.net/bayeux.htm