Please visit the Crafted Vancouver website -Vancouver will be a hive of craft exhibitions, demos and cool events over May 2018. http://craftedvancouver.com/
I will be represented at Crafted Interiors and will be working on something, see below, at the Meet the Makers event at Heritage Hall on May 20.
Just finished my Newfoundland Beaufort Scale -the traditional scale with sayings and idioms from the rock. I wish it weren't so far from Vancouver. I'd ride my bike over.....hand painted, hand embroidery. See http://www.bettinamatzkuhn.ca/weathering/ for more images.
LAST WEEK to see "An Extended Outlook" -closes April 21. Many thanks to everyone who came to my talk at the ACT Art Gallery, just east of Vancouver. Many people asked if I have written about these works. Please see my essay in Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal - link here: Embroidered Meteorology. Works on display include some of my Sail and Weathering series. There will also be a few smaller pieces for sale such as Virga: Pitt Lake below.
I've embroidered 13 images (below) celebrating the Beaufort Scale. In 1805 Francis Beaufort devised this to describe the wind in terms of how the ocean appears. I still have to think of how I will present all 13..... click the little curly arrow bottom left to replay
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
Update (October 13/17):
The Dalton Gallery, hosting "Weatherwise/Otherwise" has made an online catalogue! “Some people are weatherwise. Some people are otherwise.” Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac. Image above by Ted Clarke, imagethisphoto.ca
I am especially pleased that two of my works from the Weathering series are being shown at the Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College in Decatur GA. Curator Dorothy Moye has gathered works about weather and global warming from many parts of North America in a show called "Weatherwise/Otherwise". Opening Sept 14/17. The gallery is in the path of Hurricane Irma, so the exhibit is all too appropriate. I am hoping those coping with the storm survive and that help arrives speedily. (posted Sept 10, 2017)
The group show "Connections" was a wonderful adventure. More info on my WORK page. SHOW CLOSED June 21 Wed.
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 finally got around to making a business Facebook page. Always a bit slow on the draw. Please join me there for updates of work in progress, invitations and interesting stuff. https://www.facebook.com/BettinaMatzkuhnTextiles/ There's also the little FB icon at the bottom of each page on this site that will take you there. I've even opened an Instagram account!
I produced a short write-up of my experience at the Emma Lake Collaboration camp in northern Saskatchewan 2016. What do artists do on their summer vacations? Work. http://www.carfacbc.org/feature-artist-bettina-matzkuhn/?mc_cid=57fb1e347e&mc_eid=03f80fdcb2
These tiny embroideries were turned into lovely brooches by Melody Armstrong.
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.
I'm very excited to have a spread in (click on) Galleries West magazine, Summer 2016. I'm in with some very fine company.
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