Saturday, January 30, 2010

Love and Rummage 2 Trunk Show

City of Craft and the workroom present…

The Love & Rummage Trunk Show 2
…and afternoon of locally made crafts and vintage wares with a Valentine’s focus.

Featuring Vendors: Tara Bursey, The Coldsnap Bindery, Shannon Gerard, Cecelia Hayes, Ella Kohlmann, Melodie Kwan, lines by: davis, Katie Muth, Kid Icarus, Papersnake Jewellery, Snap and Tumble, Krystal Speck and The Sweetie Pie Press.

Sunday, February 7, 2010
the workroom
1340 Queen Street West

FREE Admission (& free snacks)

Friday, January 29, 2010

An ear, my dear?

I've been working away on these Van Gogh-esque Valentines for the upcoming Love and Rummage 2 craft show coming up in just over a week. I spent an entire sick day this past Wednesday making ears, getting myself (and my hairline!) filthy with plaster and alginate dust, and watching episodes of Shindig! on Youtube. It's been fun...the first time I've felt productive this year so far, for sure.

Ears are for sale on Etsy here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Eva Hesse: Studiowork

I bought the book Eva Hesse: Studiowork this past weekend with a big gift certificate my mother got me for Christmas. I have yet to really dive into the text in the book, but I've taken a few good looks at the images which are mainly of small pieces of paper and latex sculpture, in-studio experiments and unfinished works that were found in Eva Hesse's studio at the time of her death at age 34, in 1970.

The book raises some interesting questions about how one might view work that is incomplete, or similarily, is purely experimental and cannot easily be directly attached to a larger, finished work. Why should such small studio works be considered less legitimate or relevant than larger pieces or "finished products" within an artist's oeuvre? The author, Briony Fer, argues that such small works shouldn't be overlooked, and the fact that they are unfinished makes them of particular interest because they "continue being made as we think about them, remaining in a state of becoming in our minds."

For more on the amazing Eva Hesse, take a look at the website of her estate.

The exhibition Eva Hesse: Studiowork will be at the AGO from September 10th, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Years Mail-Art Trade

A few weeks ago, I participated in a chain-letter-y mail-art trade that was sent my way via email by the lovely and talented Julie Voyce. I was drawn in by the promise that if all goes as planned, I should be the recipient of 36 pieces of original artwork. Three weeks later, the art is rolling into my mailbox, and it has been quite thrilling to say the least. Above is a sampling of the work I've recieved so far...

From top:
Spores of North-Central Estonia: Stratismospores watercolour and pinback button by Leah Buckareff of Coldsnap Bindery
Mark IV-Piet digital print by Tyler Brett
Handmade Book by Amy Shostak

I sent a copy of my PRCSSC zine to New York artist Karen Azoulay.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Call for Submisisons: Quilt of Possibilities

I just received the following call from the Ontario Crafts Council for contributions of quilt squares for the following project celebrating Ontario's Greenbelt. Take a look!


In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Ontario's Greenbelt, the Ontario Crafts Council (OCC) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation (GBF) are working together to develop a community quilt celebrating this diverse and vibrant green space.

Currently, we are seeking interest from craftspeople, artists, community groups and guilds to submit a handcrafted square to be included in the quilt.

Participants are encouraged to share their ideas and memories of what the Greenbelt means to them, how it has impacted and enriched their lives and to explore how possibilities grow in the Greenbelt. We are seeking submissions from individuals who have lived in, spent time in or have been greatly impacted by Ontario's Greenbelt. The completed quilt will be unveiled at the Greenbelt's marquee event in early March 2010. Following this it will then travel to various venues throughout the Greenbelt over the course of the following year.

About the Quilt

The quilt will explore our relationship with the Greenbelt, and how it inspires us! We want to celebrate the positive role that the Greenbelt plays in our lives; its ability to bridge urban and rural life with the preservation of Ontario's rich natural environment.

Craftspeople, artists, community groups and guilds from within and around the Greenbelt are invited to participate. We are looking for contributions of 12" and 6" quilt squares inspired by your interactions with the Greenbelt. Consider the role the Greenbelt plays in your life:

Do you find beauty in the natural environment? Are you inspired by the landscape; the woods, the water, the plants and animals? Do you hike the escarpment?

Do you find comfort in the clean air and clean water the Greenbelt provides?

The Greenbelt contains over one million acres of the richest farmland in the world. Do you buy locally grown produce? Visit farmers markets? Go apple picking?

Do you participate in festivals and events in rural towns?

Are you proud to recognize the culturally diverse population throughout the Greenbelt?

Submission Parameters and Conditions

1. We are looking for entries that represent different aspects of our relationship with the Greenbelt, with a focus on nature, agriculture, rural community, and diverse peoples. How does the Greenbelt inspire you?

2. The finished quilt will feature both 12" and 6" squares. Please allow for a 1/2" seam allowance on all sides of your square. This means the outside dimension of your submission will measure 13" x 13" or 7" x 7". Centre your design and do not allow it to extend beyond the 12" x 12" or 6" x 6" guideline.

3. The Greenbelt is rich and diverse, and the final quilt will be as well. As such, we are looking for squares to come from a diverse range of textile techniques and materials. Feel free to explore methods of traditional blocking, applique, hand and machine embroidery, silkscreen, felting, knitting or embellishment - be creative!

4. We ask that you please add support to your square by backing it in muslin, or the equivalent. We will not be quilting through your square, so please take this into account and avoid very heavy embellishment or layering.

5. We are interested in documenting the creation of the quilt; please include in your submission an artist statement (max. 150 words) explaining what inspired your piece. Though not mandatory, we would also love to see images of you with or working on your square.

6. As charitable organizations, both the GBF and the OCC are seeking these quilt squares to be donated. A marketing and communication plan is currently being developed and we can assure that participating individuals will be appropriately credited and promoted for the generosity of their contribution.

NOTE: Please respect that each square makes up a larger community and must be able to integrate into the pieced quilt. (The project curator holds the right to not include contributions that are inappropriate, do not meet the project requirements, or are unable to be integrated into the quilt format.)

All submitted quilt squares and supporting material become property of the GBF. Quilt squares may be photographed and used by the GBF or OCC in promotion and documentation of the quilt.

If you are interested in submitting a square, an expression of interest would be appreciated by January 14th, as to provide an initial perspective on numbers. Please contact Kate Busby, Project Curator, either by e-mail or by phone at 416-925-4222 ext. 228.

Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm, Friday January 29th, 2010. Completed submission packages and squares should be delivered to:

Ontario Crafts Council
990 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON M6J 1H1

In your submission, please include:

  • Your completed Quilt of Diversity submission form - please click here to download
  • Your completed quilt square
  • An artist statement (max. 150 words, relating your piece to the quilts theme)
  • Optional: An image of you with or working on your square. Pictures should be .jpegs and be equal to or larger than 2550 x 3300 pixels at 300 dpi

About the Greenbelt

Created through provincial legislation in 2005, Ontario's Greenbelt is a world leading initiative. It is a living testimonial to Ontario's values and hopes for its people, and inspires us all to look at our world differently, to protect our future by preserving our past and present.

At 1.8 million acres - an area larger than Prince Edward Island - it is the largest and most diverse Greenbelt in the world. It encompasses the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, agricultural land, pristine environment, and hundreds of rural towns and villages.

For more information, please visit

To view a map of Ontario's Greenbelt regions click here.

Questions? Contact Kate Busby, Project Curator, either by e-mail at or by phone at 416-925-4222 ext. 228

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Punk Rockers on Creative Survival and the Survival of Creativity

My zine Punk Rockers on Creative Survival and the Survival of Creativity was recently listed on the website for the Artist Book of the Moment competition, held by the AGYU. Very exciting! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll make the shortlist for a $1500 cash prize!

For more on the Artist Book of the Moment, click here.
For the Art Gallery of York University's website, click here.
For PRCSSC on the ABoTM page, click here.

More on PRCSSC coming soon.

Friday, January 08, 2010

New Addiction

I've become quite obsessed with crocheting and this incredible brand of yarn for the past week or so...

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Body + Object at the OCC

I will be participating in the following show, Body + Object, at the Ontario Crafts Council this month. This exhibition is a part of the Toronto International Design Festival, which takes place from January 19-24, 2010. If you're in the neighbourhood, please stop by and take a look!

Body + Object

January 5 - 31

Please join us for the opening Reception on Wednesday, January 20, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

As a participant in the Toronto International Design Festival, the Ontario Crafts Council is pleased to present Body + Object, an exhibition featuring the work of eighteen artists who explore the relationship between the body and the many forms in which it can ornament, present and represent itself. The body is perhaps today’s most ubiquitous cultural object, especially in its use to announce identity through the ever-changing landscape of apparel. Craft finds its place in this process of disclosure with work designed to adorn, protect, and even introspectively examine the body. Body + Object offers work addressing the real as well as thematic presence of the body, where traditional craft media appear in new forms and use style as a means to investigation.

Body + Object includes the work of Amanda McCavour & Silke Stadtmuller / Andrea Graham / Annie Thompson / Bebhinn Jennings / Dandi Maestre / David Dunkley / Gillian Batcher / Jessica Beauchemin / Karina Bergmans / Lois Schklar / Marina Dempster / Norah Deacon, Adrian Parks & Yvonne Ng / Tanya Lyons / Tara Bursey.

For more information on the Toronto International Design Festival see