Posted in creativity

Fibre Arts Festival Coming Up!


Fibrations is a new fibre arts festival in Victoria, BC, Canada

Sunday August 21 from 10 to 4

at St. Ann’s Academy orchard, 835 Humboldt St

FREE admission

their site is

The demonstrations will include Tunisian crochet, knitting with wire, weaving, making yarn from fabric, and Saori weaving, which sounds intriguing, because it’s somehow free form.

Cathy Miller the Singing Quilter will be performing along with others.

This festival was initiated by the owners of Knotty By Nature, who have gathered an organizing group to get this rolling.  They must live near us, because their bicycle is always parked by the hedge.  Isn’t this the coolest outsider art?


My giveaway of Quinn McDonald’s Raw Art Journaling book will close at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday morning.  Weird time, you say?  Well, yeah, but it’s midnight on the West Coast, giving local folks an extra chance to get in the fun.  When I get up on Thursday morning, Young Sprout and I will be randomly pulling a name from the hat.


To join in: go to the previous post and leave a comment.  I’ll be in touch with the winner to get their snail mail address.

Go for it!


Posted in Art, baraka

found a cool new obsession

and have many cool pix to prove it, except of course I can’t post these until I’m back on home turf.

It’s eco-friendly, colourful, scientific and affirms the value of a traditional women’s craft

and no one would guess, so I’m gonna put you out of your misery and tell:

it’s the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library through July 11

and arises from a female mathematician’s demonstration of non-Euclidean geometry.  Until she did it, it was believed to be impossible to create a physical model of hyperbolic space.  Once she had produced models, it was realized that these forms naturally occur in coral reefs.

Now I’m neither a mathematician NOR a crotchet-er, but this resonates with me on so many levels.  Will be posting again and trying to network with Victoria people who might be interested.   

This counts as baraka – I went to the library to donate the 2 paperbacks I’ve finished since setting on my journey last Friday and replace with more from the book sale, since I only have 1 left.  Having literally spent my bottom dollar on 2 more paperbacks, I noticed a sign pointing to the gallery, so I followed the signs and got to enjoy this awesome MAJOR art installation. 

The docent told me that it engages everyone because it’s so colourful.  She’s enjoyed watching schoolkids visit.  Of course there are “Don’t touch” signs all over because the coral is so fuzzy and tactile, you just want to reach out and caress it.  But they didn’t mind photography and the layout was such that you could walk around and experience it from all sides.

Watch this space for more photos soon!