Posted in Art, creativity, embellishment, journaling, productivity, quilting, stash, surface design

Making art every day

I subscribed to Lesley Riley’s 52 pick-up, which is a year of weekly creativity prompts to encourage more regular art and creativity.  Feeling accountable to a supportive group of other people is helping me to form better habits.

And every day I succeed in spending time creating, I get a star!


In real life the stars look better than they do in the photo, which often happens with glitter and metallics.  They’re foiled, a technique I’ve had a lot of fun with for years.  You can get the foils and special glue from Jones Tones.

But, breaking news!  and not good, although definitely a first world problem, Dharma Trading, the go-to source for all things fibre arty, posted that the foil is being discontinued and they (Dharma) are looking for a replacement.  In the month since they posted, the more conventional colours have been snapped up but they still have purple, green and blue.

I fused the square fabric onto the Disco Dots to have a little more body to stand up to the writing and foiling and free motion quilted along the lines.

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Blooming Marvelous!

As we were driving to the Coast Collective on Esquimalt Lagoon yesterday, my first impression was that someone had stuck little yellow plastic flags into the ground for some reason. Later Yvonne told me this is skunk cabbage. They are dramatic and we didn’t get close enough to experience the skunk scent.

The Bloom exhibition at Coast Collective was inspiring and thoughtfully laid out in colour families. Seeing what the Victoria Flower Arrangers Guild had done with the pieces that inspired them was particularly interesting, and we commented that some of the flower arrangements could become the inspiration for yet another new artwork, either painted or in fibre. Hmm, that could be the basis for a new kind of round robin perhaps?

Being new to Victoria, I jotted down names of artists whose work particularly intrigues me: (these are in random order!)

Zara Lau – fusing

Beth Cruise – soft sculpture

Lynda Slater (“Bean”) – fibre

Mary Giordano – foiling

Kathy Cameron – gold leaf

Sandra Fowler – glass fusion and other artwork

Barbara Giuliany – fibre

And a bouquet to Yvonne for the ride, and for wearing her new flower jacket too!