Thursday, December 9, 2010

Studio Visits

The Lunenburg Academy students have been visiting our studios over the last few weeks to check out our work and to get an idea of what kinds of workshops we will be doing with their classes in the new year.

 I made dyed eggs for a few of the classes over the visit.
Here's the one I made for grade 5:

extra extra!

I got to illustrate the cover for the Dalhousie Gazette. 
Thanks to Jon Rotsztain who believed in me!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


ideas for Dalhousie Gazette cover...

Women and Art

Some new watercolours at the Second Story Women's Centre "Women Creating Change" Show

117 Pelham St., Lunenburg (Olde Post Centre, lower level)
November 13 - December 5, 2010 on Fridays (1 - 4pm), Saturdays and Sundays (1 – 5pm).

Drop in to this colour-filled temporary gallery and allow yourself to be surrounded by images, objects, and ideas reflecting women’s experiences and inspirations. 30% of proceeds will support the work of Second Story.

all in good time

 Take a look at how the quilt is coming along...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quilting with the Ladies of Lunenburg

This is a video I made of the quilting group I joined in Lunenburg. We just finished this one, which was also the first quilt I ever quilted on!

I am learning so much and I have these ladies to thank!

My Studio in Lunenburg

a blank canvas

This is the top of what will eventually be my first quilt!

my studio

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Plumnose Adventures: Cape Breton Island

I went to Cape Breton Island last weekend and made this video.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tarot Cards

I little while ago, a neighbor down our street in Lunenburg dropped into the studios and thought my work had a lot in common with the symbolism in Tarot cards. He reads cards and offered to show me his deck and explain the ideas involved in it. 

We had a wonderful afternoon eating chocolate and going through each card, dissecting its meaning. It was topped off by a reading for each of us in the studio for the upcoming weekend, which was our opening. His reading was spot on. 

Kevin the Magician

Since then, I have started reading Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estees.

It's amazing. I am encouraged to continue collecting stories about women here in Lunenburg. She talks about Jungian ideas about the therapeutic aspects of creating art to repair the soul, something I was exploring in my past work. I am learning so much!


This past weekend my dad came out to visit me in Lunenburg. We, along with Amelie, went to the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild Show in Blockhouse. It was beautiful. I am completely blown over by how many exhausting hours goes into each quilt and how stunning they were. 

The ladies there were excited about quilts and my interest in them. I was received warmly, and all my questions were answered with enthusiasm.

Since the show, I have joined the Guild and a weekly quilting group at a church close by. Anita, one very accomplished quilters at the church there, took me under her wing and showed me the nitty gritty of how it's done.

I loved the process, simple but challenging, of bending over a piece on the quilt and stitching one by one. Women trickled into the room and I was introduced to them. We talked and quilted all morning and some even shared their lunch with me. 

I am falling in love with this community in Lunenburg. The history is fascinating and everyone I meet has something to teach me. 

I got this quilt at an antique market for 20 bucks. Can you believe it?

These days I'm thinking a lot about history, and what it means to keep it a part of our lives. 

I am also thinking about generations of people who live by the sea, rely on it, love it, fear it. The sea, which gives life in nourishment and prosperity, but also has the power to take away and devastate life. Women who wait for their men to come home, who sit and wait for the sea to decide their fate...

... and quilts! Beautiful, warm quilts around which women sit and talk it all over. Telling jokes, recalling the past, sharing recipes and remembering women who sat around them and shared their past.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Women and Water

Here I am in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia collecting stories about nothing but women and water and making work about my findings.

I am so grateful for this place and to the people of Lunenburg who keep the stories of the past.

I can't wait to spend the year doing just this.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Open House Reception

Amelie Jerome, George Cho and I just moved in to the Lunenburg Community Studios
Come look at our work, check out our space & find out what we will be up to this year!

September 25th
40 Duke St. Lunenburg NS
5 - 7 pm

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Published in Briarpatch Magazine

My painting Self Portrait accompanies Jane Kirby's article about anti-choice movements on Canadian campuses.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Award Winning Interview

Interview by Jon Linds about my Forty Weeks show at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. Skip ahead to minute 3 to see the interview:

Monday, April 5, 2010

easter eggs

I went to Sackville, New Brunswick to visit my roommates home. 
We painted easter eggs. I was my first time.