Friday, May 27, 2011


Those seeds I planted in the maps are up! I love when little sprouts appear.
And it's amazing what a bit of heat and sun will do in a weeks time.... from fiddle heads
to ferns....
...and there's a good crop of forget-me-nots. That yellow thing is not a weed so much as a companion plant. :)
Hope everyone has a garden to go to this weekend even if it's a public one!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Few Promises

The sun came out today! It's been along stretch of cold grey days so today's reprieve was sooooo welcome. Here's a little glimpse of the promising buds and a couple that arrived already.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Map Recycle #1

Anyone that works in tourism or publishing knows there's a lot of recycling to do each year. Our beautiful Cape Breton Artisan Trail map is out for 2011 which means there are some of last years to recycle. Rather than head straight for the blue bags I challenged myself to think of something else to do with this paper. It's finally gardening season so here's the first project... easy peasy rolled up tubes filled with soil.

I used a few more to create a drip tray for underneath the tubes and 24 fit just nicely inside. Rolled up another one to use as a funnel to make filling them up easier.
And there you go, 24 tubes of soil all planted up with sunflower seeds for a start to my flower garden.
The last date for a chance of frost in Cape Breton is usually June 15th. Thats the date when it's safe to plant even the most tender of plants like tomatoes. Before that you're taking chances unless you know the plants have been hardened off. So, it may seem late to be starting seed but it's about the same time as I did last year and success followed!
I'm letting a couple of other recycling ideas percolate but if you have suggestions I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Exhibit Display

I finally got a chance to go in and see the Flotsam and Jetsam exhibit in it's final set up. Credit goes to Katherine Scott for the beautiful display of everyones work. All of the wonderful accompaniments to the pieces created for the show are from her days of beach combing. Check out this uncredible whale bone!

It sets the mood for the beautiful images in the handmade book by Katherine. Her wooden buoys were a perfect backdrop for Jaymes photo cards, all tied up with little shells. Each set is different and the wonderful images make them perfect for sending someone special a note.

The beaches here are great sources of creative energy and although it's nice to focus only on the natural beauty there is always the obvious impact we humans have on the ocean. The abundance of flotsam and jetsam we create really stuck with me and I had to create a junk trap to catch some of it. It's based on the eel traps that were traditionally woven by fisherman from withies or willow rods. The bottles and gloves and cans were just a small selection of the things that could be caught.

A more positive day of weaving produced a couple of pieces of that included some debris from fishing and I liked the effect the rope and nets had in the baskets and felt they belonged with the ocean celebration.
The display is very soothing in a way and yet full of fascinating little treasures from our shores. Definitely a celebration!

Thanks to everyone that stopped by the exhibit last Sat and to Katherine and Jayme for representing!  Time to float away to the next project......

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Starfish, starfish, starfish

More of the little starfishes at Flotsam and Jetsam welcome visitors from 1-4pm today to meet the artists.

Sadly I cannot attend but leave things in the capable hands of Katherine Scott and Jayme Burns. Please drop by the CBCCD gallery on Charlotte St and check out all of the wonderful exhibit!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Flotsam and Jetsam

Been to the beach lately? Even in the cold icy winds of winter the shoreline here offers up a banquet of delights to the scavengers among us. Some of the flotsam and jetsam from the shores of our island made into my weaving and is the subject of a new exhibit at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

Gorgeous photography of the ocean side from Jayme Burns showcases sea life and shoreline vistas. There are beautiful framed photos and sets of photo cards all tied up with pretty little shells. She did the beautiful postcard for the exhibit above!

Accompanying the photography is the paper magic of Katherine Scott. Incredible handmade books have paper cast seashells and driftwood on the covers and in some cases driftwood is the cover. She has also created one of a kind framed collages with hand printed papers and sea life.

There are hand bound albums and tiny books of poetry and whale books and well you'll just have to come to the show to see all of the other goodness!

Needless to say I'm delighted to have woven baskets to accompany the work of these two artists. The theme of flotsam and jetsam meant there was all sorts of beach debris to work with so I tried to get a good variety in to the baskets. This piece has the bait nets woven in to the sides.

There are a few simple but ocean inspired pieces too like "Calm Waters" below.

I gave you a sneak peek of a couple of baskets like the urchins and had fun creating some less serious work too.

 The moon snails made great little necklaces and the rubber boot that was found on the beach in Gabarus is a "Boot House" for some wayward starfish. ;)

 The exhibit is open until the end of May so drop in to the CBCCD gallery if you're in Sydney to catch all of the sea life we brought together.