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I am a professional crafts person, working in clay and fibre, not necessarily at the same time. I am a juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council, The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

String Fever

Well the gallery shift is over, passed rather quickly if I do say so. I was in very good company the whole time. The artists in residence this week were Elizabeth Bastin, rug hooker extraordinaire, and Denise Richard with her fantasic felt products. She is making some great stuff.
Elizabeth I have known for a few years and she does lovely hooked rugs, and is kind, sweet and always bakes cookies for her residency. Yesterday they were brown sugar-raisin (YUM!!!)
Denise is the new kid in town, I am thrilled to have her around. BC"s loss is definately New Brunswick's gain. Denise's felted work is on the edge for sure. She has upholstered jellyfish stools, sea urchin ottoman, little organic looking pod hand bags, flower napkin rings, the stuff is WILD. Kate got one, just for showing up with extra coffee. Some girls have all the luck. sigh........
I would post pictures but, kate is the one with the camera, I have to get her to go back and snap the pics. I am sure she will post one of her napkin ring. The summer here in fredericton is so culturally alive, it is great inspiration time, the community grows and crawls out of their collective caves to produce out of doors.
Within the Historic Garrison District we have the York Sunbury Museum which houses String Fever Textiles Gallery, a non profit collective gallery, and workshop/residency series. Along the way we have the casemates, summer shops and studios where various artists and craftspeople make and peddle their wares. This is such a fantastic opportunity for exposure for our artistic community. We have summer music festivals, and film festivals theatre stuff goes on in the park and the tannery square. We are blessed with some of the finest musicians and craftspeople in the country. I love freddy.It is definately a great place to be.

7 comments:

Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

Liz,
I just read your comment about the yurts. I have some fleece we can use, it doesn't thrill me for spinning, LOL
I have seen a yurt project in Australia as I recall. It would be a massive job, but exciting to be sure. If you get a grant to do it, I am there! With my fleecy greasy hands!
Deb

Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

Liz
Here are detailed instructions, except for the felting.
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/articles/yurt/

Kate, the Odd Ball Knitter said...

Hmmmmmmmmmm, I can see where I'm going to have to start working on my yurt jokes...

No. Stop me before I yurt agin...

Liz said...

hey now, yurts are cool. You can needlefelt the outside for us;o)

Kate, the Odd Ball Knitter said...

Yeah...don't squirm; it'll only yurt for a minute.

I volunteer to bartend and chat up the cute guys hanging around.

Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

There will be cute guys???? When do we start?
Liz, your comment about "the incident" had me rolling on the floor! Not a good day for interacting with nature!

Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

Liz
I made a button for you check it out~
Deb