eco-threads exhibition at Coast Collective Gallery, Colwood, BC

The Vancouver Island Surface Design Association juried show “eco-threads”  will be up from June 28 to July 9, 2017 at
the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood, BC.  I have two pieces in the show – Sea Change, made from plastic, paper, and other fibres is
a reaction to knowing about all the plastic floating around in the world oceans.  Pender Variations is a wall piece made from reclaimed and
repurposed silk and silk samples eco-dyed one winter when we lived on Pender Island, using plants and shrubs that grew on our property.

Bedwell Variations reclaimed silk, eco-dyed silk, hand and machine stitched. 40″ x 40″

Bedwell Variations, detail


Sea Change in the window – fish swimming in plastic.

I will also be participating in the eco-threads fashion show to be held on July 7 th from 7 to 9 pm at the gallery.  I have entered 3 pieces made
from up cycled scarves and shawls that I find in thrift shops.

Made from rayon and cotton shawls.
Made from an Indian silk Kantha stitched shawl.
One Pashmina wool shawl made wholly into a jacket – no waste.


SDA Current Threads 2017 in Ladysmith

In local thrift stores, I have been finding bags of left over threads and fabrics and lace, mostly for a song.  I have also discovered old books and patterns from the early parts of the last century, when women were busily making and knitting and crocheting.  There is a practical aspect to my collecting, but in addition,  each find seems infused with the energy of the hands of the makers.

“Abundance of Thrift” is a fabric collage that emerged from my love of combing these thrift stores.  I am aiming to capture the original energy in this piece, as well as a context for that energy.  These images are close ups of the piece, which is about 30″ by 65″. It will be shown at the 2017 Current Threads show in Ladysmith this month.

Free Air Closing Party was held on July 29.

Thank you to Terry Loeppky and Dorothy Rich for hosting a party at Martin Batchelor Gallery on July 29th to celebrate my work.  The gathering was very happy, and complete with a marching band for the Celebration of Flags outside on Cormorant Street.TandDTerry and DorothyMikeMike Fooks, my son, with “Safety in Numbers”


My good friend Leslie McBain, with “Night Flight” and “Noctornos”

LesleyLesley Turner, an SDA colleague and friend,  with “Messages from a Sea Shore”

Kate and meKate Cino and me in front of “Messages from a Sea Shore”JennJenn Wilson, Curator extraordinaire, and friend, in front of “Homage to D”, “Greenspace” and “Haute Couture”