poster

Just came out, excited to see all the work installed.

poster for upcoming installation

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some other completed works

These are some weavings I made for an upcoming basketry guild show. Also hanging is kelp, sweet grass, cordage, and raffia plus some lovely seed pods.

weaving with naturals, pine needles, cattails, prunings

While I have been working on the bark residency I have also finished some other works. The earth circles have proven to be popular and as usual I did not photograph the ones already sold, I never remember to do this before they are gone. One of seal bones and kelp was especially lovely but alas no picture of it.

small earth circle, fir bark, net floats, driftwood

maple, willow earth circle

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bark residency 2017

cherry bark explorations

 

I decided I would create material residencies in my studio this year. I have lots of different materials I have been waiting to use. Usually the material is used for a one off piece and I wanted time to explore, experiment, and work with the material for an extended period of time, this allows me to really see what the material behaves like, what it can do and become.

cherry bark explorations

The first material to use is bark. I have cherry, willow, and cedar bark to work with. I have just finished a month with the cherry bark. A few pieces will be sold but most are just explorations. It has been really gratifying to experiment with the material and to use it up.

talisman, cherry bark, willow, bone + kelp bobbles

cherry bark purse

cherry bark cylinders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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winter

big winter snows this last week, home bound, roads unplowed, in the studio working on a prototype for a bigger piece, not very happy with the result but through trial and error I now know how I want to proceed. I made the small encaustic pieces just for fun, using up collage papers I made in an encaustic workshop last year.

protoype for memories project, encaustic

protoype for memories project, encaustic

small encaustic works, 3 x 5

small encaustic works, 3 x 5, using stitched paper and collage

small encaustic work, 3 x 5, using tea bags and cheese cloth print

small encaustic works, 3 x 5

small encaustic works, 3 x 5, using papers and a transfer

studio in winter

studio in winter

giant fir

giant fir

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Yeah, we did it!

unabashed bragging, so happy to get this email the other day.

Dear Melanie and Judith,

Thank you for your proposal for a showcase in 2017.

The jury were very taken with your plan, the inspiration behind it, and the many different aspects, and they would like to offer you a showcase for next summer.

Congratulations

I think it will be a fabulous show, visually stunning and with so many elements.

We are thinking that it would be the first showcase of the summer, which means it would open on June 9th and run into July.

I will be in touch in January to go over details  and to discuss the timeline.

Until then, keep working!

Feel free to ask any questions.

All the best

Richard steel (For the Artcraft showcase jury)

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ongoing

This is ongoing work for the homemaker installation, currently titled ‘Mrs. Williams, Homage to a Homemaker, In Praise of Women’s Work.

This apron is made from cook book pages stitched together and sewn into an apron. Judith, my collaborator, made this apron. I loved her addition of lace, embroidery, and the cereal photo pocket.

cook book pages apron

cook book pages apron

I tea stained the canvas and then wrote recipes all over it and Judith cut and sewed the dress.

everyday house dress

everyday house dress

This mixing bowl set was made of layers of handmade paper and collaged with recipes. I made some wire utensils and a measuring cup to go in each bowl.

mixing bowls

mixing bowls

Another apron in the series. For this one we glued pattern paper onto a paper backing and covered the whole with tea stained cheese cloth. Once again Judith stitched it up and added lace, buttons, and embroidered pockets.

pattern paper apron

pattern paper apron

This is my favourite. We cut black plastic garden netting, which I have had for years, into the house dress pattern and Judith, bless her heart, had the joy of stitching it together. She added a lovely red fringe given to her by Mrs. Williams. It doesn’t look so much like the 50s house dresses but I love the look.

ready for dinner house dress

ready for dinner house dress

an old recipe

an old recipe

We  have many more pieces not photographed yet and are still working on the project. We have memory boxes to make, another apron and a house dress, from some fabulous Ikea material, mason jars to fill and books to make.

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and one more

My land art was recently installed on the wall of Mahon Hall, for the summer of Artcraft.

land art installed on Mahon Hall.

land art installed on Mahon Hall.

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