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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work in progress

I have been working for a year on pieces for an installation “Homage to the Homemaker”.

work in progress

work in progress

I thought I would document the pieces I have made so far. Here are some of them but not all.

collage triptych, 2 for tea, 4 quarts, and serves 6

collage triptych, 2 for tea, 4 quarts, and serves 6

chicken wire apron

chicken wire apron

 domestic bliss page

domestic bliss page

home sweet home, embroidery on a baking tray

home sweet home, embroidery on a baking tray

tea bag potholders

tea bag potholders

There are more to come but they are still in my head. I am planning the show with my friend Judith, who is an excellent seamstress and is making aprons and house dresses for the show.

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Sooke Fine Arts show

I have 2 pieces accepted in the Sooke Fine Arts show, http://www.sookefinearts.com  July 22-Aug. 1. The vase I have shown here before and the lamp is new.

willow and bamboo lamp

willow and bamboo lamp

tendril 2015

tendril, copper vase

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bird nests

I had so many bird nests and I wanted to display them so I dyed and painted some gourds to hold each nest.

bird nests in gourds (3) bird nests in gourds (4)

I also sewed dyed pine needles around the rim of some of the gourds. Some gourds had holes in the bottom and I covered those with paper.

bird nests in gourds (2)

bird nests in gourds

bird nests in gourds

on display side view

on display, side view

 

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more new work

I have been working on an installation for the past year with a friend. We hope to have it ready to show by next summer. It is called Homage to the Homemaker. Our idea is to have a kitchen room  filled with our work. We have a few pieces finished. These are some I made last winter and recently had photographed.

thrift triptych

thrift triptych

homemaker's narrative

homemaker’s narrative

We will have 2d and 3d work, ranging from these pieces, to lamps, aprons and house dresses in mixed media, encaustic panels, handmade books, and many other wonderful ideas we have come up with. It has been great fun so far and it all started with an old recipe box, full of recipes written in beautiful script with pen and ink, a life gone and the story left behind.

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