On my way out of town on Sunday I stopped to visit a show at the City of Ottawa's Atrium Gallery. My friend Sharon Collins has a solo show of 33 of her textile artworks on display until March 16. I am so glad I made the time! It is a wonderful and cohesive body of work. The complexity of colour with the layering of hand-dyed silk organza, and the way light seems to emanate from each piece, really appeals to me. The works are minimalist in nature, minimally stitched, and that is refreshing. Definitely no longer art quilts but TEXTILE ART. Some of the colours made my heart sing and some made me contemplative.
I wish I could share more detailed photos, but there are no photos allowed inside the gallery. I took these outside the gallery just to entice you to see the show.
On Monday I felt like a world traveller as I drove through Paris and passed by signs for Scotland and Delhi, on my way to Vittoria (near Simcoe), Ontario to visit the Norfolk County Quilters Guild. Yes all of those places are small towns in Ontario. Had a great time with guild members and made it back to my sister's place in Waterloo just as the storm was hitting.
Molly brought her finished poppy from my class with the group 5 years ago.
There was also quite a shopping frenzy at my store of hand-dyed fabrics and patterns.
The storm was brief, and we enjoyed a beautiful and sunny day on Wednesday, although it was crisp and cold. In between my lecturing and teaching I am staying with my sister in Waterloo, andk have been spending time with my father who has been hospitalized for a few weeks now. He looks good, his vitals are good, and he isn't in physical pain, but after several falls he has lost his confidence to walk and refuses to do so. He is despairing at his loss of independence. While he wants to die and keeps repeating that he is too old for this world, (91), I don't think the universe is finished with him yet. He is on a waiting list for a geriatric program at another hospital.
On Wednesday night and Thursday morning I gave lectures at the Oxford Quilters Guild in Ingersoll, Ontario, with a half day workshop on Wednesday afternoon. A long time ago when I decided to make art quilts, my two major Canadian inspirations were Laurie Swim and Reta Budd. Well guess who showed up at my lecture and workshop? Yes, that's Reta Budd in the middle, now retired from making fantastic landscape quilts. On the left is Jean Hillis, the guild's Program Coordinator (you will be seeing some of her work again at the NJS this year).
I've included two of Reta's works here that I was able to find on-line.
I will be teaching one more workshop for the Oxford Quilters' Guild tomorrow. Next week I am off to Hamilton.