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Where’s Your Cultural Homeland?

August 4, 2013

My friend, the brilliant poet Laura Farina, and I had a conversation once about the idea of a ‘cultural homeland’. She said that a cultural homeland is not the place that you were born, or even the place that you may want to live – but it is a place that you return to creatively […]

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A Traveller & A Tourist

August 2, 2013

“Do you want to know what the difference is between a traveller and a tourist?”  asked the guy working behind the counter at Zabar’s, the famous deli on New York City’s Upper West Side. I  stopped taking pictures of their enormous cheese counter to nod at him. “The difference,” he said, “is that a tourist […]

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Fictionknitstas Tour – Vancouver Tomorrow Night

May 27, 2013

Tomorrow night, join me and a fabulous group of female authors at Vancouver’s People’s Co-Op Bookstore for a night of reading and knitting. Authors Cathy Ace, Stella Harvey, Gillian Campbell and Nicole Dixon will read from their work: Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan mystery series, which includes The Corpse with the […]

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Creativity Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

April 15, 2013

I’m seeking ideas – wild, unkempt, unusual, cute, and bizarre for my new book. If you are a textile artist who does work grounded in story-telling, please consider submitting a pattern idea for my upcoming book Strange Material. I’m looking for works that focus on specific forms of narrative such as biography, fiction, memoir, or […]

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On Breaking ‘Artificial Rules’

April 10, 2013

This simple sign outside an antique store made me do a double-take. The statement is kind, but pointed. The things that we often desire to do – such as inviting children and dogs indoors, to photograph freely, aka the joys of life – are often hampered. We’re so used to these common rules they’ve become […]

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Growing Flax in Urban Spaces

March 25, 2013

Photo caption: Bwmaddog21 via Flickr Creative Commons Last week I had a speaking engagement at a meeting of the Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild in Jericho. During the course of the evening, one of the members mentioned that the Urban Weaver’s Studio would be planting flax seeds in a vacant tennis court nearby and […]

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Iviva Olenick’s Embroidered Tweets

January 31, 2013

If you’ve read my book Hoopla, you know that I’m a big fan of Iviva Olenick‘s work. Iviva, who is based in Brooklyn, NY, uses people’s personal stories and her local surroundings in her projects. Through her embroidered artwork,she’s diarized her dating life on hankies in ‘embroidered confessionals’, stitched her neighbourhood jogging routes onto plastic […]

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Out with the Old, In with the New

December 30, 2012

I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions that have to do with fitness or travel. While I enjoy the idea of a new year being a transition or a time of change, I tend to spend less time thinking of what I want to CHANGE, and more of what I simply want to […]

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How to embroider on paper

December 11, 2012

Rob and Andrea, the masterminds behind Got Craft?, invited me to participate in this year’s Got Craft? Holiday fair which took place at the Croatian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver this past weekend. Since the workshop was a drop-in affair, I created a simple and fun craft project inspired by the Photo Feelism project in […]

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Cleaning House

November 21, 2012

   

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