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View Finding: Thoughts on Real Life Instagram

October 27, 2013

A few days ago, I stumbled across this post by DesignMilk of the Real Life Instagram. Bruno Riberio has created ‘real life’ Instagrams by creating a series of posters that look the interface of the app. Each poster contains a photographers names, the location, a number of ‘likes’, the hashtags, and of course, a colour […]

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Poet & abolitionist Lucy Larcom

October 22, 2013

“I defied the machinery to make me its slave. Its incessant discords could not drown the music of my thoughts if I would let them fly high enough.” – Lucy Larcom, poet, abolitionist, former child mill worker. Today I’m editing an interview that I did with Diane Bush, a Las Vegas photo journalist and artist […]

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On Making Time to Write

October 17, 2013

The manuscript for my new book Strange Material is due in exactly one month. While I’ve been stealing away to coffee shops on my lunch hour and turning down plans with friends over the past few months in order to write, nothing works better for me than having long stretches of time to mentally meander, […]

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Amanda Browder: Cascading Mississauga

October 9, 2013

Brooklyn-based Amanda Browder is an artist who creates large, playful installations with fabric.  She recently created a site-specific work for Mississauga City Hall this past September as part of F’d Up! an exhibition with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, on until November 9. F’d Up! explores directions in fibre-based art that creates a ‘radical vocabulary around material invention and sculptural ambitions’. […]

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What is your clothing memory?

September 5, 2013

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about ideas related to clothing – clothing as a costume, clothing as a disguise, clothing as a way to express identity, clothing as a uniform, clothing as a way to mark a milestone, and of course, clothing in relation to storytelling. I know so many people who have assigned […]

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Spidertag at 5 Pointz Long Island

August 6, 2013

Not another nail in the wall (of fame) / New York 2013 – Spidertag “If I like it, it feels like magic. I jump for joy. And if I don’t like it, I forget about it.” Every couple of months, I’m dazzled by a new video by Madrid-based artist/sculptor Spidertag. If I’m not enthralled by […]

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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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