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Booking Myself for 2015


I’ve been offline the last couple of weeks as I’ve been tidying, and brainstorming, and sketching out some NEW (to be revealed next year) projects, which take a certain amount of quiet time alone to develop. Yesterday I finally cleaned up my linen closet, which sounds boring, but was actually a revelation for me. I received an advance notice of rent increase from my landlord last week, which reminded me that I’ve been in my current apartment for 10 months. It feels like I moved in about six weeks ago, so organizing the closet and getting rid of my last unpacked boxes really felt good. I’m looking forward to 2015 with less clutter and more time to make things without following a specific schedule.

Since making a dress from Sonya Philips’ 100 Acts of Sewing last month, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making clothing again. I really love the idea of a uniform of one flattering dress made in a bunch of different fabrics. I adore clothes, but as I got older and my life becomes busier, what I really enjoy is not having to think too much about what to wear. My closet purge has me thinking a lot about simplicity and having less but better choices (which is somewhat ironic, as while I’ve really whittled down my personal possessions in the last few years, I actually made my first Black Friday purchase ever this year – a serger, to help me sew clothing). I’m intending to start sewing on a regular basis this year. I’m pretty excited that Colette Patterns has introduced a new magazine called Seamwork, that focuses on projects that can be sewn in 2-3 hours. I’ve been a big fan of their work for some time, I’m looking forward to see what else they come up with for projects.

And in book life, I’ve agreed to participate in a couple of events in 2015, including a new art and textile conference called Pieces: Celebrating Textiles, which will take place in Courtenay, BC this coming March.

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles is an event that focuses on the creativity involved in hand work, new ways of using materials and Slow Fashion. Pieces offers a tapestry of lively discussions, demonstrations, fashion show offs and vendors, complemented by makers, musings, mending, food, and more. I’ll be speaking on storytelling & textiles on March 29th. To register and learn more, visit the Pieces: Celebrating Textiles website.

Crocheted cherry blossoms
Book Tour, Books, Speaking Engagements

Vancouver to Courtenay

Crocheted cherry blossoms
Photo caption: Cherry Blossom photo by Jeff Christenson

I have two free public events this week:

Tomorrow night I will be at the Roundhouse with Ann-Marie Metten and Lenore Rowntree discussing the Joy Kogawa House Cherry Blossom Project for the Vancouver Community Arts Council’s ‘Eco Arts Salon’ series.

This is a free event held from 7-9 pm. I will be showing some examples of yarn bombing and knit graffiti and we’ll also discuss the benefits and challenges of the cherry tree project. Bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks, we will bring the yarn.

Participants will get to knit or crochet some pink cherry blossoms from yarn (or pompoms if you’ve never knitted before!) to donate to Kogawa House’s fund-raising campaign.

On Saturday the 26th, I’ll be in the Comox Valley, aka my hometown, talking about subversive craft at the Courtenay Library from 2-3 pm. This event will be very special for me as both my grandmother and mother have worked most of their careers at this library, and I spend a few years there as a teenager learning the Dewy Decimal system after school. I’ll be discussing the artists in both my books and answering questions.

Both Hoopla and Yarn Bombing books will be available for sale and signing at both events. In the coming weeks I’ll also be at the Burnaby Public Library, Seattle’s Urban Uprising, and Vancouver’s One of a Kind show. See my events page for more details.