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April showers bring May flowers

Hi, all!

After a rainy season, things are blooming left right and centre. Flowers, flowers everywhere! If you have a chance, you should make a plan to head out to the Neighbourhood Gallery in Toronto next week and check out all the things blossoming on their walls.

The show, Tending the Wallflower runs from June 4 – September 24, 2017, with an opening reception on June 11.

Tending the Wallflower invite

If you spot my piece, drop me a line! Hint: it’s very sparkly 😉

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Hard Twist 7: Touch Me, Feel Me

Hard Twist 7: Touch Me, Feel Me opens TONIGHT at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto! Don’t miss it! It is the start of The World of Threads Festival, a month long festival of local, national and international contemporary fiber art.

I am debuting Cat’s Cradle in this show! At 4′ x 4′ and made from 80 individually cast plaster fingers entwined with Alpaca yarn, this is the largest, heaviest, most expensive and most ambitious project I have ever completed to date! She is a real beauty, though.

Cat’s Cradle is a waking nightmare of twisted fingers emerging from a wall, coupled with the familiar childhood game of interlacing fingers with string, resulting in an aesthetic work of textile art with a sinister undertone. This piece echoes a childhood game put to a much larger scale. A physically impossible cat’s cradle, held together by a precarious tension, explores the relationship between play and art and the limitations the human body is restricted to contrasted with the limitless creative liberty that art is afforded. Through this piece a fleeting childhood experience is captured by the lasting power of artistic expression.

Come on out to 1214 Queen Street West, the corner of Gladstone and Queen, from 6-9pm tonight and pop your head in to see the incredible and tactile collection of fiber art in this years exhibition!

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Hard Twist Installation Day!

I made it to Toronto! Yah! All of the pieces of my art work also made it to Toronto! Double yah! We may have all come by different modes of transit but we all ended up in the same place. Miracle!

What a ride! I would like to thank all the people I ran into today who smiled at me or were generally nice. You made my day! Lugging a 4 foot square box all around a foreign city on public transportation with nothing but a few hand drawn notes to guide you is stressful but I encountered nothing but smiles and helpful folks. Thanks! You made today not suck!

Here is a picture of a super tired and dubious looking artist learning about the public transit system of Toronto with her pal, Giant Box.

Anyway, after many hours, a few blisters (so many nuts and bolts!) and running out to buy emergency yarn at The Knit Cafe (mmmm Alpaca….thanks for being there guys!) and some heavy lifting by the vertically gifted staff at The Gladstone… Cat’s Cradle is finally complete and hanging proudly in the 3rd floor gallery space of the Gladstone Hotel. You can see it in person on Thursday at the opening! 

Here is a preview!

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Objects of Desire

If you were fortunate enough to be in the Toronto area this past Sunday you may have heard of a little festival called the Day of Delight, organized by The Clay and Paper Theatre. It took place in Dufferin Grove Park from 2-5pm and it was truly something to see.

I was there! It was great!

At the festival, themed around love, courtship and desire, I was happy to present a new work of art to a new audience in a new format for me. This was a collaborative dance piece. Working with visual artist Emily Cook and dancer Eden Kaill Fenrick, we banded together and produced something unique and lovely, also entertaining I think. You can judge for yourself. There is now a video online for your viewing and linking pleasure. The audio was graciously provided by Sweet Mother Logic.

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Too Cool for School!

This weekend I will be presenting a project at an Art an Science Fair! It is going to be super exciting! Come on out and see for yourself!

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Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair
FREE: Saturday, May 8, 12 – 4pm
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

The Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair turns the spotlight on the unexpected feats of imagination and exploration that are happening all around us. The event is structured like a typical science fair, with projects and their creators assembled for one day to share ideas and compete for awards. The difference is that these projects are a mix of both art and science.

The Too Cool For School Judges
Crystal Mowry, artist and Curator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Hooley McLaughlin, Director, Visitor Experience at the Ontario Science Centre
Sean Gryb, PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo and the Perimeter Institute (PI) for Theoretical Physics

For more information visit our website: www.artandsciencefair.ca
or contact Sally McKay: nfo@artandsciencefair.ca

Directions and parking information are provided on the Harbourfront Centre website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Too Cool For School is part of a full day of events planned by Harbourfront Centre to celebrate Science Rendezvous, with additional participation from the Ontario Science Centre, IBM, Ontario College of Art and Design and Subtle Technologies. Everyone is welcome, there will be lots to see and do!

Too Cool For School is part of Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme.
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