I just returned from an inspiring collage workshop given by Nick Bantock at his gallery, The Forgetting Room, in Ganges, BC on Salt Spring Island. An added bonus for the workshop participants was the opportunity to view a large selection of Nick's artwork as he was in the midst of selecting and arranging work for a show at The Denver Museum of Outdoor Arts starting in September 2010.
(My completed collage - Fish and a Bicycle)
So I'm refreshed and inspired and looking forward to making art. And I'm going to do my best to follow this piece of advice from Nick Bantock, "Make sure that what you do is feeding you and not draining you."
Side note: Salt Spring Island was lush and green and flowers were blooming. I came home to this. The wind had pushed the breaking ice on the lake into a huge mountain, about 15 ft high, on my beach.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The ground is still covered in snow but I'm thinking spring. The days are getting longer and the sun is glowing warmer. I especially love that I wake up naturally in the morning, to the light. But this weekend it's time to 'spring ahead' to Daylight Savings Time and I'll need the jangle of the alarm clock to wake me up again.
While winter is a great time for collecting moose poo, the warmer weather means the sap will be running and it's time to gather the woody bast fibres like willow, red osier dogwood and alder barks for my papers. Each season brings new treasures for my craft and they're free!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Moose Poo Card in my Etsy Shop.
Even though I knew my moose poo paper was free of impurities, I didn't want to run into any problems selling to buyers in the U.S. So, I contacted U.S. Customs who in turn contacted the USDA who confirmed that there are no restrictions on this paper.
And here's a funny aside. The agent who responded to my query said, "I once made a moose nugget tie for my brother..."