Published Oct 20 2020 inThe Hidden Owl Leggings
are back for the last time, in limited quantities.
An ancient symbol for Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy, the owl is a symbol of knowledge and to this day continues to be known for its sense of keen observation and intuition.
I wanted to let all of you, my amazing customers, know that I am shifting back towards painting and am making that practice my central focus. I have had so much fun bringing you clothing pieces over the last 10 years, but am feeling a pull back to my roots, which is painting. While I may release a few very limited edition garments in 2021, I will not be making leggings etc. like I have in the past. For some items in my shop, they may never return - so if you would like a piece, now truly is the time to get it.
With holiday markets on hold this year, I am realizing how much I am going to miss all of your faces! I look forward to the day when that can return, but for now please know that all the selection I have is in my online shop. I value each and everyone of you. Your dedication to shopping local, Canadian and supporting the arts is truly amazing.
Last year the Owl print sold out quickly, and so I wanted to bring it back for those who might have missed out. Get em while you can!
SHOP THE HIDDEN OWL
As the weather cools and it is darker earlier, spend one evening a week painting with me! I have had several people join with their nieces and kids, even when they are not in the same town, and it's been a blast!
The final 4 week session this year begins Nov 17. Choose from the following 3 classes:Tuesdays 4-5:30 Nov 17- Dec 8Wednesdays 4-5:30 Nov 18 -Dec 9Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Nov 19-Dec 10COME PAINT WITH ME!
Live online painting classes are open for registration!
- The final 4 week set for 2020 runs Nov 17-Dec 10
- Tuesdays & Wednesdays are for anyone 10 years + (tweens, teens and adults welcome)
- Thursday's are ladies only paint nights
- Sign up with a friend for extra fun! Beginners welcome!
Enjoy a socially distanced creative community to learn new skills, and de-stress. We have a lot of fun together!
Published Mar 18 2019 in art
Curme Islands, Desolation Sound.
All is calm,
The magic of the ocean reveals itself in these waters.
I painted this piece years ago, and wanted to re-visit it and give it an update with a textured overlay when adapting it for fabric printing on this springs new designs. I spent my childhood summers going to Desolation Sound and have magical memories from those boat trips. Then when I was 17, I went back up, kayaking with a friend of mine to the Curme Islands, where we camped on, and swam off these exact rocks. A magical time.
Published Mar 16 2019 in Family
Spring break is here and we are HAPPY about it!! This little chunk of time off has come just when we needed it. We are still working but also playing too. It’s been a long winter an amazing one but definitely a long one. And I know the 4 of us are looking forward to the temperature rising and the snow and ice in the valley melting. We have now been living in our little trailer for 7 months and are feeling the squeeze. We have a few more months to go and I know the change in season will boost our resolve to stick it out!
Have a lovely spring break everyone, wherever you are. Even if you’re not on vacation I hope the weather is a breath of fresh spring air for you!!
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Published Mar 13 2019 in slow fashion
BUY IT FOR LIFE!
Clothing in the ‘olden days’ was often purchased with the intention it would be worn often, and for many years. Relative to people’s income, clothing was costly. But it was quality, it lasted, and could be repaired. And I would argue that even though individual items cost more, people in the long run spent less because they purchased way fewer items than we do now.
I wear a wool sweater that my dad bought when he was 18, it has no pills!! I am sure then, he thought he was spending a small fortune but it was worth it! It seems these days clothes are made to sell, sell, sell. Fast fashion is just as it states, FAST. Garment workers endure poor conditions and are rushed to produce with sacrifices being made to the quality and well being of themselves and the garments.
Clothes are then shipped to brands and put out to sell as quickly as possible to have a fast turn around for the next fashion trend to hit. Every year approximately 100 billion garments are manufactured and it's guesstimated that around 90% is sold, which leaves 10 million pieces of clothing unaccounted for, 'deadstock’ as it's known in fashion. So where does it all go?
Brands and retailers have said they sell them on to other partners, donate to charity or sadly, the worst outcome, they destroy the unsold, either shredded or incinerated. This has been a well kept secret within the industry.
Slowly but surely Slow Fashion is now making it's way into the mainstream. Conscious consumers are seeing the effects of fast fashion and know it ain't pretty. Our environment is impacted greatly and nature, animals and people are being sacrificed.
Dame Vivienne Westwood says it best, “My message is, Buy less, Choose well, Make it last.” I couldn't agree more. She wants the fashion industry to move away from producing so many cheap clothes and for shoppers to buy fewer items, choose them better and make them last.
It’s quality, not quantity, not landfill.