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Æ – Boutique opening soon!!

I’m so excited to tell you this! I’m opening a store in the Horwood’s Mall in downtown Whitehorse next month!! I get the keys on the first and will be hustling to get the doors open so you can come see me and all of my handcrafted treasures. I’ll be selling fish leather and fur jewelry and fur accessories (coming soon!) as well as all of the various textile products (coin purses, bento bags, pouches, scarves and of course tapestries that I make in my home studio. Of course, over time, the offerings will ebb and flow but for now, that’s what you can expect. The shop is very, very wee – a closet, practically. But it’s really cute and in a very hip, vibrant mall. I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity that this boutique represents – so much change and validation.

So, as I mentioned, I get the keys on the first but will need a little time to get it ready for you. Watch for a super cute window display and hopefully by the fourth, I’ll be open and ready to go! Also, while you’re in Horwoods, be sure to come by Baked Cafe to see my exhibition – Impressions – where you can see  a whole bunch of botanical prints that I created last summer – most of which are available for purchase. Several works are framed in embroidery hoops and ready to hang (or gift, since Christmas IS coming) and several that are just prints on fabric that can be purchased to sew your own items with! Some are embroidered and some are just beautiful, simple floral prints.

Hope to see you soon at the boutique and the exhibition!!

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Time to get makin’

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be working in this glorious space in Downtown Whitehorse. My friend, Emma Barr is an exceptional landscape painter and for the duration of her stay in Nigeria, I’m making the most of her otherwise unoccupied gallery space. I have a spot for my textile work in progress as well as a portion of wall space to display my weavings.

 

I’m treating this as a typical residency where I eat, sleep, and breathe my work. I wake up, do yoga, eat breakfast and head to the studio. I can spend eight hours in this space every day happily spinning and weaving while only barely noticing the passage of time. Yes, it’s my idea of heaven.

 

Today, I spun up two singles of merino (one single was spun with cedar bark) and plied them together for Chilkat warp for my partner, George’s Ravenstail robe that I intend to start soon. I was pretty thrilled to have this particular batch of warp turn out the way it did. I was hoping that by spinning it on the smaller whorl than usual would come closer to replicating the traditional thigh-spun warp that is normally used for Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving. Once this has rested overnight, I’ll wind it into a skein and then I’ll be taking it home and giving it a good soak to set the twist. Let’s hope that a wee bit of fulling will keep it from unravelling when I cut it for weaving!

 

And during my hours upon hours of spinning, I took my newest pair of Ginger jeans for a spin (see what I did there?!). I already have a few pairs of them and they are in heavy rotation in my very limited, mostly me-made wardrobe. I wanted a new pair that fit me just right and boy, do they ever! I used a lightweight stretch denim that I bought at Fabric.com and while my sewing machine and serger both gave me no shortage of attitude (complete with 6 broken needles!) and the whole project took several hours longer than anticipated, I’m really delighted with how they turned out. Just enough stretch that my booty looks as good at the end of the day as it does at the beginning.

And I think I finally have myself organized to begin working on my University courses. I have numerous pens, paint brushes, paints, markers, and sketch books to keep me busy for a long time to come. I will begin my Learning Log perhaps tonight or tomorrow with my coffee. I’m excited to begin recording my thoughts and discoveries as I embark on this new journey.  I hope to have a few pages to share and keep a digital record of within the next week or so, so if that sort of academic nerdery turns you on, then just hang onto your wig because shit’s about to get real!

 

Do you have any amazing/daunting/inspiring creative projects in the works? Tell me about them (Brooke, I know I can count on your participation here)

 

flourishing human

Vanessa

 

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