Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wheels and Rugs

This week we had a few more fiber artists - Val Fiddler and Pearl - working on spinning wheels and doing traditional rug hooking. Deb brought in an antique spinning wheel that had been in her family for ages for Val to look at.

Pearl uses very thin strips of cloth to make her pieces. This one will be a valance done in earth tones.

Laurie's wood spirit got her barefoot sandals this week. Check out the cute little toes!

And Laurie showed us what she has in mind for wings. They'll be floral wire between layers of wool and other small fiber bits.

To celebrate my own Excellent March (everyone needs to celebrate right?!) Cindy made me a strawberry shortcake. Now there's a work of art!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


One of the things that happens when you get creative people together is collaboration! Laurie decided her felted sculpture needed a little bling. And it turns out that Cindy is great at creating bling.

The combination of crocheted wire and glass leaves is just the right oomph for the felt! The group is currently discussing a larger collaborative project.

This week we had a water colour artist working on getting her sunflower perfect. Elizabeth, another Maker, brought along a whole stash of beautiful beads and purses from her trip to Africa last year. She's working on basic jewelrymaking techniques to repair and embellish the handmade bags and make use of some of the fabulous paste glass and trade beads she brought back.

And, in a recurring theme, we're still famous! Shaw TV was on hand today to interview Laurie. She plugged the Tuesdays with Laurie for them too, right in front of the little pedestal with my work in it!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

We're Famous!

Someone must have heard of us! I came in to the second meeting to find that Laurie, the education coordinator at the Art Gallery of Swift Current and the Fearless Leader of Tuesdays with Laurie, was being interviewed by a camera-lady from Southwest TV.

The needle felted tree spirit has hair, clothes and a little tiny tongue this week. We have progress!

I admit to not watching what everyone was doing because I got rolling along making a couple of little polymer clay canes and pieces. Sadly, there are no pictures of this but they will form the basis of a class I am lucky enough to be teaching at the gallery on April 17th!

Interested in polymer clay bead making? Check out the class by contacting Laurie at the Gallery.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Inaugural Meeting

The very first Tuesday with Laurie! The first group of Makers met up Tuesday, March 9th at 1pm in the gallery classroom. I don't think any of us, including Laurie, were quite sure what to expect but we hit it off.

There were several of us that first day including Cindy, a wire crochet jewelrymaker, Laurie, a fiber artist, several collage and assemblage artists and me, a polymer clayer. We had a few stop by to check it all out and visit.

Here we have Michelle and Jean, our collage artists! And then we have Laurie's needle felted sculpture: