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ACRYLIC, ALUMINUM AND MORE FELT WITH THE ADVENT OF OLD MAN WINTER

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The leaves were a long time leaving this fall, but after a big wind the deed was done.  


Then, Old Man Winter made his appearance this week with a light dusting of snow over freezing rain. 



In October, I added another year to my life and had the opportunity to visit the Butterfly House at Carleton University, on my birthday.  

These little creatures, from around the world, don't have a long life span, so it was a pleasure to be able to see them. 

NEW FELT COVERS
Just finished these two beauties this morning.  The Merino wool felt makes a beautiful cover.   

A couple of months ago I was wandering around one of the farmer's markets in the city and met an Alpaca farmer.  She had a number of felted products at her table and I asked if she could make me some felt for covers.  After a number of discussions and samples we came to an agreement on a felt that works with the book covers.  The felt is Alpaca wool over merino wool.   The first two I made were shades of green, one of which was s…

SOON TO BE A BOOK - LA MACHINE VISITS OTTAWA

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LA MACHINE 

La Machine is a street theatre company founded in 1999 and led by François Delarozière.  It came about thanks to artists, technicians and theatre designers working together for the construction of unusual theatre objects.  The work they develop in public spaces relates, in the first instance, to theatre, urban planning and architecture.  www.lamachine.fr

On Thursday, July 27th we were introduced to La Machine.  François Delarozière created this extraordinary work, drawing inspiration from the Chinese legend The Godess Nüwa. Nüwa is the creator of mankind. As the climate changes, she worries about the men she has created. She decides to send her emissary, the spirit of the Dragon-Horse, to help them and fix the sky. However, the Giant Spider, instigator of chaos, crosses Long Ma’s path and lays traps that Long Ma will have to evade…


With flags flying 

and pedestrian walk lights flashing, 


the crowd moved toward Notre Dame Cathedral where the Giant Spider, Jing Shen, was perched.…

SIGNS OF SUMMER

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The signs of summer are upon us.  There are birds singing, the fresh green of new leaves fluttering in the wind on the trees, and the flowers coming into bloom in between rain and sunshine.  Traditionally, in Ottawa, June is a wet month, making way for a bountiful growing season.  This year we also experienced a great deal of rain and some incredibly warm days in May that contributed to the full bloom of tulips for the tulip festival.  

A CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAYS 

My friend, Petra and her daughter, Luisa have birthdays in June, four days apart.  One day while Skyping with Petra little Miss Luisa was in the background moving from one activity to another with great joy and a lot of chatter.  Thus, the book, The Creative World of Mistress Luisa was born.





I bound the book in yellow Merino wool and added some braided pieces on the edge, just for fun.  The book is coptic bound. 




I hand-dyed the papers first and then used a stencil for the cover title.  Since my friends are in Germany, I wrote …