* * * TEACHING * * * Creative Quilted Postcards Workshop Rosthern SK July 18, 2017. Register by calling the Station Arts Centre @ 306.232.5332
* * * PUBLISHED * * * Artist feature in Stitchillo, a brand new book in a series called 'Encyclopedia of Inspiration' from UPPERCASE (click to link)
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Group Show Funky, Fresh & Full of Spice @ Paved Arts, Saskatoon June 23 & 24 ONLY
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception July 8, 2017 Station Arts

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Out of the Box

I'm slightly unsure of telling you about this one.. but here goes.  It's different for me but it's just what I was waiting for.  : )

Blink and you'll miss it.

I *think* most of the artists are painters but don't quote be on that.  This group was put together by Michael G Remando and the brief but in-your-face show will be up at the Paved Arts Gallery in Saskatoon, on Friday evening June 23 and Saturday afternoon June 24 only.  !

We were encouraged to 'go for it' as Mike would say.  "Just go nuts.  Say whatever you want."  My pal Nicki is going to have abstract work showing which she's not specifically known for.  I was inspired to work on some pieces today and just STOPPED, mid process.  I love them!!  To me, they are perfect just the way they are.  'Technically' they are 1/3 complete in relation to how I usually do my yarn embroidery.  I'm completely satisfied with these pieces as is.  Done. They are entirely the essence of what I wanted to say.  Anything more would be extraneous.

FYI: tiny scissors, huge needles.  See the cutting mat for scale.

I love it!  I find this quite exciting.  I'm grateful for the invite and the encouragement.  Pictured about is my workspace.  I work on the black felt in the scroll frame, and you can see a print out of some blotchy orange leaves in a parking lot patch of grass.  : )  Really - you can find inspiration in anything.  And look what happened!

Essence Underfoot No. 2, 2017  (measures 8x8")

It was pretty fun to work with!  I'm excited to clean them up and pop them in some black frames.  : )  I have some black line drawing threadsketches (like line drawings, not threadpainting) to put into the show as well.  Oh, and by the way, the artists will be on site and there might be refreshments, so if you are out and about, please do drop in and say hello!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Visual Story Telling / Public Art

It's up!  It's all up!  In total, there were four afternoons at Saskatoon Open Door Society with two groups of newcomers at the Women's Support Programs ran by Emily for immigrant women.  With the help of translators, the women told their stories with cloth, paper, scissors, embellishments and even a few plants.

I framed all the pieces in large poster frames and hung them in the gallery space last Sunday.  Here is the backstory. This sign hangs in the gallery space along with all the collages.

This was a simple project to do, and yet it has such a profound impact for the clients as well as the public.  A Social Work friend of mine in another province asked if she could do this idea for her clients.  Oh my gosh - YES PLEASE.  DO it, do it, do it!

In total, I framed up 18 pieces of art in large poster frames.  Each women's first name (only) is beside their piece as well.  If you happen to be in The Centre, I hope you'll take a look and read the texts as well.  I was lucky to have access to a good public space at no fee to non-profits to put this on display, which makes it even more do-able.  I must say thank you to The Centre East Galleries for providing our community with such a fantastic opportunity.  It means so much to us all.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Something Special for Sidney

Sidney is the daughter of a friend of mine.  In preparation for June awards nights and graduation from highschool, they dreamed up a sash/cumberbund for Sidney to wear around her dress.  They were unable to find a Metis person who could bead it in time, and so they approached me to see if I could threadpaint on one for them.  OF COURSE I said yes, though I had no idea exactly how I was going to carry this through.

I suggested to Sidney that she research some Indigenous plants and flowers, and select the ones that have personal meaning for her.  She came back to me with three:  Wild red roses, Nicotine/Tobacco flowers, and Bearberries.  She sketched them out in the design of her choice, and then handed them over to me with some gorgeous black velvet to work on.

I did some source photo searching to make sure I have the details of each plant correct.  I think I pulled it off!  Tobacco leaves are really huge though, and so the leaves on this sash were reduced. Otherwise, it was finished!  I did it all with free motion stitching, and even added a few beads.

Sidney picked a Red Rose for the cente front of the sash,  I added 12 beads.

I'm thrilled that it worked out!!  It was hard to photograph since it's 2 inches wide and a couple feet long.  I rolled it up to help show all the parts.  : )

On either side of the Rose are Tobacco flowers, with Bearberries trailing back around the waist.

Once I was done, I needed to know how short to cut it (SCARY!).  I had Sidney and her mom come over so we could fit it and decide how the project would be finished.  I put her outside on my deck, set up a big mirror, made her close her eyes while her mom put it around her, and then let her look!!  It was SO exciting, so fun.  We were laughing and crying.  lol  It was quite the moment.

Isn't that look amazing?!  That was last week, and I am still choked up trying to write about it.  So... we measured, then I cut and finished the edges. I added grommets into the ends so that she could lace it on at the back with thin leather ties.  It's really incredible and I am so honoured to have been asked.

Measure five times, cut once.  We may have even measured more that that.

Here's what happened.  Sidney was nominated for the Achievement Award (female) at the 19th Annual Indigenous Youth Awards here in Saskatoon.  She stood on the stage, wearing this over a long red satin gown.  You HAVE to see this...  Here's the Youtube video of a short version of the awards night.  My gosh if you've ever felt inadequate, the list of accomplishments for this teenager will certainly do you in.  Kids like these are our future!  They are all outstanding.

CONGRATULATIONS Sidney Ray Shacter.  SHE WON.  I can't imagine how elated she must have been!  Her mom is so proud of her.  We ALL are.

Isn't that the best story you've heard in a long time!?  : )

Have a beautiful day,

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