• What a strange year it has been

    The future is far from certain and every once in a while, I have a day where I'm as weak as a lamb again to remind me that I'm working with damaged parts, so to speak.

    In the meantime, I'm keeping my Etsy Shop closed and am foregoing doing shows as I can't count on my health to cooperate. I plan to keep working when I can on my art project, to fulfill my commitment to ArtsNL and the City of St. John's, and to myself as an artist.
  • Update on My Health

    Today I went to the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic for my bi-weekly visit. This was a special appointment for me as I expected to get the report from my recent MUGA scan...
  • Ruminations of a frustrated maker

    Then one morning last August as I was getting ready to attend a local craft market, one of my coronary arteries suddenly dissected and became blocked. I ended up at the local emergency room and was subsequently transferred to the city where I underwent two surgical procedures in two days.
  • The Roots of My Wire Knitting Obsession

    Art knitter, Adrienne Sloane once described knitting as solving a series of engineering problems* and I couldn’t agree more. I think of all those people across the centuries turning balls of fibrous “string” into functional garments and useful home items, often creating their own patterns or adjusting patterns to suit the wearer or purpose. Yet most people don’t consider knitting as an engineering activity even though they likely know someone who knits or may even knit themselves.
  • Highlights of the CCNL Annual Members' Exhibition

    This past Saturday I attended the Grand Opening of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador's (CCNL) new premises at 275 Duckworth Street in historic St. John's. To be honest, I've not attended many show openings of any sort so this was a big deal for me and made even more special by the fact that I had three pieces in it.

    The new space has a contemporary feel and the Gallery Co-Directors, Kailey Bryan and Bruno Vinhas have taken full advantage of the space to showcase the members' submissions. And what a wonderful array of skillful craftsmanship is on display!
  • Another gallery submission!

    This summer I seem intent on making up for my previous lack of gallery submissions. Last Friday I dropped off my second set of exhibition pieces, this time to the Historic Sites Association for consideration in their gallery show opening today. I opted to go with three pieces in argentium and sterling silver that highlight the beauty and versatilty of Viking style wire knitting.
  • My first submission to the CCNL Annual Members' Exhibition.

    Every year the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador calls for submissions for its Annual Members' Exhibition. Too often, I've forgotten to mark the submission deadline in my calendar and have failed to get something ready in time. This year, I got myself organized and prepared a set of three pendants which I named The Lobster Pot Collection.
  • Summer is here, I think!

    I've found myself torn between my business and my garden these days. In this part of Canada, spring arrives late and this year things are even further behind as we struggle with unusual weather. This past week, the temperatures dropped dramatically and some parts of the province actually had snow! So when the weather improves enough to finally get into the garden it is almost impossible to stay indoors! These little guys are nearly always the first of my perennials to come into bloom - mossy pinks (saxifrage). I love how cheerful they are!
  • A Sneak Peek of My New Collection

    Fog has a way of sharpening perception, especially at night. Lamps emit halos of light as you peer to see what lies ahead. Sounds pierce the stillness, seemingly amplified by the darkened veil. You know when it caresses your skin and shiver even as you sink deeper into the fibers of your clothing. Our awareness of everything becomes heightened as we move through the mists. Introducing the Dark Side Collection where antiqued silver and muted minerals quietly draw attention to form while accenting yours. Designed and made in Newfoundland by The Purple Raven Boutique.
  • A Mantra for Making and Living

    I commented to my partner how remarkable water is. It nourishes life, carves landscapes and takes so many forms. It is so very adaptable to the changing conditions in which it might find itself, yet always remains true to its nature.