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Thank you, Vancouver!

Thank you so much, Vancouver. Although slightly weighed down by the haze from the interior BC forest fires, the Harmony Arts Festival was once again a joyful event. I just love being in the company of such good fellow craftspeople – this community is so often like a clan, and such shows like a gathering of said clan.

Here is lovely Jan, harvesting artichokes from her garden, which she served for dinner!

In between the two show weekends, I took a quick trip to Salt Spring Island to visit with my colleague Jan Smith. Jan is a mover and shaker in the art jewellery community, and a true inspiration to me. While I was there, for example, she took part in an online live video US/Canada East/West conversation/panel discussion with ArtJeweleryForum.  Exchanging with artist such as Jan is invaluable, and I thank her and her husband Paul for hosting me so well. I had a truly wonderful time.

Jan’s wonderful studio, with some explorations laid out on the table

 

Some of Jan’s beautiful work in her studio

I am now back in Halifax – arrived last night, after a somewhat fraught, and far longer than necessary, journey.
I enjoyed meeting so many of people who had been eying my work for a while. Your appreciation fills my heart.  Some of you had been thinking about getting a custom Onefooter ring made for a while, and I will get busy on making the special one-of-a-kind rings with the the stones you picked at the show.  I look forward to it!

And then I will start thinking about getting ready for the equally fabulous CircleCraft Market, which will take place in downtown Vancouver’s Convention Centre, November 8 – 12.

Because I make every single piece by hand, it will take 3 months to prepare! I also have my over 30 galleries to consider, of course. So: it’ll be a busy next few months before I return to Vancouver.

November 8-12, 2017

See you November 8th!

Appreciate

I have quite a few Onefooters with genuine gemstones with me this year

The first weekend of Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver just ended, and there are now a couple of days of rest for the artisans, while other activities continue at the festival. I look forward to returning on Friday for a last few days, before heading back to Nova Scotia.

I always enjoy the great interest my work provokes here on the West Coast. It is a joy to meet the many people a beautiful, well organized event such as Harmony Arts (and CircleCraft in November!) draw. And I love being amongst peers whose work I truly appreciate.

People here at Harmony often are surprised that I come this far for a show – all across the country. The reason I do is because it is an excellent one – the competition to be able to exhibit here is fierce, and thus only the best work are shown, handcrafted under the highest standards. As a result, all the artisans exhibiting are amongst the best in their field – I love showing my work alongside such excellence. 

Tent after tent of excellent work

Speaking of high standards, though – there is one I wanted to bring up here.

As an artist rings tends to be my favourite ‘canvas’ for working in precious metals. When I bring these pieces before clients, I find it astonishing what prejudices folks have, particularly women, about their hands. Too long, too short, too fat (I advocate against this word in any case), too skinny. There is so little appreciation for one’s hands! The labour they might have gone through to make them the way they are, or our ancestral inheritances that might shape them. My own hands have aged hugely, after over a decade of working metals and hand tools, and being in dirt and water through my love of culinary arts and its accompanying perils.

Travelling for work as I am by coming to the West Coast for HAF, I sometimes fall out of my routines. One of these is that, at home, I have a daily dose of anti-inflammatory turmeric paste. I have really noticed a difference: rings that normally fit me, no longer go over my knuckles, now that I am not taking the paste. So if you have trouble with knuckles, and even if you don’t – consider trying this ancient remedy. I mix two thirds water with one third organic turmeric powder, and bring it to a boil with some black pepper (tells the liver not to discard the turmeric), and a good bit of coconut oil (as the delivery method to the cells). Boil while stirring, to make a paste.  Then store this paste in your fridge, taking a daily tablespoon of it (careful, as it acts as a blood thinner). You can add it to your oatmeal, or make ‘golden milk’ with a milk-type beverage of your choice and a touch go honey. Sometimes I add tea masala (‘chai spice’) to mine, or simply a dash of cardamom.

Thought I’d share this (my links are only examples; experiment!).

Mainly I want to send a message today for people to please appreciate their hands. Love them for all they are. Particularly if they are not currently causing you pain, and if they function well. Be grateful.

See you again Friday, Vancouver!

Come see me this weekend before I head back to Nova Scotia

Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver

It is a joy to be back in Vancouver again. Flying across the country is not such a big deal, when I love so much coming here. After seeing my work on banners and busses across the city last November as the feature artist for the Circle Craft show, I feel particularly loved by Vancouver.

This ring in the Script Series, inspired by my travels through India, has often been coveted. I finally decided to release it publicly

This 18kyg ring in the Script Series, inspired by my travels through India, has often been coveted. I finally decided to release it publicly. I brought just 3 of them with me.

I have only a few one-of-a-kind Onefooter earrings with me. Come early if you want a pair!

I have only a few one-of-a-kind Onefooter earrings with me. Come early if you want a pair!

This weekend and next, I will be back at the Harmony Arts Festival with its varied events. Such a great event! I love its vibrant and varied expressions and celebrations of art.

The Harmony Arts Festival is held at Ambleside Park on West Vancouver’s shore. It is a gorgeous location, and the quality of craftsmanship represented is very high. I am excited to be back. And I am bringing some things that might interest you. Come on out and see me, Vancouver! HAF_Logo640

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Time Away

If my social media accounts have been quiet of late, and I have been slow to respond to e-mails, it is because I unplugged at a retreat centre for a while. I spent almost two weeks at wonderful Dorje Denma Ling in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

This rural retreat centre may be rustic, but it is also splendid!

This rural retreat centre may be rustic, but it is also splendid!

The retreat was attended by roughly 50 people from international destinations.

local powdered juniper is used as incense

local powdered juniper is used as incense

It is not fancy, but I love it there, and have been coming here for over twenty years.

An approaching storm made for a dramatic sky over the meditation pavillion

An approaching storm made for a dramatic sky over the meditation pavillion

The place is fairly small, but swells in the summer with larger programs

To create a space for the program's meals, a tent was erected on the lawn. The grass coming through the floorboards made endless fodder for the eye

To create a space for the program’s meals, a tent was erected on the lawn. The grass coming through the floorboards made endless fodder for the eye

Being on retreat opens the senses – everything becomes quite beautiful. Or maybe it always is, but we miss it in the speed of daily life.

One of the perks of rising with the sun is the amazing light of the earliest morning hours

One of the perks of rising with the sun is the amazing light of the earliest morning hours

Now I am renewed and ready for summer artisan shows on either Coast. First Halifax –

Downtown Halifax, across from Public Gardens, and free admission!

This annual show is in downtown Halifax, across from Public Gardens, and free admission!

and then the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver July 27 – August 7. See you there!

 

 

 

Harmony Arts Festival • West Vancouver • 2014

The last two weekends at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver have been just fabulous. I still can’t put my finger on what exactly it is that makes this festival worth crossing the entire continent for. It must be that it is such a fabulous mix of the best of my favourite thing. Let me tell you:

Firstly, consider the location – this annual outdoor festival is situated at Ambleside Park, right on the waterfront in West Vancouver, with a gorgeous view of the open water, and of Vancouver and the island.

this was the morning view on my daily walk to the festival tents

this was the morning view on my daily walk to the festival tents

Another thing I truly appreciate about the festival is the amazing selection of juried Canadian artisans, situated in these sweet tents, flanked by two stages for concerts throughout the festival.

the street completely will fill with crowds a little later in the day

the street completely will fill with crowds a little later in the day

People are genuinely interested in the work, and understand it well, and love to try it on, considering it on their bodies, and in connection with the pieces they already own.

She decided yes on this one

In the end, she decided ‘yes’ on this one

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This Onefooter ring was making a new friend in the solitaire

My Onefooter Series was once again a favourite hit, and was combined in some very nice ways, but the Script series also made a big impression (those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook will have seen several photos with this theme).

So many people remarked on the Script necklace I was wearing, this lady insisted to try it on. I may have to resurrect that design!

So many people remarked on the Script necklace I was wearing, this lady insisted to try it on. I may have to resurrect that design!

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Sunset from Ambleside Park, West Vancouver

I really enjoyed the setting of this festival, and took it all in on my daily walks to and from the venue. . This is what I call a pleasant “way home from work”!

I took the opportunity of the mid-week break of the artisan market to do some gallery hunting in Vanouver, and am happy to say I think I will have representation in Vanouver soon. Stay tuned! I also had the great fortune to experience Douglas Coupland’s thought-provoking exhibition at the Vanouver art gallery. I encourage you to watch the video on the gallery website.

Well, this was a new thing to see in an art gallery!

Well, this was a new thing to see in an art gallery! So I did.

Utopia - in lego.

Utopia – in lego.

Nine-Eleven

Nine-Eleven – only the cellphone image reveals what is being pictured

Finally, I am on my way back to Halifax, only to depart again at the end of the week for NY Now, a tradeshow in NYC, where galleries and shop owners find artists. Here is to hoping that I will make some good connections there!

Into the sunrise, on my way home

Flying into the sunrise, on my way home

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