into 2016

fieldwork 2

Produce  (verb) → to bring into existence; give rise to; cause I seem to go through several “new year” events. In September it feels like a new year because of the association with the school year (even though I am long beyond going to school I do take classes from time to time). Then there is the […]

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on location

a quest

in this island place we see in all directions home is everywhere from “on location” A while ago I talked about a chapbook of poetry I had created. My artist self worked on the images (local photos altered using various apps) and the design (paper, fonts, layout etc.) while my writer self went through the […]

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lining up my words – a meditation

I’ve been hammering and shaping copper. Letter by letter I put words on the copper that might inspire or remind. My sister calls them cue words. The first bracelet I tried making I stamped “practice” in both directions. Yes, it was a practice bracelet but also I wanted to remind myself to keep practicing. – […]

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In Gratitude

Some magic happened today at Coast Collective. Poets read, artists talked and the audience responded with much applause. The show, “In Conversation: Poets Speak; Artists Respond”, began with a call out to poets back in June. Poets responded by submitting twenty-nine poems that were given to participating artists to work with. A few months later […]

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poems from Vancouver Island

I finally got my chapbook together the way I wanted. There were a number of things I had to put in place : – choose the poems, review/edit, put them in some kind of order – decide if I wanted to include any images (yes) – create the images using my photos and then altering […]

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drawn by the strange pull

Sometimes I am at a loss for words. That’s when I make “other things” – things physical and hopefully, things that have a quality of beauty. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I can only be true to myself, my vision. I’ve given a lot of thought lately about why […]

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Making Art

There’s something energizing about being in the same room with “like” people. Last week I spent 5 energizing days at MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts) in a workshop that was quite different from anything I’ve taken. Instead of the touch of clay or the impulse of paint and paper I learned how […]

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Projects & Promises

I’m setting some project goals for myself over the next six months. I have set them in the past and have disappointed myself by not following through. Now my impulse as I am getting closer to my 60th birthday is to do the work and please myself. ☺ In an attempt to integrate the artist […]

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My Tribe

My writing group, the Sooke Writers’ Collective, has been working toward a 2015 anthology since last fall. It is a professionally designed and printed book – one hundred and fourteen pages this year with nineteen participants, five of which are high school students. The five are winners of our annual student writing contest we host […]

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Inspired

I try to give myself some creative retreats every year. One I try not to miss is MISSA – Metchosin International School of the Arts.   Every summer they have fantastic workshops by the week or weekend in varied arts such as clay work, painting, mixed media, writing etc. etc. In past years I have written, […]

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