Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New Iceland Museum to host Articulation Textile Group, Summer 2019.

Life and art continue to merge in the hectic schedule for Articulation Textile Group as they prepare work for their third group show together in the past eight months. For some of us it is the fourth or fifth exhibition we have been a part of in that short span of time. I will share a little about independent events in a future post as for right now lets just focus on the most pressing issue at hand. I don't know about you but I am getting pretty dizzy juggling life and art, and yes, I am guilty of dropping those balls on occasion too despite my best laid plans. For the skimmers amongst us, we hope you will join us during the duration of the show,

                                                  July 1st through September 2nd, 2019

                                                        "CONNECTED HERITAGE",
                                                           Articulation Textile Group
                                                   The New Iceland Heritage Museum
                                                      108-94-1st Avenue, Gimli, MB

                                                       Just down from the Gimli Glider
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This past weekend Ingrid and I, both cottagers at Ponemah on Lake Winnipeg and the Manitoba representatives for Articulation, took the short drive in to Gimli and the New Iceland Heritage Museum, to review our current plans for the gallery space. Counting out linear wall space and connecting the list of items we are aware of in transit against gallery footage within the space allotted to us was the first order of business. We do have a grand plan but we all know what can happen with that. We will wait to see what pans out when all the work arrives and it can be assembled in one communal destination. Some of us, and I won't mention any names, but its probably a local and Ingrid was organized months ago, are still stitching up a storm readying work for photography. I know my pieces will be in the space on the day we hang the show so all will be well and I like every other member of our team will celebrate the culmination of our communal creative efforts.

Yesterday I spent the day working on the write ups for my work to share with the group.  While visiting google docs, reluctantly, it was exciting to read about what is coming in. I am really looking forward to seeing who has finished what pieces and how they resolved a particular structural or technical issue that presented itself along the way. Unwrapping shipped artwork is a cross between christmas morning and being a kid in a candy store, both of which inspire joy and often great respect for the talented women we share space with in this group.

This band of pelican brothers, bellies pinked in the light of a spring sunrise, supervise  Lake Winnipeg's foreshores.

Making art is all about problem solving. Some of the hurdles we are faced with cause us to discover new and wondrous things while others inspire an about turn resulting in an abandoned idea that may or may not surface again after future consideration. I personally abandoned one body of work for this project with a focus on language. Time and circumstance can also be another reason a piece is abandoned despite its visual potential to be a star within a group exhibit.

Lesley Turner's, proposed knitted piece for "Connected Heritage"

The Icelandic community has a particular affinity for the written word, language development, poetry and legendary tales. Being an immigrant myself, I am well aware the words of those new to a land can be lost or misunderstood. My first project intended to look at the concept of translation, specifically, the reinterpretation of the famed Icelandic sweater into a quilted piece. The idea of transferring knowledge in one realm to be reinterpreted in another was an interesting prospect initially but in reality the construction stage felt too far removed from my current studio practice and so it has been parcelled away for another day. Who knows, I might unearth those beginnings during a studio clean up in the future and be inspired to reinterpret those concepts in another format at another time. Such is the business of creation.

"Bit of a winter poet", Lake Winnipeg from Hecla Island, Acrylic on panel, Amanda O

Donna Clement in her piece "Vinarterta", focused on language and an Icelandic cultural food item, specific to the Interlake region. Writing and drawing with procion dyes, Donna celebrated this delicious, local treat. "Vinarterta" is made from alternating layers of spice infused plum jam and almond or cardamon flavoured shortbread. While little is known of this cake in Iceland today, the immigrant community in North America holds tightly to this culinary time capsule and cultural touchstone of their home country." ( Donna Clement) I am lucky to have a friend with Icelandic heritage who gifts me with cake annually at Christmas. My family is definitely grateful for that Icelandic connection.

"Vinarterta" by Donna Clement

Look for "Vinarterta" at the entry to our gallery space and buy yourself some from the museum giftshop courtesy of a local bakery on your way home.

Somewhere to level our gaze, Lake Winnipeg

Gimli is a thriving summer destination in Manitoba's Interlake region. Locals love their municipality year round. At just over an hour beyond Winnipeg's perimeter, Gimli is an easy commute and a scenic drive from the action of international culture that is Manitoba's capital. At home on the foreshores of Lake Winnipeg, this thriving, creative community retains the Icelandic flavour of New Iceland, Vestur Islendingar, the region that became home to a flood of Icelandic immigrants after 1875 when almost one-fifth of the population left Iceland. Granted Reserve status the Icelandic settlement self-governed until 1887 when they were incorporated into Manitoba and all Icelandic descendants became Canadian citizens.

Lake Winnipeg Lucky Rocks, sometimes known as Odin stones

 Articulation textile group members visited the region in 2016 to gather stories, information, visual imagery and inspiration. This research mission evolved into individual responses to the region that each artist has interpreted using textiles as the primary medium. Each of us is unique in our process, our interpretation and preferred methods of creation which makes the coming together of a body of work undertaken within these parameters all the more interesting.

Personally, textiles take me back to community, to the idea of women supporting each other in the human facets of their lives. A place where the rhythm of stitch adds a meditative quality, a doing that promotes being. The quilt is a symbol of comfort that is both utilitarian and aesthetic. It shields and protects, it warms us with its presence and intent. The quilt, often made in the community, is where I focused my creative efforts for the body of work I call the "Larettur Series" (Icelandic for horizontal) These quilts are reflective of a community in a new land who look forward to new beginnings while not losing sight of the connection to their origins.

Stephan G Stephansson, (1853-1927), in the first four lines of his poem, "Remembrance", translated into English,  in "The Anthology of Icelandic Poetry", aptly defines the immigrant sentiment.

                                                "Though you have trodden in travel,
                                                   All the wide tracts of the earth,
                                                Beware yet the dreams of your bosom,
                                                   Back to the land of your birth,..."

Lake Winnipeg stick dock pier at Ponemah

My contribution, the "Larettur" work, focuses on the commonality of the horizon, where the expanse of water and sky converge. The horizon, like a punctuation mark, defines the boundary between what once was and what now is, for wherever one stands, near or far, one can always rest their gaze on that horizon and be home.

Production of this group was not without issue. My original plan for three large pieces morphed into a series of six, four of them taking on a narrow horizontal shape and bound as quilts. Tapping into the Icelandic spirit for adventure and expansion I opted to not confine the largest pieces within a quilt binding but instead to mount them on canvas and allow the image to be free. The rotary cutter came into play, possibly too often, as I wrestled with composition and intent. The work, as it sometimes does, took on a life of its own and that is one of the inspiring aspects of an artistic practice. We may as artists think we are in control but sometimes, often, a body of work evolves into something we don't anticipate and teaches us new lessons along the way.

I learned patience and a new respect for the quilter who feels an almost completed quilt should not be slashed by a rotary cutter, not once, and definitely not multiple times. That is probably also why I am still scrambling to put down the needle and thread and have the pieces photographed at the last minute before their inclusion in the show.
Evaluating our process at the conclusion of a single artwork or at the completion of a series is another step an artist takes before work is included in an exhibition. As our current deadline looms and plans come to fruition, we need to take some time to encapsulate our thoughts, our process and the end result of our journey through ideas, inspiration and media. What to name our pieces becomes another decision to make that can be an important connection to our work, our audience, and our group focus or theme.

My thoughts returned to that concept of translation and the realization my computer does not speak Icelandic with its keyboard omission of characters unique to the Icelandic language. Naming my pieces with bilingual titles felt like an appropriate Canadian thing to do. Being of neither Icelandic or Canadian descent I do appreciate the immigrant affinity for duality and the need for a second voice in support of the first.
Lesley Turner at work

I love words and spent some time googling definitions to help me in my quest to appropriately name my works with titles that spoke to both parts of an Icelandic immigrants heart. Along those travels, I came across Merriam Webster's definition of Articulation, which she defines as the act of giving utterance or expression. I think you will be as surprised by the diversity of expression found in Articulation's Show, "Connected Heritage", as I am. We hope if you are in the region you will come out to see our work in person, that you might join us to share your stories of the Interlake or to discuss the ideas of connection, community, and creativity, either in person or in our guestbook.

 See you in July for the next blog post!
                                                                                      Amanda Onchulenko

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Articulation Textile Group is an Industrious Bunch.

         Articulation members are an industrious bunch.

Our forest exhibit was barely packed up and Lesley's houseguests out the door when she headed off to lead the hanging of the VISDA show at the Cedar Hill Gallery in Victoria.
 Cedar Hill Gallery, Victoria.
The process of hanging a show is no simple task. It takes time and energy and usually benefits from the helpful hands of volunteers and a generous estimate of time to get from the prepping stage above to a mounted show of works successfully on display.

"Dialogue #1" By Lesley Turner

VISDA is a branch of the Surface Design Association to which 4/6 of our group are affiliated. This exhibition titled, "CONNECTIONS" runs from April 17th to May 5th, 2019. Lesley's piece above reflects her affinity for historical handwork and her collaborative efforts with the environment. "Dialogue #1" will also be shown in Winnipeg during the Dualities exhibition before heading west to its new owner in Edmonton.

VISDA'S Opening Reception was held at the Gallery on April 17th, 2019

As a by-product of our "Forest and Sea and the Place Between" exhibition in the Portals Gallery in Duncan, BC, Articulation members were invited to contribute work to the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show. Both Wendy Klotz and Lesley Turner managed to submit works that were selected to be a part of the Arts Council's upcoming show to be held April 30th- May 11th, 2019.

 "Battle Fatigue/s" by Lesley Turner came from the catalogue of our "War" work to participate in the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show at Portals Gallery.  The deconstructed military uniform reflects the laid bare state of personnel affected by PTSD and the repetitive triggers those suffering from PTSD find constantly in familiar environments.

Wendy Klotz submitted "Safely Gathered In" shown above. This piece is based on the harvest hymn where the farmer has persevered another year despite rain, flood, and pestilence. Wendy's focus was on the pattern and the contrast between the concentric circles of the hay bales and the horizontal lines of the field, 12" x 24". I am told it shimmered beautifully behind the cellist on opening night.

We are very proud to announce that Lesley Turner won an Award of Excellence for her work in the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, that also included "Soldier's Heart", shown seated with " Battle Fatigue/s" above. Congratulations Lesley!

Other member news includes Wendy Klotz and Donna Clement, both Calgary residence, being accepted to do a three-month stint with the Contextual group's self-directed summer residency program from May 25th through to August 11th. That is 11 weeks of concentrated fun to be spent in the  Fibre Department at Alberta's University of the Arts. The textile department is well stocked, I am told, with lovely long print tables, a dye room and dark room, and personal locker space for residents. This year Wendy understands they will also have access to weaving looms.

Donna Clement is also looking forward to her residency but in the meantime can be found with a suitcase and camera in hand. I love seeing travel pics. The above door knockers she unearthed during her recent travels in Malta. I will look forward to seeing what great things they each discover during their summer spent experimenting.

Lesley meanwhile, has again been building boxes, this one above sadly too big for Canada Post to handle. Contained within is her work for a show with Articulation's Ingrid Lincoln and a complimentary pair of West Coast and Prairie artists, Louise Lamb and Laura Feeleus for a show called "Dualities". This show opens next week at the Cre8tery Gallery in Winnipeg and runs from May 9-21, 2019. It includes a variety of works in paint, print, photography, and textiles.
 I too have been juggling life and a studio practice. Last month I mounted a solo show at the newly reopened Adelaide McDermot Gallery conveniently situated just two floors below my studio. I always love connecting with people through art and that weekend was no different. It was a lovely way to welcome spring into a Manitoban climate that still appears a little reluctant to change.

I have been hard at work on many projects, among them, my water-themed projects (above) for Articulation's summer show at the Icelandic Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba. I thought I was close to finishing three large quilts, each approximately 4 feet square but a couple of events involving a rotary cutter and experimental plans have challenged my considered process. The evolution of an artwork can sometimes be a journey through frustration and disappointment but we are hopeful to resolve it in the end with possible life lessons learned along the way. (i.e. don't cut up a perfectly good art quilt!) I will keep you posted as to how it turns out but for now, I think I will put them on the back burner and spend a block of time completing the painting commissions I have as a result of my show.

Like many Articulation members, I find myself spending a lot of time adding works in progress to bags to take along with me just in case I get a minute to work on some hand stitching. And like many other creatives, I am lobbying for extended daylight hours as 24 is just not enough time for most of us with so many balls in play at any given time.

Last weekend, for example, was spent not stitching, but at the University of Manitoba celebrating a successful Honours thesis completed in Psych and a year-end exhibition for the Architecture faculty. The above sisters now fully grown were the subject of our inspiration on those occasions and I was very happy to put aside my creative hat for the proud mother version.
Our Saskatchewan member, Lean Clifford knows first hand the time commitment of family, especially with newly minted twin grandbabies. I think we are all looking forward to hearing of her progress through familial and creative activities.

For all of us, a days work is never limited to purely production time. Last night instead of sewing in a cosy corner I was a guest of the Headingly Public Library sharing a presentation on my first book "Wisdom at the Crossroads". A lovely group of people attended and I am very grateful for all of the support I have been shown since the publication arrived in my hands in October of 2018.  Should you be interested my book is available online for those not able to shop in Winnipeg. Find "Wisdom at the Crossroads" by Amanda Onchulenko at McNally Robinson Booksellers. Please see the link below.

Finally, this weekend I will be at the Creative Manitoba offices during The Exchange District's First Friday event along with other WAVE Artists to launch the 2019 Brochure. The  "WAVE INTERLAKE ARTIST'S STUDIO TOUR" is the longest running studio tour in Manitoba. Now in its 15th year, the tour takes place two weekends each year in June and September. There will be a group of artists from the tour coming into the city to help kick off the brochure launch and to encourage those not familiar with the creative treasures of the Interlake to take a short, inspirational road trip this summer. During the WAVE, I will be encouraging visitors to my summer venue in June to also take in Articulation's exhibition, "Connected Heritage", while visiting Gimli in Manitoba's Interlake. 

If you are in the neighbourhood for any of the above-mentioned Articulation events we hope you will stop in to say hi and get a first-hand look at what inspires us and how this inspiration evolves through our industrious hands.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

A new season for Articulation

                                           A NEW SEASON FOR ARTICULATION

2019 is flying by and already a new season is upon us. Spring brings with it: renewal, new beginnings and hopefully some nice weather. Our Island friends have been basking in mild temperatures and surrounded by greening and blossoming vegetation for some time while those of us with zone 3 microclimates are finally seeing the first of the perennial bloomers breaking through.

Easter is already here and in our family it inspires a road trip to visit family in Western Manitoba. Here we always find the comfort of gathering, sharing delicious meals and the beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs made annually by my very talented sister in law, Lynn Tataryn.

Easter also signals the end of Articulation's show, "Forest and Sea and the Place Between", which closed on April 18th at the Portals Gallery, Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Centre in Duncan, BC.
Our gratitude extends to our curator, Morgan Saddington, and all the volunteers who assisted with the installation of our work as well as the monitoring of the space during the show's run. Lesley Turner, our colleague, friend, and Island connection was the driving force behind this show for Articulation and we are exceedingly grateful for her hard work and commitment.

We would also like to thank guests who attended the artist reception as well as attendees who came from near and far to see our work and left comments in our guest book. In creating art, making marks, manipulating tools and techniques and translating our inspiration into a physical piece, we often work in isolation. Your feedback is appreciated as much as your attendance.  Thank you all.

Works have now been packed up and will soon be returned to their owners. Meanwhile, every member of our group is guaranteed to be working through their personal processes in the creation of work for our next group gathering. I know I am not alone in packing, "just a few things" to take along on a road trip at this time of year. The dashboard of our car on these occasions always harbours at least a few spools of thread and scissors as I work on pieces with hand stitching along the way.

Our next Articulation exhibition will be held this summer in Gimli, Manitoba, at the Icelandic Heritage Museum. We hope if you are in the neighbourhood you will join us. Planning is well underway and our pieces are growing into a significant body of work. I find the development process fascinating and often see themes resurface. (pardon the pun).

The Salish Sea and west coast beaches, for me, inspired inquiry focused on our civic responsibilities and the need for responsible stewardship of our precious natural resources. The concept of sustainability has definitely resonated for me and I can see and feel the water theme developing along other tangents for my work based on Manitoba's Interlake, where water also plays a very distinct role.

Lesley Turner has been combing her local coastlines and gathering kelp washed ashore for part of her next project and I am as fascinated as you are to see where this new tangent takes her. The environment plays a significant role in Lesley's creative process as we have seen in her Forest work where the subject also became a collaborator. I wonder what role this kelp will play in coming pieces?

Similarly, Wendy Klotz, is never one to leave home without some tools of the trade stashed neatly into a bag or box. Her journeys take her far and wide to local and international destinations but she always travels with the constant comfort of the handmade, and works in progress, as her travel companions.

My studio is currently looking a bit dishevelled as fabric has taken over from painting now that my personal exhibition is over. I try generally to compartmentalize the two arms of my practice. It keeps things fresh and balances out the exhaustion of one process after the meeting of a major deadline. I know the above image of my cutting table looks bad to the untrained eye but I have to tell you there is a particular joy that comes from a day spent knee deep (literally) in fabric. The ability to close the door and not share my creative messes with family and friends until it is all cleaned up and looking a little more civilized is an added bonus of having a studio to work from.

Returning home to Winnipeg yesterday from our Easter journey, we made an annual stop just outside Neepawa, Manitoba, to pay our respects to a departed friend. We were lucky to see some Icelandic girls enjoying the spring weather on our way. Our Articulation group was able to meet some of this unique to Manitoba, Icelandic herd during our research visit to the Interlake in 2017. I look forward to seeing if any of these girls have inspired work that will appear in the show?

This Easter weekend, I know I speak for all of our group in wishing you and your family time together celebrating your faith, your community, and your families. This little Ukrainian Orthodox icon on the prairies in Lennard, Manitoba is an example of a community, like many across the west, who lovingly tend the grounds and spaces that were founded by clusters of families in their backgrounds. They hint to a simpler time without the internet or blog posts, a time when being together and creating things by hand were not only favoured past times but necessary skills of survival in often harsh political and environmental climates.

We wish everyone a very happy Easter weekend. May the new season help you to step forward along your personal journey in inspired and creative ways.

Until next time...
Amanda Onchulenko, on behalf of Articulation Textile Group, Canada.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Last week for Articulation at Portals Gallery in Duncan, BC


Spring is here and our show "Forest and Sea and the Place Between" has been hanging in the Cowichan Valley's Portals Gallery for the past few weeks. The show has been very well attended and enthusiastically received. It will be closing at the end of this week on April 18th. Artists Wendy Klotz of Calgary, Ingrid Lincoln of Winnipeg and Lesley Turner of Vancouver Island were at the gallery on Sunday afternoon sharing their process with the more than 40 visitors in attendance. We hope if you did not get to talk to these artists on the weekend that you still have time this week to see the work in the show. 

Ingrid, Wendy, and Lesley, shown above with curator Morgan Saddington, represented our group during Sunday's Artist Reception and enjoyed discussing their creative processes with attending guests. Process is such a fascinating part of any art practice and is as individual as the artists themselves.

Island resident Lesley Turner, for example, created works for this show by literally getting down and dirty with the forest itself. Her work is always thoughtful and intellectually driven and never loses sight of the handmade intention, and the comforting textures of fabric and thread. 

Her process for this body of work involved a collaboration with the elements that saw her wrap bedsheets around tree trunks, bury cloth at the foot of collaborating trees and attach ink-laden brushes to tree branches on a windy day. All efforts to capture the unique signatures of forest species: Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar, and Big Leaf Maple, which starred in her textile show. 

Through her explorations she was able to gather a unique perspective, collaboratively create expressive marks that Jackson Pollock would be proud of, and create unique pieces literally and metaphorically connected to the forest. In the image above she has even included items that become intrinsically invested in the process.  Lesley then stitched her own line drawings of leaf shapes and forms into the forest treated fabrics to create multi-layered, multidimensional panels starring her three tree subjects.  

The West Coast's forests, seas, and places between led us down many creative paths. We were inspired to stretch our imagination and interpret our individual perspectives in textiles using fabric and thread, paint, ink, and dye. We stitched things together using the machine and hand embroidery, we assembled our ideas and responses to images or ideas in our own independent ways that sometimes kept us up late or got us out of bed at night in search of a pencil and paper to jot just one more thing down..."before I forget".

I think I speak for our group when I say I don't know what it is like to not be thinking, wondering, inquiring, discovering or creating. Some days I would just like to do the groceries and not be distracted by the lovely arcing petals of that artichoke heart or the sheen and pattern on that fresh and soon to be devoured pink lady.

The projects we took on the road with us as we worked through our translation of inspiration will soon be packed up and returned to sender but you can be guaranteed that each of us has tucked into a corner in a bag or box, a few pieces of fabric or thread ready to be taken up in the pursuit of our next piece at a moments notice.

While we have been patiently waiting for the season to change and, for Manitobans like me, for the ice the melt off Lake Winnipeg, we have continued to work on pending projects. Articulation is in the midst of a very active year of exhibitions and the planning process for our next show is well underway. 

Articulation will be mounting a show called "CONNECTED HERITAGE" at the New Icelandic Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba through the summer of 2019.  We hope if you are in the neighbourhood you might join us to see where our inspiration has taken us this time in fabric, thread, and textiles, but not necessarily in that order.

A blank Canvas or an unmarked piece of fabric, a blank gallery wall... they all have potential written all over them. We are all working and wondering where our creative tangents will lead us and hope collectively that you will stop by to check in on us here, in a week or two, to discover what progress we have made on our preparations for coming events. Until then enjoy the last week of "Forest and Sea and the Place Between" at Portals Gallery, Duncan BC.
See you soon, 
Amanda O

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Portals Gallery hosts Articulation Textile Group 2019:Time for reflection.

                                                   TIME FOR REFLECTION.
Life is a process. With Articulation's show, "Forest and Sea and the Place Between" now hanging cleverly at the Portals Gallery in Duncan BC, it is time to take a moment to reflect.

Donnington, Saanich Peninsula
Thinking "deeply and carefully", contemplating where we began, what evolved, what we have collectively achieved and where do we go from here?  Wow! even that sentence is complex and probably the point of today's little message from and for our group.

Do you ever really take time to let your last accomplishment sink in? Did you take time to pat yourself on the back after you achieved something, anything, you had set your sights on and followed through to a conclusion? Notice I didn't attach any judgment or define accomplishment as good or bad or logically concluded. If you are like me and being particularly honest you probably shook your head and thought reflexively ...who has the time, right?

Wendy, Botanical Gardens, Tofino.

It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday stressors, societal expectations, the ones we feel a need to measure up to or at least strive towards, and particularly the ones we place upon ourselves. Yes, we have goals and dreams and balls in the air but when it comes down to it we can take a moment to take in all that has just happened. I was thoroughly inspired by the forest and the sea and many many places in between but if I am truly reflective I was most inspired by the people and relationships that developed in this association with like-minded souls.

Articulate explorers
I am honoured to find myself in the company of other creatives who don't mind me bedraggling along a shoreline, stooping to scratch at a curious detail in the sand at my feet or ponder a particular curve in that sinuous piece of kelp washed up on the shore.. because they are all doing the same thing.
Taking in the dual pleasure of a setting sun and rising full moon. Chesterman Beach, Tofino. 
Each time we headed out on "assignment" shall we say, it was a cordial group of deep thinkers and visual explorers who reflected on every interaction. Be it a macro or micro detail, a comment or a shared thought on process or technique, this collegial group is always full of interesting discussion and thought-provoking discovery facilitated through exploration.

Ancient lucky rocks from an ancient inland ocean
You could accurately call Articulation Textile Group serious hunters and gatherers. We embrace any and every opportunity to refine our skills and learn new ones. We are particularly good at collecting, and not only sketchbooks and art supplies. As the newest member of this esteemed group, I can attest we collect not only things but also experiences and memories. Marie Kondo would definitely approve.
Lesley Turner's Garden
We have been privileged visitors to Vancouver Island and repeat guests at Donnington. Lesley's Island Garden is a heartening experience for anyone, particularly for prairie dwellers restricted to zone three for summer perennials. Every corner has been carefully researched and meticulously designed, beautifully planned and exquisitely executed. It clearly expresses passion and inspires all visitors to take at least a moment and breathe it all in.
A beautiful vantage point

Taking time to appreciate all the hard work, the lobbying, the meeting and measuring and problem solving that has taken place in members' home cities across the country is something I don't think we have given ourselves an opportunity to do very often, but from this lovely spot in Lesley's garden, that goal can more easily be achieved.

Fall supper, island style.
The evening perspective was equally inspiring and provided animated discussion and further inspiration. Food for thought shall we say? With all the stress and worry entailed in setting up an exhibition behind us those of our group heading back to the island will hopefully enjoy a repeat of this activity while sitting down to enjoy a little bit of a break and reflect on the finished works on display.

I won't be making it this trip but I will be consciously recalling the textures of our travels, the silvered surfaces of driftwood and the monumentality of forest debris casually scattered on beaches everywhere.

Kindred spirits, Sidney
I will fondly recall the realization that I am not alone in my attraction for seaside strolls, the intoxicating smell of salt water in the air, and beachcombing and exploration anywhere.

Hallmark movie set in downtown Sidney
I will smile remembering the Hollywood/ Hallmark interpretation of winter during a beautiful October afternoon where quilt batting impersonated fresh snow.

Always time for a tea break
As a tea drinker, I generally find myself a minority in Canada but not so on the Island. The English countenance felt comforting and that's without even mentioning the accompaniments. Truly it was the colour that inspired me at this sitting.

Finally, I will reflect on the new number I earned during my last visit, the good company I was fortunate to keep and most importantly how the journey to the coast made me feel: included, respected and most importantly inspired. If you are on the Island and have not seen the show yet, we hope you will take the time to go and reflect on some of the discoveries we made and the ideas we explored in fibre.  Articulation Textile Group is showing "Forest and Sea and the Place Between" at Portals Gallery, Duncan BC till April 18th, 2019. Artist Reception April 13th, 3pm-5pm

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