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About six years ago, I was fortunate to discover a small group of women in my community whose interest and obsession with making textile art equals my own. Each year since then we’ve managed to find a place in the neighbourhood to mount a display of our creations.

A few times it was a room in a church, several times a funny little vacant space on the side of a building (called “Side Space Gallery”), once in a café, and this year, in a yoga studio. The expansive white wall that spans the length of the studio was just begging to be lit up with our colourful creations.

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Grounded

We negotiated with the studio owner to have specific hours (around her classes) where people could come and see the exhibit, each weekend throughout the month of November.

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A Patch of Stillness

This Saturday, we’ll be holding the opening reception for our show at the Studio for Movement.

A week ago, we met to “hang” the show. None of us knew what each other had created, so it was a bit like Christmas morning when we spread everything out on the floor to get an idea of what the collection looked like. Amazingly, it all came together beautifully. It’s astonishing how some of us, working independently, used similar colour palettes and themes in our work. This made it fairly easy to create groupings that complemented each other.

I worked pretty hard to get two new pieces finished (each participating artist is invited to submit two pieces) and was still stitching on the labels the day we hung the show!

A third piece I had brought along (Open Arms, aka Driven to Abstraction) turned out to be just the right size for one of the walls, so that means I have three pieces in the show!

Getting together with my artist friends to plan and execute these exhibits, on a shoestring, has proven to be a great catalyst for all of us to learn, laugh, experiment and share our art with the community.E_invite_2013

If you’re in the Toronto area, I invite you to come by and be inspired!

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The wind stirred me up today, but during and after yoga class this evening, I heard and felt the wind in sync with my breathing, and it felt right.

the leaves danced all day today I still feel unsettled, but I think the winds of change are going to push me forward, whether I like it or not.

I’m still processing the events surrounding the G8/G20 summit in Toronto last weekend. I played a small part, by participating in the peaceful protest organized by Greenpeace, Oxfam and others. The sheer numbers of people who turned out, and the diversity of ages, races, causes, genders, etc. were impressive. And the atmosphere, as we marched from Queen’s Park down University Avenue, was festive. We weren’t angry, we just wanted our voices to be heard. From my perspective, the summits were an egregious waste of money – money that could have been directed towards climate change initiatives or concrete actions aimed at addressing the shameful poverty that exists in Canada and throughout the world. The whole lead-up to the event, including the scare tactics used by police to intimidate protesters, and the ridiculous fake lake farce set the stage for what was inevitable – the vandalism. And I am disgusted that the media was, for the most part, typical in its reaction. Over and over, they played the clips of the cruiser on fire, and the black-clad figure smashing the plate-glass window.

Scant seconds of coverage featured the peaceful majority that were there to exercise their democratic rights.

I’ll sign off now and hope that something good comes out of all this, though I don’t have a clue what it will be.

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