Rabbit Hole Blog

I admitted on a previous post that I was unable to adjust my blog to be visible on tablets and phones. My daughter-in-law, Kim, offered to look into it for me. Turns out that the theme I was using didn’t support what I wanted. She suggested that I try a different theme. Sounds so easy, right? Well, Alice, let me tell you – click on another theme and you are plunged down the rabbit hole! There must be a way to preview new looks, but I was in too much of a hurry to check that out. Instead, I suddenly left the security of my established theme and format and found all of my content looking really bad while I floundered looking for a quick fix.

The format you see now is the result of some fast and fancy clicking on my keyboard. I have not finished looking for a new theme, but I hope that I have things looking presentable for now. Of course, I’ve been so lackadaisical about blogging that nobody will probably even notice. If you do, please feel free to weigh in with comments and suggestions.

I’ve been preoccupied for the last few months while dealing with my elderly parents. They live about 200 km. south of where I live, so I’ve put a lot of miles on my car. (It doesn’t seem natural to say I’ve put a lot of kilometers on my car, but that’s what happens when a country changes systems of measurement after you’ve learned to drive.) It’s been stressful with various health issues to deal with, and they were still living in the house they built in 1963. On December 6th they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

My Mom passed away last Sunday at 94 years of age. My Mom was a force to be reckoned with. She was the eldest of 9, and together with my Dad, raised several of her youngest siblings. They lived in a small town in southern Alberta and that’s where my brother was born. They moved to Lethbridge before I was born. Mom was the matriarch of her large extended family. My parents worked together at their dry cleaning business, and my Dad never seemed to mind not being the boss. Good thing. Mom retired when she was 86. She liked work, but she loved being in charge. She will be missed.

Now there’s just Dad to worry about. He is 93 and currently in a health care facility. I’m too spent to say much else right now. I’m managing to go from one little deadline to another, as it helps to keep busy. I need to get some creative work done soon – as soon as I dig myself out of the mess that has accumulated in my house! No more excuses. Back to work.

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Here’s my parents with my oldest son, Brad, and his wife, Kim. Hard to believe this photo was taken at the end of July.

Contextural Artisan Sale

It’s that time of year again! My fibre group is having their annual sale this weekend and I hope to see everyone there. I’ve been busy prepping for the last few weeks and I’m almost certain everything will be ready for set-up on Friday. This is the first year that we’ll be open for sales on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday. Should be fun!

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July Progress

The summer is racing along and my summer residency at the Art College is more than half way done. How did that happen? I feel this is a wake-up call and I will be more focused on printing for the next 6 weeks. Today I spent most my studio time working on new screens. I had been thinking about some design ideas while visiting my folks in Lethbridge. I couldn’t get any work done there, but I spent time working out ideas in my head. The notebook that I took with me was untouched. Obviously, it wasn’t necessary.

Here are rough prints made from the new screens. I’m too frugal to waste too much ink testing them, so there are a few light spots that will print properly with enough ink.

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You need to use your imagination to clean up the images. I printed them onto my drop cloth because it was handy. The first screen is very delicate and might prove useful when I’m creating overall patterns on fabric. The second screen was the one I planned last week and I think I’ll redo it with a few minor adjustments. Overall I like the effect. The last screen was a surprise and I really like it. The only problem is that the giant orb almost fills the whole screen. I need to figure out how to use it, or how to modify the design to a smaller size. It’s a never-ending job. It’s a job I love but the pay is terrible.

Cutting this short so I can get it posted before it gets lost.

BTW I see that I can preview my post the way it looks on a computer, a tablet and a phone. The only one that is readable is the computer. If anyone can help me make it more viewable in the other formats, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks

 

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What was up at the Esker?

The draft for this post was just “discovered” in my drafts folder. Not sure why I didn’t post it in 2014 when this exhibit took place. My apologies. The fiber group that I belong to, Contextural, held a meeting at the Esker Foundation. We were treated to a specially arranged curator’s tour. It was a lovely evening where we saw the work of 3 artists. Here are some of my favorite things from the exhibit, which we were allowed to photograph. These are works by Peter von Tiesenhausen.

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Lastly I must include another photo of the stairwell of the building – simply because I appreciate it’s beauty every time I see it.stairs

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