Monday, 30 May 2016

Making Tool from the Landscape: Pen and Ink

Here are the pens that we made last week and some coffee ink. It's as easy as it sounds! I brewed some coffee for myself and saved some to draw with. I added vinegar and salt so that I could store it longer. Super fun and they worked great! 

 Stick Pens and Coffee Ink

White mixed media paper worked well with the ink. I love the color! I plan to try birch bark and our own home-made paper later this week.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Making Tools from the Landscape

You never know when someone will come along and inspire you to try something new. A few days ago my friend introduced me to Nick Neddo, a Vermont artist who makes his tools from the landscape. His art is stunning and his book, The Organic Artist, has captivated me. Maybe it's because I love making art with materials that I gather in the wild and the idea of making my own tools and art supplies takes my process to a whole new place. Today I made simple pens out of sticks that I gathered. This was so much fun and I can't wait to make ink and try them out on birch bark and home-made paper. As I experiment with making these tools and incorporate them into my art I will share my experiences with you here. I'm curious to see where this will lead:)

 Reading The Organic Artist by Nick Neddo

 My Pens

Saturday, 21 May 2016

In a laundry room in Winnipeg

A few weeks ago I was visiting my family in Winnipeg and I felt inspired to create. I didn't have any of my woodworking tools or art supplies so I decided to make something different. I wanted to use recycled materials and acrylic paints. I made a  quick trip to the art store to get some paints and then went into the garage searching for treasure. I was ecstatic to discover my father-in-law's stash of metal bits and pieces. That evening he set me up in the laundry room at an old card table with my paints and a pile of salvaged materials. This flower was made that night. It was a great reminder that you can create anywhere.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Wooden Necklaces

Here are five necklaces that I just finished. They come from five different trees/shrubs. Over the next few months, I will gather 15 more branches from different trees and shrubs in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Check back to see what I find:)


 Black Walnut




Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Land Art in the Mountains

It was hard to leave this little heart behind and I hope whoever came across it smiled. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Making Land Art on the Prairies

I just got back from a road trip through the prairies. Before I left, I had visions of creating land art beside vast farm fields, in sand dunes and marshes. Making land art on the prairies in the spring turned out to be more challenging than I expected. The wind was always with me. It was a humbling experience but I'm looking forward to trying again in the fall.   

Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba

 Cattail Fluff, Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba 

 Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba