* * * Handmade House 710 Broadway Ave , Saskatoon - Find me there on Fridays. I'm a new member selling my mini threadpaintings & hand embroidery.
* * * SCC 40th Anniversary Exhibition Members' Show & Sale until the end of August, 2015. 813 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon
* * * ArtWalk Weyburn SK - My art @ Investors Group July & August as part of a Fibre Art showcase & walking tour put together by Jaynie Himsl.
* * * Dimensions 2015 - MacKenzie Art Gallery Regina SK, until August 16, 2015. Juried selection of SK Fine Craft (Prairie City is part of this touring exhibition)

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

That's a Good Question.

Where did I go?  I haven't blogged in 10 days.  THAT is a record.  Where did I go?  I don't really have an answer for you.  I didn't really go anywhere.  Oh wait - I did go over to Instagram.  Gee, talk about instant gratification.  Maybe they should call it InstaGrat.  I thought Facebook was wonderful for being seen.  Aside from being another time waster, I don't mind instagram too much since you can highly edit your images.  Often people post grainy or dark or sepia versions of their photos.  I think it's often dark.. but yikes!  It sure is popular.  Unfortunately, most everyone there has a weird, unrecognizable name.  I do not.  My name there is Monika_Kinner.  It wouldn't take the hyphenated last name, and so that's as far as I got when I logged in.  I'm not leaving blogger, but boy have things changed.  Flickr and Blogger are really losing viewers.  When you post a pic of your work and get 50 to 2000 likes on FB or IG, well... it's addictive.  Click - BING!  It's up on the web and hearts pour in...

Image with Instagram filters...

As usual, I've been making mini prairie threadpaintings for Handmade House, where I am still fully enjoying my time there.  I am excited to work three shifts (Fri, Tues, Fri) in the next ten days because the FRINGE Festival has rolled into town!  : )  Even after I moved away from Saskatoon, I always came back for the Fringe.  It's busking and street performers and plays and skits and music and crafts and food late into the night for over a week, right there on Broadway.  !!  : )

I've been stitching away to finish some more pieces for the grant project.  I am nearly finished another moon.  I want to say, 'Prairie Moon' which isn't really fair since the moon is seen everywhere...  But as a prairie dweller, there's a close relationship with all aspects of the big, unrestricted sky.  Sometimes at night, there is nothing to look at but beautiful Luna.  So, here is my 'Blue Moon' in progress.

The Blue Moon is just a name for the second full moon in one calendar month.  It isn't really blue, but I wanted it to be.  So here it is... it's taken days to make all these eyelet stitches.  I'm so close to being done.  The hoop is quite big.  The yarns are everything from acrylic to cotton to silk.  Some sparkle!

Now I have a natural moon, a honey moon, a blood moon, and this blue moon.  There are many mroe to come... and they are all different sizes too!

I've been really into blue lately.  While dropping off art on Monday to Handmade House, I decided I couldn't stand it anymore.  I LOVE this bowl so much, and so I made it mine.

When I look at this bowl, I see a familiar landscape.  All my life, I've driven over that hill north of North Battleford, where all of a sudden everyone in the vehicle exclaims, "I SEE THE LAKE!".  It's Jackfish Lake where I grew up.  This bowl represents that point where you get to the top of the hill and can see that huge lake.  In the 70's when we didn't have air conditioned vehicles, we practically cried it out, laughing at the same time.  The outside of the blow reminds me of the farmers' land... and then up at the very top, it's water.  It's hugely comforting for me to see this bowl, and so I keep it on my sewing table.  Perhaps it will collect clippings of yarn?

*** May it never break ***

I think my summer will continue to be intermittent when it comes to blogging.  I'm getting lots done, and going to make some trips out to the cabin soon.  I hope you are enjoying your summer.

p.s.  Have you been to Weyburn?  What did you think about all the fibre art exhibitions?  Maybe I'll see you on Instagram.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sunday Snapshots

I am so refueled - captured so many beauties in just a short period of time.  I went out for a little visit to my friend Patti's.  It was the perfect day!  She lives on a very high point and you can see so far!

looks like we could sled down it in the winter, but it's really not that sloped

It didn't look like she was home, so we drove a little further and took the dog for a run.  LOVE this picture!  Look at that!  Yellow, Green, Blue!

Then back to Patti's.  My kids love to feed her horses.  Isn't this a lovely photo!  I have it blown up really huge on my monitor.  I love the focus on my daughter as she gathers hay, and then the blur of the fields down below.

The Saskatoon berries are ridiculously abundant and so, so blue!  I've never seen them like this.

Lucky for me - I took that photo while the wind was whipping, and I managed a clear shot from fairly far away.  Something was blowing in.  We were loosing steam and decided to head for home.

Above: I must threadpaint this.  The clouds - oh it looks so fake!  I love all the varieties of only green and blue.

Below: I must threadpaint that.  The purple blowing about is so darn pretty!  I love the windiness of that image.  It's so me.  If I stitch that, I just might have to keep it for myself.

Happy Sunday to you!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Members' Show & Sale is Up!

Today marks the opening of a very different kind of exhibition at the Affinity Gallery of the SK Craft Council.  To celebrate their 40th anniversary, they have filled the gallery (and I quote) 'to the rafters'.  50 members have submitted at least two pieces each in every area of craft.  It will be an ever changing display.  Everything is for sale in the room, and as they sell, they can be taken home and will be replaced with a new piece.  I stopped in with my work at the point that Les & Maia had plenty already up on the walls.  SO much colour.  It's really great, a must-see if you are on Broadway Ave.

I have two pieces in there.  One is my Dimensions 2013 Threadpainting - which is entirely hand stitched with the exception of the sky.

She's Blooming!  2013  (click to view larger)

This is in a contemporary style dark frame with a wide white floating mat.  It just came off a two year tour.  It's one of a kind and full of a couple thousand French Knots.  Needless to say, you expect a higher price on this one because of the amount of hand work.  it's based on the view heading back from Jackfish Lake.  The hills in the distance (Table Mountain Range) always looked blue from where we lived.  If you see works of mine with that blue-grey on the horizon, that's the story behind it.  : )  Please click on the image and you should be able to view it larger.

The second threadpainting in the show is my recent one, also in a dark contemporary frame with wide floating mat.  It's based on the turnaround at the Grasswood gas station heading toward Regina.  The colours were inspired by the way the sky looked just after a tornado warning was lifted.  I've worked this one out before, however, this version is the largest I've done.

Storm has Passed, 2015

A big congratulations to the Saskatchewan Craft Council and THANK YOU for providing your members with this wonderful opportunity over the summer.  : )

You can see images of more of the pieces available from the members HERE.

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