Welcome to this first issue of Cocoonnections!
Here you'll find: new work, news about workshops and information about upcoming events.
Also, share in my recent adventures, read a story I've written and ponder a thought!
We'd love to hear what you think!
See selected pieces I've completed recently.
An update on my latest discoveries:
Birgitte Krag Hansen Workshop.
Birgitte Krag Hansen and me!
A fantastic opportunity to work with Birgitte,
(whose work I've admired for many years),
presented itself thanks to Sharon Costello from
'Black Sheep Designs' in Renesselaerville, New
York, who organized it all.
The June workshop in 'Felt Sculptural Relief
Techniques', was an intensive two days where
I learned Birgitte's innovative wet and dry felting
methods, and met some wonderfully dedicated
felters from across North America.
see the processes in action
Ohio Fibre Fest.
Leslie Samson was instrumental in arranging for
me to attend the Ohio Fibre Fest this summer,
near Cleveland, Ohio. To her, thank you, thank
I had the opportunity to meet with the wonderful
Pat Spark, who has been such a driving force in
moving felt forward in North America. I pretty
well shadowed Pat throughout the weekend,
gophering for her in the Laminated Silk Scarf
workshop, and her Silk Paper workshop.
see some of the results
Ontario Felt In.
What a day we had at our 2nd Ontario Felt In at
Hockley Valley, July 28th! It was energizing and
inspiring to hear and see what other felters are
working on - dragons, elves, mandalas,
cariacatures and mermaids. There were a few
people new to felting, who went away armed
with fibre and needles so they could continue
their adventures! I was starting to feel like an
Our experiments this time focussed on silk
paper for inlays. From the Felt List, we'd heard
about using spray starch as a fast and soluble
means of firming the silk roving. We used
baking parchment to sandwich the
roving/hankies while we ironed them. Several
people cut the silk motifs and Leslie Samson
did the honours of wet felting them onto a fine
CLICK on these images to see an enlargement
We look forward to the next 'get together', which
we're thinking will be a retreat, where we can
have more time to talk, share and explore.
If you're interested in hearing more, please
The "Workshops" section of this site has been
Check out the Workshop Overview ...
This one-day workshop is the first in the series
'Fibre Unshackled!' and took place on July 7.
It was a fun filled day of exercises to get the
creative juices flowing. We worked intuitively
with fibre, using the 'hottest new technique' in
felting - dry felting with felting needles - as a tool
to draw on our imaginations.
I asked that people not have a preconceived
notion of an end result, but allow the process of
working with colour and fibre, to guide their
Read and see more...
Youth Theatre Mask Workshops.
It was with great pleasure that I conducted 4
mask workshops for The Theatre Orangeville
Younger Company this summer, as part of their
'guest leader' sessions.
There were 27 students, aged 10 - 16 yrs, who
made and worked with both personal and
see some workshop pics...
Featured 'Piece of the Month'.
At regular intervals I will post a piece that has
been made at one of the workshops!
See them so far!
Through the warp.
One of my own stories for telling in mask, as I
begin my adventure into writing...
This issue: Firefly
"We cannot escape fear. We can only
transform it into a companion that
accompanies us on all our exciting
for Masks' Talk:
The Conference for Service & Support Professionals,
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario,
September 19, 2001.
Festival in the Hills:
Arts Festival in Headwaters Country, Ontario, Canada.
September 29 - October 14, 2001.
'The Magic of Cloth':
Dufferin Piecemakers Quilt Show.
September 29 - 30, 2001. at the Orangeville
Fairgrounds in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
of Mask': 'Souper Bowl' Talk:
to the current issue of
the Cocoonnections Newsletter - December 2004
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