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Welcome to the sixth issue of Cocoonnections! - a place where you can hear about what's been going on here at The Creative Cocoon over the past few months - workshops/retreats, new work and new stories as well as what is in the pipeline. If you're looking for something you might have seen on an earlier visit, try the site map.

Well here we are at the beginning of a new year! I hope this will be the best year yet for you. As I continue to settle here in Eagle Lake I'm excited at the prospect of having the winter to hibernate a little to develop new programs and explore some concepts that have been noodling in my mind for a while. If you've any ideas on what you'd like to see here at The Creative Cocoon please do contact me at fay@thecreativecocoon.com or phone: 705 754 4004
Postal address: Fay Wilkinson, P.O.Box 151, Eagle Lake, Ontario. KOM 1MO. Canada.

New Work.

These past months I've been experimenting with a variety of non-traditional fibres. Many of these new pieces incorporate soy silk - a fibre formed as a by-product of tofu. I have four new exhibitions in my New Work gallery, including a selection of my "Head Cozies".

see the Head Cozies . . .

See all of my new work beginning with masks.


As well as teaching at The Haliburton School for the Arts, I also took a Paper Sculpting & Mache workshop with Paul Portelli. It was an awesome week where we covered a heap of new techniques that I can apply to mask making. I also learned how to create armatures that I can use in my feltmaking. It's fun to work in other media as it can open you up to new possibilities that can be applied to your chosen field - I highly recommend it!
A weekend workshop in Haliburton with mask maker Robert Faust of Faustwork Mask Theatre re-introduced me to using clay as a mold both for my functional and decorative masks. Sometimes I find it hard to create in a group - I'm at my best when I work alone, however for skills a group setting is ideal - I learn a lot from other students as well as the instructor.

I've had the opportunity to demonstrate feltmaking at The Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, The Rug Hookers Group in West Guildford, the Haliburton County Quilters Guild and the Studio Tour. It's exciting for me to show people the magic of feltmaking and to tell stories about the history of this ancient art. It also gives people an appreciation of the work that goes into the felt pieces I create. This was my first year in the Studio Tour in this area which ran over two weekends in October. It was exhausting, but thoroughly enjoyable. The Autumn colours were glorious!

It's been grand to be able to tell stories over the past few months. I was a guest teller for the Orangeville group and I've been invited to tell for The Eagle Lake Ladies and the Haliburton Hospital Auxiliary. It's my plan to get a storytelling circle together early in the New Year and to be a regular contributor to 'Open Stage' in Carnarvon.

Early in December I hosted a Show & Sale with four other artists. We called it 5 Impressions featuring Maureen Brewer, Ironwork & Stained Glass, April Gates, Blackbird Pottery, Erin Lynch, Silver Jewellery, Hannah Senitt, Funky Knitwear and me. We had a steady stream of people who were in good spirits and who had time to have a cuppa, some goodies and browse the great work. It was enormous fun
and we plan to do it again next year. There's something very special about meeting the people who buy your work.

My latest bit of exciting news is that I'm going to host one day of the "Women, Weeds & Wisdom" program starting up in February at 100.9 FM Canoe Radio!
On air from 10 - noon and my day is Thursday - 4 other ladies have taken the other days. It'll be a live show with pre-recorded interviews until we all get the hang of it! Most of it will be music, but we can insert bits of interesting info as well as the interviews - I'm planning to gather some stories to tell, so do tune in!

If you're interested in hearing more, please
contact me:fay@thecreativecocoon.com
Workshop News

Check out the Workshop Overview
See the calendar mapping out what my plans are for the next few months . . .

At the Eagle Lake Arts Retreat Centre -
As this special Retreat Centre gets better known I've had the privilege of hosting two excellent events, a weekend Creative Writing Retreat with Jane Bow, and the Sculptural Silver Jewellery workshop with Erin Lynch.
Sculptural Silver workshop
Participants travelled from Ottawa, Orangeville and Caledon as well as areas within Haliburton County. Some took advantage of the B&B here which worked out well for all of us. We shared works in progress, ideas, techniques and good food. It doesn't get any better than that!

"Introduction to Felt"
My 'Introduction to Felt' workshop at the South of 60 Arts Centre in Barry's Bay, Ontario, was in danger of being cancelled because registration was low, when out of the blue a young lady from Florida decided to fly up to work with me - and what a pleasure it was! We were a small select group of explorers discovering the wonders of both wet and dry felting.

The "Felterludes" ladies
The 'Felterludes' workshop for the Haliburton County Quilters' Guild held at the West Guildford Community Centre, was another day of felting fun. The ladies created traditionally felted samples and experimented with needle felting using different gauges of needles.

Featured 'Piece of the Month'.

At regular intervals I will post a piece that has
been made at one of the workshops!
see the Felt Totem See the Felt Totem.

Through the warp.

My new story begins . . . read part one of
"The Encounter"

Wisdom Passed.

"Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly"

"A stranger is but a friend as yet unmet"


Upcoming Connections.

Outlines of events in which I'm taking part.
I'll be updating the various details in my calendar.


'Masks & Performance' for Grades 3 and 4 :
January 22nd & 29th, 2004
Student workshops at The York School in Toronto.

'Personal Evolution - A Trunk Show' :

April 13th, 2004
Talk for the Bobcaygeon Quilters Guild, Ontario.

'Felterludes' :
April 14th, 2004
Workshop for the Bobcaygeon Quilters Guild, Ontario.
Further details to be announced.


'Imagineering' :
May 5th, 2004
Keynote speaker for the Embroiderer's Guild, Kitchener, Ontario.

'Felt-like Fun' :

May 11th, 2004
Mini workshop for the Haliburton Spinners & Weavers, held at The Creative Cocoon.

'Grey Heroes' :

May, date to be announced
Keynote speaker for the Haliburton County Home Support Group.

'Imagineering' :
June 7th, 2004
Keynote talk for the Barrie Arts Group Barrie, Ontario.

Expressive Arts Modalities: 'Masks & Storytelling' :
June 7th - 11th, 2004
Sir Sandford Fleming College in Haliburton, Ontario.
Visit their website.
Read some more here.
For more information about this course, call 1-705-457-1680
Read about last year's session.

Felting: 'Needlefelting & Beyond' :
June 28th - July 2nd, 2004
Haliburton School for the Arts.
Visit their website.
For more information about this course, call 1-705-457-1680
Read about last Summer's session.

Guest Artist at 'The Magic of Cloth Quilt Show' :
September 26th, 2004
Show hosted by the Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild, Orangeville, Ontario.

    see the previous issue of the Cocoonnections Newsletter - go to the next issue, Dec.2004

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