Tis the season…needle felting workshop time!


On Sunday November 25, from 2 – 4pm, I’ll be teaching another Intro to Needle Felting workshop at the ever-so-lovely Needles In the Hay here in Peterborough. These workshops are always a good time…cozied up around the table in the shop…walls full of wooly eye candy…meeting new people…making beauty with our own hands…perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in late November.

The workshop is $20.
Contact Bridget at Needles In the Hay :: 705.740.0667 :: to sign up.

p.s. also check out the FELT tab at the top of this page to learn about Blackbird Studio’s Traveling Wool Show…a sweet way for you to host a felting workshop in the comfort of your own home :)

Once upon a time there was a little red hen…

(photo courtesy of John Marris)

Last night was the inaugural show of The Little Red Hen Collective at the lovely new Gallery In The Attic.

It felt good to be there – warm room, city lights, big walls full of art, so much history, so much new – and a sweet privilege to be a part of the show.

The show runs until October 13th.
Wander over and check it out.
It’s worth the climb.

Tuesday – Friday // 11 – 5
Saturdays // 12 – 4

Apt. C, 140 1/2 Hunter Street West, Peterborough
705.740.1162

in the shelter of the valley [ pt. 1]

breathing room

no. 1

no. 1

no. 2

no. 2

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……

calm the storm.

veronica derry
veronica derry

1. her work inspires me every time.

2. fishing the Ganaraska no matter the weather

3. this song makes me want to dance. guilty pleasure? nah. no guilt. only pleasure. (don’t waste your time on the video, just dance to the song. trust me.)

4. the fear of being alone spans the spectrum from old to young.

5. felting with the Wonder Women…the moment of realizing who was missing from the table. death is greedy sometimes.

6. two days straight of making art with brave hearts, in rooms full of stories.

7. my artist friends who gather here every Thursday morning are some of my favorite humans. whatever i have taught them about art pales in the light of what they have taught me about courage, generosity, and community.

brave art.

brave art.

8. watching connections happen in wordless places, armed only with pastels and quiet questions.

9. driving home down wet and dark country roads, longing for spring.

10. learning to let go and trust.

Electric City Lights

electric city lights

electric city lights

…proud to be part of another great Gallery In The House show. Opening this Friday, running through till December 18th.

82 McDonnel Street, Peterborough.

supporting local artists does us all good.

…….

till things are brighter

till things are brighter

till things are brighter

…make your way to the Cameco Capital Performing Arts Center in Port Hope on Thursday November 3rd for a sweet evening of Johnny Cash goodness, all in the spirit of raising money and awareness of the good work of Green Wood Coalition…a grassroots initiative that Blackbird Studio is honored to work alongside of each week. And if an evening of Johnny Cash wasn’t grand enough, there’s going to be an inspiring art show in the lobby of the theatre, showcasing the work of the Green Wood Art Group. It’s going to be an evening you won’t want to miss.  Trust me.

Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the door.

8pm.

We’ll see you there…

summer, slipping.

it’s raining on my small roof. thunder is rolling in. bruce, the sweet old dog, is dreaming on the kitchen floor.

i’m flicking through photos on my camera, remembering moments from not-that-long-ago that i’ve already almost forgotten. my days feel extra slippery lately.

i bring a sweater now when i step out the door in the morning. i watch the leaves drop as i come over the hill and into the valley.

in so many ways,  a  change of seasons.

i’m trying to relax my grip and let them come and go.

barefeet in summer grass.

barefeet in summer grass.

pure delight.

pure delight.

direction.

direction.

polka dots and summer storms.

polka dots and summer storms.

second chances.

second chances.

warm spaces, like minds.

warm spaces, like minds.

……

Craft Harvest Show and Sale

craft harvest show and sale

craft harvest show and sale

Come on out this Friday and Saturday to a neighbourhood celebration of all things artsy, crafty and tasty!

10 different creatives + 1 very cool printing press + september sun and the smell of fall = a brilliant way to spend your weekend.

The show is happening at Jackson Creek Press – 478 Bonaccord St,  Peterborough.

Friday Sept. 16 from 7-9

Saturday Sept. 17 from 11-7

Tell your friends and your neighbours. Help spread the word. Support local and handmade. It helps keep the world beautiful.

……

neighborhood watch.

my neighborhood isn’t exactly glamorous. just a hodge podge bunch of houses on the edge of downtown, close to a big park and a small creek. there’s a lot of traffic and a lot of kids and a lot of dogs and a lot of cyclists. in the almost 7 years that i’ve called this lot home, i’ve seen a lot of neighbors come and go. on my little stretch of the street nobody seems to stay put for too long. i’ve also got a lot of neighbors who i’ve never seen. ever. that’s kind of strange.

good advice.

good advice.

but the times are slowly a changin’. there’s something brewing around here that smells an awful lot like community. and i like it. i like it a lot. i caught wind of it tonight as i wandered through the halls of a house, just 1. 5 blocks up from mine. this small bungalow was packed full of artists – designers – chefs – crafters. all set up and selling their work on tables and couches and counters and ironing boards. in bedrooms and kitchens and living rooms and hallways.

needle and nest.

needle and nest.

it was wonderful. and inspiring. and full of do-it-yourself goodness. and at some point it hit me that most of us there, sharing and selling our work, all lived within a few blocks of each other. like real, true, borrow-a-cup-of-sugar kind of neighbors. who knew?

la tienda

la tienda

my street is still noisy. and the wind still blows the trash around and the late night noise still wakes me up sometimes. but all of that seems easier to swallow when, every now and then, i can find myself walking around the place i call home,  in the company of like minded neighbors and strangers, coming and working together for something good and true and important like art. you know?

jackson creek press.

jackson creek press.

by 3 o’clock on saturday this sweet little house/art show will be done. but i really hope that something good and creative and collaborative has just begun. it is so easy to get caught up in trying to figure this life out alone. it is so easy to forget how much better, how much easier, how much richer it is when we do it together.

shannon taylor.

shannon taylor.

god bless the neighborhood art show and the people who bother to create things and plan things and show up and believe in something. it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.

( come be a part of something great. Springkle continues today, April 16th from 10am till 3pm. 491 Cordach Cres.)

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