me and the honeybee.

the house that lillian built

the house that lillian built

This is a story.

This is a story of a family.

This is a story of a woman. A man.

A baby dropped off on a doorstep.

This is a story of a log cabin. A pet bear. A long sleigh ride. A lost love. A bad reputation. A broken heart. A car accident. A second chance.

This is a story of acceptance

of loneliness

of resilience

of friendship

of faith.

This is a story found in old letters, pressed flowers, and black and white photographs.

This is a story written in a grandmothers morning prayers and a young girls autographs.

This is a story full of ordinary moments that are too many to ever remember,

that are too significant to ever forget.

This is a story of a beekeeper,

a quilter,

and the passing of time.

This is a story of an artist –

curious,

heartbroken,

humbled,

And a family who were brave enough to let her come in.

“The truth about stories is that that’s all we are.”

– Thomas King

morning prayers

morning prayers

the wish of me

the wish of me

( Letters Home will be up in The Music Market Cafe for the month of November)

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Letters Home:

new works
by
Raechelle Vyn

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words and wax and chicken scratch

stitching together stories from the things that no one thought to throw away.

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The Music Market Cafe
17 Market Square
Napanee, On


Opening: Sunday October 31st
5:00 – 7:00pm


up for the month of November


info@blackbirdstudio.ca
www.musicmarket.ca

and to think that i saw it on mulberry street

okay it wasn’t mulberry street, but it could have been…

some people grow flowers...

some people grow flowers...

i love when people let their crazy ideas spill out all over their front lawns.

thank you shirley for bringing some magic to my evening stroll down city streets…

...others grow imaginations.

...others grow imaginations.

the best in us.

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human beings can be messy and mean.

but sometimes they are brilliant and creative and delightful

and they make sweet surprises

like these folks

and their art made of old books and photographs and found treasures.

sometimes art brings out the best in us.

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wind blown barns and good things to look forward to.

Isn’t this weather glorious? Sun-kissed skin in spring, gardens growing lush, open windows, dirty toes from the garden…I have no complaints. These days are good for the soul.

Right now I’m feeling thankful for wireless internet and wind-blown barns, as the two have worked harmoniously together to give me a new backyard shelter where I’m sitting right now, writing you from. Desk work just got a whole lot better.

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I am still working on finalizing details on workshops for July and August – kid’s open studio sessions, art camps for girls, felting workshops on a beautiful farm, and lots more!

But to tie you over till then, there are a few opportunities here at Blackbird Studio in June to get your hands busy and your creative juices flowing.

Below you’ll find information about an Open Studio Session (this Thursday!), an expanded book-making workshop, and a re-offering of our Art of Preserving workshop, this time in an evening slot.

Also, something that we are very, very excited about…on Saturday June 12th, Tanya Davis, east coast musician/poet extraordinaire, will be coming to town to perform an intimate show at the Silver Bean Cafe. But first, she’s coming to Blackbird Studio to participate in a fun, hands-on writing workshop for girls ages 9-13 that afternoon from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. If you’re over 13 but would love the chance to learn more about Tanya’s writing process and perspective, or are looking for an inspiring way to spend a Sunday morning, then you’re in luck. On Sunday June 13th, at Harden & Huyse Cafe in Cobourg, there will be a Morning Words workshop with Tanya from 10-12am.

Tickets for Tanya’s show will be available at the Silver Bean Cafe. For more information or to register for the Writing Brave workshop for girls, contact info@blackbirdstudio.ca. To find out more about Tanya Davis check out www.tanyadavis.ca

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Keep checking in here for updates on these and other Blackbird Studio events (go to the Workshop tab at the top of the page and click on “Upcoming“)

I hope this spring has found you well. May these warm days come with lots of breathing room and renewed energy to focus on the things that matter most in this life.

Come and create with us soon.

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The following workshops are taking place at Blackbird Studio – 485 Park St, Peterborough.

To register for a workshop, or for more information, contact Raechelle: email: info@blackbirdstudio.ca // phone: 750-0214


Open Studio Session
Thursday May 27
7:00 – 9:00 pm
$20.00 (or pay what you can)

Open Studio Sessions are your chance to come and create in your own way, at your own pace. Come and explore different art materials, make the most of having access to space and tools that you may not have at home. Treat it as time, just for you, to let yourself unwind and play; bring along your half-finished projects, your list of ideas, your blank canvas, and see what happens! Or challenge yourself to come without expectation or agenda…trusting that it will be time well spent, no matter what you have to show for it at the end.

(* Note: There is opportunity to schedule private studio sessions – email Raechelle at info@blackbirdstudio.ca for more info)

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The Art of Preserving –
an experiment in self care.

Monday June 7 – Monday June 21 (3 weeks)
7:00pm – 9:00pm
$60.00 – all materials included

The Art of Preserving is an experiment in self care; an exploration of things that we can do, stories we can tell, pictures we can paint, rhythms we can dance, that will help us journey through our days feeling alive and awake. We will spend our time creating with words and color and movement. We’ll try out different materials, take time for self-reflection, feed off the energy of community, and all the while, feel good that we took this time to care for ourselves.

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Writing Brave: a workshop with Tanya Davis (for girls ages 9-13)

Saturday June 12th

3:00 -4:30 pm

$10.00 (or pay what you can)

This interactive workshop will be a great chance for young writers and art makers to spend time in conversation and hands on creating with poet and songwriter Tanya Davis. In a small group environment, the girls will have opportunity to learn from a writer who uses her voice honestly and courageously...and will be given lots of space for their own voice and ideas to flourish and grow. This is a unique event that your young writer won’t want to miss.

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Found Treasures and Handmade Tales

Wed. June 16 – Wed. June 30th (3 weeks)

7:00 -9:00pm

$75.00 (includes all materials)

Over the course of this 3 week workshop, we will explore simple ways of playing with words and color and found objects; ways to collect the stories from your days; ways to weave those treasures  into hand-bound books that will tell the small stories and tall tales of who you are and what you love…

For those of you that have come to our one-night Found Treasures workshop in the past, this is a chance for you to delve deeper into the book-making process. There will be some new techniques and a lot more time (one evening was never enough!). For anyone who has never played with book forms, this is a wonderful place to start. Books are the form we will work within, but the journey there is always full of playful surprises

Found Treasures and Handmade Tales

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Over the course of this 3 week workshop, we will explore simple ways of playing with words and color and found objects; ways to collect the stories from your days; ways to weave those treasures  into hand-bound books that will tell the small stories and tall tales of who you are and what you love…

For those of you that have come to our one-night Found Treasures workshop in the past, this is a chance for you to delve deeper into the book-making process. There will be some new techniques and a lot more time (one evening was never enough!). For anyone who has never played with book forms, this is a wonderful place to start. Books are the form we will work within, but the journey there is always full of playful surprises.

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Found Treasures and Handmade Tales

Wed. June 16 – Wed June 30th (3 weeks)

7:00 – 9:00pm

$75.00 (includes all materials)

Email info@blackbirdstudio.ca to register for this, or any of our other upcoming workshops.

digging through drawers at midnight.

found treasures,

full of stories.

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found poem.

i never saw you

i never heard you

nothing is what we thought.

where in the world are you?

the water is swirling

i could feel you all around me.

these stories are true.

i know that i am just a drop of water

messy

complicated

layers upon layers

words and pages and bones and kneecaps

a deep exhale

a belly laugh

a quiet calm

a good stretch

a gushing river

through the folds of my skin

deepening crevices

sealing up scars.

making maps on my body

of where i have been.

i looked for you there.

these stories are make believe.

my heart is heavy.

lay it down

lay it bare.

the trick is to keep exploring

and not bail out.

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found treasures

bits of paper. scraps of words. string. thread. needles. paints and brushes. folding. measuring. stitching. binding.

telling quiet stories. whispering loud tales. empty pages. possibilities. colourful covers, full of surprises.

these are the books we write on a thursday night with eager hands and humble  imaginations.

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