lazy sunday breakdown pt.1


Michael Kiwanuka
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strata with arugula and parmesan and a side of greens
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slow rising
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whirr of fans
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bruce-the-dog’s warm breath on my toes
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the comfort of gentle words and hearts that love
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good morning, sunshine.

the jar in the window makes tea while i sleep.

print by Nicole Ray

1. summer bike rides on the old red Road King. never have i loved, or ridden, my bike as much as i have this summer. i love it, creaky seat and all.
2. late night walks with the hot and hairy four-legged.
3. deep sleeps and morning breezes
4. iced London Fog
5. a garden growing green
6. metal fire escapes and the beauty of small and quiet spaces

the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs.

a sunday list of small things:

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so small and so perfect and so out of place.

so small and so perfect and so out of place.

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sometimes music shines when you play it in a small room, stripped down.

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small sanctuaries, stitched up with stories.

small sanctuaries, stitched up with stories.

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brave heart, small girl, waiting for a big train on a tall bridge.

brave heart, small girl, waiting for a big train on a tall bridge.

Sunday Blessings.

sunday afternoon goodness

sunday afternoon goodness

Blackbird Studio and Needles in the Hay

joined forces this past Sunday and offered a needle felting workshop in Bridget’s lovely wool shop.

it's like candy. for your eyes.

it's like candy. for your eyes.

it was a good afternoon.

hearts and dolls and sheep and computers and snakes and roses, and best of all, IDEAS!, were born.

simplicity.

simplicity

next time, come and join us.

inspiring spaces.

inspiring spaces.

we crowned her the queen.

slimer.

slimer.

this past sunday a charming group of adventurous art makers congregated here at Blackbird Studio to laze around and learn the addictive art of needlefelting. good things were born. great ideas took shape. beautiful little pouches for carrying secrets and spare change; cowboy boots and personalized badges; mobiles and solar systems and door signs and marshmallow men; boats that sail by moonlight and hearts that welcome you in.

everything she touches turns to art.

everything she touches turns to art.

i love the possibilities of felting. if there are limits, i haven’t found them yet. i’ve only seen ideas come alive. i love that.

eye candy.

eye candy.

on Sunday February 13th, Needles in the Hay is hosting a needlefelting workshop, and they’ve invited me to come along and lead it. if you haven’t been to this lovely little yarn shop, then you really owe it to yourself to drop by. Bridget (the knitting wonder who owns this little needle nook) has created a warm and welcoming space that feels like a candy shop for all things warm and fuzzy. i don’t even know how to knit and i love going in there just to oooh and aahhhh over all the beautiful colors and textures of the wool.

needless to say, it will be the perfect space to spend a Sunday afternoon learning how to needlefelt. in this particular workshop we’re going to focus more on creating 3D objects, which should bring out some neat ideas and surprises. if you’re interested in joining us on the 13th, then wander over to the shop at 385 Water St. or drop Bridget a line and ask her to save you a spot. Space is limited so don’t wait too long. Make it an early valentines day gift to yourself – gifting yourself the time and the space to be inspired.

You’ll fall in love, love, love.

sailing by moonlight.

sailing by moonlight.

side by side.

side by side.

we crowned her the queen of sheep.

we crowned her the queen of sheep.

winter offerings

sun setting on snow, day after christmas
sun setting on snow, day after christmas

I feel like it has been a long time since I’ve written an email like this. And maybe that’s true. For a handful of reasons, I chose to slow things down a bit here at Blackbird Studio this past fall. I am learning – often the hard way – that this work, this life, is a precarious dance. A fine balancing act between putting myself out there and nurturing myself in here. Learning when to stretch and when to rest; how much to give to others, how much to care for self. I know that I want to have the heart and the ambition to be able to create, both for myself and with others, for a long time still. But it is still a journey of learning what that means, what I need, in order to be able to do that well.

foggy first day on a lake of rice in a new year
foggy first day on a lake of rice in a new year

All that to say, this past fall was a season that moved at a bit of a quieter pace. Or maybe more accurately, a more introverted pace (which can be noisy and busy, just in a different way!). I spent a lot of hours getting lost, in the best way, in my own art making – something I haven’t carved enough space for in seasons past. And I was blessed with some great opportunities to create with people outside of the studio walls – through projects like Culture Days, Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and with my gracious friends at Hospice Peterborough.

elbow to elbow art making
elbow to elbow art making

And while the slower season was good and necessary, I am really ready and excited to have the warmth and creative energy of others come and share the studio with me again. And by others, I mean YOU!  I’ve put together some workshops for the next couple of months – you can find all the details by clicking on the Up and Coming link under the Workshops tab at the top of the page. We’ll be offering the always popular Painted Floorcloth workshop again, as well as trying out a new 6 week series called Be Where You Are. I hope you’ll find something in the mix that inspires and intrigues you. I am always open to new ideas and suggestions, so if there is something that you have been aching to learn or try – or if you’ve got a group of friends who would like to come and book a private studio workshop session – then please drop me a line.

art underfoot
art underfoot

If you would like more information, or want to sign-up for a workshop (or two!) contact me at info@blackbirdstudio.ca

One of the most rewarding parts of this work is when I hear from you. I love to hear your feedback and your stories. I am honored when you take an interest in this work; when you tell me that somehow, some part of it has connected with some part of you.

Thank you, as always, for coming along for the journey.

Be well.


come and be.
come and be.

sunday afternoon delight

Focus Fair Holiday Craft Sale

Focus Fair Holiday Craft Sale

make your way to The Spill on Sunday and check out the wooly Blackbird Studio display as well as a bunch of other wonderful, local artists and crafters. now that’s a sweet sunday afternoon…

wooly.

A few weeks ago, here at Blackbird Studio, we spent a Sunday afternoon with soapy, fuzzy hands, learning how to wet felt with wool.

There were some incredible wool hats that were created (and a tea cozy too!).

Stay tuned for more felting workshops coming up in the next few months.

Felting really is an amazing, delightful – and addictive! –  adventure…

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…one of the finished pieces…

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felt the afternoon away

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Spring is here, and the warm weather is coming…but I’ve decided to try to squeeze in one more felting workshop before the flowers are up and the grass is green. Think of it as a chance to revel in the best parts of winter; to wrap yourself in cozy wool one more time before you put it in hibernation for the summer months.

On Sunday April 11th, from 2 – 4 pm, we are going to have a laid back felting session where you will have the chance to learn some of the basic wet felting techniques (which is very different from the shrunken recycled felting that we have done in the past), and work on creating your own felted hat or scarf (or other creative variation on those things).

The process is really fun – the colors, the textures – it’s like sculpting with wool.

My friend, Beth Sheffield, who is a new but fervent felter, will be coming to help walk us through the wet felting process. It will be an afternoon of learning together, figuring things out, and having fun with this yummy (and forgiving) fibre.

The cost for the workshop is $25 (or pay- what-you-can).
This cost includes all of your materials.

Space is limited, so sign up right away at info@blackbirdstudio.ca to reserve yourself a spot.

Winter Offerings

I seem to always be writing these letters to you in the dark of the night when my toes are cold. I suppose I should either become more productive in the mornings, or find myself some warmer slippers.

But winter won’t be here forever. I caught my first whiff of a soon-to-burst hyacinth the other day (albeit in the grocery store, not the garden), and I knew that spring was (slowly) on its way.

Over here at Blackbird Studio I’m trying to make the most of these cold, snowy days by spending hours wrapped in blankets scheming up new workshops for YOU to come and explore. Yes! You!

Check out the smattering of juicy workshops that are coming up in the next couple of months. It’s a cozy mix of favorite familiars ( March Break camp for girls, the Painted Floorcloth workshop for adults) and some brand new ones that are fresh off the press (i.e. my ever swirling head).

I’m really excited about what’s in store here in the studio over the next little while. But it will only happen if you come along ( trust me, workshops aren’t that fun if I’m the only one who shows up). So wander over to the Up and Coming section of the site and peruse the workshop offerings. Then go clear your calendar and put your cap of creativity and courage firmly on your head. It’s going to be great. You’ll see.

If you have any questions or want to sign up for a workshop, you can reach me at:

info@blackbirdstudio.ca

Thanks for your interest and support and willingness to foster a little more creativity in this sweet old world.

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(“Flower Invasion” by  Kiersten Essenpreis.  http://youfail.com/ )

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