Well, it sure feels like winter, so why not embrace the idea and seize the opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping at Beban Park- 2300 Bowen Road in Nanaimo, the home of the 20th Annual Professional Craft Fair!
Amu Designs is all stocked up with eco-friendly holiday treasures to suit all budgets, so come on by and get your hands on some unique gifts and stocking stuffers! All the anglers and nature lovers on your list will thank you for it!!
The holiday season will be officially upon us, as soon as the last tricker-treater goes home, and as achy as that makes my heart for summers sweet return, there is much to look forward to in the coming months.
With two back to back shows coming up, The Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair from November 6-8th and Courtenay's Charles Dickens Christmas Faire November 13-15th, getting the new studio dialed in, and prepairing for the influx of holiday shoppers, not to mention the commissions on the go, the days are full around here! And inspired!
I have always felt motivated by the fall, and inspired to sink my teeth into all the things I have been dreaming up all summer long. You can all look forward to some new pieces coming soon, as the weather changes, and I am lured by the warm embrace of my new studio!
In the mean time, over at Etsy, Amu Designs was featured in not one but TWO treasuries yesterday! Wooo Hooo!
Heres a little peek at some glorious woodsy bit's to get you excited about the fall (before it passes)! This one posted by Craftydill, entitled Trees
The fish! The Fish! They are back to back at The Creative Jar, showing amongst some very beautiful treasures. Thanks Jodi!
If you are really organized and already have your wheels turning about holiday gifts, keep these in mind for that dedicated angler in your life, they are eco-friendly, and come framed and unframed, and you can also get them in range of sizes, on paper or stretched on canvas!
The Trust in Children's Charity auction was a great success, earning £2000 for the children! Amazing! A "New Sail" print was donated, and earned the charity more that twice it's regular price! Very exciting! Thank you to all the supporters and those who contributed to making this event such a success.
Well my first Campbell River show wraps up today, and I thought I'd post a few pics for you out of towners... If you missed it, don't fret... you will be able to see more soon at Corners Custom Picture Framing on Shoppers Row in Campbell River!!
If you are in the London area, check out this event!
The Trustees of TiC would like to invite you to When I Grow Up, a free event being organised by Trust in Children (TiC).
TiC is a small charity supporting children in education and non-academic development, including arts and sports, all over the world. This October we are holding an exhibition of art by children who have benefited from TiC support. It will be a unique event featuring paintings and drawings by children from Africa, South America and Eastern Europe, all themed around their ambitions for the future. It promises to be a really fun evening (with no pressure to donate!) and we would be so pleased if you are able to make it.
Some of the children's artwork will be auctioned by Lars Tharp, one of the longest running experts on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, so be prepared to bid!
Amu Designs has also donated a print that will be up for auction, in support of this great cause!
When I Grow Up will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, next to Bethnal Green tube station (zone 2), from 18:45-21:15 on Wednesday 21 October 2009. Drinks and nibbles will be provided and as part of the event you will be able to enjoy an out-of-hours visit to the museum’s collection (including some incredible toys).
If you cannot make the event but would still like to support TiC by making a donation or becoming a member (£25 a year) you can donate securely via Paypal or cheque by following the “Make a donation” link below.
Hoping to see you on 21 October.
Please visit the Trust in Children website – www.trustinchildren.org to learn more about this great organization!
The piece entitled "A Sacred Place" has been under wraps for some time. Some of you lucky ones have caught an early glimpse of these giant red cedars, but for those of you who have been awaiting is official debut... here it is without further ado!
Last week at the pier street market, Impressions Gallery hosted an art show and sale, where works could be purchased and votes were cast. There was an impressive collection of work, and some lovely artist about. Among the works entered in the sale was some amazing and unconventional portrait work created with cross stitch... it blew my mind...and some beautiful mirrors inspired by our shore lines... What an inspired community!
I am very flattered to announce that Chillean Dream won The Peoples Choice! Thank you every one for voting, and a special thanks to Impressions Gallery too! It was a very special to be selected.
A few weeks ago at the Pier Street Market I had the pleasure of meeting Gina Forsyth, a writer for a local networking site linking Campbell Riverites.
This week Amu Designs was featured on the siteeZABU.com! Please check out our feature, and have a perusal of this cool site! We were accompanied there by my favorite market neighbors Bob & Heather of Oyster River Rustic! They have some beautiful new furniture that is worth coming down to pier street market to check out!
This Sunday is a big day for Amu Designs! Not only will you find me at the Peir Street Farmers Market, but between 4 & 5pm, July 12th, you can tune in and listen online to a radio interview with me!
Robin Carneen, a member of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, in La Conner, WA. is the host and producer of the NAMAPAHH First People's Radio, broadcasting from the Swinomish Reservation.
Robin came to Vancouver at the end of May to see one of my Portobello West shows, and to do an interview with me about my work, history, and influences. It was a very cool experience, and very different than anything I have done. It was an honour to be inaugurated into the world of radio by such a talented speaker.
intense interview action shot!
NAMAPAHH First People's Radio the place to find Native American News- Views & Music NAMAPAHH First People's Radio is a talking circle for Natives & non-Natives!
NAMAPAHH stands for: Native American Multi-media; Activism; Performance/poetry; Art;Health/Humor/History.
If you are unable to tune in on sunday, but would like to hear the show, you can access it in the archive andlisten to it at your leisure!
Are you are an artist? Musician? Activist? Performer? Powwow participant? Poet? Health professional- including traditional Medicines? Humorist- Native American stand up comic? Historian- especially the untold version- truthful and re-educational?
please contact Robin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Got a new music release? Press Kit? Robin Carneen c/o NAMAPAHH First People's Radio P.O Box 1551 La Conner, WA 98257
It is this (and every) Sunday from 9-2, and you will find every thing from art and jewelry to rustic furniture and buffalo! Our quaint Island City has much to boast about-hosting this renowned market which has been ranked in the country's top 10 by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL EDITION.
Amu Designs will be there with framed prints, unframed prints, framed originals, and the ever popular art magnets!
All of the hours that went into the cake, were worth the final result...
The Bride and Groom loved it! Set in the woods, the tiny edible mushrooms, ferns, berries and bugs, fit right in. The day was enchanting, and held a subtle glow of magic.
There is something very special about art you can eat, and I look forward to exploring this new medium for other events.
I carefully hand sculpted each decoration out of fondant, an edible dough made from marshmallow and icing sugar. I let them dry for several days, allowing them to harden a bit before adding the colour.
Using a brush, I then glazed each piece with food dye (of the gel variety). Because these tiny sculptures had to travel, I made special boxes for them from biodegradable foamboard, and packed them very carefully.
After the cake was baked, and iced, I rolled out 1/2 inch slabs of fondant (which I had already coloured a soft green), and laid it over each tear of the cake. I do recommend trying this before hand, as it did take a few tries to get it right.
Then came the fun part... placing the decorations, and adding the final touches.
a photographer with a gift for translating a vision, and capturing the essence of a moment. A most talented woman, with creative flare, and infectious enthusiasm. I highly recommend checking out her site!
With Markets, traveling, house guests, commissions, orders and wedding projects (my cousins), finding time to blog has been increasingly difficult.... I love summer, but it always seems tricky to fit in all the fun that whorls about me in fits and frenzies.
I have been charged with the task of making the wedding cake for my cousins woodland wedding. It is a something I am new to, and exploring edible mediums has proved to be quite a delight! I am having so much fun making forest floor treasures, I want to do little else!
The Bride has not seen the final creations, so I am going to keep them under wraps for now, but here are a few shots of my first try at fondant... a sticky, gooey, sugary dough, used to cover and decorate cakes.
Ok, so this is well over do, but I have just come down from atop the mountain of excitement about my new favorite event, The Art & Bloom Festival! It was magical!
The Kitty Coleman gardens are truly exquisite, and are well worth a visit any time of the year, but Art & Bloom was off the charts! This place is traced with roving paths to secret ponds, 3000 rhodos and is pretty much a direct translation of my own imaginary, secret garden paradise. Combine that with a plethora of kind, talented and lovely people (and a little sunshine), and you've got a recipe for delight and intrigue. I LOVE it there!
The weekend left me with a long wish list, and inspiration that will, no doubt, take me well in to the doldrums of winter.
If I have ever wanted anything more, I don't remember it now- after seeing the awe inspiring work of Cory Lunn & Darrel Nygaard of Sea-Change Open Studio. Their work in stone, clay and wood is out of this world, and needs to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. If you get a chance to stop by their studio in Union Bay, look for a hanging piece with a fish skeleton etched in stone-it's head skillfully carved from an antler, powerfully and whimsicly suspended from a marvelous piece of drift wood... it moved me beyond words.
Although we made it through the entire weekend without as much as a drop of rain, I didn't manage a single picture with the sparkling sun really shining, but it did shine, I promise.
If you've been looking for something interesting to do this long weekend, I have the answer!
Put on your walking shoes and come and join me in enjoying a walk through the garden, and into the woods!
This weekend (May 16, 17 & 18th) at the internationally acclaimed Kitty ColemanWoodland Gardens, is the 7th annualArt and Bloom Festival!
The Woodland Garden is the gem of the Comox Valley. Complete with paths, benches, garden sculptures, and water features.
This is the Islands destination for unique art forms and originals by local artists. You will find artists, potters, sculptors, glass blowers, original stained glass designers and garden art just to name a few!
It only happens twice a year, so come out and enjoy this beautiful combination of wilderness and subtle cultivation, and see a little art too!
I think the Rhododendrons will be in bloom!
It would be great to see you there! (I'll be in the driftwood pavilion)
Yesterday I experienced my first Pier Street Farmers Market and Art Fair, as a vendor, and it was so much fun! What a great crowd!
The sun shone for us, and everyone was happy to be out and about enjoying it after such a long winter, many of them with their Moms in tow!
It was such a treat to meet so many people excited about art, the environment and the community, and to see so much willingness to support these important facets of our local culture. It reminded me of all the reasons why I am so excited about what I am doing, and all the reasons I am doing it. Meeting so many like minded people, made me very proud to call this beautiful city home.
There is a lot of talent, and friendly faces at this market, and some exquisite craftsmanship and creativity at work. Some of my favorites were definitely:
*Buffalo Bob & Heather of Oyster River Rustic. This solid wood furniture oozes natural beauty and is bound to put a smile on your face! Check out their website for pictures!
*The elegant, unique and richly stunning work of
Pamela's Custom Jewelry. I totally fell in love with one of her fresh water pearl pieces. I didn't even know mother nature made pearls that shape! You'll find her at the Pier Street Market most Sundays - totally worth coming for!