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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Community Art Installation

I'm still on cloud nine.  Today was SO FUN.  I was in the planning process with the Saskatchewan Craft Council to help come up with ideas to beautify Broadway while the street undergoes major construction ALL summer.  That will no doubt hurt local and small businesses.  Broadway is a pretty artsy street here, lined with restaurants of all sorts, local giftshops, a threatre, LIVE music pubs and bars, as well as an art galleries, bakeries, etc.  Broadway is also the location of many street fairs including Art Fest, The Fringe Festival, Cuture Days...  This year?  Detours and road crew and diggers and trucks.  ;(

And so, today I helped dream up and create the first of 7 ten foot long 'fabric bombed' construction fences.  !!!  We used donated scraps and unwanted old bedding / curtains / shower curtains, etc.  My daughter spent most of the weekend just tearing them up into 2.5 " strips.  Today, the first fence was delivered!  So, out in the rain on a blustery day, a small team of us made some BIG colourful art.

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We had only a little sketch to work from.  I did it with a pink marker on some scrap paper during a planning meeting last month.  haha!  You know - those are the best ideas sometimes!?  This was far beyond our expectations.  Well.  To be honest, we didn't know what to expect.  None of us had done this before.  The four of us pictured below worked it out in just over an hour.  This will be the prototype.  The idea is that each of the other panels will be available for public fabric bombing this Saturday at Broadway Artfest.  Each panel will have the same horizon line meeting up with the next.  In the end, all the panels will be side by side, across the entire width of the street as the road is torn up and underground pipes are replaced.  Pretty sweet!


We have lots and lots of fabric.  If you are around on Saturday, come down and help them 'tie one on' (haha punny).  I'll be off to Olds, Alberta to teach &speak at the Fibre Pot Pourri gathering this weekend.  I tell you though, I can hardly wait to see how the whole project turns out!!  : )

Team one - Ferron Olynyk, Wendy Sharpe, Me, Sydney Luther (l to r)  Photo by Steph Canning

Thanks to everyone who donated fabric.  We have PLENTY of great colours.  Thank you to the SCC for knowing I'd be all over this idea.  : )  Thanks to my 10 yr old daughter for spending her long weekend ripping up fabric.  I think she worked harder than all of us.  And to all the folks who help with this installation - GOOD ON YOU!

Okay - one more day of kit building, and I'm outta here!  : )  See you all soon.  Keep up with me on instagram if you like.  Monika_Kinner on IG HERE.

xo

Monday, 23 May 2016

Happy May Long!

Happy May Long!

Having said that, I don't really get a long weekend off.  I've been on the road, home for a bit, and leaving again soon for more weeks teaching and lecturing.  First, I headed to the Edmonton and District Quilt Guild for a slideshow presentation to the biggest group I've ever spoken to!

This was a photo I took and edited on my cell phone that night.

Their meeting was in a theatre at the Royal Alberta Museum.  There was a really big turnout!  To the right of the podium in the photo above was a stage with a HUGE screen.  My siz inch embroideries were six FEET!  lol  It was pretty wild to see them that big! : )

To the left are dozens and dozens of finished quilts for show and tell.

I brought in quilts from Saskatoon's Janet Clatney-Bertsch (SQG) and Patti Shanks (SMQG) and they were donated to Fort McMurray folks.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH ladies!! : )

And THANK YOU Edmonton & District Quilters.  What a terrific group!  It was so nice visiting with you all. : )


And then it was back on the road again...

I headed to my home town and stayed with my aunt.  She fed me and told me stories and took me for walks.  She even packed me a lunch for my big day teaching to the North Battleford group.  lol  It was like I was back in time; a little girl again.  And when I looked in the mirror, I was sadly disappointed to find out that I am in fact, 46 years old.  Not 6!? 


Teaching the full day workshop here was great.  It turns out we are all closer knit than we realize once we all start talking.  The guild meets in the old boys' high school.  I went to the all girls' school here.

The last day, I went to visit my mom.  THAT was a very different experience.  Usually it's me, her, the dogs, three kids, neighbors for coffee, and dishes and food piled high with lots of commotion.  This time, it was just my mom and me.  That is all.  She has a dog, but that old girl just laid there and slept.  It was a very good visit - more of a heart to heart than we've ever had.

dried roses at my mother's

Next up - the weekend at Olds, Alberta!  : )

Have a great weekend everyone xo

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Edmonton Up Next! : )

I'm booked for a lecture & slideshow with the Edmonton & District Quilters' Guild meeting on Wednesday, May 18th next week.

www.EDQG.ca

Here are some details from the EDQG's FB page:  
"The meeting starts at 7:15 at the Royal Alberta Museum 12845 - 102nd Avenue, Edmonton.
Doors open at 6:30 to allow for purchasing of tickets for the Mystery and the Library draws, 
sign up for workshops and events, browse through the Guild Library, and to chat with friends.
Please be aware that 102 Ave Bridge is completely closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. 
Maps and other information for directions to get to the museum are available 
on the guild's website at www.edqg.ca, in the column on the right on the home page.
The EDQG would like to invite all the Fort McMurray quilters to our May 18, 2016 Meeting.  
The visitor's entrance fee will be waived for all our visiting Fort McMurray quilting friends 
upon presentation of ID."
Isn't that terrrific?  No doubt, the world has heard about the wildfire that blew through the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta last week, forcing the entire city into mandatory evacuation.  It happened so fast.  How unbelievably devastating.  Many of the evacuees are staying in Edmonton which is a few hours south.  ***Donations can be made to the Red Cross.
By the way, I did inquire, and anyone is welcome to come to the meeting.  The quilt guild charges $7 at the door for non-guild members.  l'll be speaking for about 45 minutes.   I'll have a little sale table of art cards and small things available for purchase there at the meeting, as well as a handful of signed copies of a magazine I was featured in last year.  (It's a surprise...).   I'm bringing a bundle of goodies for a draw prize, and I'll have some show & tell things for you to look at as well.  Take good care and I'll see you then!  : )
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