Here are links to artists to whom I owe a debt: for sharing their techniques through workshops, books, blogs and videos, or for creating work that amazes and inspires me.
These are the wonderful teachers that taught me at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), in Calgary. I owe a particular debt to Bill Morton who taught me shibori, rozome (Japanese wax resist), and to apply dye using a bokashi method (where the colour is applied in subtle shades). Laura Vickerson and Barbara Sutherland showed me my box and encouraged me to push open the edges and tear off the corners, as I moved from two-dimensional paintings to three-dimensional structures. Mireille Perron, Jennifer Salahub, and Mackenzie Kelly-Frère and the other instructors and students helped me put my art in context and showed me how to critically examine my art, others’ art, and everything I encounter. Of all the things I learned at ACAD, critical thinking was probably the most valuable skill.
- Bill Morton: (ACAD) / Stride
- Mackenzie Kelly-Frère
- Laura Vickerson
- Jennifer Salahub
- Mireille Perron
- Barbara Sutherland
The following artists share their skills and knowledge through workshops, books, DVDs, and on the internet. Their generosity astounds me. I learned about the chemistry of natural dyes from Michel Garcia (at the Maiwa School of Textiles) – which mordants are best for which dyes and why. His DVDs are full of information (available at the Natural Dye Workshop). Yoshiko Wada taught a course on indigo and shibori in Calgary and exposed me to the wonderful work being done in Japan. She wrote the foremost book on shibori. Kiranada Sterling Benjamin has written the foremost book on rozome. John Marshall and Ana Lisa Hedstrom both have helpful and inspirational DVDs.
I belong to Contextural – A Fibre Arts Cooperative. This group organizes shows, sales, bimonthly artist critiques, and a summer residency in the ACAD fibre studios. They encourage me to keep working. I am a member of the Alberta Craft Council because I value the superb craftsmanship that is still practiced and valued in craft. Visual Arts Alberta and CARFAC provide great advice on contracts and copyright, while providing a network to meet other artists.
Maiwa sells fabric, supplies and dyes for Canadian artists, and runs fabulous seminars on fabric-related techniques. Dharma Trading Co. does the same in the U.S., but with the Canadian dollar so low, I can’t afford to order from there. The Turkey Red Journal is an infrequent and much anticipated ejournal on natural dyeing. I always look forward to receiving it.
- Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD)
- Alberta Craft Council
- Contextural – A Fibre Arts Cooperative
- Dharma Trading Co.
- Natural Dye Workshop
- Slow Fibre Studios
- Surface Design Association
- Turkey Red Journal
- Visual Arts Alberta (CARFAC)
Here are links to cool articles and videos on ecology.
I have been a member of the Alberta Native Plant Council for many years, and currently edit the newsletter, Iris. I love reading science articles. One of my favourite magazines is Conservation, which highlights some of the good things we are doing. The video on the Wolves of Yellowstone is somewhat controversial, but it does illustrate the wonderful interactions in nature, as do the articles on the Whale Pump.