Spring Dreams

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A few weeks ago Dayna and I took a road trip to see my folks in Port Dover.  One of our favourite spots to visit in my hometown is Len's Mill Store, a fabric, yarn, and sewing supply shop packed to the rafters with good ol' country charm.

I have fond memories of Len's from my days as a mischievous little boy hiding from my mom or grandmother among the endless bolts of cloth and giant rolls of vinyl.  The Mill Store was a maze of texture and tactile wonder.

The magic of that place hasn't faded since my youth.  Walking in with my wife, we wander the aisles full of yarn, press our hands deep into the bins full of buttons, and marvel at the seemingly endless supply of rooster themed fabrics on display.

Our last trip to Len's yielded the discovery of fine brass hoops and an abundance of fine thread that we used to make a few dreamcatchers.

There we stood in the embroidery aisle, lost in the abundance of colour and promising palettes, comparing our selections, messing up the tidy display of thread.  The little farm boy who still lives in my heart had a great afternoon and I feel lucky to be crafting a project that lets him take the wheel and drive the tractor.

These dreamcatchers contain moments of childhood joy in their material. 

Posted on March 20, 2015 .

Come Up To My Room and The Queen City Bar

This year we participated in Come Up To My Room at the Gladstone Hotel:

Come Up To My Room 2015 (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s 12th annual alternative design event. 25 installations, 40 artists, and 4000 visitors, and with an extended run of 10 days! CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto. The exhibition, curated by Jaclyn Blumas, Robert Cram and Caitlin Plewes, as been running for over a decade and was voted the People’s Choice for the 2014 Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

Posted on January 29, 2015 .

2014 Holiday Ornament

Bent-laminated wooden feathers, available in walnut and maple.

 

Posted on November 10, 2014 .