Thursday, January 28, 2010
This year we asked Leslie Watts to do a painting for our donation to the Stratford Chef School auction. The painting, Still Life With Gin And Pears, is acrylic on 10 x 12 birch panel and we have framed it (not shown) in a black shadowbox frame without glass. We are very pleased with the finished framed work and we hope that The Chef School has a successful auction. Many thanks to Leslie for her part of the donation.
You will be able to see more of Leslie's work at the beginning of May when we have her opening of New Work on Saturday evening May 8th. Watch for more information on this event.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Porcupine Quill Boxes
It takes a craft person two days to make one three inch quill box, not including the preparation of materials. All the materials are natural except for the thread and dye. The white quills are their natural colour and the base is birch bark carefully removed from the tree without damaging the tree. Each basket is trimmed with sweetgrass, harvested in July. The designs on the lids of the quill box reflect the skill of the craft person, the more intricate and dramatic designs usually having been done by a an older craftsperson with years of practice. These baskets are from the Parry Sound area in Ontario.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
We've Got Scarves!
We are pleased to have a new selection of scarves in the store. Susie Arnold has created her scarves from large pieces of raw silk which she hand paints in deep rich colours highlighted with an abstracted pattern.
Each of Corrine Prince Kaufman's scarves are hand-dyed and hand-woven using a variety of fibres. In the picture above she has used ( left to right ) Silk, cotton & bamboo: Silk & cotton and Silk & wool. Each scarf is intricately woven, one colour flowing effortlessly into the next.
For more information on either of these artisans please contact the store.
Friday, January 8, 2010
James MacDougall is a local Stratford artist, well known for his wonderful portrait work. We are fortunate to be able to have some of his floral, still life paintings for sale in the store. The two pieces shown here are both in oil on canvas. Jim is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Portrait Society of Canada. *Sold