A long, hot knit to (the) finish!

While I wait to hear about my dissertation from UNB, I have been spending time with my children at my husband’s family cottage near Fredericton. The weather here is hot and my children are happy that I am no longer married to my computer. We’re playing, “frogging”, swimming, snacking, and I knit on my final banner for the dissertation presentation during their breaks!

My son was playing with my iPhone this morning and shot the following video* which I love… In the video he introduces his sister’s breakfast to the viewer, in addition to she and I personally, before moving on to list some of his favourite things about ‘the lake’.

[* this evening before dinner, my son asked me to remove this video – though I want to say, I try to be very sensitive, and careful not share anything overtly private about either of my children – and I acted immediately on his request.] 

Work-on..

On and on I sew…

There has been a delay in my PhD defence at the University of New Brunswick this week. The delay is not one that I expected but, I have great respect for the process and so (sew) I am continuing to work on. The written component of my dissertation was submitted a few weeks ago, but my committee will not have to opportunity to see the other half of my dissertation (except for a few images included in the written section) until the day of my oral, at the exhibition/presentation location. This is a challenge for all of us, as so much information is left to that experience of this work.

I am including here some in process images of the tent and soft cover books which I have been focusing my attention on since the digital/written submission of my data. The fort is evolving nicely with help from my children, my husband Jeff and my dear friends Ryan Halun and Rachel Davies. As I’ve always known – and you’ve each proved to me once again – “It takes a village (not only) to raise a child, but to get MOST jobs done!” …my love to all of you.

D

 

Festival Inspire!

This past weekend my family and I had the amazing opportunity to take in some of Moncton NB’s 3rd annual Festival  Inspire (sadly, we missed the decorated bike parade on Friday night!). This brilliant new festival is the brainchild of  co-founders Lisa Griffin and Matthew Kingsley Willison. The festival has a mandate of injecting colour and culture into the city on a lasting basis – each year the organizers commission new artists from around the world to come to the city and create creative, meaningful and eye-popping murals that bring the city to life each July, and delight locals on an ongoing  basis.

Three years ago my father called me to say that we were going on a car tour to find the murals on my next visit to the city – special time with spent with him –  he had been reading about the festival in the newspaper but hadn’t made it downtown to see anything during the week of the live section of the festivities.

I love many things about this new festival. Among them is the live music, the puppets, the paper mâché sculptures (which reminded me of my time in Barcelona for the Festa de Gracia last summer), the vendors, and (of course!) all of the murals – but most of all, I love that this festival presents a reason/opportunity to draw people in to the city’s  core anytime of the year to sleuth around – following their online map – an see the growing collection of murals. It has brought my dad and I down on each of my visits to drive around debating our favourites, based on a shifting list of merits.

Such fun each year!

Brilliant work, and huge kudos to both Lisa and Matthew in addition to all of the Festival Inspire volunteers and sponsors!!

Keep up the great work – every city should be so lucky…

Lisa J. Griffin, MA

Co-founder and Executive Director
of L’Art ici SVP & Festival Inspire 

Matthew Kingsley Williston

Co-founder and Creative Director
of L’Art ici SVP & Festival Inspire 

Just Making It (Visible)

This is a new body of work that I’ve made in clay. It responds to the feminist theorist’s responsibility to fill in the gaps within academic research – to make visible that which has been historically overlooked.

 

I want to make visible some of ‘the gaps’ the textile research. These piece speak to invisible labour, affect, and the ‘handmade’. Its title: ‘Just Making It (Visible) speaks directly to the title of my dissertation Just Making It: The Stain of Femaffect on Fiber in Art

All artwork and images ©Danielle Hogan