Embroidered memories..

Over the last two months I have had the good fortune to work on three special embroidery projects. First is a project initiated by a good friend from Victoria BC – Diana Weymar – the second piece was a contribution to the You Are So Very Beautiful (#YRSVB), a Craftivist projects by an idol of mine Betsy Greer and finally, theContinue reading “Embroidered memories..”

Gender Parity at the Federal Level in CANADA & The University Art Association of Canada conference

I arrived here in Halifax last evening for the University Art Association of Canada‘s annual conference. This year being hosted by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, NSCAD. It is wonderful to be back in this vibrant and historic city! Better still having arrived yesterday, on such a historic day for our nation! (“Canada becomesContinue reading “Gender Parity at the Federal Level in CANADA & The University Art Association of Canada conference”

New ‘domestic’ watercolour paintings

 This is a little sneak peek of my new series of paintings. They are based on a year’s worth of photographs I’ve taken of the lint from our dryer trap. #WorkingtheDomesticbyHand Not making ‘special’, but perhaps making the ordinary temporarily unordinary?… still thinking on this one. click here to see past work, or here too.

“Making (Mum’s 72nd Birthday) Special”

As part of my practice-led research, I am currently investigating the ideas of Ellen Dissanayake (associate professor in the school of Music at the University of Washington) from her text Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why. Dissanayake approaches the origin and purpose of “art” from an anthropological perspective. In this book she asks,Continue reading ““Making (Mum’s 72nd Birthday) Special””

Reaching back to hold the present

My grandmother Ruby Sercerchi was determined, intelligent, gifted and loving. She died of ALS when I was in middle-school. The first thing that I remember her loosing to that ruthless disease was the dexterity required of her hands to practice in her knitting. I have talked about my grandmother before in this blog and mentioned her workContinue reading “Reaching back to hold the present”

Curious about Practice-Led Research?

As I continue to read for my Methodology comprehensive exam, I wanted to take a moment and share this piece with you. I believe this video from Swinburne University in Melbourne Australia does an excellent job of outlining the basic philosophies of Practice-Led Research (PLR). It addresses how the methodology (or perhaps, simply, the method)Continue reading “Curious about Practice-Led Research?”