Happy February, time for another blog feature.
I chose this lovely lady for two reasons: 1. I am a huge advocate of encouraging new bloggers, and she's brand-spanking new at it. 2.She has been brave enough to give herself the challenge of writing a blog post every day!
Who? Robyn Hume
Where? Gibsons, BC
When? Every gosh-darn day!
And here's what else she told us:
Q: What can we expect to hear about on your blog?
A: My blog will feature daily knitting ventures as I work on my theme of completion and passage into the next half century. Plus other fibre interests of spinning and weaving as I complete several projects begun in the Yukon and ideas since then. Plus adventure of new projects, such as my Ravelry group of "10 lace shawls in 2010". Challenging and something I relish as I do love how loops and air mixed together create wonderful expressions out of "string". Too I will include my love of coastal life in the form of boating excursions with the local Coast Guard Auxilliary for one. Other passions which cross my day's path in the form of gardening, biscotti baking, and antics with Mr Kitty a two and a half year old with a passion too for things of fibre. We make a good team - at different ends of the spectrum! (Janna he has a name which I will keep anonymous).
Q: When and where do you blog?
A: I blog/write usually in the evening when the writing bug hits and sometimes earlier in day. From home is my site for such writing. Surrounded by my muse.
Q: How do you plan on achieving your goal of blogging every day?
A: I have a plan of knitting first sometime during the day as a commitment followed and paired with my daily writing. A promise to myself. A form of daily completion to enable my habit enroute to healthy change.
Q:Do you have a favourite blog that you follow?
A: Yes. Part of my routine involves checking in with a fellow daily writer, fibre friend, on Ravelry. A daily link since just before this blog began, one of my muse. A blog by fellow fibre artist and mentor Michelle Boyd titled "As the Whorl Spins" is the one I stay in touch with. (whorlspins.blogspot.com ) I have attended two summer fibre festivals in Gibsons Landing the past couple of years and had the great good fortune to meet this lady whom teaches all master levels of spinning and other life adventures. I find her a fascinating source of unending inspiration.
Q: Tell us a bit more about yourself...
A: I am a photographer on a new business venture. Shooting artist's work for jury/website etc., portraits plus a focus on newborns is a new venture. This thrills me as I have been playing at photography for over 30 years. In 2001 I took my first course to learn more of this craft and the first night I new this was my creative passion bar none. I also have a goldsmiths degree and have worked with a couple of very extinguished artists to my good fortune. Many creative adventures I have taken and fine metal work, photography and now textiles are my primary loves. Spinning, knitting and a new venture into weaving fascinate me. I am filling up booklets with my ideas.I began my creative discoveries while living in the Gulf Islands. From there I furthered this search in Calgary. Back to Vancouver I later discovered the joys of travel and took a job in the Yukon. Freelance photography came my way with a zeal. My best was shooting the Yukon Quest Sled Dog race, (1000 miles of outright adventure and will).
Favourite moment: while in Dawson City wearing 6 layers of clothing and shooting the arrival of the first musher at 2:30am in -36 celsius. What a rush.
People animals life are wonderous material for creative expression. Along with these creative outlets I have volunteered as docent and manager for a variety of Vancouver organizations. Now I am a core auxilliary member with the local coast guard. This involves weekly training, being on call for a twelve hour shift at a time and when the pager goes I have 15 minutes to arrive at the boat suit up and be away from the dock with our team on a rescue. Fast, teamwork, driving navigating or crewing to the needs of the call at hand. I thoroughly enjoy being in aid to others this way and enjoy the time on the sea where I feel at home.
Janna Maria Vallee is a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program. In her art practice Janna combines textiles and socially engaged media. She founded VY in 2008.