image from www.maiwa.com
Have any of you been going to workshops or lectures at the Maiwa Symposium this year? If so, I'd love to hear about them. Please feel free to write in the comments and share! When I was still in Vancouver I LOVED going to the lectures. I would go to as many as I could afford. As a forever student I've never been able to afford the workshops, but one day I will be able to indulge. I've always wanted to do an organic natural indigo vat. That workshop would have my first choice this year.
Things are good here in Montreal. But, it continues to feel more strange blogging here on VY as Montreal feels more and more like home. I love staying in touch with what's going on in Van in this way, but I'm not sure how to make it better for you readers. So, if any of you Vancouver crafters/artists/bloggers out there want to highjack this blog every once and awhile, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. It would be a great place for fibre entrepreneurs to promote themselves while dishing out on the local fibre scene.
Some hints at what posts are coming up...
Did you know there is a new yarn shop in town?
My visit to WINE.
A tour of The Window Community Art Shop
also.... Knit City is only two weeks away!
Image from the Maiwa website for an upcoming Lecture, 'New Hybrids from Ancient Tools' by Joan Morris
My general absence on the web these days is mostly due to my new found love for a new routine : 1) turn on computer 2) check email 3) turn off computer. Save for the occasional skim of my Google Reader and some internet TV here and there I'm loving spending less time on the web. With that said, there are some lovely installations that have stood out on my reader that I want to share.
This is my favourite! A massive steel sculpture of a desktop icon in New Zealand. Stunning. Via dudecraft
An interactive cloud installation made of thousands of light bulbs and pull strings. Via Colossal
AND this awesome musical swing set in Montreal! I ride by this installation all the time, it's rarely unoccupied. Via Colossal
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.