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November 12th, 2014

SOFA Chicago

Well that's it, my mind is officially blown. I am filled to the brim with inspiration and awe at what I have just seen. I was extremly fortunate to be asked by Craft Alliance to travel to SOFA Chicago and help run a partner booth for the Canadian Crafts Federation. 'SOFA' stands for Sculptural Objects and Functional Art, and it's a world renowned art fair that takes place each year on Chicago's Navy Pier. SOFA attracts some of the word's finest galleries, who feature works in glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, and metal. I travelled to Chicago with Maegen Black of the Canadian Crafts Federation; Jade Ansley who is a forth year jewellery student at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design; and textile artist Allison Green, who received the trip as part of her prize for winning the Nel Oudemans Award. There was an overwhelming amount of things to see and do. We went to lectures, watched live demonstrations, and mixed and mingled with gallerists, artists, curators and designers. When we needed a break from all the stimulation in SOFA, we toured the city, checked out Millennium Park (the Giant Bean, was cRaZZZy!!), went to the House of Blues to see Yonder Mountain String Band, and ate at fabulous restaurants. We also got to see the Chicago Institute of Art and just incase we hadn't had enough, Craft Alliance helped to organize a gallery tour around the city. I wore a smile the entire weekend and I'm sure the impact and influence of what I saw in Chicago will be coursing through my blood for years to come. Now that I'm home again in Gagetown, I'm back to prduction work in the studio. I'm getting ready for Christmas in the Village (November 29th & 30th), but I'm hoping that after that, I'll have some time to experiment and push my work in a new direction. If you are a practicing crafts person and are interested in coming to SOFA next year, please contact the New Brunswick Crafts Council and we will fill you in on all the details. 

 

 

The Crew

The Crew

Maegen Black of the Canadian Crafts Federation, textile artist Allison Green, jeweller Jade Ansley & me.

Looking down

Looking down

William Morris

William Morris

Tobias Mohl

Tobias Mohl

Woodrow Nash

Woodrow Nash

These sculptures were so life-like; it felt as if they were watching you as you walked around the booth. Gorgeous and eerie at the same time.

Woodrow Nash

Woodrow Nash

Cassandria Blackmore

Cassandria Blackmore

Jean Paul Donadini

Jean Paul Donadini

Works from the Mindy Solomon Gallery

Works from the Mindy Solomon Gallery

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

jewellery

jewellery

Corning Museum of Glass Demo

Corning Museum of Glass Demo

This is the view from our booth. This was in the 'partner pavilion' section where organizations, schools, craft publications, etc. were promoting and talking to the public about their organizations. We watched a lot of glass demos over the three days, but each one was exciting and unique.

Nancy Callan glass demo

Nancy Callan glass demo

Nancy Callan's work

Nancy Callan's work

Jason Robert Griego

Jason Robert Griego

I found this work fascinating and had a nice conversation with the artist about how he knows when a piece is finished and it's time to stop working on it.

Jason Robert Griego

Jason Robert Griego

Steffen Dam

Steffen Dam

Craft Scotland booth

Craft Scotland booth

Janis Miltenberger

Janis Miltenberger

Surface Design Association

Surface Design Association

Hanging out with the Surface Design Association. They had a ton of interesting samples of various techniques.

Canadian Crafts Federation booth

Canadian Crafts Federation booth

Harue Shimomoto

Harue Shimomoto

I have no idea how you'd transport this work. It was made up of layers and layers of fragile glass strands. Amazing!

Harue Shimomoto

Harue Shimomoto

Old and the New

Old and the New

Chicago

Chicago

Public Art

Public Art

Me and The Bean

Me and The Bean

The real name of the sculpture is 'Cloud Gate' but it has been nicknamed 'The Bean' for obvious reasons.

Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate

The best part about this sculpture was how many people were engaging with it, touching it, taking pictures of it and spending time walking around it and admiring it.

Hangin' with van Gogh

Hangin' with van Gogh

In the Chicago Institute of Art

In the Chicago Institute of Art

Another sculpture in Millenium Park. She blinked and looked around.

In Millenium Park

In Millenium Park

Chicago at night

Chicago at night

Goodbye Chicago

Goodbye Chicago

September 3rd, 2014

The Next Chapter

Well on to the next chapter of my life. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working as Manager of Marketing and Sales at Legacy Lane Fiber Mill, but in June I took a new job as the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Crafts Council. It has been a rollercoaster of a summer with the new job, craft festivals and a move. I am thrilled to have just bought a new home in the artistic Village of Gagetown. I am happy to count the lovely and talented Flo Greig, Peter Thomas and Bronwyn Gallagher as neighbours. Who could ask for a more inspiring bunch of artists? I love this little village so much already. I'm slowly setting up my studio and hope to be back up and running soon. My intentions are to be at the Amherst Fibre Festival this fall, and also to participate in Gagetown's Christmas in the Village event on November 29 & 30th. I'm also planning on organizing some more workshops in the new year. Hope to see you soon!!

June 7th & 8th, 2014

Kings County Studio Tour

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Legacy Lane Fiber Mill

Joyful Coyote Designs

Joyful Coyote Designs

Legacy Lane

Legacy Lane

Nick from Clairvoyant Art Glass

Nick from Clairvoyant Art Glass

Glass Demos

Glass Demos

Alyson Brown weaving

Alyson Brown weaving

working on a commissioned alpaca

working on a commissioned alpaca

Heather from Clairvoyant Art Glass

Heather from Clairvoyant Art Glass

Valley Welding/Jamie Brown

Valley Welding/Jamie Brown

Legacy Lane Fiber Mill

Legacy Lane Fiber Mill

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

Working away

Working away

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Glass blowing demos

Glass blowing demos

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Clairvoyant Art Glass

Legacy Lane Fiber Mill & Cookie

Legacy Lane Fiber Mill & Cookie

Cookie enjoying the felt

Cookie enjoying the felt

Cookie 1.jpg

Cookie 1.jpg

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

Jamie Brown/Valley Welding

May 22nd, 2014

The Back to Back Challenge

Getting excited and a little nervous about this Saturday. It's going to be a very busy, but fun, fibre-filled day. How long do you think it will take 7 fibre artists to create a sweater from a raw fleece? Come join the fun and cheer us on at the Barn in Bloomfield. Proceeds from the day go to support Bobbi's Hospice in Saint John. 

The team!

The team!

The fleece

The fleece

Shetland To be spun 'in the grease' without being washed or carded.

Spin

Spin

Spin

Spin

Silent Auction table

Silent Auction table

Ali (y) son squared

Ali (y) son squared

Three diligent knitters

Three diligent knitters

Much needed massages!

Much needed massages!

More massages

More massages

Plying and spinning

Plying and spinning

Knit fast

Knit fast

Lots of media coverage

Lots of media coverage

Knit

Knit

First sleeve!

First sleeve!

Sheering demos

Sheering demos

Sheering

Sheering

Having fun!

Having fun!

Spin

Spin

Knit

Knit

Stitching the pieces together

Stitching the pieces together

The sweater!!

The sweater!!

The sweater!!!

The sweater!!!

May 16th, 2014

This Week's Workshops

This week I've taught two 'Felting Animal Portraits' workshops. The results have been amazing and I've thoroughly enjoyed spending time with all these talented ladies. Check out some of the results below! If you missed these workshops and are interested in taking one in the future, please see my 'Workshops & Events' page. Happy felting!!

May 1st, 2014

Needle Felting with 8 year olds

My oldest daughter, who is now 8, and in grade 2, recently asked me to come into her class and show them how to needle felt. I was a bit hesitant because of the sharp needles, but after getting permission from the school and the parents, we went ahead with the visit. I took in various fibres including seacell, alpaca, wool, bamboo and recycled pop bottle fibre. The kids were really interested in all the different textures, colours and yarns. After talking about textiles and fibre for a few minutes I put up a picture of poppies on their smart board and we discussed perspective and having to work in layers starting with the thing that is furthest away. I was stunned by the results and the kids were so proud of their first attempts at needle felting. 

April 16th, 2014

In the Paper

March 21st, 2014

Bring on Spring 2014

Like many Canadians, I am finding this winter extra long, cold and relentless.  I often find my creative muse wants to hibernate or fly south and abandon me during these long, dark winter months. Last week in some sort of stubborn rebellious, late-night creative flash I headed to the studio to try and find a taste of spring and the hope that a warm breeze, lush green landscape, and flowing waters are just around the bend.  Bring on spring 2014!!!

March 19th, 2014

Back to Back Challenge

Can't wait to be a part of this this year! We're doing it at the Barn in Bloomfield and the public will be invited to come and watch! I'll send out more details once they are available.The International Back to Back Wool Challenge is an annual event that challenges teams of woolcrafters around the globe to create a sweater directly from a sheep's back to a human's back. Each team consists of a blade shearer, a country of origin sheep and seven handspinners (with spinning wheels) and knitters who follow the identical Challenge rules and pattern to knit the adult size jumper. The event is timed and money raised goes towards Cancer research.

March 16th, 2014

Felted Landscape Workshop

 

I taught a workshop yesterday at Legacy Lane Fiber Mill, 'needle felting landscapes'. It was a wonderful time and I really enjoyed meeting so many fiber enthusiasts.  The results were amazing! Below is a slideshow from the day. I will be offering this workshop again this summer at Legacy Lane. I'm also doing a 'needle felting animal portraits' workshop at Art at Hooper's Studios in Hampton on May 10th. To register for this class, please contact Sue Hooper at (506) 650-3333

 

 

March 3rd, 2014

 

 

I really do live a very blessed life. I spend my evenings working in my studio, creating and enjoying the bliss I find in making art, and I spend my days working for an amazing local textile business, Legacy Lane Fiber Mill. At Legacy Lane I'm the Manager of Marketing and Sales, but am fortunate that my love of fiber and yarns gets put to good use alongside my knowledge of marketing. Recently I designed a brand new website for this company (www.LegacyLaneFiberMill.ca) which, at the risk of sounding snotty, I'm really pround of. I took all the pictures and found the whole design process like a big art project. I was felt like an excited little kid on the day we finally launched the site. My day job sets me on so many creative projects. Somedays I get to take new yarns home and test them out before anyone else has had a chance to get their knitting needles on them. I also get to make cheeky promotional ads (like the one to the right) and recently I took photos and organized a photoshoot or some of Legacy Lane's finished products. Below I'm going to include some images from that photoshoot because I'm thrilled with how the pictures turned out and I just have to share. I know, as a textile artist I'm drawn to all things fiber and I have such an appreciation for all weavers, hookers, quilters, basket makers, dyers, felters, knitters, crocheters, spinners, etc. I hope you find the photos tantalizing :)

Legacy Lane Fiber Mill

Cowls made with alpaca Knotty'n'Nice

Cowls made with alpaca Knotty'n'Nice

Handwoven shawl/scarf

Handwoven shawl/scarf

Ebb & Flow cowl

Ebb & Flow cowl

Handwoven alpaca ponchos

Handwoven alpaca ponchos

Ebb & Flow cowls

Ebb & Flow cowls

Made with alpaca lopi yarn

Made with alpaca lopi yarn

Handwoven alpaca shawl/scarf

Handwoven alpaca shawl/scarf

Handwoven alpaca poncho

Handwoven alpaca poncho

Handwoven scarf

Handwoven scarf

January 3rd, 2014

East Coast Living Magazine

Thanks so much Janice Hudson for getting in touch and featuring my work in the latest edition of East Coast Living magazine. Looking forward to being a part of the magazine's 15th anniversary celebrations in March!

All images are the property of Joyful Coyote Designs. Please contact Alison Murphy if you wish to use an image.

JoyfulCoyote@gmail.com 

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