Material Witness will focus on extreme textile process. Images will be posted here showing the history of my work, new work, developing projects and inspiration.

Saturday, May 26, 2012


I have a secret. My very best friend in Wells is my adopted granddaughter Jasper.
She says we are "Riveting " together and that she is glad that I am round because she won't "lose me"! I won't misplace her either because she has bright, shiny eyes and red hair.
I will see her next week and we will sew together and drink chai and she will bring me horse hair, dead bugs and pretty flowers. She works for me and sweeps my floor.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How Am I Today?

I am very biological. In the process of decay and healing at the same time!
Times like this require heavy disassociation or self indulgence. Avoidance is also a good choice.
Escapism seems to be the best answer.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Best Of The Bad

Well the news is finally here regarding my pathology results. The surgery revealed a recurrence of breast cancer. It was very small and growing toward the surface. The tumor was contained and removed. No metastasis has shown up. Borders clean, lungs clean, bones clean and lymph nodes clean.
It looks like I will not need chemo or radiation. I will probably be put on an estrogen blocker. 1 little pill a day.

So back to life and art. Will be leaving for Wells in the next three weeks.

The gallery now has a legal name. It is called the small talk Gallery. It used to be the telegraph office, the telephone office, the dentist office and the newspaper office in the past. I held a naming contest for the residents and supporters of the Well's art community and Kathleen Landry, a  fabulous quilter won!

There are now a number of artist's in the small talk stable. Poppy Candy Anders, Laurie Landry, Kathleen Landry, Paula Scott, Robert Klein, Bill Horne, Arlee Barr, Cory Hardeman, Vivian Baumann and Karen Jeffery. I am currently interviewing ceramics artists,textile artists and jewellers from British Columbia.

Trying to finish up the income tax audit in the mean time and trying to pack and heal!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Introducing Ali!

First photographs of Althea.  Top with Papa Chris and Grandpa Tim
                                             Middle with beautiful Mama Vashti and Althea
                                              Ali with her little face. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

She is Here!

I have a new little girl in my life. Althea Susan. Born after many, many hours of hard work.
Born on Jane Jacobs birthday.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Grand Baby Two

Grandchild number two will arrive tonight. Vashti is now in full labour.

Flower Papers

Love the huge flower petals in the spring.  Make flower papers. Different than paper flowers. Might make paper flowers from flower paper.

Better day.

Packing for Wells, doing income tax and heading to East is East for tea.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pens and Pencils

I am up and playing with paper after a day or two of self indulgence and feeling sorry for myself.
This healing thing is challenging sometimes. F cancer and it's aftermath. F pain. F depression. F hospitals.

Gayla dragged me out for dim sum today. Sadie and Mary Ellen both let me talk about fear.
Barry filled me up with stories of tropical reefs and camel riding.  Bren came by and checked. Vivian filled me in on Sasquatch stories. Tim cooked an amazing dinner.  Rod the Viking offered hot sake and a trip to Seattle and talked about illumination and visiting Wells.

Bandages off. Sutures holding me together. But going on my East is East Chai date tomorrow with Celine.