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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


My work "Wonderland" was shown at Numen Gallery in Yaletown, Vancouver 2007. It was curated by Celine Rumelean and remains one of my favourite shows.
Installation Wonderland Patricia Chauncey Numen Gallery 2007

Wonderland Patricia Chauncey Numen Gallery 2007

Globes Wonderland Patricia Chauncey Numen Gallery 2007

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Legacy in Stitch

There is nothing more moving to me than to touch one of my ancestor's needlework.
My inheritance has consisted of some books , a few personal objects and lovely needle work.
Mother's worn through book cover she made from moose leather when she was at camp in the 40's.
Great Grandmother's Rosary beads on Mother's christening gown.. Her white work.
Typical Irish Crochet. Done by Great Grandmother from Irish Quebec.
Oregon Great Granny Adams lamb batt quilt made for my Granny Chauncey as her wedding quilt. She raised the lamb. She also gave me one named Lolly when I was nine. I slept under this quilt many times.
It appears that both my grandmothers and most of my great grandmothers each left me something to touch. here is a collection of some of my special things.
Great Granny Mary Kehoe's Irish white work done for the Ursuline Nuns of Quebec City.

Livestock and Crop Management

Last weekend two local farmers, Jessandra and Dr.Jonathon, gifted me with 10 ducks. Two of them are gorgeous drakes for breeding purposes. They are Muscovy ducks. They hiss and wave their necks when they greet you, forage, can climb trees and fly.  They have warty faces and very beautiful markings.

They are the least demanding livestock who also pay rent. 1 dozen eggs in less than a week. Tasty eggs.
Which means lots of babies. I will let them settle first and move them into a duck hut and not the chicken coop.

I have to get them in at night because the predators are slinky and sneaky. Raccoons, mink, otter, eagles and buzzards.

I budget about 30 minutes at night to round them up out of the garden where they like to weed and eat bugs.
Also about 30 minutes in the morning to make sure they have clean water and new crumble. I get my breakfast egg every morning and a few more during the day.

The daffodils are up all over Sweethaven.
Spring daffodil. Mayne Island morning dew.

First duck egg laid at Sweethaven.
Some of the new girls at Sweethaven.