Thursday, October 13, 2016


 Last night was the opening reception for the exhibition Re//Woven at Montserrat. Here are some pictures of the exhibit which will be on display through December 17, 2016.

Work by Cal Lane
Work by Nathan Green

My work

Work by Liz Collins
Work in the foreground by Raquel Paiewonsky
Work by Maria Molteni

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Re//Woven At Monserrat College of Art

I am happy to announce that my work will be part of the exhibition Re//Woven at Monserrat College of art! The opening reception is Wednesday, October 12th from 5-7pm.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Persistent Memories at the South Shore Art Center

Persistent Memories will be on exhibit at the South Shore Art Center on Cohasset, MA from June 3rd through July 10th. 

This three-person exhibition will highlight the work of Nina Earley, Stacey Piwinski and Brian Wilson. These three artists allow their artistic processes to be guided by memories and, each in their own way, depict people, places and things that trigger the return of these memories, transforming thoughts into forms of artistic expression.

Nina Earley combines alternative photographic processes and textiles, Stacey Piwinski uses unconventional hand-woven fabrics and painting, and Brian Wilson incorporates photography and sculpture creating a rich mix of material, process, and textures into one memorable exhibition.

Nina Earley, Stacey Piwinski, and Brian Wilson at the opening reception of Persistent Memories
Photo of the Bancroft Gallery with work by Stacey Piwinski
Photo of the Bancroft Gallery with work by Brian Wilson
Photo of the Bancroft Gallery with work by Nina Earley
Work by Brian Wilson and Stacey Piwinski
The South Shore Art Center will host their 61st Arts Festival on June 17, 18, and 19th. For more information about the festival visit the website

Please come visit the show and help participating in creating a group weaving on Saturday June 18th with Stacey Piwinski. Hope to see you then! 

Friday, April 1, 2016

You Must Become an Island...

It's been almost two weeks since I returned from the island…

Life was very different there…things moved at a reasonable pace, there was time to enjoy, create, reflect and even take in the nature around us…Sounds perfect, doesn't it? That's not asking for too much is it? 

Since I have been back home, things move at an unreasonable pace and I wake up wondering how I am going to get through my teaching day, drive an hour in traffic, to get to a place where it is impossible to keep all the balls in the air…some fall, some bounce, some break…by the end of the work day, if there is any energy left, maybe I can try to make something before I crash and have to do it all over again… This is not the life I want to be living…I find myself thinking, "I want to go back to the island!" or maybe at least keep a touch of the island life. I have held on the memories and even had the students in my last block at the end of a long and exhausting Tuesday paint purple starfish! 

I recently read an article by Hans Ulrich Obrist titled The Future of Art.
In it he speaks of the "Extreme Present" which he defines as "a time in which it feels impossible to maintain pace with the present, never mind chart the future…" This is not good for anyone! Thank goodness for the moments that I have been able to find to weave and do yoga and begin to ground myself again a mist all the chaos. 

Sorry Little Terri, although you are now in my studio (your new home, away from home), I have not had a chance to work on you much…

Instead, I have been stealing those moments at night on my loom in the living room to make infinity scarves with the remaining portion of my February warp and to set up the loom with my March warp. Before I left for the residency, I had chosen the colors and measured the warp strings. I had also started a collect of objects that would be par of my March weaving. Funny, that like Terri, I too had chosen some old jewelry and beads...

A detail of my January and February weaving from 2016

The March warp…not too far off from the colors I chose at the residency...
Setting up the March warp in the living room

The March warp

The March weaving…full of beads and old turtle jewelry...

Containing ginger candy wrappers and my old studio key

Last Friday since there was no school on Good Friday, we took a trip to WEBS. This is an amazing yarn store in Northampton, MA and I was able to get some great yarns to use into my March weaving and more!
At WEBS buying yarn
Here are some photos of the March weaving…completed last night before midnight, of course…who I am I kidding… I finished this one way before midnight!

More beads

The key to my red Matrix that was totaled last March in a car accident .

January, February, and March

During the residency I was listening to Sara Bareilles's album The Blessed Unrest. The song Island spoke to me then and is in my head often lately…

It's like I'm standing on the edge with just a telephone wire
Trying to get to you first to say the world's on fire
Holding my breath until I know you're alright
Because the water will only rise
When will you realize (ha ha haa)
You must become an island
(Ha ha haa) you must become an island
(Ha ha haa) you must become an island
(Ha ha haa) and see for yourself the horizon is all we have
See for yourself the horizon is all we have
Holding my breath until I know you're alright
Because the water will only rise

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Headed Home...

Saori Residency - Day 8

One last adventure in Victoria before heading home…

This morning we caught the ferry and headed back into Victoria. We have fit some much into one week that it is hard to believe that it was just a week ago when we first met!

The view from the ferry between Salt Spring to Victoria. 
Once in Victoria, we had a chance to visit Lynn and her weaving studio. She shared many of her woven pieces with us and I got a chance to try some of them on.

I have been inspired to try some other clothing patterns once I get home and I think my squid will get some t-shirt ties like Lynn had put onto one of her squids. Thank you for the inspiration! 

Todays's quote of the day, "Abruptly, sophisticatedly, colorfully, and conspicuously there are some people who handle it effortlessly." -Misao Jo

As a gift, I brought Lynn a little painting that I did  inspired by her weaving last Sunday. 

Lynn was a great tour guide today. We went to a couple small shops that sold artwork made by local artists, Picot and Forge. At Picot, Britt had her Saori loom out in the shop and and some of her woven pieces for sale. 

We had lunch at a restaurant called Nourish which had fresh, gluten free foods. It was in a renovated old house with high ceilings, but it was the sticks covered with moss on the window sill that caught our attention…

Our woven clothing caught the attention of our waitress. Hopefully she will be a new Saori weaver at some point soon... 

Then we headed to the water. As Jacqui Bonwell had said at the Chakra Cleanse I attended back in the fall, "In times of transformation, go and sit by the water." It has been nice to visit the water in one way or another almost every day while here. Today we walked the Breakwater at Ogden Point. The view was beautiful. 

What a great way to end a fantastic week full of creativity and adventure! 

Feeling free, now I am headed home. Thank you for an amazing week. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

The West Coast Dream Squid

Saori Residency- Day 7

Quote of the day
"There are things you can't see without throwing away, but also you can get something as a result of discarding."

What a perfect quote for my last studio working day here in the island. Both Terri and I on the cusp of change and transformation. It has been nice to work alongside one another in the studio.

At the cottage, I have been working on the small loom to create a circle of weaving. I am happy to be learning so many new techniques while I am here.

Many of my pieces are about he passages of time and I am usually weaving about he passage of time, but with this piece, time is determining what will become. The circle piece will be only as long as I have time to make it…

The remainder of the Terri- warp will have to be woven by Terri. I kind of like that idea as well and I look forward to what it will become...

In the studio, it was time to take the fabric and sew it into something. Terri showed me how the patterns would work out by having me make them out of paper first. The fabric just did not want to be a west coast dream coat, so it became a west coast dream squid. The squid pattern takes a rectangle of cloth and by making a triangular fold and cutting arm holes creates a garment that Lynn told me, "Looks flattering on everyone." It also requires only a little bit of sewing and can be worn various ways. That's the garment for me.

The west coast fabric

The paper mock-ups
It decided it wanted to be a squid

The arm hole trick, thanks Lynn! 

As I worked on the squid, Terri worked on the weaving out of paper yarn. Finishing the edges with a hem stitch. the piece is beautiful and includes some parts where combing is done to create these open spaces into the fabric. Terri told me Eiji gave her this yarn and he does a lot of combing in his weavings as well, like the one hanging in the window in the background of the photo below.

the hem stitch

Terri's weaving in the foreground and Eiji's hanging in the window in the background.

"Little Terri" is still a work in progress, but I wanted to share how it looks when the cool cross comes off the loom. The pictures do not do the pictures do not do it justice, but here is Terri hanging around in her natural habitat.

We took a little afternoon field trip to visit Lorrie and her sheep. Some adorable little lambs had just been born and were very springy, friendly and absolutely adorable. It is nice to know that the woolen locks that I have been weaving into many of my pieces while I was here come from these happy and well-cared for sheep. I also bought some woolen locks from Lorrie to bring home and weave with.

Back in the studio, it was time to complete the squid… Here are the results…

the front

the back

another way to wear it…

I will end today's post with a quote I saw in the Salt Spring Island Studio Tour Guidebook….

"If I had known about the richness of this island, I definitely would have planned to stay longer." -a happy visitor