The Show and Sale
Port Medway is a small town situated near the mouth of the Medway River which extends inland for many kilometers. It was settled by loyalists from Massachusetts in the mid 18th century where logging, shipbuilding and fishing industries were established. A lighthouse was built in 1851 with a second one built around 1899 closer to town.
The lighthouse remains but most of the industries, except for fishing, have long since gone. For the last ten years, a group of volunteer-owners of Medway Head Lighthouse, have sponsored the Lighthouse Awareness Art and Craft Show during August month. This not only brings visitors to the event but also showcases South Shore artists. Visitors can find original paintings, photography, drawings, folk art, contemporary craft, fibre art, sculpture, cards, and jewelry.
This year, it was decided to also have a Fibre Art exhibit in Seely Hall. I was invited to show a couple of framed textile landscapes, Reversible Fibre Lace Scarves, a Garden Sewing Box, and a variety of Shimmer Ornaments. Most of the ornaments sold as well as a landscape and scarf. A percentage of the sales goes toward the lighthouse fund.
Two landscapes, Lupins (sold) and A Quiet Place, were entered in the show. These framed pieces are created using a variety of techniques. Skies and water are usually hand dyed and some rocks are printed onto silk from my computer and appliqued in place. These ‘rocks’ are from my own photographs. Flowers are either hand embroidered or free-motioned stitched and added to the background. Here is another look at making small textile images
A Quiet Place
Reversible Fibre Lace Scarves
These original ornaments were designed with a fibre base and stitched on an embroidery machine. They are lightweight enough to slip into a card and envelope and mailed anywhere in the world with limited expense. For example, they can be used as Christmas Ornaments, window catchers or even on a car mirror. If they get folded by accident, a steam iron on low can fix that.
Garden Sewing Box
The Garden Sewing Box is one of a series that was undertaken as part of an on-line course, based on an original one I did years ago for an article in a Canadian magazine, A Needle Pulling Thread. It was also entered into several exhibits where it won a couple of awards.