Learning Log – Assignment 1 Feedback

Well, I’ve submitted my first assignment and received feedback from my tutor. Bless him for being gentle and kind in his delivery of the most constructive criticism I’m probably ever received. He pointed out many of my achievements and strengths while encouraging me to consider my work from other perspectives. He also suggested that I generate more material from which he may form additional feedback on future assignments.

So while what I posted previously was a cross section of the work I produced over the duration of the first module, I did produce far more than was shown in that one post. If more work is needed to meet criteria for assessment, I’ll be posting that and linking to it from my assignment submission post. It’ll likely be a dull post but it may just satisfy what’s currently a bit weak in terms of my submission content.

While the completion of the degree seems like it’s a lifetime away, if I persist and keep putting one foot in front of the other, I could very well get there.

So back to the drawing board I’ll go. Revisit the assignment sections, review all of my work to date, flesh out my learning log, and produce more content. Wish me luck!





Æ – Boutique opening soon!!

I’m so excited to tell you this! I’m opening a store in the Horwood’s Mall in downtown Whitehorse next month!! I get the keys on the first and will be hustling to get the doors open so you can come see me and all of my handcrafted treasures. I’ll be selling fish leather and fur jewelry and fur accessories (coming soon!) as well as all of the various textile products (coin purses, bento bags, pouches, scarves and of course tapestries that I make in my home studio. Of course, over time, the offerings will ebb and flow but for now, that’s what you can expect. The shop is very, very wee – a closet, practically. But it’s really cute and in a very hip, vibrant mall. I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity that this boutique represents – so much change and validation.

So, as I mentioned, I get the keys on the first but will need a little time to get it ready for you. Watch for a super cute window display and hopefully by the fourth, I’ll be open and ready to go! Also, while you’re in Horwoods, be sure to come by Baked Cafe to see my exhibition – Impressions – where you can see  a whole bunch of botanical prints that I created last summer – most of which are available for purchase. Several works are framed in embroidery hoops and ready to hang (or gift, since Christmas IS coming) and several that are just prints on fabric that can be purchased to sew your own items with! Some are embroidered and some are just beautiful, simple floral prints.

Hope to see you soon at the boutique and the exhibition!!

Assignment One – Mark Making and Line

Oh man, it’s taken me FOREVER to finally sit down, photograph my submissions and post them. Not exactly expeditious on my part (so embarrassing) but I’m often reminded that forward motion is still motion. So after many months of not actually doing any work (avoiding it, actually), I am now at the point where I’m ready to submit my first works for review by my tutor, Neil Musson.

The below drawings are the result of exploring mark making and line studies from Part One of the Foundations Textiles course at OCA. I’m deeply apprehensive of letting anyone see this work because from my point of view, the work is dull and not all that great. I’m hopeful that my tutor will look upon my submissions with more objectivity and maybe even a kinder narrative. Stay tuned.

Notes to Neil: Learning log pages to date will accompany this submission below.

Right hand Faber Castell soft brush


Wool locks handmade brush India Ink


Yarn handmade brush India Ink


White wax crayon resist, Black India ink wash


White wax crayon marks, 6B Graphite gently rubbed to reveal marks


Tombow marker


India Ink


Left Hand India Ink with Toothpick

Learning Log Entries for work done up to this submission:



Nice knowin’ ya, summer.

Wow, summer came and went in a damned hurry, didn’t it? You know as sad as I am to see summer leaving us, I’m always so inspired by this time of year. We’ve spent weeks (months?) goofing around outdoors, filling up on fresh air and vitamin D and now that it’s September, it’s time to hunker down and get back to work. Maybe even spring for some new pencils or even those smelly markers just for fun.

This summer, after an inspiring stay in Inuvik for the Great Northern Arts Festival, I returned home with more ideas than I could realistically chase. But now that some time has passed, I’ve sifted through them and settled on a few that have me delightfully busy.

You see, my lovely partner, George is a trapper and I am so honoured and proud to be buying all of his furs to use in my handcrafted jewelry and soon… accessories. A few Pop-up shops at the tail end of summer have shown me how much everyone loves our gorgeous local furs and now that both Johnson’s Crossing Lodge gift shop and Whoa Bear in Carcross (soon to have a boutique in Whitehorse!) are carrying my work, I’ll have plenty of places where folks can fine me and the furs. In the coming months, I’ll be working on larger pieces but I can’t spoil the surprise as to what they might be. You’ll just have to stick around and find out.

I am gladly doing research into furrier training so I can build on my existing skill set to do more with these glorious pelts. I can’t tell you how much I love doing this work and how grateful I am to be supported in doing it. If you’ve yet to make it to one of my Pop-ups, note they are at The Claim from 9-5 every first Tuesday of the month. I take visa/mastercard but of course, there’s always the online store.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, message me an I can probably make something especially for you.

Thank you for sharing your time with me and thank you for your ongoing support. I couldn’t be happier with being able to do this work. I am richly blessed.