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autumnplay10Though there is technically over a week to go, the signs are already here: autumn has come to play. She has delighted us with her brilliant yellow blooms, and now she tickles our imagination with bulging underground bulbs, creeping carrots, and ripening red fruits. She ignites a spirit of exploration with urgency, as we know that colder days lie ahead. For now, we relish these last days of summer with energy and awe. We hope you, too, enjoy this time of transition. Autumn is waiting, so get out and play!

As of late, I have been dealing with the impact of life’s ups & downs on my creative process. Lack of time has been a major player, setting forth new challenges and dictating different terms for the felt & fibre work that I very much love and enjoy. At present, much of my felt & fibre work has been put on hold, BUT I am re-organizing for a revival of sorts…more news as it becomes reality. In the meantime, I have had the good fortune of landing a community garden spot and re-connecting with a long time love…gardening- specifically, organic urban gardening. You are invited to step into my personal Garden of Earthly Delights…Enjoy!

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spray painted mural detail by LNY, based out of New Jersey

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black valentine variety of green beans, yum!

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last minute addition, heirloom tomato- unknown variety

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mint tea for after dinner

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aromatic purple sage

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spray painted mural detail by LNY, based out of New Jersey

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This garden is a symbol of my personal hardship & revitalization, patience & dedication.

May your garden bear sweet fruits of your labor, as well. Dig in!

This weekend Sam and I discovered how to make Ukrainian-style decorative eggs, known as pysankas. While dip dyeing has been a family tradition since I was a child, the added element of resistance dyeing just literally blew my lid off! As soon as we arrived at Le Milieu, I immediately feel into a deep concentration envisioning a pattern to enrobe the delicately round egg. Pysankas are created by drawing lines with natural melted bee’s wax and a wax pen. Starting with the lightest colors, the eggs are submerged in a dye bath. They are then re-waxed to safe guard specific portions of the design, effectively preventing them from taking color during subsequent stages of adding color. You can add as many layers of color as you like, and work with precision or absolute abandonment. A color lover’s delight! Special thanks to Cecilia Bourdon for her enthusiasm & patient teaching styles~

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Wishing you a week full of discovery & delight~

Happy (Easter) Monday!

I won’t lie, it feels like we’ve reached an often bleak stage in the North East Winter. The snow cover has begun to melt, and the city sidewalks are beginning to show the tell-tale signs of the spring- including dog poop leftovers and Tim Horton’s trash. To lighten my spirits, and warm me up for the colorful seasonal changes ahead I spent some time playing around with gradients and photographs of my natural urban landscape.

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Here’s to Marching in like a lion, and out like a lamb.

It’s optimistic, but I gotta say it anyway…

Happy Last Days of Winter!

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Thank you to all of the students who participated in the LOVE YOU MAKE SERIE. Personally, it was great fun to get back into the swing of teaching with fibres. The good news is that future workshops are in the works, stay posted for details! Special thanks to Rachel and members of the co-op Le Milieu, Pandora Hobby of ArtAttackz for her encouragement, and Erin of Boutique Poeme.

Hope your day is filled with sweetness.

xoxo allison

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LOVE YOU MAKE SÉRIE

Delve deep into the art of felt-making in this workshop open to students of all skill levels. Create love-inspired keepsakes from natural wool fibres, essential oils, embroidery floss & ribbons by needle felting. Suggested donation $5-10. Please note that additional fibres, needles and kits will be available for purchase at the end of the workshop. Contact your hostess, fiberalley, for more information at astrialli[at]yahoo.ca

Plonger en profondeur dans l’art du feutrage dans cet atelier ouvert aux étudiants de tous niveaux. Créer des souvenirs d’amour-inspiré de fibres de laine naturelle, huiles essentielles & rubans par aiguille à feutrer. Don suggéré de 5 -10$. Veuillez noter que les kits, aiguilles et fibres supplémentaires serons disponibles à l’achat à la fin de l’atelier. Communiquer avec votre hôtesse, fiberalley, pour plus d’informations, astrialli[at]yahoo.ca

FRIDAY VENDREDI, Feb 8th 5-8pm

Le Milieu, 1251 Rue Robin, Montréal

438-932-1251

SUNDAY DIMANCHE, Feb 10th 11-2pm

Boutique Poeme, 5687 boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal

514-273-8383

The snow is finally here and it’s forcing me to slow down and reflect a bit on all of the wonderful but hectic things that have been going on in life lately. There has been a tremendous amount of multi-tasking going on, leaving me feeling like I’m still spinning around the spiraling staircase. In any case, the views have been great and it has exposed all sorts of parallels between my work and the works of loved ones around me. We influence, and influence others without even taking notice at times. What a beautiful thing. Happy snowy day to you, wherever you are…

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little man hardly concealing his excitement for winter

brewing hibisus flowers in preparation for a Sorrel Rum Punch

copper filigree & felt design at L’arterie

delicious and decorative Rum Cakes by T of Island Organix

amber & fiber earrings at L’arterie

paper cranes & snow flakes by Pandora Hobby at boutique Poeme

all charm necklaces available at  L’arterie

xoxo allison