Common Threads: Volume 13, May 2022

18 May 2022

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Franco-Manitoban fibre artist Rosemarie Péloquin has created remarkable sculptural portraits of the Queen and Prince Charles. They are made entirely from Canadian wool, and will be presented to the heir to the throne when he visits St. John’s, Newfoundland, this week. Whether you’re interested in news of a royal tour or not, the artist’s website is definitely worth a visit, her work is remarkable. A short video on the page linked above gives you an insight into how she creates her works.

Speaking of woolly sculpture… Amelia Lyon, Digits & Threads contributor, and owner of Toronto’s Yarns Untangled was married this past weekend. She made her own cake toppers and we think they are perfect.

Click through to her Instagram post to get details on the project (and a bonus shot of the bride doing a little pre-ceremony knitting).

From Ben

Image description: Book cover of Sheep, Shepherd & Land featuring sheep, and words about pre-ordering the book to help make it even more awesome!

And speaking of Canadian wool… the Kickstarter campaign for our* first original print book, Sheep, Shepherd and Land, by Anna Hunter, ends this Friday, May 20, at about 1:15 PM Eastern (10:15 AM Pacific). Every pledge and book pre-order will help us afford to print the book on the most eco-friendly paper available, and enable author, photographer and publishers to be paid fairly. Don’t wait, as some of the remaining rewards have limited quantities!

* Digits & Threads is published by the parent company we established at the same time—Nine Ten Publications—because we always planned to publish books as well as this magazine. It’s exciting to get this new part of our business up and running! Be sure to sign up for the Nine Ten mailing list to keep up with our book news!

Planning Ahead for Summer Travel?

  • The Harrison Festival of the Arts, held at Harrison Hot Springs Beach, in the Fraser Valley of B.C., runs the second and third weekends of July.
  • The Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador has announced their “Come Home to Craft” festival, July 14-17, “a celebration of craft, music, food, and culture, held along the St. John’s waterfront.” They’re taking applications for vendors and exhibitors now, and more details will be announced closer to the date.
  • The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair takes place July 15-17. As with the previous two years, there will also be an online show.
  • Plein Art Québec” is a large and very popular outdoor art festival running August 2nd-14 at the Vieux-Port de Québec. 

Job Openings Around Canada in Textiles, Fibre and Craft

Longway Homestead has a job opening for a fibre mill apprentice.

Craft Nova Scotia is looking for a Business and Development Coordinator.

The Alberta Craft Council has three openings for Gallery Coordinators at various locations around the province.

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Cake topper photos by Ben Train. Used with permission.

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