Welcome to The Twisty Tree!
I live on the west coast of Canada – a beautiful and artistically inspiring area. Apparently it’s a beautiful area for outdoorsy athletic folk as well, but I’m not one of them. I’ll continue to admire it in a relaxed and leisurely (dare I say lazy?) fashion.
As a kid I enjoyed creating – I remember constructing many little rooms out of small bits of paper… painstakingly gluing tiny pieces of furniture together. I even recreated my mom’s canning room, a room I have always been in awe of! I then moved on to balsa wood furniture, which I enjoyed, but my inability to cut a straight line or make even length legs made it a little tricky…
High school was when I first worked with metal – we pounded circles of copper and shaped them… Loved it! Did not love making the little metal box – the one that needed precise measurements. I still have it, and it’s still not particularly straight. There’s definitely a reason that I love organic shapes in jewellery!
I was working as a temp after finishing high school, and during a particularly trying assignment, I met up with my dad for lunch. We got to talking about what I would prefer to be doing. I said that I just wanted to paint. Dad’s a good listener… He found information about a visual arts program at a local college, and I registered. Turns out I didn’t want to paint all day… I preferred to weld. I look back on my two years there and wish I could go back and do it again, now that I’m older, less self-conscious and I realize just how much in the way of knowledge, tools and supplies were available to use and learn from. Ah well, I learned a lot and enjoyed my time there.
After the program I continued to paint, but my interest in jewellery, costuming and theatre started to consume my time. I took some classes at a local bead store, learning more on working with metal, beads and leather. I volunteered at a local community theatre in various roles, eventually settling primarily on costuming.
From costuming others it seemed like a logical step to start costuming myself. There used to be a fabulous lantern festival in town, and I volunteered as an interactive character for many years.
Frustration at not being able to find either the size or style of jewellery that I wanted spurred me on to take a community class in silversmithing. Best decision! I learned (once again) that I’m not terribly good at following patterns, but working intuitively was a hit. I’ve participated in two art shows at a local theatre – displaying/selling my jewellery, and a show at a coffee shop.
And now for something completely different… Needle felting. If you’ve stuck with me this long, I promise I’m nearly done! A friend of mine took a needle felting workshop on Saltspring Island, and I was immediately captivated by what she had created (she, however, was not, and eventually gave me all her supplies – thank you Bo!). I had tried knitting and crochetting, but that whole trouble-following-a-pattern thing was a bit of a problem, as was my lack of patience. Finally I found a fibre medium that worked for me.
I took two classes at the Beehive Wool Shop, one to make a fabric covered button, and the other to make a Christmas ornament. From there I started working on wall hangings, and have made many ornaments.
I participated in two outdoor shows (the Clothesline Show and Enchanted Acres) at the Coast Collective. These shows were a great deal of fun, and I hope the shows make a comeback in the Coast Collective schedule.
And that brings us to today. I continue to learn different methods to produce fibre art and jewellery – I’m having fun!
So, that’s me in an incredibly big nutshell. I hope you enjoy the site!