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November Studio

It is the last day of November and the day of Saint Andrew, patron of Scotland ( Greece, too) and all Scots, even those like me from Orkney! Time to report on the month's art activities, though I will not … Continue reading

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Indigo blues et amaranth reds in August

A busy month so far! Art, gardens, travels, guests… Brooklyn and Manhattan in late July, early August were HOT! Ottawa, too. But refuge was close: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and in particular, the native plants garden, were ripe with goldenrod … Continue reading

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April Adieux

At the start of the month of April, the Kaleyard was not without some ragged post-winter charm: After the spring clean-up: Meanwhile, the indoor dye garden is growing. First. Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria). I layered the long stems to encourage … Continue reading

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Back from Brooklyn

February in Ottawa is Winterlude, AKA The Deep Freeze at minus 35… The Kaleyard looks lovely, though, with dye plants snug under the snow billows: Can't help thinking about what will have survived its first year in The Kaleyard, and … Continue reading

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Kaleyard Art for Story Chairs

I recently became owner of six small, pretty wood dining chairs with hand-made wool tapestry seat-covers in a charming rose-sprig pattern. They are perfect in size for our new and smaller dining room. But in style – unadventurous. Farewell, twee … Continue reading

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Snow Comes To The Kaleyard

Winter means art indoors and the studio is my refuge. For natural dyeing and eco printing, I use my stash of dried plants, dye powders and whatever fresh plant materials I can find in the fridge or a florist bouquet. … Continue reading

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Autumn in the Kaleyard

Kale is another word for cabbage. I learned recently that Scottish “Kailyard” literature displeased the artspeakers of the late Victorian era who found it sentimental and cottagey, not nearly edgey enough, too sweat-blood-and-tears free, so to speak. James Barrie, author … Continue reading

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