Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Exhibitions and Workshops galore

Awesome Textile Exhibitions in South Central Ontario!

If you happen to be in and around the Toronto area, there are a few
fibre exhibitions not to be missed. 

Connections Fibre Artists opened at the Wellington County Museum
between Fergus and Elora on Friday. Until June 7, 2014. 
The exhibition is called "Celebrate the Seven" - a tribute to the Group of Seven. 

My quilts inspired by the Group of Seven

The inspiration for the majority of my work comes from my 
experience with nature and its forces. During many summers 
of camping and canoeing around Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, 
Ontario, I have enjoyed the beauty of the Canadian landscape 
in all kinds of weather. In these works of art I have chosen 
to zoom in and look closely at the leaves and pine needles 
that are but a small part of the wonderful designs that nature 
offers up for our sensory enjoyment. 

"Forest Floor No. 1",  Quilt, 26" x 42".
Painted and manipulated using Colour Vie pigments.
I screen printed the pine needle.
I created a series of small works of art (6" x 6")
that I call "Hidden Treasures No's 1 to 5"
The fabric is painted and screen printed and
the leaf in the black rectangle is printed using
and actual leaf.
"Granite Saddle, Georgian Bay",
by Sharron Deacon Begg

"Ghost Canoe" by Jackie Venus

If you're in Peterborough, Ontario, be sure to take in
Dorothy Caldwell's exhibition "Silent Ice/Deep Patience"
at the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

Dorothy Caldwell at the Art Gallery of Peterborough
Screen print discharge, stitching

Dorothy Caldwell at the Art Gallery of Peterborough until June 1.

This spring we have had some fabulous workshops in 
the Colour Vie Studio. AND more coming up!

On April 26 - 27 I will be teaching a super fun introductory workshop:

For information about the workshop and how to register, please
visit and click on Workshops.

Guerilla Screen Printing

AND on May 10 I will be teaching:
“ADD AND SUBTRACT - Discharging Made Easy” 
Learn to use household bleach in combination with pigments 
to create exciting one-of-a-kind fabrics. 

For information about the workshop and how to register, please
visit and click on Workshops.

Discharged fabrics drying.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - L

You can print with just about anything! L is for Leaves!

Leaf printing is simple and effective.
When choosing your leaves, pick some that have good
veins, since this is what will be most apparent in your print.
If you're living in the northern hemisphere, leaves can be 
hard to get at this time of year. No Worries! House plants 
can be very good candidates. Just check their veins.
In the summer you can also preserve your leaves by freezing  
for printing later on a snowy day. Visit my website and click on DIY Projects/Tutorials
for instructions on how to preserve leaves by freezing.

Paint the back side (the side that shows the leaf veins) using a brush
or foam applicator. You only need a thin coat of pigment. Practice
a few times first until you get an even print without blobs


Place the leaf on your fabric painted side down. Cover with
a paper towel and press evenly without moving the leaf.
Carefully lift up the leaf  by the stem.

First I painted the bag and then printed the leaves
in metallic gold pigment with a dark blue outline.
Colour Vie pigments of course!
In this print I used Colour Vie metallic gold and silver. In the top right
hand  corner I placed the leaf on the fabric and brushed over the edge of
the leaf to create the outline.

Ferns can be a bit of a challenge, but well worth it!
Student work. Colour Vie pigments were used both for painting
the background and for the leaf printing.
A tooth pick was used to print the branches. 

Starting Feb. 15, I am offering a variety of fun and colourful 
workshops in my studio in Toronto. 

"Irresistible Resists" kicks off the spring line-up, closely 
followed by "Just Print!" on Feb. 22. On March 15 you can
learn just about all there is to know about "Photographic
Images on Fabric".

For information and pictures of all the workshops please visit and click on Workshops.

AND I've opened an online shop on Etsy: Please take a look at
There you will find, just in time for Valentine's Day,
elegant screen-printed men's silk neckties!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - K

These Boots are Made for Printing - K is for Keens!

So what do Boots have to do with with the letter K? Well, in 
my Swedish mother tongue boot is called kanga (just imagine 
two little dots above the first 'a' in kanga).  
In addition to that: My favourite boots, shoes, sandals are made 
by Keens. AND in addition to THAT: Keens have  awesome sole patterns!

Colour Vie pigments are water based, so any boots/tools are
easily cleaned with water.


I use Colour Vie pigments ( to print with.

If you are using other pigments, just make sure that they are water based, 
so that you can easily clean off your boots with water after printing.

I made a stamp pad from a piece of foam rubber.
A foam brush is also good for applying the pigment to the boots.

In all these pieces I decided to start printing with an opaque white,
and then to layer other colours on top.

First I printed white boot prints, then over-painted  with blue pigment.
The opaque white pigment will not absorb the blue colour as much as
 the white cotton, so will appear lighter. Lastly I overprinted
with a metallic copper pigment.

Opaque white pigment on green cotton.

First I printed opaque white on white cotton. Then I over-painted with
yellow, red and blue. After this was dry I printed with metallic copper

Opaque white print on white cotton, over-painted with red,
then over-printed with metallic gold pigment.

Opaque white pigment on yellow cotton, over-painted with
pink pigment.

Opaque white pigment on white cotton, over-printed with grey and black

Opaque white pigment on yellow cotton, over-printed with grey and
black pigments.
For a list of workshops in my studio in Toronto, please visit and click on workshops. For workshops
elsewhere please click on Calendar.

I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Creative 2014!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - J

J is for J-cloth!

After a bit of a hiatus, I'm back to printing the alphabet - and J it is!
The ever so absorbent J-cloth is good for cleaning up many different 
messes - and creating colourful prints to boot!

Just add fabric and Pigment to the J-cloth and print, print,
print! I am partial to Colour Vie pigments

In this print I ripped the J-cloth into strips, placed them randomly
under the fabric, and used a brayer to roll a small amount of black
pigment over the whole fabric. The effect is a bit like a rubbing.

Strips of J-cloth under the fabric, then I used the brayer to roll on
first black then metallic gold pigments.

First I painted the fabric with Colour Vie pigments.
While the pigment was still wet I used a rolled up piece of J-cloth
to remove areas of wet pigment.

Finished print. Hmmm, could be used for a cloud effect as well....

On this fabric I dipped the strips of J-cloth in pigment and used the strips
to print the random stripy marks.

When the pigment was dry I over painted with turquoise pigment, scaped
and added some gold prints.

There is always the trusty old rag rolling technique. Totally immerse
the J-cloth in pigment and roll away!

J-cloth rolled fabrics.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

November - and looking back.....

My Fabulous Summer and Fall Months of Teaching Design and Printing
Wild Prints from Nature in Hastings, ON

Marta with her corn cob print
Wild print for sure!

A lovely field trip to the Alderville First Nations
Black Oak Savanna, near Hastings, ON

Using my Portuguese potato masher.
Windsor, ON
Finished potato masher print

Texture designs, Haliburton Fabric Arts
diploma programme

Border design, Haliburton Fabric Arts, diploma programme

Block print, repeat (Haliburton FAR diploma programme)
Block print: variation of repeat, Haliburton 

Screen printed fabric, Haliburton FAR diploma programme

Screen printing in the Fabric studio, Haliburton

Monday, 18 November 2013

Make fantastic one-of-a-kind gifts in our 3 upcoming workshops!

 1. Indigo dye silk scarves - 
Nov. 23 - 24, 2013 “The World of Indigo” with Pam Woodward  
$150 (+$15 materials fee)

2. Photos on fabric -
Nov. 30,  2013 “Photographic Images on Fabric” with Gunnel Hag

3. Print on place mats, tote bags, T-shirts or tea towels - 
Dec. 7,  2013 “Printapalooza on Fabric” with Gunnel Hag

Treat yourself to my fun filled workshops today...

Call early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
or e-mail

All workshops are held at the Colour Vie Studio, 
222 Symington Ave., Toronto, ON

For more information and yummy pictures 
please visit and click on Workshops

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - I

I is for Iron!

Now we're up to the letter I in the Fabric Printed Alphabet.

Who doesn't have an old iron that has seen too much work,
has been in too many workshops, has been dropped on the floor
too many times and has now given up the ghost?

Don't throw it in the garbage - PRINT WITH IT!

First I painted the canvas with Colour Vie pigments.
While the pigments were still wet, I used my
 dear old toy iron to remove some of the pigments.

 My printing blocks today: A defunct steam  iron,
 a couple of antique irons and a toy iron

A well-ironed border print

Table napkin printed with antique and toy irons.

Nope, the tea towel is not burnt - just printed!

Another toy iron print. I played with the iron quite a bit as a kid.
Little did I knowhow much ironing I would actually be doing
in my career as a textile designer/printer!