Anna Templeton Centre’s Tea and Sale

It’s that time of year again! The ATC’s Chritmas Tea and Sale is always a favourite for craftspeople and shoppers alike. It is the last big fine craft event before the winter break. The craft and art classrooms are transformed into a magical holiday marketplace. You are sure to find something for everyone on your list. The venue is beautiful, the food is awesome and the building is full to the brim with exquisite handmade finery.

A casual relaxed affair, the Tea and Sale provides us opportunity to chat with both customers and fellow makers. A nice change from the hustle and bustle of the trade show type fairs. Not to mention all the glorious food!

If you are out and about in St. John’s on the weekend drop by for a visit. There is lots of parking in the Duckworth Street garage. The short walk will be well worth the wonders found in the historic building.

We are on the 3rd floor. Drop by and say hi.

The Anna Templeton Centre is at 278 Duckworth Street. Tea and Sale hours are: Friday, Noon to 7 pm, Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30pm, Sunday, Noon to 4:30 pm. www.annatempletoncentre.com

Stitching Prayer Flags

chicken-headTaking advantage of the mauzy weather to mount some embroideries for a Prayer Flag exhibition at the Craft Council Gallery. This series of work is about astronomical events that shape our seasons. As as it was for my ancestors, every aspect of my life is seasonal and comes with different tasks and mindsets; finding comfort in those patterns . While I embrace every season, I do miss the light in winter. The summer solstice is bittersweet; the height of growth in all things with the sun waning with shorter days. My favourite is the winter solstice. Dark, cozy and with a hint of sparkle, it is the beginning of the steady climb to light and warmth. The winter solstice is all about hope and the promise of a better year ahead.

This piece was created to honour May Day, the cross-quarter day that falls between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. May Day is also referred to as the Feast of St. Joseph (Catholic), Beltane (Ireland),  Calendimaggio (Italy) and Vappu (Finland) to name just a few.

May Day is created with naturally dyed silk , vintage lace, metal threads, rooster skull and feathers.

Prayer Flags will feature work from artists across Canada. Curated by Anna Murphy and Alexe Hanlon the show will be on display at the Craft Council Gallery in early May, 2017