• The Roots of My Wire Knitting Obsession

    Art knitter, Adrienne Sloane once described knitting as solving a series of engineering problems* and I couldn’t agree more. I think of all those people across the centuries turning balls of fibrous “string” into functional garments and useful home items, often creating their own patterns or adjusting patterns to suit the wearer or purpose. Yet most people don’t consider knitting as an engineering activity even though they likely know someone who knits or may even knit themselves.
  • Highlights of the CCNL Annual Members' Exhibition

    This past Saturday I attended the Grand Opening of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador's (CCNL) new premises at 275 Duckworth Street in historic St. John's. To be honest, I've not attended many show openings of any sort so this was a big deal for me and made even more special by the fact that I had three pieces in it.

    The new space has a contemporary feel and the Gallery Co-Directors, Kailey Bryan and Bruno Vinhas have taken full advantage of the space to showcase the members' submissions. And what a wonderful array of skillful craftsmanship is on display!
  • Another gallery submission!

    This summer I seem intent on making up for my previous lack of gallery submissions. Last Friday I dropped off my second set of exhibition pieces, this time to the Historic Sites Association for consideration in their gallery show opening today. I opted to go with three pieces in argentium and sterling silver that highlight the beauty and versatilty of Viking style wire knitting.
  • My first submission to the CCNL Annual Members' Exhibition.

    Every year the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador calls for submissions for its Annual Members' Exhibition. Too often, I've forgotten to mark the submission deadline in my calendar and have failed to get something ready in time. This year, I got myself organized and prepared a set of three pendants which I named The Lobster Pot Collection.
  • Summer is here, I think!

    I've found myself torn between my business and my garden these days. In this part of Canada, spring arrives late and this year things are even further behind as we struggle with unusual weather. This past week, the temperatures dropped dramatically and some parts of the province actually had snow! So when the weather improves enough to finally get into the garden it is almost impossible to stay indoors! These little guys are nearly always the first of my perennials to come into bloom - mossy pinks (saxifrage). I love how cheerful they are!
  • A Sneak Peek of My New Collection

    Fog has a way of sharpening perception, especially at night. Lamps emit halos of light as you peer to see what lies ahead. Sounds pierce the stillness, seemingly amplified by the darkened veil. You know when it caresses your skin and shiver even as you sink deeper into the fibers of your clothing. Our awareness of everything becomes heightened as we move through the mists. Introducing the Dark Side Collection where antiqued silver and muted minerals quietly draw attention to form while accenting yours. Designed and made in Newfoundland by The Purple Raven Boutique.
  • A Mantra for Making and Living

    I commented to my partner how remarkable water is. It nourishes life, carves landscapes and takes so many forms. It is so very adaptable to the changing conditions in which it might find itself, yet always remains true to its nature.
  • Stormy Seas Pendant

    This is the piece that launched the Story Pendant Collection. It will always be special to me as it helped me understand how much story drives my work. It was the briefest story to date, and in some ways, the most poignant for me. As I gazed at the stone, these words filled my mind...
  • The Story of Midnight Blue

    Since pieces in the Story Pendant are favorites of mine, I've decided to begin sharing the stories of pieces that have sold. So today, I've decided to share the story behind Midnight Blue.

    Growing up, corvids and in particular, crows and ravens, were important to me. They are largely considered to be black birds; however a closer look at their plumage reveals a complexity of colors - ranging from charcoal to steely gray to smoky blue...
  • Butterflies

    Pursuing a creative career is much like being a butterfly, except you don't transform just once. Transformation opens up new horizons, but then you are drawn back to earth, to begin the process of absorbing new experiences, materials, influences and inspirations as you prepare for another chrysalis. Sometimes you can be quite single-minded in your approach, much to the chagrin of family and friends, but you know no other way...