art, yoga, connection to life

I have long been fascinated by the visceral and emotive response that colour evokes.

“We experience blue in an expansive and immersive way in the sky, lakes, oceans and seas.

A pervasive colour in the visual field of the world around us, it was a precious rarity as pigment and was highly sought after as a colour for representation in art and textiles….” read more

A blue themed event has been gestating in my brain for a some time and I’m thrilled to bring together the work of Akai Ceramic Studio, Handwork Studio, Sigrid Blohm and my cyanotypes for a one night exhibition on September 27th!

Introducing the artists…

Akai Ceramic Studio

Yusuke & Naomi, Tokyo natives now living in Toronto, are a family duo behind their contemporary ceramics inspired both by traditional Japanese and Chinese ceramics and by mid-century American Industrial Design.  Akai’s combined background in design, hand thrown clay and architecture lend a unique quality to their work.  When I first met them a few years ago, I was immediately drawn in by their fresh colour palette and simple, succinct forms.
 

Handwork Studio

Handwork Studio develops beautiful collections bridging traditional materials and techniques with contemporary design.  All of their projects consider sustainable employment with skilled artisans in India, Pakistan & Peru.  Their natural indigo line was created by hand block printing and resist techniques, then hand dyed. The dots you see in the garment pictured were achieved by thumb print resist!  

Sigrid Blohm

Sigrid Blohm is a Toronto based visual artist who works primarily with Japanese paper. Many of her visual cues and techniques come from the world of books and textiles as she employs stitching, dyeing, piecing and ‘written’ mark-making.  There is a steadiness in the structure of her works on paper that is so calming.

Tania Love

Many of you know my textiles but may not be familiar with my works on paper.  For this exhibition I’ll be showing my “phases” series of cyanotypes.  Cyanotypes were first developed in 1842 using a combination of iron based chemistry that fixes an image when exposed to UV light.

I adapted this process using my cut paper works as the oject “printed” by the sun’s rays.  Each piece emerges uniquely from the exposure to the intensity of the light and position of the sun.

 

Toronto is suddenly bursting with bloom!  It’s an exciting season that feels full of growth and possibility.

I’m looking forward to presenting a botanically inspired exhibition of works this weekend by Eiko Ceramics, Kristin Sjaarda, Studio Mikafleur as well as my new hand painted textiles.

Eiko Maeda creates exquisite porcelain pieces that are both delicate in appearance and strong in structure.  The flavour of my green tea is elevated when I drink from her cup!

Eiko in her own words:

“The focus of my work is to create contemporary designs using traditional methods and forms of Japanese ceramics. Specifically, I use a technique called nerikomi, which uses coloured clay to make detailed patterns. Pieces are unglazed to emphasize the soft color and texture of the clay; translucent porcelain clay is used to highlight patterns as the light passes through.”
– Eiko Maeda

Learn more about Eiko’s inspiring work and process through this CBC feature:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/911348291875/

Kristin Sjaarda creates stunning photographs that, to me, are botanical portraiture expressive of beauty and cycles of growth and entropy.

Kristin in her own words:

“I arrange and photograph flowers from my own garden and surrounding community to emphasize the diversity and beauty of the world around us. The flowers and garden specimens are collected and co-exist in the still life images based on when they bloom and ripen together; I rely on what I can pick with my own hands as much as possible. “
– Kristin Sjaarda

Mika Sato creates delightful arrangements which combine her ceramics and botanicals.  The balance of forms and whimsy make me smile.

Mika in her own words:

“I was born in Japan, and grew up surrounded by the bounty of nature that both nurtured and inspired me. In my homeland I studied the ancient floral art of Ikebana, and this has profoundly influenced my design aesthetic over the last twenty-five years. In 2010 I decided to pursue my interest in pottery.

My work is a unique fusion of hand built and wheel thrown pottery and floral elements. I grow many of my own botanicals while the rest are locally sourced. Along with orchids, succulents and air plants, I incorporate found elements such as lichens, moss and branches to create unique terrariums and planters.”
– Mika Sato

Tania Love – that’s me.  My work takes its cues from the natural and cultural environment.  Often process oriented and tactile, my work invites quiet, slower rhythms and connection to natural cycles.
My latest exploration in textile combines hand screen printing and painting with plant based ink extracts.

In celebration of Canada 150, I turned my attention to the plant symbols of the provinces and territories of Canada.

Plants tell so many stories about habitat, localities, migration, rooting and thriving.  They are apt metaphors for thinking about the story of this place I call home, my country, my habitat, Canada.

I first created botanical drawings of the plants from each province and territory, then formed a wreath like composition.  In a circle everything is linked and equally important.

The pieces are printed and dyed with extractions of the black walnut and sumac that I foraged locally on walks in Toronto and surrounds.

Working with plant based inks and dyes, in many ways, frames how I see and engage with the world around me.

Plant based sensibility is intrinsically connected to a sense of place.

Canada is vast.  As I read about and and drew the plants of each province and territory, it gave me pause to wonder at the varied habitats, both cultural and natural.

5% of each Canada 150 scarf purchase will be donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for preservation of Canadian habitat.

My hand drawn botanical index: