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Posts from the ‘beauty’ category

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:

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.

It was 2005 and I had been making very quiet little drawings with black walnut ink on recycled tea bags and on mulberry paper.   I was compelled to learn more about making colour from plants, and, with a grant from the Ontario Arts Council, I had the opportunity to research handmade paper and natural dyes in India.  I went not with the intention to launch a textile collection, but with the aspiration to make inks to expand my drawing practice.

I had no idea what was ahead and had no idea that 10 + years forward textiles would become such a big part of my creative process.

Once settled in Ahmedabad, in December of 2005, I was able to connect with local artisans and learn about different processes.  Block printing and the bold graphic sensibility was totally new to me.  The ink prepared was a combination of tannin from myrobalan and iron.

The next step was to set the cloth in the river to wash away the gum paste.
Drying on the sand, the cloth was exposed to all the natural elements.

The pieces were further mordanted and dyed while simmering over a cauldron.

I gleaned something of this deep, long tradition rooted in human curiosity and ingenuity. Plants, water, heat.

While there, I collected beautiful hand loomed raw silk known as Khadi.  Khadi, is something more than simply fibre.  The hand spun, hand loomed process lends variation and energy of the human hand.  Khadi, also has its roots in Ghandi’s vision for local economy, autonomy and self-reliance.

This amazing silk sat in a box in my studio for over 10 years. It was so special to me, I didn’t know how to approach it.

It’s time now.  Having built upon my initial encounter with natural dyes through more journeys, experiments and applied effort, I’m delighted to have created a small collection of pillows on this incredible fibre.  My drawings have found a new form in textiles by screen printing with natural dyes.

Time seems to weave together the threads of experience, interests, research, skills, memory and people.