WEAR: I love Halifax Crafters shows and the chance to discover new makers in the area. A few shows back I met Jane Rovers, a photographer who manipulates her images digitally and overlays them with geometric elements. Jane recently started making wearable art pieces using her photographs, including earrings and necklaces. I'm partial to these fabric covered geometric earrings, they remind me of forsythia and springtime.
CRAFT: I'm a fan of reclaimed textiles, and recycled sari silk ribbon is great for a variety of craft projects. I use it for my rug hooking, and source it locally from River House Rug Hooking Studio in Petite Riviere.
DESIGN: I've been excited about design photography and food photography lately. Dietlind Wolf is a fantastic stylist and photographer. She recently photographed some beautiful ceramic work by Leonoor Ottink. Dietlind also makes arrangements of food and flowers that I could look at all day long.
LISTEN: If you're looking for some old time new music, look no further than Michael Kiwanuka. A contemporary British soul artist with the sound of the 70s, his music will transport you to another time and place, and lift your spirits. Visit his website and have a listen.
DESIGN: I had yet to see something made by a 3D printer that I liked- until now. This monomer 3D printed summer jewelry by Thomas J. Mrokon is something I would wear and wish I owned.
ART: Edmonton artist Mark Feddes paints distinctly Canadian landscapes, some of which may be looking back at you. His serene acrylic renderings are punctuated with unexpected elements, such as an eerie set of eyes or a flock of cute smiling clouds, while others are more straightforward but no less visually appealing.
BLOG: I have been following Anna Maria Horner's blog on and off since 2007. She is an inspiring quilter, fabric designer, and at 40 years old is a mother of 7 (yes 7!). I really admire her energy and capacity to get it all done. From her many fabric lines to embroidery, needlepoint and crochet she is one busy lady. Her blog is always heart felt and I love how personal it feels. I love popping in to take a look inside this amazing woman's life.
TRAVEL: As a relative newcomer to Nova Scotia I have yet to explore much of the province and have heard great things about Kejimkujik National Park. Reading up on the subject I have learned that not only is it a National Park but also a National Historic Site, and commemorates Mi'kmaq culture dating back thousands of years. It is also a designated Dark Sky Preserve which means active measures are taken to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution. I hope to paddle some historic canoe routes and bask in the glow of the milky way one day soon.
EAT: I have been craving fresh corn tortillas lately but have yet to locate any for sale in our local supermarkets. I am thinking of trying my hand at making some at home. The recipe is deceptively simple, you only need 2 ingredients: masa flour and water. The tricky part seems to be locating a tortilla press. I am going to try using some items I have hanging around my house before I invest my time and money tracking one down. I'm hoping I can master the art of tortilla making using a combination of pots or pie plates to press them into shape. Here is a recipe to try if you are feeling adventurous too. Good luck.