Artisans in Action: Fibre, Pottery and Textiles

Each month throughout the summer the Avon River Heritage Museum and Avon Spirit Shipyard in Avondale plays host to Artisans in Action, a series of events which sees the historic waterfront in Newport Landing transformed into a pop-up market for an afternoon, featuring live demonstrations by Nova Scotian artisan and makers.

Please join us the first Sunday in August as we welcome fibre artist Linda Tremblay, Cathou Laroque of Silvery Moon Alpacas, rug hooker Lynn Rodgers, potter Carol Goodwin and textile painter Karen Harvie.

Artisans in Action: Fibre, Potter & Textiles

Aug. 7th, 2016


Avon River Heritage Museum
17 Belmont Road, NewportLanding/Avondale

Linda Tremblay

The textures, colours and smell of natural unspun wool attracted Linda to the possibilities of needle felting in 2010. Sculpting many animals led to experimenting on a flat surface (felt fabric). She couldn’t stop and needed the animals to reach out to the viewer. She has always loved working with natural materials; wool, clay, wood, stone. Earth tone colours and animals and birds are her favourite. Sometimes she will make a thought-provoking piece. Linda is self taught and finds it very satisfying to begin with unspun wool, bringing it to life.

Carol Goodwin

Inspired by nature, Carol has found clay to be a sympathetic medium for artistic expression. Walking in nature is an important part of her day. Interaction with the creatures of fields and forest edges is part of that. She captures the playful character of creatures that emerge from the clay as she creates sculpture, owls being her most sought after work. Following a career teaching environmental horticulture, her work is closely tied to the plants she knows so intimately. Hand building has allowed an exploration of the fusion of plants and pottery. Her thrown pieces feature plant themed decoration and earth tones.

Cathou Larocque of Silvery Moon Alpacas Farm

Fifteen years ago, after retiring from a career in the military, Cathou and Rocky Larocque began Silvery Moon Alpacas Farm in Tremont, nested in the beautiful Annapollis Valley. Here they raise Huacaya alpacas, a variety with a fine dense fleece that grows perpendicular to the body and can withstand very cold temperatures. Once a year they shear the animals and send the fibers to a cottage mill where it is  processed into roving, which Cathou spins on a walking wheel or a drop spindle. Silvery Moon Alpacas Farm sells hand spun yarns and roving, as well as felted, knitted, crocheted and woven items.

Lynn  Rodgers

Lynn grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and currently resides in Halifax. Lynn works predominately in the medium of fibre art/rug hooking. Her signature work consists of bright, bold colours, with large decorative skies and crooked houses. Lynn’s inspiration for her work comes from her explorations of Atlantic Canada’s picturesque landscapes. She incorporates a variety of fibres including wools which she hand dyes; to yarns, roving, sari silks and fleece.

Karen Harvie

Karen was born and raised on the west coast of Canada in Prince Rupert, BC. She moved to the east coast with her husband in 1982 and now lives in Windsor. Karen became involved with painting in her high school years in the sixties, and has been painting ever since. She enjoys painting in watercolour, acrylics and oil, and will paint on almost any surface – “If it doesn’t move, I paint it!”

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