Helene Racine

Helene Racine

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews knitter and spinner Helene Racine. Helene and her husband have lived on the Island for 21, moving here after living six years in the Arctic.  One learning experience from Arctic living is learning to make do with what they had when they got to the island.  Art on the Island, with Maureen Bader Guest: Helene Racine Helene’s main activity is working with wool, and spins quite a bit of wool from fibers from different sheep, such as Marino. Listen as Helene describes how different wool sources give different products.  Helene took up wool spinning after moving to Cortes, as spinning is done more by feel instead of visually, so is a good activity to do in the winter with low light. Helene also knits shawls, ponchos hats and blankets. Helene’s mother first taught her knitting, but since then she is mostly self-taught. Did you know wool fibre has scales? Listen as Helene describes how wool fibers connect together to create long strands that eventually make balls of wool.  You can hear how Helene just loves wool and why during the interview.  Helene explains the difference between spinning wool and weaving. She explains the difference in rhythm while weaving and how she uses the various processes to achieve different things.  Helene talks about where she buys her wool and fabrics, and finds the convenience of online shopping very attractive. World of Wool is one online source, and fabrics at Sew Sisters and National Canadian Fabric. She has sourced some wool here on the island that she enjoyed working with. ...
Donna Naven

Donna Naven

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews stone carver Donna Naven. Donna has lived on the Island for 25, moving here after spending four years in Scotland. Donna came to Cortes to study at the Linnaea Garden program and started stone carving here about 18 years ago. Donna Naven by Maureen Bader | Art on the Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/DonnaNaven+-+2019-Feb-01.mp3 Donna is mostly self taught. Her works are typically of a size that can be held in the hand although she has carved stone creations up to three feet tall. Listen as Donna describes one of her tools, a dremel, which looks a bit like a dentist’s drill for Frankenstein – it is a scary tool! Donna strives for simplicity in her work and is inspired by the Inuit style, and sculptors such as Hib Sabin because of his naturalness and sense of grounding. Animals such as owls, musk ox and bears represent a large part of Donna’s work, as do feminine subjects. Many of the animals are mythical or fantasy creatures. Donna hopes to show regularly at the Friday market and may be at the Cortes Craft Shop this summer. See more of Donna’s work at stonepresence.com. You can get in touch with Donna at naven-at-stonepresence-dot-com and she is in the phone book...
Jo-Anne Thompson

Jo-Anne Thompson

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Jo-Anne Thompson. Jo-Anne has lived full time on the Island for 15 years but she and her husband bought their property in the 1980s. Jo-Anne Thompson by Maureen Bader | Art on the Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/2019-01-25+Channel+1+09-00-00.mp3 Jo-Anne learned to knit at the knee of her mother and has been knitting since she was six years old. Knitting is Jo-Anne’s primary creative activity as this is what calls to her. Jo-Anne is primarily self-taught, although she did mention that today, part of a degree in fine art can be in fiber arts. Listen as Jo-Anne explains how people express themselves through their knitting and how this makes her style is identifiable. Loving to have yarn in her hands, Jo-Anne makes, for instance, socks and shawls, using fine wool and small needles. Jo-Anne describes how she works with beads and lacework to make unique knitted creations and how the colours of nature inspire her and fuel her imagination. JoAnne2 IMG-0675 IMG-0676 IMG-1120 Jo-Anne talks about how she has overcome her production challenges, and how her products travel all around the world. Although she doesn’t sell online, people visiting the island have purchased her products and even come back for more. You can see Jo-Anne’s products at the summer weekend markets, the Christmas markets, and sometimes in the Cortes Craft Shop in Squirrel Cove. You can always drop by her table if you are a knitter and are looking for advice. Jo-Anne advises listeners to do what they love. IMG-0514 IMG-0506 IMG-0507...
Leslie Mack Mumford

Leslie Mack Mumford

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Leslie Mack Mumford, long time Cortes Island resident. Leslie was born in South Africa and came to Canada in 1974. Leslie Mack Mumford by Maureen Bader | Art On The Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/Leslie+Mack+Mumford.mp3 In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Leslie Mack Mumford, long time Cortes Island resident. Leslie was born in South Africa and came to Canada in 1974. Leslie has been involved in making tinctures for about 24 years, but she started her small business venture, Cortes Creations, when she took it over from Rowan Nelson in 2013. Listen as Leslie describes how she learned to make salves in the first ever commune in California. Leslie is mostly self-taught, and she talks about how she did that during the show. Leslie also talks about the challenges of running a small business, sourcing materials and her switch from plastic to glass containers, which ties into her latest project, 10,000 Whales. Leslie talks about her suppliers and how she grows much of her medicinal herbs in her own garden on Cortes Island. She also talks about how her production has developed over time and how she responds to the market. Leslie sells her products at the Cortes Craft Market, the Co-op, at Hollyhock during the season, and the Gorge Market. She also participated in the winter markets here on the island and has a steady stream of products heading off the island by mail. The 10,000 Whales project is Leslie’s latest endeavour. Listen as she describes how she found a way to collect voluntary contributions...
Meinsje

Meinsje

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Meinsje Vlaming, long time artist and Cortes Island resident, originally from the Netherlands. Meinsje began her artistic voyage as a child. She found clay in the garden and created sculpture. Her first show in sculpture was in the Netherlands in 1983. Meinsje by Maureen Bader | Art On The Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/Meinsje+Vlamming.mp3 Meinsje is very interested in anatomy and this assisted her development in sculpting. Although Meinsje hasn’t studied art formally, she has studied art all her life and talks about how having the tools and a sense of discipline is important to realize what an artist wants to achieve in their art practice. Currently, Meinsje focuses on puppetry and doll making. She says the two art forms are connected. Listen to hear who mentored Meinsje in puppetry and how she got involved in the Puppets for Peace festival.  Meinsje had a doll in the Member’s show at the Schoolhouse Gallery last summer, and many summers before that. Listen to hear how Meinsje and the other doll artists made the dolls for the most recent show. In fact, Meinsje has been involved with the Schoolhouse Gallery since the 1990s. Meinsje will also participate in the annual CKTZ Lip Sync event this February 23. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to cortesradio@gmail.com and let us know what you want to do. The rehearsal is on February 22. Mensje talks about where her inspirations come from and where she gets her supplies (you’ll be very surprised). She advises artists to work at it, and don’t do it...