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 Jo-Anne Thompson on Art on the Island 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. 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...
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 Maureen Bader Leslie Mack Mumford on Art on the Island 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...
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 Maureen Bader Meinsje on Art on the Island 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 for the money.  Click...
Things Go Better With Copper

Things Go Better With Copper

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews John Cooper in the Co-op Café amidst his current exhibit Things Go Better With Copper Maureen Bader Things Go Better With Copper - Art on the Island by Maureen Bader | Art On The IslandAudio Player00:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. John first appeared on Art on the Island on October 20th when he discussed his art background, starting in the 1950s in the US. John came to Canada in the 1970s and eventually moved to a town close to Nelson BC where he lived for about 40 years. John has lived on Cortes Island full time for about a year and a half. Teaching art is something that links together his vast background. You can hear the October 20th podcast here (link to other podcast). He discussed his time as an abstract expressionist, and says that genre didn’t speak to him so how could it speak to other people? In his search for a way to communicate with people, John moved back to recognizable subjects, starting with horses asses (inspired by a broom), which unfortunately are not part of the current exhibit. John talks about the thesis of his thesis, a Whisk broom (John’s Mona Lisa – listen to the podcast to find out why), and how and why it is a contradiction, but at the same time, like a horses tail. In the current exhibit at the Coop Café, he replaced the original brass Whisk broom with a copper copy, and explains how this brackets his career. John discusses a number of his series, starting with the...
Maggie Armitage & Jan Boas

Maggie Armitage & Jan Boas

One of Maggie Armitage’s baskets In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews two Cortes Island artists, Maggie Armitage & Jan Boas. Maureen Bader Art on the Island with Maureen Bader:-  Maggie Armitage & Jan Boas Maggie Armitage started the show surprising Maureen by saying her current activity is singing. Maggie however makes willow baskets from willow that she grows herself here on Cortes Island. Maggie describes her favourite variety of willow, how she harvests it and weaves the baskets.  Maggie started weaving willow baskets after she moved to Cortes after taking two workshops at Linnaea Farm. Her style is marked by a type of precision, which no doubt comes from her unique style she has to follow no matter what.  Maggie Armitage She loved willow weaving right away and has kept it up, notwithstanding her current music projects. Maggie will perform at Hollyhock on December 15, 2018.  Maggie’s company, Whaletown Willow Right now, you can see Maggie’s basket at the museum and at the Cortes Craft Shop during the summer. Once she has more production she hopes to participate in local craft markets. Maggie advises other artists to follow their own advice and be flexible. The bags Jan...