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. ...
Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama with DJ Liquid Crystal, Sundays Sun: 11:30 AM -1 PM; Repeats: Wed: 10 -11:30 AM  It’s not about achieving perfection or even being more spiritual. It’s about a journey to self discovery. To Rise to the call with commitment, clarity and conscious choice. Pranayama Pachamama was formed with the desire to share my teachings in a relaxed manner to reach as many hearts for the journeys yet to come. Feb 3 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamama http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Feb+3+Program.mp3 Jan 13 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamama http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Jan+13+Pachamama.mp3 January 6 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamana http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Pranyama+Pachamama+-+Jan+2.mp3 December 23 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamama http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Dec+23+Pachamama+.mp3 The balance of body, mind, and soul are always at play. As a long time Yogini, I have explored the safe haven of a spiritual practice. A place of integration, to settle into the simplicity and the complexity of living in this body and in this world. I am committed to know myself, my heart, the layers of conditioning, and the battle with the beast of the mind. The show is about resting in the silence and stillness to receive just a glimpse of wholeness. Through practices, philosophy, and music steeped in primordial wisdom we work with the constant dance of the sane and insane. Peace and Chaos. Co-Creating our reality with the energy we contain within us. Tanya’s training is about the emotional, mental, and psychological characteristics manifested within the body harnessing the essence of yoga as a map for self healing and empowerment. She is a registered Continuing Educator with Yoga Alliance...
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...
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...
Eclectic Selection

Eclectic Selection

The Eclectic Collection reflects my love of music, in itís many forms. The rock and roll and blues and folk songs of my youth, jazz, classical and Celtic of later years, all make an appearance during the show. Not the top 40 hits, unless there is no option, but the live versions, the covers by other artists, the hidden gems deep in the albums that never got airplay Jan 15 Program by Lorne | Eclectic Selection http://rest.s3for.me/eclectic-selection/Jan+15+Eclectic+Selection.mp3 The magic of the internet lets me indulge my passion in finding new tunes to love, new artists to share. Whether itís an old rocker with a new album, or an up and coming new artist, if I like it, Iíll share it on air. Itís not enough though to just play a bunch of songs I like. I try to weave songs together to tell a tale, to set a mood, spark feelings. In other words, I have fun putting together each show. It has been a long road from spinning 45s for my high-school radio club to CKTZ, with many years of internet pirate radio in between. While ëKeemoís Eclectic Classicsí had a similar format, it did not feature as much new material. Doing legit radio lets me pay back for my pirate ways by playing new acts, new stuff. Beyond my normal ambling search for new to me songs, Iíve added deliberate searches for Canadian acts, and in respect for the peopleís whose lands we occupy, First Nations acts as well. My criteria always remains the same, a song has to move me. Cascades of notes making me smile,...
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...