In the Studio

This week in the studio, I’m still working on a special project for the Craft Council of NL’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Here’s a progress shot… I should be able to finish carving today!

Madison & I printed a few mini-prints for two small online orders- these are drying, and will be sent to California and Toronto once they’re ready to go…

We’re absolutely loving meeting people in the studio at our busiest day of the year- I’m always impressed with how far away some people come from who have had Newfoundland on their bucket list for a while, and am equally happy to see our own folks supporting local shops like mine!

I’ve started taking my mornings off to catch up all the things I didn’t get done while I was sick- gardening, getting our house ready for visitors, a bit of house painting… But Madison is here to greet you by 10am, and I usually keep the shop open longer than our posted hours, doing the things that I can still do while it’s dark outside.

Stop in for a visit!

Norton’s Cove Studio is open:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

In the Studio

This week in the studio, I’m working on a special project for the Craft Council of NL’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. More info on this when I’m ready to submit the piece to the Craft Council Gallery! I’ve got a deadline of August 12th. Full steam ahead!

While I am feeling the effects of a COVID-19 infection that started around three weeks ago, I really am feeling much better, and am able to put an honest day’s work in, as long as I take a few breaks and remember to eat!

I am extremely thankful for every customer that has supported my small business so far this summer- it means so much, from every bookmark to every large piece that sells. Things are looking much brighter this week than they were last week.

Norton’s Cove Studio is open:

Sunday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Craft Fair Report

I had a great Christmas Craft Fair week in St. John’s! The fair was my most successful ever, I spent time with friends, ate good food, and am now very happy to be back at Norton’s Cove, unpacking my boxes and putting things away. I’m in the studio and ready for your visit or your online order!

My booth at the Craft Council of NL’s Christmas Craft Fair which ran from noon on November 11th to 5pm on the 14th. I would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to all the people who came and bought artwork- I can’t express how much it means to me. I’m really grateful. Really.
We ate at lots of nice places while we were away, but I think this restaurant is my favourite: Bad Bones Ramen. I love the style of the place, my beef curry ramen bowl was sooooo flavourful and delicious, and the service was excellent. Great food and artistry without being at all pretentious, nor expensive. Love it! Looking forward to dining there again next time!
Mick Davis & Thin Love played at the Bull & Barrell while I was in town, and I was very happy to sneak in an hour or so of listening pleasure- I absolutely love hearing professional musicians play live; I’m completely dazzled by drummers and guitarists, watching them work their magic. And can I just mention how great it is to see my little brother wailing out a guitar solo with a big ol’ grin on his face? And how has Jill Porter not aged a teeny little bit in 25 years? It was a bit of a time warp of an evening, as Mick looks about 19, and he’s just 5 years younger than me. Maybe I should have my eyes examined? What’s on the go?

Christmas Craft Fair

For the next few days, I’ll be away from my darling studio to bring my artwork to the Christmas Craft Fair again. Wish me luck! And if you’re in the St. John’s area, drop by for a visit! This truly is the best shopping event of the season.

Find me at booth #5

I look forward to this event not just as a sales opportunity, but as a social event. I get to visit with other artisans, meet new people, and take in some of the St. John’s nightlife. For instance, I’m trying to decide whether to go out to YellowBelly Brewery on Friday night to hear my baby brother Mick sing, or if I’ll go to the Black Sheep on George on Saturday night to hear him with Thin Love… decisions decisions!

S U R F A C I N G

Surfacing 10: Waterhaul
70 6×6″ hooked mats | Janet Davis 2015 | $6,900 + HST
Available for purchase at the Craft Council Gallery until June 13th, 2015
My father mentioned a ‘waterhaul’ to me while creating this piece.
It was a term common amongst the generations of those who used cod traps.  If your trap was empty, it would be said that you had a “waterhaul”, meaning that there were no codfish in it!
See my twitterfeed between February and May of this year to see the day by day workings of this installation.  Each square took at least 5 hours of hooking.   Thanks to all my tweeps and peeps who kept me feeling pumped about this project while I spent all those hours and late evenings sitting and hooking!

Surfacing 10

A few snaps of a large-ish installation piece in progress for my 
upcoming exhibit at the Craft Council Gallery…
Surfacing 10 will be a series of 70 (fingers crossed) 5″ x 5″ hooked mats.
I am re-purposing bed sheets, cut with scissors, in store bought burlap.
I am on a pretty strict schedule and won’t go home at night until I’ve finished a square for the day.
There are lino-cuts and paintings to create too.  I can sleep in May.
#Surfacing #Hooker

Christmas Craft Fair

My booth at the Craft Council’s 2012 Christmas Craft Fair

Going to the Craft Fair is a bit of an annual reunion, which I always look forward to.  I see people that I have met throughout my craft career, some of whom I see often, others very rarely.

Thank you so much to my fellow booth-holders who made the weekend memorable: Christine, Derek, and Laurie of Spindrift, Michelle (who I think I’ll call Goose from now on…) and her dad of ArtSea Jewellery, Alexis Templeton, David of King’s Point Pottery, the girls from Constantine Designs, and Jason Holley and Rosalind Ford. 

http://www.spindrifthandknits.com/Spindrift_Newfoundland_Knits/Home.html   http://www.facebook.com/ArtSeaJewellery
www.alexistempleton.com
www.kingspointpottery.com
www.constantinedesigns.com
http://rosalindford.wordpress.com/
http://jasongordonholley.wordpress.com/

Dogberry Branch

Dogberry Branch | Linocut with watercolour | Janet Davis 2011
Ready to go… awaiting mats to have them ready to fit in a standard  11 x 14 frame.
Edition of 20
+ the 4 Trial Proofs currently available framed at the Craft Council Gallery
+ dishes in progress at Alexis Templeton Studio

Printing Clay

I’m posting from the fabulous Alexis Templeton Studio tonight in St. John’s, where I’ll be working on small projects with Alexis until Saturday night.  Feel free to drop in to pay us a visit!  I’ll post some working pictures tomorrow…

Update [31.10.11] I forgot to take pictures!  But we got lots of snowflakes printed and ready for the kiln.  With any luck, they’ll be ready for The Christmas Craft Fair which starts next week!  Alexis will have a booth there, and you’ll also be able to get them at her shop on Quidi Vidi Road and my shop here in Brookfield.

We also printed six dogberry plates… we’ll see how/if those turn out soon!