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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Frosty Magic in Edmonton

Have you ever seen anything like it? This is Mother Nature's handiwork outside my hosts Sonia and John's home. It happened on a bright sunny morning in the north end of Edmonton. It's hoare frost on the weeping birch tree and the mountain ash with a bird feeder. Amazing... what an inspiration for beaded Twig Cascades and Twig Willows.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Upcoming "White Aster" Photo Album

Maria & Iryna Senyk review fashion sketches, 1990

I'm strolling down memory lane while putting together a Photo Album of Iryna Senyk's “White Aster of Love” Book Project by the UCWLC St. Demetrius Branch, Toronto (1989 - 1992 and beyond).

This will be an on-screen photo show which will retell the story of how the Project mushroomed from simply designing dresses from smuggled fashion sketches of a former political prisoner from Ukraine in 1989 to having her poetry translated and published in a deluxe art book. I was the fashion designer of the “Iryna Senyk” embroidered dresses, did the layout and design of the “White Aster of Love” book, produced a Gala Premiere Book Launch at the Marriott Hotel in 1992 and subsequent travelling "Tribute to Iryna" slide show. I will be presenting the Powerpoint "Album" Monday, Feb. 8th, 8. p.m. at the UCWLC meeting at St. Demetrius Church in Toronto. I hope my tribute to Senyk, whose poetry, fashion sketches and miniature embroideries inspired the bilingual "White Aster" book, will remind the ladies how the League's involvement brought Senyk's poetry and embroidery to the world.

Folks will be amazed by the scope and breadth of this project. All welcome.