Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Markets

Outdoor markets spring to life in the summer in the Oceanside area.  It is a great opportunity for artisan groups to introduce themselves to the community.  This past month the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners guild attended "Art in Action" in downtown Qualicum Beach.

In spite of a cloudy start to the day the weather favoured us so much so that barefoot spinning was encouraged.  Note the lovely pedicure.

The Art in Action event is a sale.  For most of the events we attend we bring items for demonstration only so our display was different from the usual.  One learns to appreciate how vendors manage to fit so much into such a small booth spaces.  As you can tell from the pictures we were not successful in packing both demonstrations and sale items into the same space and the spinners have spilled into the empty area at the edge of our booth.  They were appreciative of the dry weather.

We set up our tent under a grey skies and watched as the threatening clouds slowly moved south east away from our location.  A "wash line" full of tea towels covered one side of the canopy.  By noon the number of towels had decreased substantially.  Many of them are headed to homes many miles away as souvenirs of a summer trip to Vancouver Island.  With them went the story of how they were made and who made them.  The story behind a piece is unique to hand crafted items and something that sets them apart from equally beautiful items that are manufactured in large quantities.

We also had a colourful display of light scarves and household linens.  Some of these are also on their way to a new home far away from where they were created.

As always the spinners draw a curious crowd.  This spectator seems to be content to watch from a distance.

Our demonstration loom is always popular but this time we brought along a drum carder.  It helped to bridge the story between raw fleece and the singles spun yarn.

If you missed us at Art in Action then look for us a Children's Day at the Qualicum Beach Museum on August 20th or later at the Light House Fall Fair in Qualicum Bay on September 3rd.