Sunday, July 16, 2017

AGGV Moss Street Paint-In 2017

Booth # 126 at the Paint-In
"Brimstone Head"
7" x 12" x 24"
Carving at the AGGV Moss Street Paint-In 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OPENING THIS SATURDAY! . . Threaded, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC, CANADA

See you at the show . . 
7:00 - 9:00 Saturday 24 June — 27 July 2017  
Martin Batchelor Gallery 
712 Cormorant Street
Victoria, BC

"Balzac de Crozet"
Crocheted wool, twine, cotton, found objects
333 crocheted sculptures

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Next on the felting work table . .

Next on the felting work table . . working on Dr Strange

Monday, June 12, 2017

Needle felted wool portrait of Captain Kirk as portrayed by Chris Pine

Needle felted wool portrait of Captain Kirk as portrayed by actor Chris Pine
12" x 12" x 2" — 2017
Needle felted wool, foam core

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Psychedelic MAMA, Needle Felted wool portrait of Dame Mailarta

"Psychedelic MAMA"
Needle felted wool
11" x 17" x 2"

Exhibition opens on 29 July 2017
7:00 - 9:00 
Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant Street
Victoria, BC

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Needle felted portrait of Cher

Needle felted wool
18" x 25"  26" — 2017
(Cher with black hair wig . . all made with wool)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Threaded, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC, CANADA

Opening Saturday June 24th, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM

Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant Street
Victoria, BC

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Portrait of Captain Kirk, Needle felted wool

Portrait of Captain Kirk
Needle Felted Wool
12" x 12" — 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Needle felted wool Portrait of Photographer Cecil Beaton (1925)

Portrait of Photographer Cecil Beaton (1925)
"All the Vogue" 
Needle felted wool
24" x 24" — 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Wonder Woman, Needle felted wool sculpture

Wonder Woman
Needle felted wool sculpture
11" x 17" x 21"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Marilyn, Needle felted wool sculpture

Marilyn Monroe
18" x 21" x 12"
Needle felted wool sculpture

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Needle felted portrait of Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray

Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad in 'Hairspray Live!'
Needle felted wool over foam core
24" x 24" —2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Dame Mailarta", Needle felted wool

"Dame Mailarta" 
Needle felted wool
14" x 20" x 24" — 2017

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Superman, Needle felted portrait of Henry Cavill

Needle felted wool portrait of Henry Cavill as Superman
24" x 24" — 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Transformers - Needle felted series

9 works in the Needle felted wool series "Transformers"
each portrait measures 24" x 24" 
— 2015 - 2016

01. Dame Edna Everage
02. Rrose Sélavy
03. Lili Elbe
04. Otsuta - Kitamura Ryokuro 
05. Ru Paul
06. Mailarta
07. Boy George
08. Matthu Anderson
09. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon

(all available for sale)
email me for price list:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Needle felted wool study Lemmon and Curtis

"Lemmon & Curtis"
from the film "Some Like it Hot"
Needle felted wool over foam
24" x 24" — 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Studio update . . 1 April 2016

Greetings from Studio J ArtSpace
 I have been moving forward with ideas of creating larger crochet works as the completion of the "Distorts" series . . after 8 years of shoebox sized works for that installation (a total of 333 crocheted sculptures) I felt inspired to expand. The above image in a piece I've been working on for a number of months . . ( 5' x 5' - still a long way to go) . . but I am seeing the result I am am looking for.

—The art works have returned from the exhibition launch of the "Woven Tale Press: Selected Works 2015" Book at the Open Spaces Gallery in Putnam, Connecticut 
Thanks to Sandra Tyler and Paul Toussaint for their work to see this successful project through

—Needle felting has continued to inspire me and now I test myself with a 4' x 4' portrait work.
stay tuned as they progress . . 

—Writer Yvonne Owens has just republished the first writing she did on my work "Threaded Chronicles" you can  see it here at:

Ideas for new assemblage works are forming and materials being gathered and sorted . . 
if you feel compelled to drop by the studio give me a call or email:

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Needle felted portrait of "Madame"

Needle felted wool, foam core 
24" x 24" — 2016

As part of the recent series of needle felted wool portraits, I decided to do a study of the Madame puppet from performance artist Wayland Flowers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Needle felted portrait of Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe

24" x 24" 
Needle felted fool, foam core

Inspired by the portrayal of Lili by Eddie Redmayne in the recent film The Danish Girl.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Needle felted portrait of John

John II
Needle fetled wool over styrofoam
24" x 24" x 2" — 2016

I've been busy for this past week working on a new approach to needle felting - a much looser method with choices of colour added much like paints dabs. The original photo is black and white and made for an interesting study in tonal range of imagination.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Monday, November 2, 2015

Felted portrait of Dame Mailarta

"Dame Mailarta"
Needle felted wool, foamcore
24" x 24" — 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In Cahoots (Synergy), Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA

Needle felted wool and ink drawing, gesso
A collaborative work with artist John Harris

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Jar Show, Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada

Thanks to artist Jeff Hartbower for curating another interesting show this one to challenge each artist to work with inner space of jars.

"Mama Moai" - needle felted wool

Sunday, August 23, 2015

About Face, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA

There is a community of artists in Victoria who aren’t seen in commercial galleries, are not employed by the University of Victoria and yet have been creative workers of considerable skill in our city for many years.
Martin Batchelor’s eponymous gallery is a place to which many of them gravitate, for, unlike other galleries, his space can simply be rented by the exhibitors. Yet each year, Batchelor likes to do a bit of community outreach, to invite artists through an open call to exhibit in a themed show. This year the theme is “Selfies,” and the triple-hung show offers self-portraits by almost 100 artists.
The show has been curated by Martin Batchelor and Efren Qiroz with artist Irma Soltonavich. Though not an artist himself, Qiroz is the man behind the remarkable website With no commercial or institutional support, Qiroz has made it his personal project to record the art life of Victoria and, to date, has posted more than 1,800 videos on YouTube.
When he announced the Selfies show on Facebook, with a $10 entry fee and no jury, the results were instantaneous. And everything was hung. The opening last week was packed, testament to the solid interest the show has tapped into.
There is often resistance among artists to thematic shows, but since the theme was the artist herself or himself, everybody wanted to participate.
“At first, they swore that they never had made a portrait of themselves,” Qiroz said with a laugh, “and had never made a selfie.” Though many people disparage selfies, everyone seems to be doing it.
Many media and a wide variety of approaches are on show.
Arlene Nesbitt, a photographer, caught herself in a reflective moment amid the miscellanea that is her usual subject matter. Marion Evamy, the principal of Red Art Gallery in Oak Bay, sent in a beautiful painted panel that began as a photo on her cellphone, was Photoshopped into a schizoid vision and was then painted with her typical vivacious colours. Appropriately, her signature is spelled ME.
Odette Laroche brought three tiny oils. My favourite shows her as Cleopatra, with a diadem and a smirky grin I just can’t forget.
Another wonderful painter, the talented Dawn Pearcy, brought a superb little painting of herself (with barnacles on her shoulders, pine cones in her hair and a touch of gold leaf for flash). She also brought two others, of her in disguise! At $200 these gems are hard to resist.
Richard Motchman, whose work I have followed for at least 25 years, is an accomplished painter of faces, and for this show he made a forceful self-portrait, which, in his usual style, is set like an altarpiece behind two hinged doors. The outer and the inner man are not the same, of course.
So many artists. Angela Montanti is one I met when she was artist in residence at Monterey Elementary School in Oak Bay. Good artist, no gallery.
Another who seems in the same boat is Nicholas Vandergugten, a singularly talented linocut artist. His stunning images of the Johnson Street Bridge, seen at Bean Around the World Café years ago, are the defining image of that structure. Rumour has it he is preparing another show soon.
In my tour of the room, I noted my tendency to favour the representational portraits over the many and varied expressive abstractions that stood in for a face. Jesi Barron is a senior citizen but her “selfie” is a vigorous oil in the traditional representational style, and perfectly portrays this well-loved artist. It occurred to me that a strong selection could be made from this show if we ever decide to create a local version of the National Portrait Gallery.
The finest of all is surely Dale Roberts’ felted portrait of himself as Mailarta, the mail art queen. You might expect that his very personal imagery and unusual medium would make it hard for him to find an audience, but Roberts has been working at a high level as an artist, apparently undeterred by thoughts of what some audience might require.
He communicates joyously through the mail with thousands of people worldwide. While his medium of felting — fibres coloured and matted together, and embellished with a bit of needlework in this case — may be a hard sell in the cutthroat gallery world, Roberts works with love and finesse.
Roberts’ self-portrait (in a mail carrier’s hat) stands out in a strong field. If there was any justice in such things (which there isn’t, by the way) this piece would be purchased by the City of Victoria as an important component of its gallery of notable citizens.

“Selfies” — self-portraits at the Martin Batchelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St., 250-385-7919, open Monday to Saturday, until Aug. 27.

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"Dame Mailarta"
Needle felted wool
16" x 18"