Hey there, Janna here with a personal update. You may have noticed from our social media posts that I recently moved from New York back to my home province of British Columbia. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about living in a remote little town after 15 years between Vancouver, Montreal and New York, but the transition has been very smooth. The fact that within 48 hours of arriving in BC I viewed our house and moved in 8 days later is reason enough to be glad to be home. What a contrast to our move to NYC three years ago! Said house even has a studio for yours truly equip with a fireplace, dye studio and mini wood-workshop space. To put it mildly, I feel insanely spoiled - and grateful. Also, that picture above is from a hike my toddler son and I went on yesterday - BC really is the most beautiful place I've seen. I have a new appreciation for how lush it is since living in cities for so long, and especially since meeting ceramic artist Steven Hill, who spend quite awhile praising our wet green landscape during his artist talk at the Metchosin Summer School of the Arts, where we both taught. It's always good to be reminded of the unique beauty of your surroundings through the eyes of a visitor.
Since the big move I've been enjoying teaching a lot including those five-days of natural dyeing and indigo at MISSA - which was a dream, as well as a full-day tapestry workshop at Unwind in Roberts Creek. After seeing all the beautiful weavings students make I leave every workshop feeling seriously blessed to be doing what I love. I get to do one more workshop before the year ends, at Knit City in Vancouver. It's the first time I'll be attending the popular event since it began five years ago. I'm so stoked to finally meet so many of the makers whose art I've been drooling over for years
The move changes a few things for us here at EVERLEA, mostly the events I was hosting in New York City like our monthly knitting group and the skill-shares I was doing all over the city, which are all discontinued now. But, the good news is that we will be opening an online shop soon with Katie's work being shipped from NYC and mine from Canada.
Enjoy the last days of summer and start thinking about cozying up for fall with a craft project - our shop will have some weaving kits filled with naturally dyed yarn by yours truly.