Sushi Wax Cake by Catherine Raine, 2010 Would you like to eat this cake? Tempting but not recommended! Sushi Wax Cake by Catherine Raine, 2010 Sushi Wax Cake by Catherine Raine, 2010 To make this poured wax piece, I constructed four walls for the border (using strips of wax), made some barriers in different shapes […]
Catherine Raine, 2010 Catherine Raine, 2010 Catherine Raine, 2010 I sewed this creature (as yet unnamed) in the basement cafeteria at the Art Gallery of Ontario. My friend Ellen was with me, and she made an amazing fish-like creature. The materials I used included socks, ribbons, and scraps of fabric. Thank you for the old […]
Cosmic Sunrise Tadpole by Catherine Raine, 2010 I had a lot of fun pouring the wax and paint mixture and then dabbing on lots of blobs.
Here’s a true story that gave me goosebumps. It’s about a community-made quilt in a library, a random question, a family bereavement, and amazing coincidences. About six weeks ago, I visited Main Street Library and was very taken by a large quilted tapestry hanging on the east wall of the attic. It had been made […]
This morning I went to Mount Pleasant Library to hear Hedy Bohm tell her story of survival. A quietly charismatic woman with a vivid orange scarf, Hedy didn’t waste a moment of the pre-talk waiting time. She greeted the two classes of grade 7 and 8 students and passed around large photos of Auschwitz, Birkenau […]
November 1-9 is the 30th Annual Holocaust Education Week, and I was grateful to attend an unforgettable afternoon talk as part of this educational program. In the upstairs room at the Deer Park Library, 85 year-old Helen Schwartz testified to the loss of her entire family and “everything that was dear to me.” In the […]
Tidal River by Catherine Raine, 2010 I started working on this piece two weeks ago at my first encaustic class at OCAD. After an ill-advised application of the iron which turned my greens and oranges into a ratty-looking brown, I scraped away the brown and started again. Last night I spent a couple of hours […]
Fighting Blue Demons of Disconnection (2010) I made this piece for the Octopus Project’s May Exhibit at the Distillery District. The challenge was to use the shades of only one colour. Purple Triangle Web (2010) Here’s how this wrapped collage looks on the outside. Partially unwrapped. Fully unwrapped. Collage Centerfold! Close-up!
This shadow box is the result of a collaboration between my husband Stewart and I. The box itself was the former home of Korean biscuits. Stewart took the picture of Hester the deer last Christmas when we were visiting a conservation area in Springfield, Missouri.
Forest Wolves, 2010 The Princess and the Sedimentary Layers, 2010 Lightning Frame, 2009
Noreia’s Birthday Sufi (2008) Fuzzy Cave Temple (2010) Divine Grief (2010)
Swan Woman, 2010 (Lacy Goose from Karel Teissig’s Illustration of Aesop’s Fables, 1971) Cats, Fruit, Mouse, and Cardinal, 2010 (Central Sleeping Cat from a 2009 Calendar Illustrated by Charles Wysocki) Barn Ruin, 2010 (Barn Image from Toronto Public Library Picture Collection)
Floral Bird and Bunny, 2010 Water, Trees, and Birds Patchwork, 2010 Bordered Forest Steps, 2010
Jenny’s Purple Meadow A few months ago Jenny asked me if the news of her cancer diagnosis had made me think about my own mortality. I said, “Sure it does. You’re a part of me.” She’ll always be a part of me, a precious patch of Jenny-ness that inspires and sustains me. When I visualize […]
On a recent weekend visit to remote Elliot Lake, Stewart and a friend who was living there indulged me in a visit to Elliot Lake Library when we could have gone directly to a lake. My friend took us inside the town’s quiet 1980’s mall, where we found a wonderful Bibliothèque/Library. It was much larger […]
A few weeks ago I attended my twentieth high school reunion at The Elm’s hotel in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Out of a class of almost 350, only about 50 of us turned up. Our small numbers gave the atmosphere something of a Survivor flavor, as if we were all looking around to see who else […]
Now that is one beautiful island! Recently returned from PEI, it seems like our week there was a dream. Memories of leaning over the railings of wooden footbridges to admire the clear streams below continue to refresh me, even when I’m being jostled by September-grouchy commuters on the subway.
Sicko was a hard movie to watch in many places, but I found it thought-provoking. The suffering which so many Americans have endured at the hands of HMO’s is outrageous. I believe health care is a human right, not a business in which the most vulnerable are refused the care they need in order to […]