Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Heart & Hand 2014: FAIR Sue Firkser

Meet Sue Firkser, 2014 Folk Artist-in-Residence at Joseph Schneider Haus. Sue discovered felting about six years ago and fell instantly in love! 
She has always been a painter, in various mediums, but enjoys using felt as a means to express herself in a painterly way. Sue uses colour (wool roving) and line (silk) to lead the viewer through her artwork and although the pieces have a fragile appearance, they are in fact quite strong due to the blending of the fibres during the felting process. Wool is one of the oldest and strongest fibres known to man.
Sue’s training in environmental design gave her the chance to explore commercial fabric and upholstery design and in later years contributed to a successful business of the surface design and production of a line of flannel pajamas. 
More recently she has begun to play with felt and fibres to create functional clothing, hollow form sculpture and decorative arts for the home. Sue enjoys pushing the boundaries of this ancient craft. 
Sue will be demonstrating wet felting at the Heart & Hand Festival this year. Drop by and say hello! 
Saturday, Sept. 27 -
 Wet Felting  at the Heart & Hand Festival
Saturday, Sept. 20 - Painting in Fibre II
 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Full-day workshop - $158, taxes and materials included
Saturday, Oct. 25 - Cozy up Making Hats or Mitts - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Full-day workshop - $158, taxes and materials included
Saturday, Nov. 8 & Sunday, Nov. 9 - Felted Fashion:Make a Felted Jacket
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two-day advanced workshop - $300, taxes and materials included

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Heart & Hand 2014: Artistans

We're getting geared up for another great event this Sept. 27. 

If you, or someone you know, is a traditional artisan eager to take part in this event get in touch with us.

Is there something you would like to see at the festival? Let us know and we will try and make it happen!

Did you have a great time last year? Share your memories and photos.

Contact jsh@regionofwaterloo.ca or call 519-742-7752
Follow us @jschneiderhaus or @hearthandfest

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Heart & Hand: The Winners Are...!

Thanks to all of our talented artisans and storytellers, wonderful volunteers and of course... all our enthusiastic visitors who made Heart & Hand 2013 a great success!

Our Best of Show winner as chosen by our panel of judges was wood worker and former Folk Artist-in-Residence Peter Findlay.

Our People's Choice winner was Naomi Smith, First Nations artist and educator. This was Naomi's first time being part of the Heart and Hand festival.

Prizes were generously donated to the winners by Roya LePage Scharf Realty Limited.

We will see you in 2014!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Heart & Hand: Rain or Shine!

When was the last time you played in the rain? ...and then dried off by an open hearth or a wood stove? Today is your chance! The Heart & Hand Festival starts today at 10 a.m. lots to do and see, inside and out! Find that perfect treasure and see traditional artisans at work!

Our assistant curator Antoinette is ready for the weather. Lets see your rain gear fashion! Tweet us @hearthandfest!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Heart & Hand: A visit to the Papertrail with Kevin Martin and Audrey Hollinger

Photo by Candice Leyland
Join Kevin, Audrey (and their resident cricket) for a tour of their New Dundee shop, The Papertrail. They do it all from paper making, to printing and... paper marbling! They will be demonstrating this traditional art form TOMORROW at the Heart & Hand Festival!

Photo by Candice Leyland

Come by and say hello, take part in a demo and pick up some one of kind marbled or hand made paper for your next project!

Want to visit the studio in person? The Papertrail will be taking part in the Rural Routes Studio Tour Nov 1 & 2.  Check out the Papertrail blog for more updates and behind the scenes look at new projects, equipment and more!


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Heart & Hand: First Nations Artist and Educator Naomi Smith

Bead and quill work pieces
Meet Naomi Smith, First Nations artist and educator. In this video Naomi tells us about her art and what it is that inspires her to create her beautiful bead and quill work pieces. Naomi is passionate about sharing the history and traditions of the First Nations people of the Woodland and Northeastern area. 

Exploring the story of beadwork is one way that Naomi shares her traditions and culture. She creates contemporary pieces based on traditional examples. For over 15 years Naomi has designed and created traditional Native beadwork, leather craft, moose hair embroidery, quill work, sweetgrass or birch bark basket making and adornment, always valuing these sacred materials throughout her creative process.
Come out to the Heart & Hand Festival this Saturday, September 21 to learn more! 

Contemporary and traditional examples of  beadwork pieces

Some of these traditional beadwork pieces are over 200 years old 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Heart & Hand: Event Schedule!

Mary-Eileen McClear, founder of the Baden Storytellers
entertaining at last years Heart & Hand Festival.
We are very pleased to welcome members of the Baden Storytellers Guild to entertain and inspire with their dynamic storytelling skills at this year's Heart & Hand Festival! 
Established in 1989 the Baden Storytellers Guild encourages individuals to hone and practice the traditional art of storytelling. Interested in finding out more or telling a story of your own? Join the guild for their Stories Aloud evening, an open mic night for adults held the second Friday of every month from September through June from 8 to 10:30 p.m at the Button Factory, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo. Doors are at 7:30. The price is $5 and "lug a mug" for hot cider!Visit the Baden Storytellers Website for more information or to find out how you can become a member!
Join us for this year's drum circles!
The Baden Storytellers along with Master Drummer Nii Addico and musician Ian Bell will be entertaining under the tent. Below is a schedule of events to help you plan your day!