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One Kanzashi at a Time
Aug 17, 2022 | Member Highlight

A chance encounter at a spur-of-the-moment yard sale stop began Annette Derraugh's journey into the Japanese art of Kanzashi. She was so fascinated by the beautiful ribbon and textile flowers displayed on that table that she couldn't wait to make one. In fact, she cut the only fabric at hand--a cloth napkin--into strips and fashioned her first Kanzashi while on the family sailboat later that day!

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>Rewilding Still Creek</i>
Apr 26, 2022 | Exhibits

I stepped into the icy water of the French river to line our canoe over very shallow rocks. There was no rush, as the sun shimmered showing the amazing beauty of the colours of the rocks at my feet. Then Mike, who was in front of me stopped and pointed downwards. Following his gaze I joined him and saw huge fish gently swaying around in place, unfazed by our presence, busy spawning their next generation, glimmering, quietly slowly dancing in the sunlight...

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>Woman Walking Into a Lake</i>
Apr 26, 2022 | Exhibits

The Woman Walking Into the Lake
Poem by Angela van Breemen

Freshwater siren
Beckons me
Her blue so vast
Cool water
Seeps inside my shoes
Enveloping my feet
In its chilly embrace

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>New York Times</i>
Apr 25, 2022

The New York TImes
by Pamela Meacher

Invisible while sitting at a quiet table, silence is acceptable from a reader,

absorbing, digesting someone else's words as images dance in the head.

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>Wind and Windows</i>
Apr 19, 2022

Wind and Windows
by Maria H Thompson
© March 7, 2022

Cradled in the breast of humanity,
starring into the soul of nature,
is where I discovered the contents of my mind.

In the dust, what wonders pass,
the wind tore into my heart like a blade shivering in the sun.
Searching for love, ghosts laboured to compose their brawls.

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>November Apples</i>
Apr 18, 2022

Artwork Created By: Susan Medland
Medium: Acrylic on board

written by Jessica Van de Kemp

Before winter, the gold of the tree

strikes a match against the night

at daybreak. If you hold the sky to your ear,

it sounds like the ocean. Blue. A new recording

of bluebirds, behind the wooden fence,

feels electric, a persistent mood of sun,

not fog, makes an orchard of apples.

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>I'm Invincible</i>
Apr 12, 2022 | Exhibits

I'm Invincible
The painting in poetry
by J.C. Kavanagh, Author of The Twisted Climb book series

I'm invincible
Not invisible
I face forward, I don't look back
There are things to the left
And things to the right
That distract, not reflect
The real me that I hide.
It's there, can you see

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>Baby Bear</i>
Apr 11, 2022 | Exhibits

Baby Bear
Written by Dian Bowers

Grandma held the needle in her deformed hand as she skilfully manoeuvred the quilted material. Arthritic took away her beloved craft but there was one more piece of art that she had to create. Grandma painted a picture with vibrant printed textiles, using her needle as a visual artist uses a brush to paint her subject. Her grandchild at her knee watches every stitch. Grandma winces every so often as the creation was taking its toll on her hands.

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>Out Of Darkness</i>
Apr 5, 2022 | Exhibits

Out of Darkness
by Teri-Lyn Smethurst

From the deep earthy grave
Out of darkness
Tentacles shoot forth
Twining tendrils
Clinging, Sprawling

1000 Words: An Inspired Writing - <i>Mixed Emotions</i>
Apr 4, 2022 | Exhibits

Mixed Emotions
by Joyce Ernyes

Kylie's eyes brimmed with tears of happiness as the Olympic gold metal was placed around Sonja's neck. She loved the young girl like a daughter.

While sitting in the stadium awaiting the ceremonies to commence, Kylie reflected on the events of the past four years that culminated in this day being the most memorable of her life.