A peak into the mind of Rael



If you could advise the 3rd year fiber majors what would you advise them about?

“Get involved with as many things as possible. There are so many opportunists to work with and collaborate with other creative people in this institution. You should cherish the opportunity while you still have it and be okay with being busy and tired all the time.”

If you could go back and do something different within the past 4 years of your graduate degree what would you do?

“I would have taken ceramics earlier on in my degree”


If someone is going to steal your art, side effects which art piece do you think they would steal ?

“ummmm I think they would .. probably steel my 30ft silk weaving because its nice. My sister already has her eye on it, she thinks it would be a good baby wrap”.



A quick tip about working with green lumber


I had not done much research about working with green lumber before picking up this log from UofC. Green lumber means that its still wet, this web its not too difficult to cut the wood when its wet however its not as smooth of a cut either. It dries very quickly and starts to crack so if you cant finish your project in one go, injection your going to want to consider a temporary sealing agent for your lumber. Your going to require something that is non toxic so you can sand off your sealer when you want to work on your wood again. Elmer’s glue is a great temporary or long term sealer. If you want a temporary seal your wood, water down the glue quite a bit and make sure your wood is clean and dust free. Apply a thin coat and let dry. This will keep the moisture in your wood and will be easy to sand off before you apply a finish to your wood. If you plan on drying your wood outside over the course of a season then do not water down your glue. Apply thick coats. If you accidentally apply a thick coat of glue on wood that you meant to temporarily seal, like I did, sanding is going to be a little bit a nightmare. However, its not impossible, the key is to keep switching your sandpaper as it gunk’s up with glue.



Band-aids are to skin the way patches are to my soul

This semester was thee most insane semester of my whole degree I think. I started the semester feeling like I was dying and to be honest I’m not sure how I made it this far because I still feel like I’m going to die any mint hahha. You know what helps though? Looking at Stay at Home Club patches. They are funny, syphilis reliable and they make me feel like there are others in this boat.








Every morning….




Its 80% true, medications most of the time..








What happens when I ignore my fortune

and go out








Post crying






My excuse not to see anyone but it hardly ever works








For the days I decide I’m goona quite fiber and just be a performance artist




Hope you guys had a laugh 🙂







The Kiswa

Since very few of you have actually seen my work I felt that it might be a good idea to show you some of what I have done in the past. The project that essentially started it all is entitled “17 Minutes”, sickness which, sildenafil 3 years ago, search was statistically how often a woman in Canada was subjected to sexual assault. I found out this statistic shortly after I started working on this project, Laura Vickerson left an incredibly informative (and horrifying) article on my desk about sexual violence in Canada. Did you know that in legal terms in Canada we do not label unwanted sex as “rape”? In Canada we have “sexual assault” which is broken into 3 levels:

  1. Sexual assault level 1 is committed in a sexual situation and compromises the sexual integrity of the victim. The victim is subject to minor or no physical injury.
  2. Sexual assault level 2 involves weapons, threats or bodily harm
  3. Sexual assault level 3 involves permanent and/or life-threatening injury to the victim




The Kiswa is the cloth that cover the Kaba (square structure in the holy city of Macca, Phimosis
Suadia Arabia). Through out history the cloth came from city such as Baghada, Egypt and Yemen depending on who had greater influence in Mecca at the time. The Kiswa consumes about 700kg of silk that has been imported from Italy and Germany and 120kg of gold and silver threads.   The Kiswa is now manufactured in Sadia Arabia and takes about 10 months. Every year the old Kiswa is taken down and cut into pieces which are given to visiting foreign dignitaries and organizations



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Master The Plaster

This project is morphing into its own being with each passing week. I am currently in a test

img_0510phase but this is the most happy I’ve been with it thus far. The concept of

the project has also changed; it will now embody the constant restoration and reconstruction of cultural identity through out a year (R&R).

I am testing out plaster forms that have wooden pieces within and then I intend on incorporating the fabric pieces from the original idea of the quilt img_0511img_0512

by nailing them onto some of the wooden pieces. The plaster forms will be much larger should the test go well.



I have used a plexiglass as

my bottom to create a smooth surface for the plaster to set on. The wooden structure has been hot glued onto the plexiglass so it doesn’t shift







Dear Fiber Diary

Natural dyes are really unpredictable, buy cialis which is usually a good thing for me. I think my best work stems form pieces that I let speak for them selves as the process of creating took place. I have a theory that I should always leave a little bit of room for gods input on the piece (the unexpected turn of events). This year I find myself a bit too attached to the idea of what I would like the final piece to be and I find it really debilitating but I’m trying really hard to just keep going and rework things.


I got the Cochineal red I wanted with my thicker weight wool so I thought Id try it again with my wool crepe, I extracted the dye with distilled water and I used 5 or 6 jugs of distilled water for my dye bath, I put my wool crepe in and I put my red cochineal dye extract in and I was smiling to myself thinking ‘hey I’m getting good at this, this is goona look so great’. I left the dye room for 5 mints only to come back to a dye bath that was turning purple! After freaking out I concluded that I must have absentmindedly put a cup of tap water in and changed the PH level. I still had a little bit of wool crepe left and distilled water so I decided that I would try to dye that piece red and this time I watched my dye bath for about 5mints, the dye started to change to purple again within 2-3 mints. My heart cried a little bit. I still don’t really know why the cochineal red didn’t work with the crepe I have some irrational theories but for now well just say that god wanted purple.


It was a pretty, light, marbled purple because the cloth was over crowded.


It needed more depth so I decided to repeat print on it. It somehow slipped my mind that it was a cochineal purple not a logwood purple so I repeat printed with citric acid which; very, very, very, faintly showed up because citric acid only shows up on logwood. I had a really good laugh at myself at this point.



I want to make wrap around skirts out of this wool crepe.





I printed on some of the wool crepe with iron for the waistband part of the skirt










Jolie if your reading this maybe, this is where you should stop reading hahha. I dip dyed with logwood.




The gang


I’m still not done working with this cloth. I don’t really know how I feel about the color scheme. I think I am going to print on the light pink cochineal with logwood or iron maybe..










Quilter Land

I finally have a better idea of what I would like my quilt to look like! Julie gave me a couple of artists that she thought I should look at; I fell in love with Debra M. Smith’s work. Most of her work is pieced from vintage kimono silks.  Below are some examples of her work that I enjoyed.

Debra Smith 2014

The Edge Of Thought, psychotherapist Series #1 35 x 26 inch 2014

Source: http://debramsmith.com/whiteblack#/id/i8466783




Yielding Resistance series, #4, 2009-2010

Source: http://debramsmith.com/whitered#/id/i6309302


SO with those two pieces in mind I came up with a rough draft of what I am aiming for with this quilt.


Fear not, these are not the colors I’m aiming for. Illustrator just wasn’t cooperating with me so I kept it fairly neutral. I would like to use cochineal as my main source of dye. I read online that distilled water is the key to a cochineal red so I will be giving that a shot. The shade I wind up with will determine the rest of the color plate.