Visiting Leola’s Studio, a Rainbow and a Bear
On a recent quick visit to Vancouver Island I went to visit with an old friend at her new studio location. What seems like a very long time ago, (but was less than 20 years, lol) I was a student in Jane Kidd’s tapestry course at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA). Leola was also one of the students and though living just an island away, we had lost touch over the years. I lately found out that Leola’s Studio is located at Whippletree Junction a few miles south of Duncan on the way to Victoria. I had a bit of extra time and decided to see if she was in that day.
I was lucky to find Leola at the studio surrounded by her many looms, yarn and beautiful handwovens. Next time I visit I must remember to contribute a tea pot to the garden.
Leola had this interesting piece of weaving hanging in the studio as well. It was labelled as an Indonesian and for an Elephant bell. Perhaps Laverne will be able to tell what the type of pattern weaving is. It was between 2″ -3″ wide and a fairly rough tightly spun wool I think.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time that day to contact and visit with Susan Harvey, but promise to next time!
On my way back across the water this rainbow was a highlight (just couldn’t get the whole rainbow in without the ship’s rigging).
Driving through Manning Park a few days later my son Rupert and I were lucky to see this beautiful black bear munching Bearberries on the bank next to the highway. The bear was not at all bothered by the many cars stopping to take a photo.