Sunday, March 10, 2013

Time Marches On

Here we are, in March already!  March is the third month of the year, and comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture. His month was the beginning of the season for farming.

We have been busy at Textures preparing for the coming spring. Days are getting longer now, and we are looking forward to warmer weather ahead.  How about you?


Some things you might not know about March:

-birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone, which symbolize courage

-it's flower is the Daffodil
-zodiac signs for the month of March are Pisces and Aries

-it is National Craft Month
-it is Epilepsy Awareness Month in Canada
-came in like a lamb in Hamilton this year

Special days in March:
8- International Women's Day
10- Daylight Saving Time begins


14- Pi Day
15- Ides of March
17- St. Patrick's Day



19- St. Joseph's Day
20- First Day of Spring



23- Earth Hour, 8 p.m.
24- Palm Sunday
25-Apr.2- Passover
28- Maundy Thursday
29- Good Friday


31- Easter


Now showing at Textures:

-through March 24:  Cattitudes - You will be feline groovy with this show of all
                                                               things cat-related
*Note:  these knitted hats are made with a hand-spun blend of mohair and cat hair by Lynn Therrien.

-starting March 25: The Nature of Things- photography by Mark Williams

Artist Profile- Tracey Brailsford

Sundara Studios is the workshop of jewellery designer Tracey Brailsford. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Tracey has studied art and design at both the University of Guelph and Mohawk College. Her creativity and sense of whimsy combine beautifully with her meticulous workmanship to produce fun and fabulous hand-made adornments that are one of a kind.


Tracey’s career in jewellery design began several years ago when she created a necklace for her best friend as a Christmas gift. The necklace garnered so much attention that soon after Sundara Studios was born, and has been evolving and growing steadily ever since.  Encouraged further by classes in silversmithing, she continues to expand her repertoire of techniques and choice of media.  At present, Tracey is working primarily in Precious Metal Clay, an ingenious medium which allows maximum creativity and produces pure silver with components reclaimed from industry.  What a beautiful way to recycle!


“After my kids skip off to school each day, I squirrel away in my studio, gleefully banging, twisting, rolling, cutting, bending, molding and drilling. I am banging shape and texture into metal, twisting tendrils of metal, filing away its stark edges and embellishing its bland surfaces, bending and molding it, drilling life into it. I love my job!”

Trivia:  Sundara is Hindi for “beautiful”


So, will March go out like a lion? Time will tell...