I had the great pleasure of traveling to Surprise Lake in Alberta ten years ago with fellow Canspinner Kathy Baker. It was the trip of a lifetime, made even better by spending several days living, working and learning with Judith Mackenzie. I’ve just learned through a post by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (Yarn Harlot) that on Monday, October 29th, the Rainforest Arts Center, where Judith MacKenzie is the artist in residence, burned.
While I don’t know many details at this point, I do know that this is a devastating loss to both Judith and fibre arts community. Please take a moment to follow the Yarn Harlot’s posts (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/), and the link to the “Rebuild Judith’s Studio” page (http://www.rebuildjudithsstudio.com/index.html#continue) to get up to date information.
I don’t think I would be understating things to say that Judith is one of the most incredible spinners, dyers, textile artists in North America. If you can do anything, even as simple as forwarding this message or these links to anyone you think might want/need to know, please do.
(where I wish I was posting something fun and light after all these years away)