January 22, 2015

Rocks in Watercolour

Experimenting with watercolour, painting rocks over and over from different angles.

January 16, 2015

Pine Needle Baskets

I've been making pine needle baskets this winter.
I collected a whole bunch of red pine needles, soaked them in boiling water, removed the sheaths
and made them into baskets by coiling and fastening them with twine.

January 3, 2015

Handmade Bitters and Elixirs

This year a friend and I made a collection of bitters and cocktail elixirs as holiday presents. 
For the bitters we used roasted dandelion, chicory and astragalus roots.  
For the aromatics we used cinnamon, cloves, ginger, anise, cardamom, pine, fir, 
rose petals, vanilla, and elderflower, among others. 
We prepared the individual tinctures several weeks in advance, 
allowing them to develop into bright, bold flavours, before straining out the solids. 
We then developed a series of unique flavours by mixing and matching the various bitters and aromatics.
We packaged them in 30ml bottles and printed labels featuring drawings of the main spice in each flavour.