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Here are three new jewellery pieces which are now in our online store. This might be the last jewellery for a while as I’m doing a bit of painting again and thinking about making hats and paper flowers. GJ is working on a new sculpture, which is always exciting for me – I love to watch the progress. You can see his new website here.

A stack of new wings in progress, by GJ Pearson.

A stack of new wings in progress, by GJ Pearson.

© Firehorse Designs 2015

© Firehorse Designs 2015

© Firehorse Designs 2015

© Firehorse Designs 2015

© Firehorse Designs 2015

© Firehorse Designs 2015

Just waiting for the masses to descend 😉 – so thought I’d write a post. We’re holding these little gatherings once a month now; they are super fun. Here are a few picks:

Miss Bunny Drummond awaits the pleasure of company.

Miss Bunny Drummond awaits the pleasure of company.

Butter tarts, mincemeat tarts and lemon sugar cookies; I haven't quite let go of the festive season!

Butter tarts, mincemeat tarts and lemon sugar cookies; I haven’t quite let go of the festive season!

Some of my Firehorse Designs jewellery.

Some of my Firehorse Designs jewellery.

Some of GJ's work, Teds and Objets.

Some of GJ’s work, Teds and Objets.

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The 4th Annual Victoria Tweed Ride was held last sunday, and what a lovely day it was! The ride itself was quite long this year, beginning at the St Ann’s Academy grounds downtown and finishing at a perfect picnic spot at Esquimalt Gorge Park. More than 200 riders enjoyed an ideal day out.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

Waiting to take off! GJ built an amazing wind-powered flying machine for the front of his Raleigh. It worked so well, spinning propellers and flapping wings! Video coming soon.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

One of my favourite bicycles: a vintage Sparta tandem ridden by a lovely couple.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

My picnic: tea sandwiches, cream scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon cake and plums.

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

This bicycles and trailer are a mobile library! Well done!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

Our friend Francis took this pic of me and the picnic I prepared. Thank you Francis!

David's Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

David’s Tea, one of many sponsors, provided the tea service this year.

So many beautiful bicycles!

So many beautiful bicycles!

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

Many large trees provided welcome shade to the picnickers.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out a prize from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

GJ on the left, looking so divine, handing out one of the prizes from Fairfield Bike Shop, where he works, to the always dapper, always a gentleman, Simon. Simon was one of the organizers of the first three Tweed Rides and gave much support this year to the new team.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

The lovely Marion always creating. I wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress which she sewed herself from vintage fabric.

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Our friend Riley having a post-picnic snooze. His fabulous mustache won him a prize again this year!

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

Such a beautiful spot, right on the Gorge Waterway, and a perfect sunny day.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of my favourite bikes.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

One of the especially nice picnics, gramophone and tweedy teddy included.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

Beautiful bicycles, picnic hampers and trailers.

GJ recently finished a new clock-like piece. I love the way it rings a bell every 6.4 minutes. The video can be seen here.

6:40, kinetic sculpture © GJ Pearson, 2014

6:40, kinetic sculpture © GJ Pearson, 2014

6:40, detail © GJ Pearson, 2014

6:40, detail © GJ Pearson, 2014

6:40, detail © GJ Pearson, 2014

6:40, detail © GJ Pearson, 2014

6:40 © GJ Pearson, 2014

6:40, detail © GJ Pearson, 2014

We were very sad yesterday to take down our show at Dales Gallery. We had so much fun and met so many interesting people. While we were there, we had a chance to take some video recordings of the new and adapted pieces and update GJ’s youtube channel with new films. The rest of the summer is ahead and we feel excited about the momentum generated during our time at Dales. Thanks to everyone at the gallery for their support!

Paintings ready to leave and the wires which held them for the last two weeks. Our beloved neighbourhood of Chinatown can be seen through the open door.

Paintings ready to leave and the wires which held them for the last two weeks. Our beloved neighbourhood of Chinatown can be seen through the open door.

The walls are bare and ready to showcase the work of other artists.

The walls are bare and ready to showcase the work of other artists.

Last week GJ and I set up our new show at Dales Gallery, a block from our studio in Chinatown. The show is mostly of GJ’s kinetic sculptures spanning the last few years of work. He also has some of his sigils and paintings and we made some prints and postcards as well. I had a couple abstract watercolours from 2008 and painted five new ones as well. We also included a few copies of a hand-bound book I made of GJ’s Spirits of the Mechanical Age sculpture series from a few years ago. We had a great day at the opening on Saturday. Lots of visitors seemed delighted in our work, especially in the magical nature of the kinetic pieces. Here are a few pics. Will post more pics of specific pieces and links to new videos throughout the next week.

One of two versions of the invitation I designed for the show.

One of two versions of the invitation I designed for the show.

Personal Worship Device by GJ Pearson.

Personal Worship Device by GJ Pearson.

Three newish graphite pieces by GJ Pearson

Three newish graphite pieces by GJ Pearson

GJ's Sigils and graphite and watercolour paintings along with a new kinetic piece Tiny Flying Ship.

GJ’s sigils and graphite and watercolour paintings along with a new kinetic piece Tiny Flying Ship.

My seven Ocean Garden watercolour paintings.

My seven Ocean Garden watercolour paintings.

We hung samples of the prints we had made along the back wall.

We hung samples of the prints we had made along the back wall.

We’ve decided to open the studio to visitors one Saturday per month for the next few months. If you live in Victoria, or will be visiting, please drop by!

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