Digging for Gold – Getting to the Heart of the Matter

My name is Fiona Stolze, and this is my blog. I originally created this space to share all my silk painting experiences, but it soon turned into a site where I began sharing my writings on all the topics that are near and dear to me. As I learned to dig deeply for the gold in my life, I began to see how little substance so many things in my life had – things that had previously seemed to be … Continue reading

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Remembering not to take it all personally

I was reminded again today not to take anything anyone else is doing personally. Not to take it on board. Not to take it to heart. Just let the other person do what they think they need to do, without me needing to go into self-defence. It really doesn’t matter if one of my kids is bad tempered. It’s absolutely fine if my partner is in a bad mood. And it’s okay if one of my work colleagues slept really … Continue reading

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Chakra Silk Paintings on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon

It’s a very snowy April afternoon, and it also happens to be a Sunday. So I thought – what better way to spend it than to start posting the recent photos I took of my chakra (energy centre) silk paintings. I’m going to share some of the photos of the process of creating them so you can see how they came about. And I will be sharing some information about the chakras in some posts to come. Watch this space. … Continue reading

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Silk Mandala Painting – starting to get creative again

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It’s amazing how that creative urge just keeps on pushing its way back up to the surface no matter what other things I am doing. And since I don’t have the supplies that I used to, it lets me look at working with what is at hand, despite having grandiose ideas about how things should look. What a great analogy for life and being present to what is. I got hold of some small square canvases and created some silk … Continue reading

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New Silk Painting and Tie-Dyeing Supplies

Today we visited a store here in Edmonton that actually had some supplies I was able to buy and will be able to use in the very near future. I’ve now got various bits and pieces that will enable me to both tie-dye and do some silk painting. I was especially pleased to be able to get hold of a tjanting, one of those sweet little Indonesian devices that is used to apply wax to the fabric when creating batik. … Continue reading

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Silk Painting – Getting the Creative Urge Again

It’s been a very long time since I did some silk painting. In fact, too long.  Just far too long. Life just sometimes comes and leads you in a completely different direction. And then you get that urge again… I was just looking through my thousands of photos of my silk painting adventures. This picture below shows my old dye cupboard in our Victorian town house from many moons ago.   The photo below this is one that some of … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Reflections on Mary Triplett

Today is Mother’s Day in Canada, and as I sat here reflecting on what it has meant to me to be a mother to my 3 lovely boys, one mother in particular sprang to mind. I thought it was fitting to write a little about her today. Her  name was Mary Triplett, mother of Donald Triplett, the first child diagnosed with autism. Her son was institutionalised in 1937 at the age of 3 as his behaviour deviated too much from … Continue reading

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Inclusion of Students with Exceptionalities

When I began my special needs intensive training, the book you see in this photo is one of the main textbooks I was required to buy for my studies. I referred to it affectionately as my telephone book, as it was literally a pile of large, thin, loose leaf pages with lots of print. However, I have come to greatly value it as it has become a great resource, one I can refer to again and again in the days … Continue reading

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Special Needs – A Whole New World

Last year I went back to university as a very mature student and completed this Spring an intensive special needs educational assistant certificate course.  This was a whole new world to me, and it took me a while to find my feet and get into the rhythm of things. This is an area that regular teachers often don’t cover in their training. As a result, in an era where inclusion is becoming more and more the norm, these teachers are … Continue reading

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Massive Clearout of my Silkandart Online Shops

For many years I have sold a multitude of items in my online silk shops but this August I will be stopping selling most of them and bringing a complete focus to a small range of pure silks. By that I mean the scarves, wraps, altar cloths, silk bags, silk panels, etc. All the other items are now being permanently phased out. These include small framed pictures, all types of supplies, mandala pocket mirrors, cushion/pillow covers, ties,  window pictures, painted … Continue reading

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Speaking Only When I’ve Really Got Something to Say

I realised this morning that it’s been such a long time since I made any posts on this site. And looking back over the years I also realised that in the early days I made a point of posting regularly here so that readers always had something new to look at and enjoy. Sure there are many older posts on this site sharing hints and tips around silk painting which many have found valuable. And it’s been lovely to pass … Continue reading

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