cynara de goutiere

artist, cobble hill bc


Cynara de Goutiere, a fibre artist, painter and illustrator, makes her home with partner and musical instrument maker, Rob Moore, in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where she gives voice to her creativity through fabric sculpture, fiber/papier mache, painting and fiber arts media.

Her figures in fabric and papier mache have sojourned through Public Gallery exhibits and other display venues in Canada and the US.

A pomegranate a day

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December 10th, 2011 Posted 2:06 pm








My personal directive of a drawing a day had taken a rest for far too many days!

So woolbegone am I.

I’ve re-arranged my tables and banished some of the wool baskets, and set up my drawing and painting corner in my studio.  The pomegranate that I had picked carefully from the produce stand three weeks ago ( the perfect ones with intact calyxes are hard to find )  is still perfect, potent, and beautiful, and sat perfectly still for its portrait.



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Winter fire dance

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November 21st, 2011 Posted 7:49 pm







Cut off my counterbalance loom today, a mohair throw, in a canvas weave lace structure – another weave learned in Jane Stafford’s Lacy Places workshop.  Actually, two throws.  My friend Terry and I weave together once a week and we shared this warp.  What fun.

JJ Montage handpaints mohair in “Fireball” and green laceweight wool.  Random bands of teal mohair to give depth and break up the frenetic colour dance. Random pics of pink and muted plum to quieten.

The very open structure of 6 epi and 6ppi made the fabric so fragile, I was anticipating that wet finishing would be its demise.  But a gentle fulling in the tub in hot soapy water gave it integrity, without losing the laciness.

Winter fire dance.



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November 18th, 2011 Posted 3:36 pm

Sorbus Cashmiriana?








I planted this Kashmir Rowan a few years ago.  It was a pup in a gallon pot from a local nursery, – looked like a seedling, and the label Sorbus Cashmiriana featured a photo of pink blossoms and noted the white berries.  The fibre evocation of the name was enough for me…  And its home in the Himalayas.  I even kept one Himalayan blackberry vine near it for company in its new wild garden home.  This year it bloomed.  White flowers.  And the berries now showing are pink!  With the bluey green leaves, looks more like a S. vilmorinii.  I’m not complaining. It’s beautiful, and in perfect pink company with the himalayan blackberry.

Himalayan Blackberry








Speaking of pink..

Does pink get more perfect than this?

Chopstick Rest






Exquisite chopstick rests brought as a gift from a friend living in Japan.














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Loom Bloom

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November 4th, 2011 Posted 11:10 am

Huck Lace Blooms










Thinking of spring already..

while spring blooms in fall..







On the loom, a towel run in cottolin and 2/8 cotton.  Huck Lace blocks on plain weave, four shafts.

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Fleece and Fiber Feast

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October 23rd, 2011 Posted 5:20 pm









This weekend, while the cat dozed,

I went to the Cowichan Fleece and Fiber Fest.

A feast of yarn, fiber, knittings, spinnings, weavings…

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