April 18, 2017

Spring Chickens in the sun

Freda by the feet.
Freda by the ears.
Freda by the neck. This one-armed hold was hard for Gus at first but then he figured it out!
Gus and an armful of Longbody Rabbits: Freda, Babs & Sunny.
Canvas drawstring Bucket Bag in a nice Witchy Purple hue.
Lula reaching for the moon on a Margot Pollo Picnic Blanket for two.
She got it! This kid. No words. This purble fibre took a dip in the same spooky dye bath as the canvas drawstring Bucket Bag pictured on Gus above.
Portrait of a young lady at dinner. A smaller Picnic Blanket with horses draped over the highchair for fun.

Thanks to my sweet young friends Gus and Lula for putting up with my camera all for the sake of photographing a few new items plucked from the Margot Pollo spring lineup.

Dye, print, sew. Repeat.

Kiev 60 / Ektar 100

April 12, 2017



Just swinging by to announce that Margot Pollo will be selling a new collection of textile goods at the Luckygirl Pop Up on Sunday, April 23rd! It has been good for the soul to make new things. I have been having a ball dyeing and printing to my hearts content, cutting and sewing my ideas into new shapes and forms. Keep sewing I tell myself as I spin toward the freezer for another of Grandma's oatmeal raisin cookies. One week and a half until you can come peep some of my handiwork for yourselves.

Here are some items I will be selling:
- Picnic Blankets
- Lady Longbody Rabbits (soft, stuffed rabbits in nice outfits)
- Baby playmats
- Hand-stamped Throws (to chuck over your stroller, couch or knees if you're chilly)
- Table runners & cloth napkins
- Neckerchiefs & handkerchiefs
- Hand dyed canvas backpacks

For the other funny last-minute bits that will surely make their way into the heap, you must join in the fun at Hut K's Gallery space at 300 Ross Avenue (at Princess Street) and see / feel for yourselves. My favorite part of this collection is the wonderful range of colour.  I have discovered what combination of pigments make a good Witchy Purple and Moon Blue hue. Whatever is going on here, the process feels like a refreshing departure from what I know! We now have a nice industrial Brother machine from the 70's sitting in our back room. It was very frightening to explore the powerband of that machine when we first got it. To think! That machine used to churn out fire retardant work wear and now I am zipping through layers and layers of fabric than I ever thought possible.

Power to the maker! Power to learn and harness and ride! Thanks to this machine, the process of sewing is much more efficient and enjoyable than before. Back to it...


April 8, 2017

Clown's Breakfast

Observing the action at the daytime market in Chiang Mai.
Astounded by the sight of fresh cut flowers in December.
A serious butcher at work at the daytime market.
Iain shot this of Milky and I (wheeling and dealing for antique enamel dishes).
I asked this taxi driver for his portrait and this is what he gave.
Tall man's day out.
Fresh berries and cold beer courtesy of Milky for our riverside picnic.
Hot and hazy at 11 am on a Wednesday in late December. 
Assiniboine River? Could be, but not. Captured this from the banks of the Mae Ping river running through Chiangmai.
Tuktuk self-portrait of Milky and I cruising through the streets to cool off.
Tour guide extraordinaire leading us on a shopping tour of the market before heading out of the city to our cooking class. Here she offers a lesson in rice noodles.
A lesson in coconuts.
Coconut cream!

All photos shot on my Kiev 60 TTL in thirty-five degree heat while wandering the city of Chiang Mai alongside two clowns; one who insisted upon walking as much as possible, the other who insisted upon walking as little as possible, but both agreeing that cold beer and strawberries make a fine breakfast alongside a river. I couldn't agree more.

Kiev 60 / Portra 400
Chiang Mai, Thailand; December 2016.

March 4, 2017

Through the eyes of the Lion

Leo was here.
Low eastern perspective of Wolseley near Ruby.
Bones for teeth by Coco's Frosting Shack.
Testing crab apples in autumn on Gus' back stoop.
Daddy Matt.
Walk Like an Egyptian lesson.
Yard works.
The Artist himself, formally known as Leo The Lion.
For his fourth birthday, I gifted my friend Leo a Pentax K1000 and a purple magic wand. I am happy to report that the camera has survived and the lens cap is still present well into his fifth year. Those Pentax K1000s, good cameras for good souls. As for that sparkly purple wand, who knows.

Leo shot this display of photographs at the tail end of his fourth spin around the sun. Neighborhood looks. I was so surprised to recognize my own face in so many of the frames on the roll of 28. It is a good thing. I like what he sees in me. I especially love observing Leo take in the world around him. As long as I have known him, he has been watching. Alert, in tune and clever. Ready. This practice is one of his best traits. I hope to continue teaching him the art of analogue photography as long as he will grant me the company.

A camera is a tool, not a toy. Understood?
Got it. 
Happy Birthday.

We had this conversation over chocolate milkshakes at The Nook.

Love you my dear Leopard.

March 3, 2017

Chicklets and Doves

Rebecca and her sweet young Lula.
The littlest meatball in my arms, sweet young Vaughn. Photo thanks to IDP.
Aunty Kitty and Vaughn party at the Carman Legion.
Players play an ode to Carm and Vera at the Carman Legion.
Ode to Carm and Vera.
Uncle and young Atlas reading at the kitchen table.
My Valentine, Ronny Rouge.
A rare portrait of my chicklets captured on Valentines Day by Rouge.
My Guy Valentine, practicing on a mild day in February.
Breathing in some fresh air after spray painting my brains out. Photo thanks to IDP.

Those flippen' doves are back. Constant cooing coming from the south peak. Time to bust out the Super Soaker loaded with boiling water and cayenne methinks. Their enthusiasm paired with the lingering light of day have me feeling hopeful. March is in! It was a goddamn doozy of a week. I rode home from the East Exchange fast and furiously and rolled into the camera store with a slight huff on. These photos that I picked up, placed here in consecutive order in which they were shot cheered me right up. When I look at that image of Iain and his mandolin I get all starry eyed. Mine all mine!

Kiev 60 / FP4 400

February 25, 2017

Hat Trick

IDP captured this of me while dining at A & K Lick-A-Chick in Little Bras D'or, Nova Scotia; July 2015. Pentax 67
Howdy partna',

I have entered the high season of inspiration. It builds under my top hat like a magical rabbit; out of sight though popping out at the most appealing of times. Spring is near, I can feel it brewing under the ice which I slip upon. Print production tells me so. I have been carving lino into many stamps. Margot Pollo's hand stamped bean bags, bandanas, napkins, backpacks and Longbods coming to a shop near you. It is very satisfying to follow the steps to creating a healthy inventory. So many steps! Printing is ridiculous and ridiculously rewarding at the same damn time. Same goes for dyeing fabric.

The urge to print overtakes me at odd hours. If you need me you can find me in my workroom. This room has come a long way. There are various stations in working order: Ironing station, Listening station, large worktable, small writing desk, open cutting floor, light table, sewing station. It is clean, organized and either in use, or ready to be. Good sign to keep going methinks.

Exciting collaborations for Spring are in the horizon.

My goal at the moment is to make enough bits 'n bobs to open Margot Pollo's Shop of Curiosities over at margotpollo dot com at long last. The future is now.


Love Madge

Sara & Rich wed: September 2016


Capturing the wedding of Sara & Rich was a gift! Their wedding was held on the farm belonging to the bride's brother. It was a warm and grey afternoon at the end of September. The light was right and the happy, inclusive atmosphere pulsed with celebration of good pure love between two good people. I took delight in framing up the magic in my own way and time. I ran straight out of film.

Here lies a photo essay of photographs I felt compelled to print that tell the tale of Sara and Rich's wedding celebration.

Printed at home on 8x8" Ilford Pearl paper.

Kiev 60 / Delta 400
Nikon F2 / Delta 400