Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Wonder: Artist Catherine Thompson

. . . a limited access to tools creates
boundaries to your work. . . .
~ Catherine Thompson

A native of Canada, Catherine Thompson describes herself as a "semi-nomadic musician" dedicated to using what she finds, and using minimal fuel and minimal technology to produce whatever she makes, including instruments made from gourds, bone, antler, wood, cording, bark, and other natural materials and remains. In this brief video filmed in the summer of 2010 on the prairies of Saskatchewan, Thompson, a composer, vocalist, and visual and material artist, talks about her life as she demonstrates turning a deer's leg bone into a flute.

Process: Bone Flutes with Catherine Thompson from Etsy on Vimeo.

Thompson recently began a project involving long-distance travel on horseback and incorporating music, song, and story-telling: "the Sun and the Wind" Project.

Catherine Thompson Profile at ReverbNation (A selection of her musical compositions is available here.)

Catherine Thompson's the Sun and the Wind Blog

Catherine Thompson's Image Gallery at Picasa

Other videos of Thompson's collaborative projects are available here.


Louise Gallagher said...

One of the projects we undertook in our arts programme is a Found Object Orchestra -- it was divine!

Thanks for bringing Catherine to my attention -- fascinating!

Annie Boreson said...

I enjoyed finding out about Catherine. What a fascinating person. She has a lot to teach.

Beverly Diehl said...

What a fabulous post. Great music played on one-of-a-kind instruments - fabulous!

Anonymous said...

nice find, Mo. thanks for sharing it :-)