Every year at this time I set new goals for myself. I am not sure why but it always feels like its the start of a new year to me!!! Maybe because of the rapid changes in the weather and Fashion Week being in full groove; maybe because as a farmer, you work from February to October starting from seed, planting, loving, harvesting, preserving for the winter, etc. Who knows? But this year is no different except that I’ve got some Disentangling to do… after a very productive year that saw me co-producing an art festival, attending workshops, taking online classes, curating for our local museum, vending at the farmer’s market, gardening my little butt off, teaching art sessions, exhibiting art installations, paddle boarding, learning and enjoying life… Wow! I just got tired from typing all that out hahahah… I sure am changing it up this year!!!
After a two-month hiatus from blogging, I realized how much I missed it, so one of the plans I am making for the coming year is to spend more time on my website (revamping and updating it, and creating an online store), over the last year, I have been learning more techniques and experimented with textile art – something I plan on continuing to explore starting with getting a spinning wheel, as well as working toward a new art installation (stay tuned to watch the progress!)
I was also gifted a text book this summer as an indefinite loan, which I am thrilled about reading and plan to study too: H.W. Janson’s second edition of History of Art (a topic I am really interested in but never studied).
So there you have it! This is me taking a step back, keeping it chill and disentangling a few goals. You see, about a week ago, I had no choice but to let go of some of my goals due to a flare-up in my wrists, neck and spine that has put me back in casts for the next few months. This has meant going at a slower pace, as well as regrouping to see what my new options are.. and of course, creating art! The future is looking up and the light is shining through. I dedicate the coming year to growth, expansion, and being the healthiest me possible. And I am excited! xoxo Laura
A little corner of this Earth we share together!!!
This past Friday, I went on a field trip with my Curators’ Workshop crew to Refuge Cove, which lies a mere 30-minute boat ride away from Cortes Bay in beautiful British Columbia. Our plan was to gather a few historical items for the upcoming Cortes Island Museum’s summer show, which has been the focus of the workshop facilitated by Judith Williams – an art history professor at UBC and well-known West Coast artist, since last October. The opportunity to be accepted in this workshop has been truly amazing; I have learned so much about where I live and where many of my friends also love to spend their time. I even found out that my landlord was brought up in Refuge Cove and it was nice to know I have such a close connection to that place.
Refuge Cove is a very unique place on Earth. For one, it can only be accessed by boat which always such a magical dimension to a place. It also boasts a rich history as well as being one of the longest running land co-ops in BC, and possibly Canada. Some of its features are scenic trails you can travel to get from one location to another, a general store offering postal services, gas and a restaurant with an art gallery. The Cortes Island Museum’s art show opens in June and I look forward to sharing more, so stay tuned!!!
A few of the historical items we collected
Info about the Land Coop
So last weekend, I found myself in a jam-packed workshop, instructed by Shary Bartlett and facilitated by Lorna Downie in her beautiful studio at The Rodmay Hotel. Shary was very knowledgeable and faced our excitement at learning her techniques with great patience… and boy… did we learn a lot!!! We practised with many different materials and even got a little art history on the first use of wax in an artistic context including the Fayum mummy portraits* from Egypt’s Coptic period of 100-300 CE. It was all very inspiring and I look forward to bring encaustic techniques into my work in the future and continue to paint with wax. One advice in particular I will not forget is “Fuse it or Lose it” which has been forever engraved deep into my brain. Here are 3 of my finished pieces for reference.
*for more info on the Fayum mummy portraits: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayum_mummy_portraits
Fall is now in full swing which means that many people have gone back to school, and I am no exception. I have recently started some online classes through http://www.coursera.org which is a platform offering free online classes on many subjects. (I will share links to the courses I am taking at the bottom of this post in case you feel like joining me). And on September 29th, I started to attend a very exciting workshop held at The Cortes Island Museum and facilitated by Judith Williams. This is a curatorial workshop, which means that by the end of the workshop the class will curate a show to be displayed at the museum for the summer season 2017. Our show will feature the history of Refuge Cove, located on Desolation Sound on the West Coast of BC. I have also signed up for an art workshop later this fall in Powell River using the technique referred to as encaustic – using heated beeswax to which coloured pigments are added – and which has interested me for many years. I look forward to buckling down and learning as much as I possibly can this Fall and Winter. Stay tuned because you know I will share the process…
Links to my online courses:
- Ideas from the history of Graphic Design
- Art of the Mooc: Activism and Social Movement
- Art of the Mooc: Public Art and Pedagogy