music

But What Is Your Passion?

I have been a working artist for over 30 years in the hair, make up and fashion styling industry and have just recently retired!!! And I loved my profession – so now what???

Since I moved to Cortes Island six years ago, I’ve had the chance to dabble in many mediums of art which led to the creation of five solo art installations and my participation in many group shows, combining the different techniques I have learned over the years. You can view all my exhibitions and shows on my website. I’ve had so much fun and accomplished many goals during this time in my life – these include a group show in Europe, the making of  a CD and touring with my band The Abbie Hoffman Society, the recording of a sound track to go with one of my art installations and a whole lot of art dolls, and one that even came alive… It’s been a a great ride!!!

So the question is what is my new burning passion now that I am not styling hair anymore? Creating Art… Obviously!!! So where do I go with it? I have been pondering this question for a few months. I love colour theory, knitting, dying fiber, and creating lots of art, which makes the idea of working in Fiber and Textile Art a no-brainer for me and the central focus of where I am putting my energy. Creating Wearable Art!!!

I have started on this path, as many of you know, but I have decided to continue exploring this exciting medium in the new year by creating more wearable art. This means experimenting with fiber and textile art, learning to spin yarn as well as focusing my concepts on making wearable items that follow the colour theory I have used all throughout my career. In my past work, I used the palettes of the seasons: fall, winter, autumn, and  spring. My new collection of work is thus aptly called “four seasons” and includes hand-knitted scarves, chokers/collars, and silk scarves that have been painted with natural dyes and Cida acid dyes. I am creating four items for each of the four seasons – so a one-of-a-kind and limited edition.

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I will have a few items at The Gorge Christmas Bazaar alongside another new item, greeting cards of my art dolls, as well as some of my original art pieces, and my art book “My Stuffies’ Secret Life”. I am excited to share my new and past art in a few different formats, which includes craft fairs, pop-up shops, and a soon to come online store! So come and see me at the Bazaar and may the celebrations begin! xoxo

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgia

If you haven’t heard the news yet, it’s high time you do! NoMeansNo, the legendary punk band from Victoria BC, have officially announced their retirement after 35 years of touring, recording and entertaining our hearts and ears. This is a very Nostalgic moment for me – and for many others, I am sure – as I can’t even count the times I have seen them live and partied with the band!!! Not to mention that my own band, The Abbie Hoffman Society, had the grand opportunity of touring with them on three occasions, one of which for their famed “Clone the Ramones” tour. It was an amazing experience as we learned so much being on tour with these guys whom we call friends. They have always been so good to us (and the fans were fantastic also)… and man did we have fun! Today, I am sharing two posters from this very Nostalgic time along with an article from the Pitchfork featuring words from Canada’s most famous drummer John Wright and a YouTube video playlist of three of their songs and a short live performance. Thanks for everything guys!

For the article in Pitchfork, click here

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the Other-Side

Excited and jumping for joy !!!

We are happy to announce that CD of the sound track for the art installation called “That Wall” have gone to press. We look forward to sharing this exciting project with you all  during the up coming art shows this summer and a soon to be announced CD release party in Powell River B.C. xoxo

photo by David Molyneaux  and Graffiti Art by Catnap

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The Abbie Hoffman Society

In 2013 my band The Abbie Hoffman Society released our 1st full CD.We had so much fun over the years creating music,performing and going on tour. A collaboration between Meghan Hildebrand and Myself created the album cover.Today I share the collage I made out of the inside of tetra pack’s (almond milk packages) and a link to the full CD “Do They Ever”.

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the Other-Side:band mates

I had an amazing time creating the sound track for my new art installation with the members of the Other-Side.It was an over the top experience being in The Music Room with 4 friends that really know how to get down, be creative using all there talent and experience.I thank them all for being involved in my project and I look forward to sharing my new art installation “That Wall” with all of you this summer .

photo by David Molyneaux

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the Other-Side : band mates

Meet Del Riveria

Del Riviera : old dog : new tricks : have bellows : will travel : on stage at 12 : never stopped : encompassing many disciplines and genres : favorite things : kittens and free improv

photo’s by David Molyneaux

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the Other-Side:band mates

Meet Cameron Twyford  aka little pharmer

Cameron Twyford comes from a background of DIY analog recording and experimental music.  Since 2011, he has been happily working in a ‘real’ studio in Powell River making records alongside Tom Dowding.   Cameron is the mastermind and lyrical force behind little pharmer, an edgy-but-friendly musical confrontation with industrial agriculture.  In The Other Side, Cam plays ‘tape,’ an experience he describes as musical open-heart-surgery.

photo’s by David Molyneaux

 

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The Other-Side-band mates

Meet Craig Vishek : guitarist : extraordinaire :Key figure in seminal bands,Pigment Vehicle,Show Biz giants,Godzballz,Budokan,Slim Milkie Band

photo’s by David Molyneaux

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The Abbie Hoffman Society

Check out my bands Cd on Sound Cloud play it loud all day and dance around the kitchen.The Abbie Hoffman Society is an all girls punk rock band from Powell River.We made music,video’s,stickers,toured with some great bands including NoMeansNo ,The Slim Milkie Band ,little pharmer  and many more.But most of all we had FUN. You can also check out our facebook page and website  https://theabbiehoffmansociety.wordpress.com/