Spring is in the air, which means it is time to get back in gear at the studio with lots of exciting times on the horizon. I just started teaching my “Creative Sessions” with my art student Nola McPhail, in our new studio space at the Linnaea Education Center where we’ll be spending the next five month working in many mediums to create an art installation of all our work at The Co-op Cafe, from Aug 15th to 31st. We are very excited for the opportunity to share what we have been working on for the last year and half. Over the next months, I’ll be sharing some of the progress and more info.
All this means a lot of studio time for me this spring, especially because I am also preparing to host and curate the annual members’ show for our local gallery, which has “Space” as a theme this year. It will showcase all the talented artists of Cortes Island and will run from July 27th to Aug 5th. I look forward to working closer with the members of my community as well as creating my biggest painting to date; you can expect to hear a lot about this show and the full season ahead at the Old School House Art Gallery.
As you know, I love to create with as many mediums as I can possibly learn. Over the last two years, I have been working a lot with textiles: naturally dying, spinning, knitting, and weaving. Maybe you have heard of India Flint, an eco-dyer who has very inspiring techniques (to visit her website, click here). I was recently invited to participate in one of her art shows planned for 2019, called “Garden of the Hearts” – a community art project hosted by the h.ART group at the former Onkaparinga Woollen Mills in Lobethal, South Australia – where each participating artist will embroider one line of an original poem (written by the artist) on a specifically-measured piece of material (preferably made from natural fibres) which will all be stitched together by India Flint to create her art installation. This is a very exciting event to be part of amongst over 250 other artists from around the world, and the first time I submit to an event in Australia using my beloved techniques of stitching, dying, and writing… love it!
So this is what’s up in the studio these days, along with my 365-day challenge “Wink”, which will be featured in another post later this week. Stay tuned, exciting times ahead!!!
Over the course of 2017, I had the opportunity of viewing the sketchbooks of some of the artists in my network and I got really inspired!!! I have never worked out of a sketchbook but I saw many different ways to use one and felt it as another way for artists to Grow, experiment, and lock down ideas.
So I decided to start my very first sketchbook in 2018! Since I have a thing about collections and I also love a challenge, I thought I would use my sketchbook to start a new body of work by doing one sketch a day for 365 days and see what I come up with, what I will learn, and what kind of Growth I will see in my art practice if I put my head down on a daily basis for a year.
I am currently on day 8 and I have already learned a lot! I am very excited about this experience and have started to look forward to my daily practice. My goal is to create a body of work to do my largest solo show in 2019 along with an art book to go with the collection called “Wink!!!” It’s super fun to watch the Growth of my sketchbook and I will share sneak peaks over the year, so stay tuned and I hope you will enjoy the process as much as I enjoy creating it. xoxo
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.
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
My new multidisciplinary art installation called “Sense That Sin” will be presented for the first time in Powell River, BC , at the Expose Yourself Art Exhibition from March 16th to 19th – with a special live performance on Friday March 17th. My contribution to the art show includes 3 art dolls, one live doll and an accordion player. My inspiration for this exotic/erotic experience was flowers and their surroundings with all the lushness this implies for our senses when we allow ourselves to fully experience them.
But who – might you ask – will be performing at the special live show? Well, without any further ado, let me introduce you to Namchi Bazar and Del Riveria !!!
Namchi Bazar impressive career started with her early training with the Royal Vancouver Ballet Academy, which was followed by years spent with the Arts Umbrella Youth Dance Company. She would then move on to more exciting training at the West Coast Ballet Institute with special tutelage under Crystal Pite. Namchi completed her BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and pursued a career as an independent choreographer and performer, pioneering some experimental venues and performances, including Piss in the Pool with Sasha Kleinplatz, Andrew Tay and Dana Michel. Namchi dabbled in the wonders of the circus arts with special performances for Cirque du Soleil. She also spent years studying different types of Classical Indian dances and folk styles from Rajasthan. Namchi developed her love for collaborative projects and continued to forge new pathways in Indo-fusion dance aesthetics, working with diverse artists and mediums including Beats Without Borders, Adam Shaikh, and Tarun Nayar. Namchi has most recently worked with Meinsje Vlaming and the Dream Caravan from Cortes Island, BC who blend elements of flamenco, gypsy and belly dances with theatrical circus arts.
Del Riveria is a man of few words but of serious talent! He has collaborated with Laura Balducci on her last few art installations, The Stuffy Collection and The Other-Side presents That Wall, gracing them with his accordion improv. Del also plays with The Slim Milky Band from Powell River and The Improv Choir… Singer, songwriter, composer, accordionist/pianist, actor, impresario, busker, improviser and (from an early age) parade instigator, Del Riveria is a performance artist extraordinaire!
You may recall back in January when everyone was talking about resolutions, I spoke of some Goals I wanted to accomplish in 2017.
Well, I am happy to report one of my goals is alive and realized !!! It’s such a good feeling to have materialized this goal so soon in the year and it’s been so much fun creating and building my new Etsy store. At the moment, it features my wearable art such as my Bandanas and Wrist Art pieces. New items will often be added and soon my art dolls will also come grace my virtual store!
To visit my Etsy store, please click on the link below. I hope you enjoy your visit and feel free to share it with your friends. Thank you,
I have been working on a new art installation called Senses That Sin… I am really excited about it but I can only give away so much about what is on the New Horizon! So here is a sneak peak of my SUBmission for Expose Yourself 2017 (art doll/live doll) wink wink.
Check out the website maybe your interested in SUBmitting one of your pieces to Expose Yourself 2017. https://eyexhibition.com
The time has come for me to get back to work in my amazing studio! I have been waiting for this season to come so I could settle back into a routine of creating art daily. After spending the last many months preparing the birth of a new installation – based on pressed flowers I collected as well as naturally dyed random items, it’s now time to put all the pieces together. I am taking things to a new level with the techniques I have learned over the last year and combining them in my own unique way; only time shall tell what it will grow into. I look forward to sharing the process with you all. Here is a sneak-peek at the beginning stages of something new and exciting!!!
(lamp shade, gold leaf, pressed flowers) what does this equals to? The start of a new art installation!
As I come to the finishing stages of my new art installation called “That Wall” with shows to be announced in Spring.The time has come to start something new!!! 15 wood panels,spray paint,collage,Kroma Crackle,acrylic,Gouache and anything else that I desire.I share today the beginning stages of Rainbows and Monsters.
The workshop facilitated on Cortes Island by Lisa Gibbon’s this past weekend was a very exciting new approach to creating art for me.She did an amazing job getting the juice flowing for our art projects and many artists came from off island so the room was filled with inspiration.I have to say that I learned so much and am very excited to incorporate some new skills to my art practice. I share today the definition of Archetypes and my art that I finished during the workshop that I dedicate to the man that holds my heart tight Chris Murdock.
In literature, an archetype is a typical character, an action or a situation that seems to represent such universal patterns of human nature.An archetype, also known as universal symbol, may be a character, a theme, a symbol or even a setting. Many literary critics are of the opinion that archetypes, which have a common and recurring representation in a particular human culture or entire human race, shape the structure and function of a literary work. The phrase “collective unconscious” refers to experiences shared by a race or culture. This includes love, religion, death, birth, life, struggle, survival etc. These experiences exist in the subconscious of every individual and are recreated in literary works or in other forms of art.
“I Am Priestess” – a Quadriptych from The Archetype Workshop
I have started a new series called That Wall.Here i show you the work in progress.This body of work has many layers and textures to it and well be 3rd series of 2014.I look forward to showing it as it grows.