This week marked the end of a month long solo show titled “into the wilderness” which was displayed at a small, local, non-profit art space called Visac Gallery. I showed over 25 of my traditional hand-pulled prints, which were also all animal portraits. It is always nice to have my creatures get out of the house and be seen by art-lovers and creative minds. It was also reassuring to go through my personal collection and realize that after making prints for half a decade, I finally have the capacity to put on a complete solo gallery show with almost no notice.
You may have noticed those fancy banners on the side of my blog for a little while now, advertising the amazing MAKE IT shows in both Vancouver and Edmonton. I am stoked to yet again be a part of these exhibitions, selling my handmade creations to nature and animal lovers! I was flattered when the Make It team contacted me to be featured on their blog as the Designer of the Week! It’s always awesome to represent a wicked event, and also garner some added exposure. Click here to read the feature.
I was searching all over my house frantically this morning, looking for a specific art supply. I couldn’t find it, but I did come across something that was much more useful to me…. 14,000 things to be happy about.My sister gifted me this book almost a year ago now, and since the move, I hadn’t seen it. Discovering it on this particular morning, after months of being hidden in a drawer of craft supplies, brought me a much-needed boost… This last week was a little hard for me; I have been feeling overwhelmed and a bit stressed out with too much on my plate and future worrying about upcoming events. It was so comforting to stumble upon this bound pile of reasons to be happy. Barbara Ann Kipfer, the author of this wise little volume, has a real way with words. You can’t help but conjure wonderful images in your mind that will inherently make you smile and feel happy. Flipping through the pages, it’s easy to see that there is a lot of inspiration and happiness that lingers in the most seemingly simple places. Making note of these positive influences that are hidden around me has helped me melt away some stress. I selected a few of my favorite word-pictures to share and I hope you also smile.
The gorgeous outdoors: “reed-fringed lagoons, a lake catching the last flecks of sunlight coming over the pines, dreaming on a river bank…”
Comforting feelings: “eight hours of sleep, lying on your back in a snowy field, watering your garden…”
Life’s silly nuances: “the position of your head as you bite into a taco, eating all of your snacks before the movie even starts, escaping from an overwhelming department store…”
Our senses: “the feel of a rug under bare feet, smelling freshly-picked strawberries, pulling warm laundry out of the dryer…”
Material things: “a new canvas, magic eight-ball, stationery…”
Food and drink: “vanilla cupcakes with multicolor sprinkles, light beer on a hot day, cheese cubes with frilly toothpicks…”