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half full – spreading positivity

28 Oct

You may have seen my previous “half full” posts here and here that feature my incredible pal Sarah Hutchinson Burke’s (@thesecondmagpie) adorable tags of optimism. Essentially she creates these beauties, mails them to me from across the pond and then I happily distribute them into the vast wilderness of Western Canada. Above are three more of these positive pieces that I hid around town just over a month ago.

a colossal surprise

6 Oct

My wonderful friend Rachel Betts-Wilmott from ACAD BFA days shared the best thing with me last night! Since I have yet to upgrade to a smart phone (for fear of taking the financial plunge) I’m still not on the instagram train; luckily my friends keep their eyes peeled for incredible gems like this: Yes, that is my submission to the Art House Co-op‘s Limited Edition Sketchbook Project, The Wise Owl, with over 720 likes!!!! Incredible. After doing a little research and tweeting some questions this way and that, I pieced together the mystery and continued to feel flattered: @Colossal is the person who shot this instagram photo, and is none other than Christopher Jobson, the author of the massively popular Art & Visual Ingenuity Website: COLOSSAL. Art House has Christopher visiting New York to curate a brand new show from their archive of over 22,000 (and still growing!) sketchbooks. They asked him to hand select 1,000 books for this special project called A Landmark & A Mission. Here Christopher explains “With generous support from Ugg Australia’s Creative Council the Sketchbook Project is building a custom-crafted trailer that will contain 1,000 sketchbooks I’ve selected around the theme ‘A Landmark & A Mission’ for inclusion in this first-ever mobile sketchbook library. In early November we’ll drive around the U.S. with stops in Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, and Cleveland to share hundreds of artists work with you. It’s like art meets libraries meets road trip.” He indeed confirmed with me on twitter that my piece is being included in this small handful of selected sketchbooks. I am not only thrilled to have my work tour, have more people see it, and have another line on the CV, but to have someone who blogs daily about art & design, select my work for a special exhibition and to also say to me “Amazing work. Was showing it to everyone who came in yesterday… I just about fell out of my chair when I unfolded it” is beyond flattering! What a wonderful surprise to start the weekend off right.

half full – spreading positivity

6 Sep

Often there is just not enough sunshine, rainbows and positivity in the world, so sometimes you’ve got to put some out there yourself. My incredible pal Sarah Hutchinson Burke (@thesecondmagpie) creates adorable little tags of optimism, some of which I have already happily distributed into the vast wilderness of Western Canada (you can see the photos of previous half full adventures here). Being the spoiled rotten girl that I am, I received a package from Sarah right before my move from 100 Mile, that was filled with more positive installation materials. Since arriving in the West Kootenays, I have been so excited to get out with these, hang them in unexpected places and hope to remind people to look on the bright side of life; now that four of these beautiful tags found new homes around the city of Castlegar, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve succeeded in making a few more people smile. On the pathway across the Columbia river to Zuckerberg IslandHidden amongst a piece made of found metals from the SculpturewalkOn a no parking sign in the smoke pit at the local high schoolTied to a park bench near the splash zone in Kinsmen Park

Even just posting these photos is making me smile! I hope others have been noticing and appreciating them too. Thanks again to Sarah for being a catalyst for positivity. I promise more half full adventures will be posted and shared with you soon.