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things of this nature

17 Apr

Untitled-1 Untitled-2 Untitled-3 Untitled-4 Untitled-5 Untitled-6Untitled-7 A talented artist, Carney Oudendag, is someone who I am proud to not only call a friend, but a fellow collaborator. Her and I have worked on two projects in the past; a multi-colored screenprint edition and a mixed-media accordion book. Our next project (which we are currently working on) was prompted by the discovery of 7 unused panel boards during a studio clean-up. When I mentioned my find, Carney admitted to having some spare canvases laying around the studio and said she would happily donate them to a new series of collaborative works!

The project has evolved a bit over the past few months, but in a nutshell, we are both be altering and adding to 14 pieces (7 board, 7 canvas). Our guiding theme and title of the show is Things of this Nature, a notion that rings true even in our solo work. Animal, insect, environmental, botanical or otherwise natural influences are at the forefront of our inspiration for this series. The only true stipulation is that the works must be finished and ready to hang at Pynelogs in Invermere, for our show August 4th-16th.

Above are the 7 panel boards that I began with and put my magic on. These are now in Carney’s studio, waiting for her additions and alterations. Meanwhile I have her 7 canvases, which I’ll share with you in a later post). After we both add to each others work, we plan to come together for a mini-residency to put finishing touches on the pieces and title them. I am very excited to see how this series evolves and what beautiful works emerge from the combination of our creative skills.

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the anthology: a collaboration with Carney

25 Jan

I have been working on an on-going collaboration with my friend, mentor, sister from another mister, Carney Oudendag for several months now. You may remember the project in it’s beginning stages from this previous blog post. The collaborative we’re doing has been very relaxed… somewhat of a mail art item that we have been sending back and forth a few times. Just last week she found this pile of goodies in her mail box which contained many collected vintage book pages/magazines /sewing patterns & some interesting textured papers for her collage work along with our collaborative project. It’s an accordion book with about half a dozen pages on each side; there have been no guidelines about media, theme, etc. we were to just add to it as we pleased and when we feel we have altered it enough, we’d send it back to each other. This was my second time adding to the book and I was happily surprised to see that it has slowly developed into a natural-themed volume that centers around birds!!! I am super pleased with how well our styles are blending. It’s even hard to tell at some points who added what! I need to, of course, share a few detail shots so that you can truly appreciate all of the texture, layers and media that now make this book a piece of art. Carney and I both feel that the book is nearing it’s completion; we don’t want to over work it. She says she’s going to be adding just a few more details and then will send it back to me so I can also have a “conclusion” with it. Little does she know, she may never see the book again if she does that, because my bookshelf has been yearning to add this beauty to it’s collection.

weekly mail art

20 Nov

With barely over 2 weeks until OOAK in Vancouver, blogging has proven to be difficult, as it does take up quite a bit of time to type, photo-edit & proof-read. However I didn’t want to deprive my loyal readers of the weekly installment of mail art. So here we go: I needed my birth certificate for my passport application, so I asked my Pops to mail it over from Alberta. Little did I know he would include such thoughtful extras: That vintage photo is a natural tangent into my next letter because my older sister Alison (@mrsalimartin) who also sent me mail as well this week. A long letter typed by a chipmunk accompanied several very fun goodies: book art & beer articles, stamps, paint samples, classic photo and my sisters funniest grade school workbook journal entries written in french about me! TOO GOOD.Someone else who is just like family to me, also wrote this week: Carney Oudendag gifted me the most wondrous handprinted artist book that is over 50 years old. It is by a talented printmaker named Gwen Frostic. Titled “a walk with me” this beautiful publication speaks about nature’s splendor in the most poetic writing and is accompanied by detailed, multi-color linocuts. Carney also wrote me such a kind note and thoughtful inscription on the inside cover. A few parcels I sent at the end of October and early November have made their way to friends: First Caren Gibb found a deer themed package including: fuzzy sticker, stamps, pin back button, flash card and and original mixed media piece on wood. I enjoy my correspondence with Jamie Madalenna (@sendmoremail) because we write letters the old fashioned way, and there is something so much nicer about receiving news written in ink than via a text or tweet. I also usually stuff in one or two goodies; this time I added in vintage comic book themed stamps and an autumn-coloured maple leaf.Alexis Fullenkamp got her second installment of sexy mail art from me. This time it started with a handmade envelope covered in sexy anime characters and japanese tags. I added some sticky bubble quotes for extra hilarity. Inside were some sexy Bieber stickers and drawings as well as a VERY suggestive ‘catalogue man’ postcard, some puffy panda bears and a couple more tantalizing stickers. Alright… postal pleasures have officially been shared. Now, back to the grind!