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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.

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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.

patterns & paws returns

15 Aug

I did a little happy dance when I went to the postbox today to discover an envelope from Maryland sent by Anika Starmer (@aisforanika). Yes, I was excited to get an envelope of treats from a good friend, but I was more so thrilled because I knew our current collaborative sketchbook projects were concealed inside. To catch my new readers up: I initiated this project patterns & paws for the two of us about a year and a half ago now. The idea started to blossom 3 years ago when I drew the filigree deer in my first Art House Sketchbook Project that I started in late summer 2009. The concept evolved further when I finished my “animal patterns” series of moleskine notebooks and continued with my Sketchbook Project the following year. I was thrilled to see the interaction of animals with pattern; so with my love of paws and with Anika’s love of patterns, I thought our work would be a great way to continue this initial idea of mine. The first post I wrote about this collaboration includes the specifics of the project while the following four posts herehere, here and here, chronicle the additions as the two sketchbooks have progressed. Essentially we create diptychs (she draws on the left, I draw on the right) as well as 2 page spreads where we create on both pages. I am thrilled to share Anika’s fantastic new additions to the project and I’m stoked to have them back in Canada so that I can add some pretty little paws to her patterned pages. I already have ideas churning in my head about what to add to her awesome markmaking, so stay tuned to see what I contribute to these pages. It has been so incredible to watch this project evolve and grow and I value our friendship so much, because we foster it with such great art and creativity! Do you love the new pages? And if this is your first time seeing patterns & paws, what do you think of the project?! Comments are always appreciated! Thanks for reading :)