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the north

23 Oct

IMG_0037 IMG_0047Last month I had the immense privileged of traveling to the North West Territories for a week to participate in an artist’s symposium. Aurora Arts Society graciously invited me to be a part of their week-long creative event known as Art’s Week. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.17.19 AMIMG_9926I instructed a simple workshop on altered books, gave a little artist’s talk about my practice and how to set up your own shop on Etsy, and was also part of a panel of talented artists and business people who spoke about marketing yourself and your work. Rubbing elbows with “my people” and spending a week fully immersed in creative activity was such a well needed burst of wind in my sails. 1932396_10152577737167326_7481493611128818483_nSpending a lot of time with one of my dearest friends, Marcus, from my BFA days at ACAD, was the true highlight though. It was so wonderful to see his daily life first hand, meet the wonderful folks he calls friends, and see why the North has stolen his heart.IMG_9963 IMG_0051IMG_9941 Driving through the forests in Kyle’s Jeep, searching for roadkill to use in Marc’s practice, digging around for treasures at the dump, and watching the aurora dance in the night sky were some of the best parts of my adventure. I felt truly blessed to have seen the North amidst a change in season; the landscape was absolutely alive with color. IMG_9952IMG_9933 IMG_9924I am incredibly grateful to have been presented with such an amazing artistic opportunity, not to mention the trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much to Aurora Arts Society, Marcus Jackson, and all of the Northerners who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting!

a week of rewards

8 Aug

hardwork3 hardwork4 hardwork6 hardwork5What is that old saying… hard work pays off? Well if so, you could apply that to my adventures last week in the Windermere Valley. I enjoyed 4 fun-filled days at the beloved Blackstar Studio, teaching kids some exciting ways to create. We learned about snail mail and made our own personalized stationery, pressed our own designs into buttons & magnets, got crazy with glue and paper during collage and also dabbled in the magical world of Shrinky Dinks. Kids always impress me with their excitement, eagerness and wild imaginations; it was a lot of work, but I had a blast, and I’m positive they did too. hardwork2 hardwork1The weekend caught up to me quickly, and before I knew it, I was participating in my 5th Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts! My parents were immensely helpful throughout the day (especially when it rained, twice), and surprisingly, despite all the random wet weather, I had a great and prosperous day. I owe tons of gratitude to everyone who supported me: small purchases like magnets are just a important to me as my framed etchings, so thank you for helping foster my practice as an artist. For those who couldn’t make it out to see me in person at Tour, don’t forget you can always pick up any of my goodies from my etsy shop.

recharging

23 May

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20130523-112002.jpgHadn’t really taken a little break since the spring show season, and I haven’t been on the road with my fiance since December. This past long weekend offered up to opportunity to head to one of our favorite places on earth, my family cabin in Invermere. We soaked up the gorgeous scenery, indulged in way too much good food, threw back a few drinks, laughed and chatted with dear friends and family, swung clubs on the golf course… basically just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. John was deserving of the time off, and I feel recharged and ready to tackle the end of spring!