October 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

A few weeks ago I helped make paper flowers as decorations for a friend’s wedding. It was something I’d wanted to try after flipping through a copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts at a bookstore. The initial flower making session with friends led me to working on an installation of paper flowers in my apartment to share during the Eastside Culture Crawl.

The flowers are made from colourful tissue paper and masking tape, with cloth covered wire as the stems. They’re a mix of torture and enjoyment to make because it’s not easy wrapping thin paper around a tiny wire and ending up with it in the resemblance of a flower.

At the moment I have less than thirty flowers completed, and hope to make twice that many. I’m really hoping this installation idea is going to look as magical in person as it does in my head. It’ll definitely give visitors a pleasant blast of colour when they stop by during the Culture Crawl.

And if you’re wondering, all the flowers will be available for purchase – in case you want to take the magic home with you.

October 27th, 2011 | Comments Off on Books to Inspire

As a change of pace I thought I’d share a few of the new additions to my personal library, none of which will end up as altered books.

Paper-Craft 2: Design and Art With Paper

Paper-Craft 2 is a fantastic book full of an amazing variety of projects, designs, illustrations, art installations, fashion and more – all made from paper. It’s inspiring but also a bit intimidating to browse through this book because of the high calibre of the work included. But the collection makes it clear there is no limit to what a creative person can do with paper.

Masters Book Arts

Masters Book Arts is part of Lark Crafts excellent masters series of books. I also have the collage edition in my library. It mainly focuses on handmade books and showcases the wide variety of forms a book can take, and they often don’t look like the traditional form of a book.

The Repurposed Library

The Repurposed Library is written by book artist, Lisa Occhipinti, and it focuses on transforming books into home decor items. There are projects for lamps, chandeliers, vases, bracelets, wreaths, and more – all made from old books. My favorite project is the book bursts, which are deconstructed books transformed into circular wall sculptures.

All of these books were purchased at Oscar’s Art Books in Vancouver. (Support your local independent book store!)

October 20th, 2011 | Comments Off on 15th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl

It’s that time of year again, when artists living and working in East Vancouver open their doors to the public for the Eastside Culture Crawl.

The event is just under a month away but I thought I’ve give a heads up that I will be a participating artist again this year. I am really looking forward to it, especially since my preparations are coming together nicely.

Dates: Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Time: Fri 5pm to 10pm | Sat & Sun 11am to 6pm
Location: 1660 East Georgia Street or D06 on the Culture Crawl map.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on a program guide yet you can preview it online.

I’ll share more about the work I’m presenting during the Crawl in an upcoming blog post. I hope to see you at my studio in November.