February 27th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

It was terrific to get back to teaching altered book workshops over the weekend. This time the class was hosted by Blim, an awesome multi-purpose creative space in Chinatown. It was fully booked with eight people in attendance, and once again everyone made really interesting work.

I love sharing what I do, and it’s inspiring for me to see people walk away at the end of class feeling excited about what they’ve just learned. Below are photos of some of the amazing work made by participants in the class.

Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work
Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work

At the moment I’m working on booking more classes for the upcoming months, and have been asked by Blim to teach the class again. Stay tuned to the blog or my mailing list for details.

February 22nd, 2012 | Comments Off

The paper cutting has continued, though I’ve slowed down a bit this week to concentrated on making a series of small collages. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Sketchbook Project for inspiring new work in a few different directions. These are my favourite recent designs, all of which were created on 9.75″ x 6.75″ sized paper.

Paper cuts

Paper cuts-10

Paper cuts-7

Paper cuts designs

While I’ve been enjoying the process because it feels quite meditative, I’m reaching the point where I want to create a finished piece. But I haven’t quite figured out the form this will take because I still have so many ideas to explore.

Posted in Paper, Process
February 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments »

I went on a road trip to Seattle last Thursday with two friends who are also artists. The whole thing came about because the previous week I’d mentioned to said friends a show I wanted to see in Seattle, Morgan Brig at Patricia Rovzar Gallery. The next thing I knew we were going on an road trip to see art, including the Gauguin show at the SAM, and any other shows that took our fancy.

It was a fun day with Robi and Val. Besides the galleries we visited there were also stops at two local art supply shops, and one of my favorite book shops in the world, Elliot Bay Book Company. They’ve relocated to Capital Hill since the last time I visited and it seemed like the whole neighbourhood was blocks of interesting shops and restaurants.

Below are photos of some of the things I came across in Seattle that inspired me.

Do Ho Suh's Some/One, 2001 - Collection of the Seattle Art Museum
Do Ho Suh's Some/One, 2001 - Collection of the Seattle Art Museum
Do Ho Suh’s “Some/One, 2001″, Collection of the Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum
Collection of the Seattle Art Museum

Mask - Collection of the Seattle Art Museum
Mask - Collection of the Seattle Art Museum
African Masks, Collection of the Seattle Art Museum

Morgan Brig at Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle
Morgan Brig, Patricia Rovzar Gallery

Don Charles at Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle
Don Charles, Patricia Rovzar Gallery

Robin & John Gumaelius at Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle
Robin & John Gumaelius, Patricia Rovzar Gallery

I love it when a plan spontaneously erupts out of nowhere – especially when it involves art.