April 30th, 2014 | Comments Off

I was recently feeling my output of completed artwork has slowed down, mostly because I am focused on larger projects that will take a long time to complete. So last week I decided to put the big projects aside and do a few small quick pieces.

I wanted to take the idea I’d explored with the heart paper cuts of creating my freehand designs within a set final shape. I chose a circle, and used a compass to draw an outline on the page. I created one white version backed with black paper, and one black version backed with white paper.

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Listing for this on Etsy »

Paper Cut Circles

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Both pieces are made from 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock and hinged to a contrasting piece of paper for framing. I’ve made them available for purchase through my Etsy shop.

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April 28th, 2014 | Comments Off

I’m pretty thrilled to share that two of my paper cut vessels are amongst the amazing selection of work included in a new book of paper art. Paper Play is edited and published by Sandu Cultural Media.

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Paper Play-Rachael Ashe-2

Normally I would recommend buying it from a small independent book store, but we’re running out of those in Vancouver. You can of course always find it on Amazon.

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April 25th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Another highlight of my visit to Toronto was seeing how dramatically the street art scene has grown. There was interesting graffiti to be seen everywhere, and I got in the habit of peering down every alley I passed while walking around. Chances were good I would see something I liked.

There are large concentrations of street art in Graffiti Alley, which runs parallel to Queen from about Spadina to Portland, as well as throughout Kensington Market. But everywhere I walked, no matter the neighbourhood, I found something. These are some of the highlights.

Toronto graffiti & street art
Located on Collage east of Spadina

Toronto graffiti & street art
Located behind The Green Room on Bloor Street

Toronto graffiti & street art
Located on Dundas Street West

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Toronto graffiti & street art
Located in an alley on Bloor Street in the Annex

Toronto graffiti & street art
Alley off of Queen Street West

Toronto graffiti & street art
McCaul Street near OCAD.

Toronto graffiti & street art
Toronto graffiti & street art
Toronto graffiti & street art
A small part of a huge mural on the side of Sanko on Queen Street West

Toronto graffiti & street art
An alley off of Queen near Dufferin Street

Toronto graffiti & street art
Kensington Market

Toronto graffiti & street art
Toronto graffiti & street art
Graffiti Alley

Toronto graffiti & street art
Graffiti Alley

View the full set of my graffiti photos on Flickr.

I would dearly love to see the Vancouver street art scene grow and thrive on a similar scale. I wonder what needs to be done to make it happen…?