November 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Last year at the end of Culture Crawl weekend I made the decision to take 2015 as a year off from exhibiting. I’d been taking part for five years in a row, and with the extension of the event from three to four days, I felt it was time to take a step back and experience things from the perspective of a visitor.

I exhibit from our apartment for the Crawl, which means storing half of our furniture in a back room and transforming the living and dining room area into more of a gallery. It’s fine to live this way temporarily but the addition of the fourth day felt like an unbearable disruption to our lives. I worried about missing out on this opportunity to exhibit and sell a bit of work, but in all the years I’ve participated I have never made enough to cover the amount of time and work that goes into doing the Crawl.

Laser cut commission - detail

This past weekend it was exhilarating to wander the streets for four days visiting other artists’ studio during the Crawl. I went out every single day, and covered a whole lot of ground. I did not make it everywhere, but I did make it to all the locations I’d hoped to see, and visited with many friends. I had the experience a few times where an artist I was meeting for the first time knew who I was and gushed over my work. I had this feeling of wonder and excitement about getting to experience this event from the other side. It reminded me of going door-to-door trick or treating as a kid, but there was nothing but treats for the eyes and soul.

Over the past few months I’ve been struggling with focusing on creating new work and planning for future goals in my art career. After this weekend I feel recharged, inspired, and have a renewed sense of purpose. Thank goodness I took this time for me because it was absolutely the right decision.

My intension going forward with Culture Crawl is to no longer exhibit from our apartment, and there is a possibility I may not exhibit at all. I’m going to think about my options and let you know in time for next year.

November 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

I think I already mentioned how thrilled I am to do the Culture Crawl this year, and not exhibit. I feel like I have so much more free time than usual this fall. I am SUPER EXCITED to visit friends in their studios, and discover new artists I haven’t met before.

These are some of the artists I am going to visit when the Crawl kicks off on Thursday evening, and I think you should too.

M.A. Tateishi in Studio 280, Mergatroid Building.

Simone Richmond in Onion Studio.

Westerly Handmade Shoes in 1000 Parker Street Studios

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Propellor Design at 1120 East Georgia Street.

Christina Norberg in the Mergatroid Building.

Eastside Culture Crawl begins Thursday November 19th and ends Sunday November 22nd. Visit the website to plan your route.

November 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

I attended my second ever artist workshop and demonstration at Opus Downtown yesterday afternoon. This time I learned about Sashiko stitching from Heather Young of The Craft Lab. Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan, that is traditionally used to repair worn or torn parts of clothing. It often takes the form of white cotton thread stitched patterns on indigo cloth.




The photos above are of some of the samples of work Heather brought in to share with the class. I had a lovely time stitching into an old piece of indigo dyed cotton from a workshop I did a few years ago. I need to buy proper sashiko thread and needles before I can continue my explorations with this technique.


I have a few pieces of clothing that could use decorative repairs like this and be good as new again.