April 27th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Last week I returned to work on the tyvek installation, and managed to get through the last few inches to bring it to completion. As I reached the end I felt like putting on Eye of the Tiger and doing a few laps around the studio as I waved my hands triumphantly the air. Woo hoo!

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It didn’t occur to me until I was almost at the end to count the number of circle designs that made up this piece. At that point it was thirty-three, and by the end it was thirty-eight. I went back and added two more to bring the number up to forty.

No wonder this piece made me so crazy. It’s a piece of work made up of forty individual designs, and each one was a whole lot of work. I’m glad I did this, and I am happy with the result, but I will never take this approach to something on this scale again.

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This piece will be part of an upcoming exhibit in September at Circle Craft Gallery, titled Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat.

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April 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

In taking a break from working on the cut tyvek installation I went on a bender of repetitive drawing and suddenly I had started a new series.

I feel these are a continuation of the tiny drawings I was doing around the same time last year on circle cut pieces of black card stock. While those were around 3 to 4 inches in diameter, these latest ones are 10.5 inches in diameter on 12″ x 12″ square acid-free paper, and drawn with metallic gel pen.

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Repetition of tiny circles

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Repetition of a leaf shape

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Repetition of double half circles

This work makes me feel crazy, and frustrated, but I love where it gets to in the end. I can probably say this about all of the work I do…

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April 15th, 2016 | No Comments »

On Sunday you can find me on the fourth floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery teaching people how to create kirigami paper cut work. I’ll be there as part of the Family Weekly Program in conjunction with Mashup: The Birth of Modern Culture, the current massive show occupying every floor of the VAG. This is a drop-in activity for all ages.

Kirigami paper cuts

Kirigami paper cuts

Kirigami, The Art of Folding and Cutting Paper
Date: Sunday April 17th, 2016
Time: noon to 4pm
Cost: Free with admission to the gallery
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street

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