February 5th, 2016 | No Comments »

I love making braided rugs so much that I decided to teach a workshop on the subject. In this two part class I will be showing participants how to make yarn from t-shirts, and then how to bring it all together is rug form.

Braided Rug Workshop

The class is presented by Studio 126 in Chinatown on Saturday March 19th, 10am to 3pm. Visit their website for further details and to register.

Braided Rug Workshop
Date: Saturday March 19th, 2016
Time: 10am to 3pm
Cost: $125.00
Location: Studio 126, 126 East Pender Street

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January 13th, 2016 | No Comments »

I’m not sure why, but when it comes to scheduling workshops every year I struggle to get it done. For months I’ve been procrastinating putting together a number of workshop descriptions, and also reaching out to potential venues. It’s driving me crazy, but it made me realize it’s one of the areas where I am blocked and I want to figure out why.

I like teaching, and the more techniques I learn, the more knowledge I have to share with others. There are way more places in Vancouver that offer workshops then there used to be, which means more opportunities for teachers. It’s also one of the many ways I can make money from my art. It’s win win really.

Altered Book Workshop at Blim - Student Work

I think part of the block is a reluctance to share all of my knowledge because I am self-taught. I have earned what I know through many hours of work, and it seems weird to hand this off to students I barely know. Shouldn’t they have to earn it too? And the answer is yes! They’re starting with me to guide them but they still have to put the time in to become good.

It could be I am blocked because of all the work involved with putting together a teaching plan, especially when developing a new one from scratch. To date I’ve mostly taught altered book workshops, but I’m working out how to teach paper cutting, as well as a class on braided rugs.

If you’re interested, stay tuned over here…

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June 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off on Drawing Collaboratively at Vancouver Draw Down

My friend Christina Norberg co-hosted a Vancouver Draw Down event with me on Saturday at The Leeway. We had the terrific support of Lauren and Jacqueline, two of the technicians from Emily Carr Continuing Studies. They set up all the lovely grey drawing paper across the tables, and provided us with drawing tools of all sorts.

The largest collaborative drawing was about 14.5 feet long, with a few of the other tables set up for people to work on as well. There were about forty people who dropped in throughout the day, and many of them stayed with us for half an hour or more.

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down-2

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down-3

The idea was to work with mark making with a focus on simple shapes and lines. Christina and I made sure to work on the drawing all day long to make it into a cohesive piece. We also greeted and guided people into the space when they seemed hesitant.

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down

I was drawing almost the entire four hours we ran the activity, which is probably the longest time I’ve spent drawing in one sitting. The finished collaborative work is pretty wonderful, and I’m hoping we can come up with a place to show and share it with more people.

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down

Drawing Together at Vancouver Draw Down