June 15th, 2015 | No Comments »

About a month ago I was notified that a plot had become available in our local community garden, after two (maybe three) years of being on the waitlist. A day later Boris and I were clearing our newly acquired garden space of weeds and old plants, and making plans about what to grow.

A month later and we have a whole bunch of things growing away in there, including three kinds of tomatoes, red cabbage, basil, mint, thai basil, lemon balm, lavender, rosemary, nasturtiums, a sunflower, chives, and few other newly planted things I can’t remember.

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Nasturtium flower

Chive flowers

Gazania Kiss Orange

It is so lovely to have this bit of garden to look after. We wander over daily to check on it, as things are growing like mad in this early summer heat and sun. I can hardly wait to eat everything that comes up.

Posted in Good things
June 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

When I was working in The Leeway during my open studio on the weekend I completed my ninth paper cut pattern. I am pleased to have reached this point already, though I am trying to finish two to three of them a week these days.

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I made the decision to incorporate a wider variety of patterns and distinguish them by category using colour. Going forward all of the Japanese patterns will be cut from black paper and the Islamic ones will remain white. This means I need to redo all of the Japanese designs I’ve already cut, but I’ve moved forward with cutting new ones from black paper, some of which are pictured here.

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At the moment I’m still holding off on sorting out the three dimensional aspect of this installation, but I do have some interesting solutions in my head for how to do it.

Posted in Paper, Process
June 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

I visited Centre A gallery to see their latest show, We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness, featuring work by Richard Heikkilä-Sawan, Deborah Kisiel, Bianca Lee, Ceri Richards, and Risa Yokoi. This is a group show of installation work by emerging artists recently graduated from Emily Carr University and UBC.

I am very inspired by the work in this show, especially the three installations featured here (there are actually five).

Exhibition at Centre A gallery
Exhibition at Centre A gallery
Wall-mounted ceramic text piece by Deborah Kisiel.

Exhibition at Centre A gallery
Exhibition at Centre A gallery
Interactive installation of thread by Risa Yokoi.

Exhibition at Centre A gallery
Exhibition at Centre A gallery
An organically sprawling soft sculpture by Ceri Richards.

We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness continues at Centre A gallery until July 4th, 2015.