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

Posted in Paper, Workshops
April 11th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

It’s been almost a year since I last did a demonstration of paper cutting techniques at Opus Art Supplies. I was feeling a bit nervous before I started because I was going to try something new, and more hands-on this time. In the past it’s been a demonstration only, and this time it was to be a workshop with people making things. I decided to use Japanese and Islamic patterns as printed templates to guide participants through the paper cutting activity, and I was a little worried this wouldn’t be interesting for them to work on.

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It turned out to be the best thing for the amount of time we had for the class. I went through my information, did a quick paper cutting demonstration, and then got everyone working on a pattern paper cut selected from the printed templates I provided. It was interesting to see everyone choose a Japanese design over the Islamic ones. I suspect this is because they are perceived as easier to work with.

I had a fun group of participants in the class, and they seemed to enjoy and get inspired by everything I taught them. There were many converts to my beloved Olfa art knife, after each of them compared cutting with it versus an xacto with a #11 blade (they are the worst!)

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Above are some of the work-in-progress by participants in the class.

This group was a pleasure to teach, and I left afterwards feeling inspired and incredibly satisfied with a teaching job well done.

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April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

It’s spring cleaning time in the studio, and this Sunday I will be part of an art supply giveaway with a group of artists in Strathcona. Drop by 800 Keefer Street to browse a selection of unwanted (but still viable) supplies. I think this is the fourth year in a row my friends and I have held this event.

art-supply-giveaway

Everything is free because we just want someone to make use of the materials. At this time I have no idea what supplies will be available from each artist so come see for yourself. There’s always something for everyone.