Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sketchbook Excerpts

I try to draw everyday, and I have amassed a little collection of drawings that may never see the light of day again, so here's some highlights for you:

The ink drawing below is a detail of the cross-stitch sampler I am making for the March cover of Offerings. I am stitching it right now, its a thing of beauty I must say!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mary Blair's 100th Birthday!

One of my favourite ladies of all time was born today, Mary Blair is the artistic genius behind early Disney, from the 1940's through to the 70's. Her style became synonymous with the brand and even if you've never heard of her you have undoubtedly seen and loved her work,(she worked on the concept art for Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland to name a few). She also did illustrations for children's books, magazine ads, and other things. There are many illustrators working today that owe kudos to Mary Blair(whether they realize it or not.)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Forest Fire

I've been working a lot lately- but on things that are so time consuming the progress feels almost imperceptible. I will show you those things next week I promise! I've made more progress on all of my needlework experiments and I had started making these little matchstick birds, each one being very labour intensive, articulating the wood of a match to give it the curve of a bird's body. And once I've finished a decent number of them I plan to burn them for a video (or several I haven't decided yet.)

On top of that stuff I'm trying to take full advantage of the harvest this year and can as much food as possible. Pickles! Red Pepper Jelly! Peach Jam! Onion Thyme Jam! Tomatoes! So I spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about food. I will be teaching a canning workshop at the Halo Halo Village sometime in October so I will keep you posted about details.

But I'm also thinking about forest fires. I have various projects on the horizon that are in their conception stage right now and if I had to make them tomorrow they'd all born from forest fires. My lovely yoga instructor, (Meichen Waxer) frequently speaks of the idea of burning away that which doesn't serve you and I feel very connected to this idea, whether its carrying around dead weight in our bodies, or emotional burdens, or even behavioral patterns we find ourselves stuck in. Forest Fires, though destructive, are also regenerative and in the wake of the destruction new growth can form. Burning the layer of decomposing matter on the forest floor into pure nutrients actually speeds up the process that occurs naturally quite significantly. Some types of trees only release their seeds in extreme heat as well. And of course cycles have always been of great interest to me.
Plus look how beautiful:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blindness and Sight

Alana (my older sister) takes a lot of good photographs. Sometimes she posts them on her tumblr:
Here's an amazingly weird photo she took of me at the cottage:
You should admire it on her tumblr- it looks better on there, such strange darkness and light. This picture is prophetic- it shows me as a future Sage Forest Dweller. Nice job as always, Alana.

Needle of Death

My camera was sitting in a bag at VSVSVS for a week therefore I couldn't upload these - and then of course as I was preparing for the AGM show that opened on Thursday (Meet Us on the Commons curated by Elizabeth Underhill- you need to go see it, it is a wonderful show) Everything that could go wrong did. So that's why this has taken so long.

But here is the documentation of some of the embroidery tattoos I did at VSVSVS for Eat, Sleep, Breathe, (and shit).

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Everyday-a little closer

Since all of the three things I'm working on simultaneously are all moving at a snail's pace (Slow and steady wins the race!) I thought I'd wiggle some more progress in front of your face. I'm editing the footage for the Draw Near (rat king) piece and I'm almost done! But I need to make the audio track so I can't show it to you yet. But I can show you some stills! This was filmed by the talented and affable J.M. McNab:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Draw Near

We all took a field trip on Sunday to Maria's Mom's Farm in Tottenham to shoot the final video for the rat king piece. Everything went so smoothly I'm worried what awful snag waits for me around the corner. So we still need to do the editing but here are some pictures I took.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

This Night Has Opened My Eyes

The VCR Dungeon was open for business last night and it was a huge success! Everyone's hard work paid off. There were some real top notch pieces and performances. Here is the installation shot of my piece- This Night Has Opened My Eyes (Broken Glasses Collection):

It's eighty pairs of found glasses, a florescent light and plywood with light holes. It turned out so great, I'm really pleased. And now just some shots of the show:

The world's friendliest Bar-keep- Karie Liao! What a babe!

Pay the troll toll! Mairi in her home- an actual hole in the wall.

Man Made Hill set with projections by Exploding Motor Car.

End of the night weary Villagers 'keeping the circle unbroken' TQ shots.

Salon chills.

My piece beside the highly coveted Jacket by Martina Hwang- they are so perfect together.

End of the night Jacob Horwood installation view and just to the side you can see Mike Gagne's work. It was such a rad show and so many people worked their arses off to pull it off- In addition to Randy, Jeff, and I there was also Jan, Sally, Kat, Victoria, Hainey, Damen, Mairi, Karie, Alicia, Mani, and I'm sure there's others. It takes a village, guys.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Having Reached a Climax

My latest cross-stitch endeavor is a copy of this Tadanori Yokoo poster:

Here's my current progress:

Its going very quickly and it has got me thinking about animation with cross-stitch, one piece per frame. I would love to do ten seconds of an 8-bit video game just as a test something like this: (my favourite!)

But! One thing at a time! I have to prepare for the show coming up next week at Halo Halo Village, (Newest project space run by Jeff Garcia of Earth Ship fame) Randy is curating a show called VCR Dungeon! I'll be showing my broken glasses collection. Drop by!
Here's a Promo video that Randy made for it:

AND trees are growing from the garbage on our roof! Exciting, right? I hope there's a forest there by the time I wake up tomorrow.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Millenium Pilgrim

Today I was walking to the grocery store as the schools were letting out. I was dressed as I normally dress- puffy skirt, black cloak, hair in braids. I passed a group of teenage boys whom I could tell found my attire pretty comical and so once they were a safe distance away they yelled back at me- 'Which state did you settle in?' And laughed as they ran away.

As far as I can ascertain the insult here is that I look like a pilgrim.

Which got me thinking about the Millenium Pilgrim, have you seen this RV? This so called Pilgrimobile? This man descibes himself as a Secular Sage. This, taken from his website, floored me:

"I have explored the sacred Isle of Iona, climbed the Tor at Glastonbury, vigiled on the island of Lough Derg in Ireland, stood on the Bridge of the Angels in Rome, gazed out across the Sea of Galilee, wandered through India. I have walked five hundred miles of the ancient pilgrim's route, El Camino de Santiage,the first time the second time, the third time in Spain, participated in the sun dance of the Plains Indians, pilgrimaged across America, received Kalachakra Initiation from the Dalai Lama, and much more."

I would really like to meet this man.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Down on the Farm

We went to Randy's step-mom's mom's farm on Saturday and it was incredible, total time capsule. The farm hasn't been functional for a while now. Randy and I did some exploring- he did some recording in the cement silo and I took many, many pictures.
Here's the greatest hits of said pictures: