Monthly Archives: September 2015

1 year, 8 months ago 35
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I’m an urban, high-rise apartment dweller. My living-working-gardening space is limited. Some people have breakfast nooks or solariums next to their kitchens, but my breakfast nook is a Machine Room, which also doubles as my Hanging Gardens. About a year ago I read on the news that just looking at growing things and being near them increases our emotional well-being and productivity, and since then I kind of lost my mind and developed a bit of a plant hoarding problem. I currently have 120.

Living alongside my manufacturing equipment always creates a frustrating functionality-vs-aesthetic conflict because I hate visual clutter. I need my machines/tools because they help me make art, so I try to integrate them into my home decor as best as I can and still be comfortable living amongst them. It takes a lot of curating. Feels like a game of Tetris sometimes.

Needless to say, my machines and I are very close. Sometimes late at night I throw some rugs down on the cold tile floor, pour some tea, light candles for atmosphere and just hang out with them while pretending we’re in a lovely garden. It’s kinda nice.

 

1 year, 9 months ago 8
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Hey fellow Vancouverites! My large doll Glorianna is going to be on display in down town Vancouver, Monday, Sept 21st as a part of an installation at the Dinner by Design gala. Sorry for the short notice, bit it was a bit of a short notice for me too. Initially I was planning to show 3 small dolls, but the space was too cavernous, so I made a last minute switch to one large doll instead.

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What is Dinner by Design?

“Monogram Dinner by Design brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire and delight. These extraordinary dining environments — from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical.”

There were large rooms containing “tablescapes”, small unique dining rooms carefully crafted by different designers. Sunday and Monday the dining installations are on display for viewing (public viewing 11-3 on Monday), and then the installations come alive at the Gala dinner on Monday night. Proceeds from the event are going to The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.

More info on the event can be found here: http://dinnerxdesign.com/dxd-vancouver.html

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1 year, 9 months ago 23
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Hola doll lovers! You may or may not have noticed, but this summer I literally put doll-making on a shelf and left it there for 3 months.

This little favourite of mine has been sitting on this shelf in her fancy Chinoiserie house robe for 2 months, with no one but a tin fish-pet for company. My lovely Pilea plant demonstrates the time’s passage quite well, as it gradually swallows her up with its growing juicy foliage. Another month in this spot, and she’ll disappear from view!

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There have been some rumblings of discontent and a growing restlessness at my prolonged absence and ‘abandonment’, but I really needed this time off due to a quite severe burn out. I love making dolls, but that is not the only thing I love doing. There are numerous non-doll art projects that have been simmering on my back burner for several years because dolls always took priority. It got to the point where I could no longer paint another doll eyelash or sew another bead on yet another doll dress without feeling sad and resentful and pressured by expectations.

So, this summer of 2015 was my creative break from dolls and my indulgence in other art forms. I built furniture! I designed interiors! I reorganized and cataloged all my beads and began renovating my art studio. I delved into horticulture! I went on wilderness adventures! I hung out with friends, sometimes in the wilderness. I took (and passed) a swift river rescue certification course in Montana! I even ordered a colouring book on Amazon (Secret Garden by Johanna Basford) and spent days laying in the grass, sipping cold beer and blissfully colouring in somebody else’s drawings without any concern for my doll output – something I would normally consider to be utterly pointless and detrimental to my productivity! But it wasn’t – it was a pressure release valve.

And today I walked into my studio and noticed this doll on the shelf half-swallowed by a plant, and I thought:” Hey you. Long time – no see”…and I began to dream of dolls again.