Ties That Bind: Exhibition Update

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been busy with a number of collaborative projects as well as a group show in June. Will tell all soon! In the meantime, as promised, here are some photos of my exhibition “Ties That Bind: Collage & Fibre Art” with fibre artist Krystyna Sadej.

Our opening […]

Tales from the Observer: Everyday Inspiration

Each year, I turn to numerous books to inspire my collage and mixed media work. While a handful prove extremely useful, the rest end up being added to my library of cool books I never finish reading! As I begin to use my cell phone camera on a daily basis, taking it with me wherever […]

A Symphony in Thread: The Tapestry of Anna Torma

What do gardens, anatomical figures and monsters all have in common? Among other motifs, they all happily inhabit the fibres of Anna Torma’s embroidered tapestries. Reminiscent of a frenzied personal graffiti, the Hungarian-born artist’s dynamically composed pieces never fail to completely captivate viewers’ imaginations. Influenced by the work of artists: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly and […]

June 2014 Bits & Bytes

The Shenkman Art Centre’s Significant Contributions Installation (detail views), June 2014, Ottawa, Canada

Significant Contributions Project

This Friday I had a chance to visit Significant Contributions, an installation and public art project I’ve been blogging about, organized by artist Karen Goetzinger. This breath-taking series of towering structures is located in the main lobby of […]

Tales from the Observer: Make the Mall Your Living Studio!

Spirograph by Lupsiberg

For a decade now I’ve been frequenting a number of shopping malls in our city. While I enjoy the solitude of working in my studio, I often feel the urge to get out and be amongst people. It might seem strange, but I’ve found I get more writing and reading done […]

Significant Contributions: An Origami Project Unfolding

A selection of my origami magazine papers…

For years, I’ve longed to make origami but haven’t been successful. You see, It’s embarrassing to say, but I’ve never been able to follow the written or diagram instructions on how to make it. I remember once trying to fold a simple boat, and no matter many […]

CYW: 2013 Holiday Bits & Bytes

A glimpse of Sheila Cain-Sample's Gratitude Journal…

Gratitude List Inspires!

It makes my day when a blog entry I’ve written inspires someone. Recently I was elated to hear list member Sheila Cain-Sample passionately discussing an idea for a creating a gratitude journal that she’d envisioned, carefully researched and executed. As you know I like […]

Tales from the Observer: Art, Display & Installation

Club Monaco's diamond-shaped display of old porcelain plates… I’ll be lingering longer in the ceramics section of the next antique fair I visit! (Photo from The Visual Beat Blog … see link below)

People want to know – what skills make a good artist? One I feel that’s really important is to be a […]