Binbrook Artist to teach book sculpture workshop
It's always fun when the girl that plays with paper makes it into the newspaper! Jen Nevans from the Sachem wrote a lovely piece about the upcoming workshop I'll be teaching. Here's the link for anyone that's interested!
Binbrook Artist to teach book sculpture workshop
This update is long overdue. For those of you that don't know, last year my mom was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. I've spent the past 15 months helping she and my Pops navigate dr's visits and chemo and radiation treatments (in excess of 125 appointments since July 2014). I'm grateful to live in Southern Ontario, our health care system is tremendous and the cancer clinic she's receiving treatment from (Juravinski) is one of the best in the world.
A very good friend told me that an individual doesn't get diagnosed with cancer, a family does and this is the most accurate description of cancer that I have come across. Cancer isn't just about appointments or chemo or radiation, it's getting meals on the table, it's keeping spirits up, it's being ridiculous and pulling out clumps of hair and balancing them on the head of a bald friend that's come over to visit. It's finding the funny when all you really want to do is pull the blankets up over your head. It's insomnia, it's worry, it's heartache, it's hope. It's feeling like you don't have the energy to stand and realizing that your friends will hold you up until you can get your legs underneath you again. The past 15 months have taught me that cancer is a metaphor for life.
The next step in Mamma's treatment is a clinical trial. We're hoping that the paperwork will be completed by mid November and her treatment will start shortly thereafter.
Thanks for all the support that has been sent our way, we really do appreciate it.
_With everything else that has been going on I hadn't created many book sculptures since last year. I did make sure that I entered the art awards and auction presented by Haldimand Art Works in April.
I was delighted when I found out that my book sculpture "Dragon At Daybreak" had been awarded 1st place in the 3-Dimensional art category.
ANd, a workshop...
On November 8th I'll be teaching a book sculpture workshop during Dunnville's River Arts Festival. The 3 hour workshop is open adults and youth and will take place from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Dunnville Public Library (Garfield Disher Room). Participation is by donation. Preregistration is required and can be done online by clicking here. Please note that space is limited.
We will be creating the book sculpture "A Quiet Nest". This is a beginner level book sculpture and I'm confident that anyone taking the class will be able to replicate these results!
All you need to bring with you is a desire to be creative, everything else will be provided!
Today's shoot is for an album cover (I suppose I should say "cd" cover but it just doesn't sound the same!). We really do have the most interesting friends, Rich is a member of the band Midnight Soundtrack and was looking for the country landscapes required for his photo shoot. I called one of my peeps and now Rich has 2 farms to work with this afternoon!
I hope your day is as much fun as mine and that you're also making memories with friends on this sunny Sunday.
The above is one of my favourite creations to date, I titled it "Sweet Nectar". I love how the folded pages offer random pops colour. The book and the hummingbird pages are from 1965 and the pages of the flower are from a 1940's novel.
Several weeks ago I entered it in the Four Points Contemporary Art Competition and yesterday I found out that I was one of the artists that had been given an Award of Excellence for their entry. The competition is juried and based out of Texas which means that I have won an international art award!
This is my 2nd award in the past 3 months and I am overwhelmed by the support I have found in the arts community. When I started "playing with paper" I never envisioned that this is where the path would lead, I am blessed with an extraordinary life, all because I'm naive enough to try different things.
I've heard it said that our tombstones hold two dates with a dash between them and that dash represents our time spent on this earth. These pieces I create are one of the many ways that I'm trying to make the most of my "dash". I encourage you to do something today that puts you on the path less travelled, try something that you've always wanted to do, take a chance. Remember to take the time to dance upon your dash
I spent Saturday evening at the Oakville Art Society live auction and had a wonderful time. I'm so proud to have a piece of work included in their event.
The string quartet set the mood perfectly!
I hope to see everyone next year!
Here's a sneak peek at the beautiful art pieces that are going to be auctioned off this Saturday evening at the Oakville Art Auction.
I love working with vintage paper, it has a patina that gives art depth and soul. Transforming a 60 year old book makes me smile, I enjoy the irony of seeing the words leap off the page, becoming alive in sculpture.
In the past I have been been criticized for "destroying" books. I spent 10 years employed with our local library and some see my art as an act of treason against former friends. I choose to think of my actions as an act of love, saving decades old books from the humiliation of the recycle bin. My work is like adding a new final chapter to a story that hasn't been read in years and, while it's very different than the author's original vision the words on the pages are no less beautiful.
On Saturday May 24th my book sculpture "Quiet Amongst The Branches" will be looking for a new home. The Oakville Art Society will be holding their annual auction and I am proud to have a piece of my work included.
Saying goodbye to one of my creations is a little bittersweet. I'm pleased that others love it as much as I do but I'll miss the air of tranquility that it brings to my world.
I've always been a firm believer that fun is where you take the time to make it and holidays are no exception. I got tired of feeling like a grown up last Easter so I created the above trophy and introduced an annual contest for paper airplane supremacy. It's wonderful, everyone can take part no matter what their age it (contestants range in age from 7- 70+)
We have several rounds, share much laughter and eventually declare a winner. Their prize is an "official" certificate (with photo op), they are invited to write their name on the trophy base and they have bragging rights until the following year.
I hope you take time to make some memories on this long weekend.