Thursday, June 27, 2013

Steveston Salmon Festival and the Fraser Biennale Art Show

Hi there! Did ya miss me? I'm still here but I just haven't been spending as much time online as I used to. I've been finishing up some pieces for the upcoming Steveston Salmon Festival on Canada Day. It's supposed to be sunny and beautiful that day so that will be a welcome change from all the rain we've been getting here. If you haven't been to that show yet, it's worth the drive out to Richmond. There will be a parade, a horticultural show, martial arts demonstration, and a fishing derby. Top that off with a great water park for the kids and you've got a great day planned.

I will be in the craft show this year and I hope to sell out of my new magic wallets, napkin sets, lavender fairy sleep pillows and dolls and tea towels.  A lot of my silkscreen textile work are only available at these shows because I feel like the shipping I would have to charge is such a deterrent for people. What do you think? Should I list my sleep dolls? Would you pay $7-$10 shipping for an $18 item? Hmmmm...

On a side note, it you happen to live in the Valley you can catch some of my artwork at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery for the 2013 Fraser Valley Biennale. I have three landscape monotypes in that show which runs from June 15-July 27.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood and other stories:the making of a picture book

Hi everyone! I thought I would tell you about a show I'm going to participate in this summer. A while back I took an illustration course at Emily Carr University for picture book illustration with Lisa Cinar. One of the assignments in the course was to illustrate parts of Little Red Riding Hood. I've always wanted to illustrate a classic children's story but it can be tricky to come up with something fresh for a story that's been illustrated so many times. I suppose that was probably the point of the exercise.

On June 15th-June 29th you can view how many different ways good old Red can be depicted by current and previous students of the Picture Book Illustrating course. The opening reception will be on Jun. 15th at 2:00pm at the Granville Island campus.

Below are the two pieces that I will be showing. They are both digital "linocuts". Yup, that's what I'm calling them. I've been creating digital works recently using the same reductive methods that I use in printmaking. There's the huge advantage of the "undo" button though and that's why a well cut and printed traditional linocut will carry more weight with me. What do you think about the merging of the technologies?