11 November 2010

Remembrance Day

I thought Georgia O'Keeffe's Red Poppy suites the occasion of today.

ECUAD Student Art Sale

I am thinking of checking out the student art sale at Emily Carr University of Art and Design this weekend.  I've been looking at art to buy on line through etsy and other online stores but I haven't been able to find the right piece.  I saw the sale being set up yesterday in the concourse gallery and it looks like it should be good.  

Yellow Yukata

I love this Yukata dress from Anthropologie.  I have a wedding to go to in a week and the colours are grey and yellow.  Grey is my colour but there seems to be a lack of interesting grey dresses this season so I thought this would work perfectly.  The beautiful feminine lines are so elegant with a hint of Japanese tradition.  If only Canada had an Anthropologie....

05 November 2010

I feel inspired as I continue to chase my dreams.  I have been reading Garance Dore's blog, specifically about her first times of working and striving to get to where she is now.   I feel I am on this same path to finding what it is  I love and making it my job.  

I thought I wanted to be a film editor so I went to film school and worked my can off.  After graduation I worked for a few independent companies before working at a commercial production house.  I learned all about Hollywood.  I learned about actors, films, and the makings of.  I learned what it feels like to sell my soul to the devil and work a graveyard shift for 9 months so an editing suite can make its money's worth.  I destroyed my body so superficial information could be passed to the masses of couch potatoes passively living their lives through a representation of reality we call Hollywood. 

I landed a better editing job creating archival film masters of cartoons that have already been aired on television.  It was actually pretty cool to put a cartoon together digital frame by digital frame.  The pay off was being able to watch a 26 minute cartoon episode before recording it on to film.  

It was not to last as life would have it.  Marriage, living over seas, and having a baby changed everything.  I finally feel like I am on the right path to what I really love.  Art.  Such a broad area of interest, so how do I narrow it down?  Each class I take at Emily Carr gets me closer and closer to my goal of discovering what it is I truly love and turning it into a job.


01 November 2010

For the love of Chick Hicks

Since I grew up never having a store bought costume, I feel like it's a crime to buy one.  That would be too easy for me.  Instead, I stress and freak out when Halloween is just around the corner realizing I haven't  made my son's costume yet.  This year, however, I started planning in September.  I asked my son what he wanted to be and instantly he said Chick Hicks.  Not an easy thing to do, turning a little boy into a car.  But I sketched it out, found supplies and got to work.  I did a little here and there to pace myself.  I didn't stress once and actually really enjoyed the process.

I put it on my son to find out he didn't like wearing it.  I had to laugh. He took it to two Halloween parties and finally put it on after the second party was over.  I know he loved it, but he is kind of funny about wearing things.  It's hard enough keeping him dressed period!

31 October 2010

Hand Crafted

Growing up my mom always made our Halloween costumes.  I never had a store bought one.  It was so much fun designing the costume.  I remember drawing it out on paper and imagining it coming to life.  I loved going to the fabric store where stacks of fabric bolts were piled to the ceiling! It seemed like there were endless possibilities of fabrics to choose from.  My mom would sew and put things together until we  (my brother and I) had our very own hand crafted costumes.  One year I was She-ra and my brother was He-man.  Another year my brother was a ninja turtle.  My mom was so creative.  I will try and find some old photos to post if I can.

X-Ray Cookies!

I spent most of my day making these  X-Ray animal cookies for my son to take to a Halloween party.  The cookies are made of everything I can't eat: sugar, flour, butter, the 'good' stuff.  I spent so long hovering over these little creations that I could taste sweet in my mouth and smell sweet in my nostrils several hours after they were gone.  I couldn't resist making them.  The moment I picked up the cookie cutter shapes at Ikea,  I wanted an excuse to use them and have been planning it since september!  

25 October 2010

I've been studying for my mid-term exam in Visual Culture.  I feel like my brain is overloaded with images, dates, terms... I have another day and a half before the exam and I have no idea how I am going to be prepared for this thing.

22 October 2010

It's been too long.

After letting several years pass by since my last post, I thought it was time to resurrect this blog.  It was a nice surprise to find out I don't need to know crazy html anymore.  I think that made me feel limited because I couldn't quite get my blog looking the way I wanted it to.  It's still not great but at least it's a start in the right direction.  Let's see how far I can take this...