Month: June 2014

School’s out. Again!

I’m back!

I never really left but I had a good excuse for being quiet.

I wrote my exam for my art history class this morning and now, I can officially say that my vacation starts now! Summer school is done! I have two months of glorious, warm and sunny weather to enjoy and I can’t wait to sink it all in. That means quality time spent outdoors, and hopefully outside of the city, too.

This past weekend I spent some quality time on the island, a magical place that’s minutes from downtown and a place I love. I spent time with friends and saw a beautiful sunset. I need more of that in my future.

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But September isn’t far from my mind. The due date for picking my classes is fast approaching and I’m trying to figure out which class I think I might enjoy. It’s both exciting and frustrating. There’s a lot of them I want to take but I can’t manage the workload of more than four courses a term. In second year, I have access to many fabrication studios like metal or bronze, but I’m unsure as to what I want to create or what materials to use. I know that I’m attracted to paper and textiles, which is a start.

I also hope to tackle my personal work. With no assignments or essays looming in my horizon, I can finally dedicate some valuable time to work on my own stuff. In my last post, I mentioned that I was prepping for some art shows but I didn’t reveal what those shows were. Well, the first one is the Kensington Market Arts Fair. It coincides with the monthly Pedestrian Sunday events, and the May inaugural event brought in a lot of visitors. I’ll be showing my embroidery work (and hopefully selling them) in September and October. The second show I’ll be doing is at a café in Toronto where the artwork that decorate the walls is curated by my lovely friend, Julia.

So, I have a lot of work ahead of me for the next two months and I’m excited about that. I have ideas I want to try, techniques I want to experiment with, and now I have precious and valuable time to do so. There’s no time to waste, let’s get stitching!

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They’re out!

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I’m excited to share this news!

A few pieces from my embroidery series “Serge & Jane 4 Ever” are now hanging at a vintage shop in Dufferin Grove called Print Vintage! My apologies for the quality of the photos but the pieces look great against the dark background and amongst the lovely vintage clothing. They must be seen in person!

I’m super excited that they are out in the world. Of course, I do hope that they find a new home but as an artist, I get both excited and anxious that my artwork is out for all to see (or judge). But hey, I know that’s part of the process.

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. I’ve signed up to do two shows in the fall so I’ve started researching some images that I plan to stitch, as well as finish the rest of my “Serge and Jane” series. I’m also wrapping up summer school in a few weeks, which I will be glad to do but it will also be the start of July. I don’t want to start panicking about how much work I have to do. But if I plan ahead, I should be fine (hopefully).
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May’s Explorations Into Colour

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I just survived three weeks of an intensive course where I learned all about colour. Before this class, I didn’t quite understand the theory behind colour however I know I do! While it was a lot of information to condense into a three week course, I felt like I’ve learned what I need to know about working with colour. The most fun part: mixing the colours!

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