We went on the loveliest camping trip last July (this is a very delayed post). Here are some highlights..
I have been wanting to try block printing for quite a while. After following some block printers on social media, I gathered inspiration and with the help of Brendan's CNC machine we were able to collaborate and come up with some fun linoleum stamps.
Although I had done plenty of linocut printing in printmaking classes throughout my University degree, this process was a bit different because instead of carving out the designs entirely by hand, we used the power of the CNC to create very precise graphics... on one level I felt like I had cheated the process in some way, but it is just a different approach than usual. This process allowed me to create more intricate graphics and the handmade look really came out in the actual printing part, when the ink on the fabric ended up looking a bit faded or uneven.
Junior is a Siberian Forest cat. He was born on February 18, 2017 in Three Hills, Alberta. Near the end of April, Brendan & I drove down to pick him up and he was the tiniest thing. It's hard to believe he was this little only a handful of months ago.
Now, at nearly 9 months old, he looks like a grown cat but still meows like a baby, he is playful and likes to be chased, he whines when he wants to go outside (when he wants to run in the field at my parents acreage when we are sadly at my condo in the middle of the city), and he no longer has his baby fur but a full fur coat and flowing mane. He has been the most loyal companion, always staying close to me, even when I let him free on the acreage. He loves to run and jump into the hammock, likes to perch on the balcony window, loves playing with my plants, and is curious about bathwater. His breed can get up to 25 pounds, so here are some baby pictures to remember what a little tiny he was!
100in1day is an event that happens in cities across Canada every June and this year we decided to participate! It was a lot of fun and so cool to see people across the city taking part. Basically, the goal is to have 100 urban interventions in 1 day across the city. Anyone can submit their project and it can be as simple as setting up a lemonade stand on your block. And then a map is created on the website (this is Edmonton's site) showing all the activities that have been submitted. It's a great way to use creativity to build a sense of community throughout the city.
We were hanging in hammocks in the backyard when we came up with this idea to make canvas flags with a message on them made from our collected fabrics. We decided to hang them along the 50th Street Pedestrian Bridge, close to Highlands which is a neighbourhood close to our hearts. The question we put on the flags, "Are you listening to the river whisper?", is to inspire people to slow down and meditate on their surroundings in the river valley. I wished these could have stayed up for longer, people going by on their bikes or just for an evening stroll were very interested in what we were doing and I like to think it added a touch of magic to their day.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival is such an exciting gathering in the heart of my city, and every summer for the 4 days I make my voyage down to the hill. My favourite part is the session stages. I always discover such great artists that would otherwise fly under my radar and then I also get to hear them improvise with other bands and create some really magical musical moments. I've only been attending the festival for the last 3 years and volunteering on the Main Stage Security crew for the last 2 years and I've fallen in love with the ambience that the festival harbours. This year I decided to start a Folk Fest Favourites playlist and I can't wait to keep adding onto it over the years. This work in progress playlist can be found here.