flowers for mom

i made some flowers for my mom   to celebrate her birthday. Lilies are her favorite. She said to me, “ah, now my lilies are not yet over for the season!” to find her treasure (the flowers) mom followed ten cryptic clues we laughed at our site-specific foibles, our love of this place, our family home,…

velodeco : make something from nothing

for the last three years i’ve had the great pleasure to create and provide the decorations for a kids bike parade. I hand-make streamers out of used plastic bags + salvaged veggie twist ties. HOW i ride my bike all over town visiting various large-chain grocery stores where people ‘recycle’ their disposable plastic bags   …

ninety three : a blue heart for betty

Ninety three    Betty is my friend who is 93   here she is with with my sister and heiko I sewed her this blue fuzzy heart filled with lavender   harvested from our garden in vancouver   the letter B embroidered on it is slightly raised so betty can feel it with her fingers   her eyes don’t…

ninety two : things i did and saw at the farm part 3

justy taught me how to make soap and we did after the neighbour came over with his tractor-attached-auger and dug holes for the alpaca fence we discovered great wads of clay    what better to make a house with?   love the viscereal feel and manual work we shared to prepared the clay

fifty : little birds say thank you

thank you cards for my friends who led interpretive walks     taught twine-making    created art with nature    talked with birds    and other goodness    at  -Spirit Fish-  a community art and environment festival i helped create last year.   see five more cards

forty six : lantern making party

can i take credit for the cuteness of kids?  mmm nope. finally some pictures from one of the lantern workshops that i coordinated    held at the Secret Lantern Headquarters. these young fellows are very skilled at making things   due to the encouragement they have received from parents who take them to community art events, and…

forty : beet star

how to make pickled beets   :   salvage beets from farmers field    peel    wash    slice thinly    arrange as star for photograph    add salt with no iodine    add tiny bit water    caraway seeds    wash bucket    mix all   wash plate    make weight to rest on plate maybe another smaller bucket…

twenty nine : new used journal

use what you got and make it better! DIY redo on an outdated journal cover. inside is 10% full = lots more using. outside this cover no longer reflects where i am at subtle transformation used paper collage softens    changes the messaging i like it better now    especially as it fills with current…

sixteen: shower curtain cover

we have a shower curtain that does not reflect house values in appearance. In practice it does reflect house values, specifically because it was salvaged from somewhere it was not needed. We took it because we needed a shower curtain. LEFT is my first attempt at designing a cover for it, which will hang on…

eleven: parade of lost souls

Left to right: Crow, Wolverine, Owl, Goblin, Squid (aka Octipii Vancouver), Jester, and Zoro’s cousin the lightening tamer. I am including this as my creative endeavour for the day, as I put together the Owl costume in a few minutes before we went out, after spending the day finishing previous projects and completing previous posts…

eight: used note cards

Made from the drawings that my 5 year old friend and i made together. i’ll use them to write notes to the friends who are receiving tea. Definitely, use what you got!

four: US WAR ILLEGAL

Started at the studio and dove into my box of Encyclopedia of Weapons of War. I think I have the full set of 24, or almost the full set anyways. Every time i think about using it i stop because it seems horrible, like dwelling in the ‘wound.’ No one would like what i make…