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unexpected: contemporary jewellery exhibition Nov 24 – Dec 8

unexpected: contemporary jewellery exhibition Nov 24 – Dec 8

In addition to being AiR at the fieldhouse, I’m also really involved in the small, but emergent, contemporary jewellery community in Vancouver.

I started out my formal art training in a Jewellery program at Kootenay School of the Arts, and while I don’t really make jewellery anymore, I’m still very interested in craft + dialogues surrounding contemporary jewellery specifically. When offered the opportunity by the Vancouver Metal Arts Association last year to curate their annual exhibition, I jumped at the chance.

The result is unexpected, and the exhibition is up from Nov 24th – Dec 8th at the Craft Council of BC gallery at Crafthouse on Granville Island.

The show features the work of 21 local and international artists, and is looking at jewellery through the lens of what is being called ‘post-disciplinary’ craft practice: hybrid practices that divorce themselves from the need to work in a specific medium, often including unconventional materials or expanding the concept of ‘jewellery.’

For more information on unexpected check out the website here: www.unexpected.vancouvermetalarts.com or come to the Opening on Nov 24th, Artist Talks on Nov 26th or the Curator/Artist Tour of the exhibition on Dec 7th. Space is limited at the talks & tour, so RSVP to reserve your spot via the unexpected website.

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WNDW @ Museum of Vancouver’s Why I Design

WNDW @ Museum of Vancouver’s Why I Design

The WNDW project is making an appearance at the MOV’s Why I Design event this friday, November 4th from 7-11.

Come hang out at the MOV, grab a drink and chat with some of Vancouver’s most interesting and innovative designers and creative problem solvers! Looks like it will be a great event.

WNDW will be showing the work of Emily Neufeld, a Vancouver based artist who we will be working with in the coming year.

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ODD JOBS: Maintenance open house / info session

ODD JOBS: Maintenance open house / info session

Join me in the fieldhouse on Saturday November 12th for the first ODD JOBS maintenance open house from 1 – 3pm.

if you’ve been paying attention in the neighbourhood you may have seen me working on my latest project ODD JOBS. This is an opportunity for you to come ask questions about the project, and request maintenance to be done around the neighbourhood.

hope to see you there!

 

 

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DITBY: August 6

DITBY: August 6

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Rainy day DITBY

Rainy day DITBY

The weather has forced is inside for Do It Together, By Yourself. Rowan is working on a DITBY famous philosophers crossword.

 

We also managed to convince Caitlin to play a round of Marrying Mr Darcy, the Pride and Prejudice themed card game.

 

DITBY happens every Wednesday and Saturday at the fieldhouse from 10-12.

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new addition to the DITBY set

new addition to the DITBY set

We made a hammock! A research hammock…

 

come use it at Do It Together, By Yourself Wednesdays and Saturdays at the fieldhouse this summer from 10-12

 

 

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SWARMED!

SWARMED!

at DITBY today

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Do It Together, By Yourself

Do It Together, By Yourself

This summer fellow Vancouver artist Caitlin Chaisson and I are inviting people to Do It Together, By Yourself with us at the Fieldhouse.

I spend a lot of time in the fieldhouse reading and researching- both are really key components of my practice & with this project I’m inviting you to join me.

We will provide comfy things to sit on and coffee. Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10-12.

 

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WNDW – Portraits

WNDW – Portraits

To wrap up the last WNDW exhibition I hosted a workshop in the big green space between 18th and 19th at Oak st (right behind the house hosting the WNDW) for the kids in the neighbourhood.

This is a pretty special place (the 900 blocks of W 18th & 19th), one of those rare remaining examples of postwar veterans housing that still exist in the city. The heart of this neighbourhood seems to be a block long greenspace in what would regularly be the alley between the two streets.

The 17-units of affordable rental duplexes on this block were colloquially referred to as “The Balfour Estates” up until the land was sold this past August to Wesgroup Properties, moving in onto the slow moving chopping block of redevelopment so many in this city are all too familiar with.

I must admit the kind of childhood that this greenspace makes possible seems rare to find in an urban environment these days. Many of the units are home to young families, and as I was checking out the site for the WNDW show, it was impossible to miss the hoard of kids running around the space. It seemed like a no-brainer to use the space for a workshop.

Thinking about Helena, and her work I decided work with the kids to create their own portraits using an instant camera. I showed them some historical and contemporary examples of portraits, including one of my favs- Nina Katchadourian who has a practice of taking self-portraits in the style of Flemish paintings in the washrooms of airplanes, using whatever props she can find on the plane.

Nina Katchadourian, Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style (2010-)

and also the amazing Cindy Sherman, who has gained wide acclaim for her often eerie and cinematic  self-portraits.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still 21 (1978)

From there we talked about the conventions of portrait making, and the kids spent the rest of the time working in small groups creating their own portraits.

needless to say, much fun was had by all, and it was all facilitated by a genius piece of urban planning from a half-century ago. Hopefully however this space is developed in the future, that core piece of green that makes the neighbourhood what it is will survive.

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