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More Singin’!

Another season of the Kingsgate Chorus has begun, and our videos from the June concert are up!

Here’s a tune by PJ Harvey, and arranged for us by Jenny Ritter.

P.S. Can you guess our costume theme?

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Pollinators of Lulu Island Bog

After the success of last year’s colouring pages for the Garden City Lands Coalition, we decided to do it again. This time, we focused on some unique plants and pollinators of the bog. I write back and forth with the president and a biologist on the coalition in order to ensure a degree of anatomical accuracy.

Featured this time: Pacific Crabapple, Rufous Hummingbird, Bog Laurel, Bumblebee, Anna’s Hummingbird, Fireweed, Painted Lady Butterfly, Bog Cranberry, and Blue Orchard Bee.

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To obtain a digital blank colouring sheet, or a class set of prints, contact the Garden City Lands Coalition here.

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No Scrubs (a Non-Visual Arts Post!)

I’m part of the Kingsgate Chorus, an East Vancouver choir that covers mostly contemporary rock songs.

Last fall we detoured to 90’s R&B with an arrangement of TLC’s “No Scrubs”.

Here is a recording from last december:

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Friends in Low Places

The Garden City Conservation Society helps keep green spaces in Richmond BC for community wellness. They first formed with the goal of designating the Garden City Lands as Agricultural Land Reserve. As a result, this unique urban sphagnum bog is saved for the enjoyment of all! From the road, the Garden City Lands might not look like much, but when you walk in you will find all kinds of special plants and animals that are particular to these wetlands.

The Society asked me to draw some of these organisms (roughly to scale) for an educational colouring sheet. This sheet may be reproduced for noncommercial educational purposes.

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Digitally coloured example…

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Walking Relics

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On the surface, I have come to appreciate my relationship with walking as a means of transportation, of exercise, of subversion, and of empowerment. However, a more deeply meaningful aspect of walking to me is the repetition and ritual of it. This piece speaks to the near-religious relationship instilled in me on the walks I’ve done most frequently. Each of these routes has drawn me closer with those who led me, and ultimately, they prepared me for continuing alone.

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In each of these vials is some of the earth from the three chosen walks. Just as my feet have run ruts in the earth, so have these places made impressions in me. The dirt, dust, sand and pebbles are the physical representation of the way that I always bring these places with me. The beads knotted into the waxed string (simulated sinew) correspond to the repetition of the ritual. Each bead stands for 50 times walked.

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I know that my walks contained stories, had pieces of me, and even helped  raise me. In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit writes, “To walk the same route again can mean to think the same thoughts again, as though thoughts and idea were indeed fixed objects in a landscape one need only know how to travel through.”1  I  was taught that if you take raw materials from the earth, you should thank the place, and ideally give something back. When I re-walked these paths to collect the earth, I knew that these places already had so much of me.

1 Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking (New York: Penguin Books, 2000), 78. Bibliography

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Experiments in Wearables

A headpiece about being tangled in white lies. String and glue.

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A headpiece about drowning or being caved in. Papier mâché, tissue paper.

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I didn’t quite get the shapes I intended in this last piece. I think I will saw it apart and make something new!

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Seagull Patrol Badge: Citizens Against French Fry Thievery

Hot One Inch Action is a one-night-only button show where artists have one wonderful inch to showcase their artwork. Selected artists receive 20 copies of their buttons, guests can purchase bags of buttons, and everyone is encouraged to trade and collect all their favourite pieces.

Hot One Inch Action chose my submission for their Portland show, but since I cannot attend, I received my 20 buttons in the mail today.

This button certifies that you are a member of the Seagull Patrol and that you are a committed citizen against french fry thievery (this is a big issue in Vancouver, I swear.)

Here is unbuttonified image:

Some buttons:

 

If you happen to be in Portland, check out the event on November 2nd at Hand Eye Supply. More information here and here!

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