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Sunday, May 23, 2010

dreaming, creating
I have been thinking about the process in creating traditional design in North West Coast art, If I push for a design, it resists me, if I let it percolate in the back of my mind for days, even weeks, one day I will pick up a pencil and any handy piece of paper whether its a napkin or sketch book, I will start with barely an inkling of an idea and the picture will unfold in front of me. Sometimes I have to work at it, making changes constantly because it just doesn't feel right, and other times its like I focus so intently on following the flow that I'm not aware of time passing, noises around me, or anything that will possibly interrupt. Worries of the day fall away and I'm in another world. When I'm done its like waking up, I blink a few times and refocus on what I just created. It's not finished, it may be full of not so erased marks, some lines even scribbled into shape, but its breathtaking. I can't believe that just came out of me, I see the finished product in my minds eye, whether its a sculpture, stained glass, jewellery, or a painting. This is why I love being an artist, it's being able to surprise myself, I am proud and satisfied by what I create, and if someone else likes it too, I am happy that we can see it together. When I am finished each piece, I have this same feeling, like all is right in the world, and even if its not, then I can still appreciate what I have, I can go outside, put my face to the sun, breath in the fresh air, listen to my children playing with the neighbourhood kids or "working" outside with their dad, and be content.
Have a great day,
23 may 10 @ 2:26 pm          Comments

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer is here!
I love this time of year! I can sit out on my deck and dream... and the mosquito's aren't an issue yet! I has been so lovely out. I feel like working outside, feeling the breeze and the warmth of the sun and listen to my boys playing street hockey. I am lucky indeed.
For the past few weeks I have been busy socializing, working on a special emerald set ring (almost done!) and getting ready to grave a beautifully designed set of bracelets for a lovely couple who helped me design it. This was a personalized commission with a LOT of input from the couple. I can't wait to see the finished product!
I attended the Freda Diesing Student Art Show and Sale, what a talented group of students! I couldn't leave without a couple of pieces. I want the students to stay inspired and keep creating their traditional art. I also attended the Opening of the longhouse (Wilp Gal Tsap) at the Terrace NWCC Campus. The totem pole raising was really powerful, with support from the local groups, the singing, dancing, and blessing of the poles was an event I will remember forever, congratulations to Titus and Ken, well done on the carving. I also attended the showcase as a former student, I even made a few sales and met some wonderful people who love the native art form as much as I do.
put your face to the sun, breath deep, and enjoy life!
With my best regards,
17 may 10 @ 3:56 pm          Comments

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Summer 2008

completed year 2 at the Freda Diesing NWCC program.

Northern Exposure II at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Four large standing panels, Stained Glass, commissioned by John Carlo Felicella for Culinary Team Canada for the 2008 Culinary Oplympics

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