Sunday, April 24, 2022

Somewhere around Week 12...

For my final Tuesday class project, I did a small installation with a photograph. I would love to do larger prints of the photograph. However, 9x12 was the largest size guaranteed by the photo lab for next day printing. Ah, art students! Some things never change no matter how old a student you are ;-D In reality, waiting for the light to be just right was tedious. There were many overcast, spring days where the right just wasn't right.

Time to Bloom is inspired by a genre of still life painting called vanitas which was popular in 17th century Netherlands. Usually they feature haphazard composition, signs of wealth and signs of mortality such as skulls. Mine is much more toned down and humble. For example, below is a vanitas (titled "Vanitias" by Pieter Boel and Jacob Jordaens):

Vanitas painting

My photo wasn't as cluttered. Some things I wanted to include I simply could not find around the house either, doh! I could see making more photos like this though. Our personal objects and homes say a lot about us, whether we realize it or not. Additionally, vanitas paintings are often coded--a skull may represent death and mortality, books could indicate knowledge and gold, of course, wealth. It took 169 photos to pick the perfect one, by the way, and I chose five for printing.

Time to Bloom still life

Here's a close-up of just the photo:


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Twelve Weeks Goes By So Fast--That's A Wrap!

It's funny when you're finishing up school--excited for the future, anxious in the moment and relieved when it's over. How does 12 weeks go by so fast? I had so much time in January! I also swear semesters used to be 15 weeks.

My last Thursday class was tough. I was so exhausted—I stayed up too late and got up too early—and when my turn came around, I kind of flubbed the delivery. But, the semester is done like dinner. Time to put a fork in it ;-D. I just have one assignment to hand in and that’s it. I’ll be back next week to drop off my piece(s) for the grad show and then won’t be back again until convocation in May.

I expected the last few classes to be wrapped in some kind of sentimental, nostalgic montage of feelings and experience, but there were none. There was mostly a lot of thirst and hunger. I didn’t have lunch until 3pm on the last Wednesday and when Thursday’s class was over, I wolfed down a cheese bun and a buffalo chicken wrap. It takes a lot of calories to simply stay awake.

I’ll post pictures of my work in the coming days. Mostly I just want to rest and clean up around the house. Every horizontal surface has been fair game for the past three and a half months and it felt so rewarding to simply vacuum yesterday and not step over a giant pile of art supplies to get into my office!

Studios have to be cleared out by the 22nd and I grabbed everything in one trip last week. Already it feels so weird to not have any homework. I completed three writing assignments, eleven projects, learned a lot about papermaking, started a couple things over twice and generally worked a lot more than I normally would at my own pace. Two of the projects were kind of turds and one of those will go in the recycle bin, heh!

I still journalled my adventures and will get this blog all caught up in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Bags and bags

Monday, January 24, 2022

Gearing up for Week 3--Ideas into Action

So, after filling out my studio proposals with project details, I sat down to work on sketches and ordered supplies. To keep things straight, each class has a distinct theme. The first project for each class has begun. I was so into my homework lsat Saturday that I forgot to eat!


Memory and place--four pictures depicting a place which no longer exists and a memory that may or may not have occurred there. This is always a great broad theme!


Renaissance-inspired art--I love Renaissance art and it doesn't get the attention it deserves in art college. It's easier to focus on modern artist, but now I have the skill level to re-explore and do some research on the period.


Homebody--I proposed a series of square-based works of domestic life during the pandemic where self-isolation means spending a lot more time at home--and with ourselves.

The fun thing about paper-based art is that I have all the materials at home, so the projects will be thrifty and eco-friendly. I am going to track all the waste created from my projects by saving anything that can't be recycled to examine at the end of April.

Gearing Up for Week 3--Books

Yesterday was fun. My friend and I went to the thrift store to look for frames for my FIBRE 327 homework. It was actually hard to choose—I wanted something beat-up and vintage, but not too beat-up and vintage. I bought six frames and one definitely came from a smoker’s house. I wiped them down with Purell and then attacked them with Windex. Eeek! Kinda gross.

We made a final sweep of the store and I found a brand new book called Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett. It looks like a good practical guide and scholarly resource about how creative people connect. The book was published in 2018 and I gotta say, it’s hard to find anything new about big or little c crafting. Score! I miss random finds while browsing.

Book cover

My other books arrived today. Art/Work is a practical how-to guide to setting up a creative business. It’s required for FIBRE 451 and I can easily pass it on to someone else. I’m at the weird point where I know all this stuff, but one can always know more too!

Book cover

I also bought Klutz's Lego Gear Bots book for FIBRE 419. A wise person once told me years ago that if you don’t understand something, get a children’s book on it because they are easy to understand and have lots of pictures. Klutz books are great for this because they come with all the supplies to try out without spending a lot of money. It would be fun to include moving parts in my work, Lego or otherwise!

Book cover

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Week 2--A brief recap

Week 2 was relatively easy, again—teachers had individual meetings with students to go over their project proposals. The proposals are worth 5% of our mark, so everyone starts class with an A+ if they submitted one. Naturally, being a professional student, my proposals were well-thought out and contained realistic goals.

All my projects this year are going to be paper-based in some form, whether straight-up paper art or dioramas. The great thing about the individual meetings is that artist names were dropped into the chat so everyone could take a look if they choose.


Josh Fraught, Morgan Rose Free, Law Calver, Neil Goss, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, DJ Smirnoff, Marjolein Dallinga Bloomfelt,


Anna Torma, Francis Alys, Ana Mendieta, Jana Sterbak, Marlene Creates, Leonora Carrington, Iris Van Herpen,


David Hoffos/Margo Henry, Sandra Sawatzky, Roni Horn, Liza Lou, George Platt Lynes, Ann Newdigate, Jean Lurcat, Archie Brennan, Aino Kanaijami, Dance Doyle, Cloudi Jongstra, Luanne Martineau

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Back to school!

It's hard to believe, but this is my very last semester at ACAD. As you might remember, I have been at it a looooong time. There's a lot of barriers to being a mature student and fortunately some of those barriers came down in the last couple of years with flexible online working and learning.

The first week of classes is always so super easy, but this semester is going to be a little confusing because I have the same teacher for two classes and a lot of my classmates are the same across all three classes. My first assignments are a studio proposal for each class. If I pick a series of projects, it should be easy to keep them straight, LOL!

Here are the questions:
  • Summarize the work you intend to produce this term. Include your topic(s) and the processes/techniques you intend to explore.
  • PROJECT 1/2/3/4 - Describe this project including its concept, scale, budget, materials and tools required.
  • How will the work you are proposing challenge you and move your creative practice forward?
  • List at least two texts or books that relate to your topic (not including technical "how to" books.)
When in doubt, chart it out! I'll need this to keep me on track. Two of the three studio proposals have been sent in so far.
Chart it out!