Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thanks for hanging in here- I'm hoping to get back into a regular schedule of blogging, with 'real photos' (not just i-phone photos), and real content soon. School for the boys doesn't start until next week so they are hanging out with their Dad at home this week, getting the last of their fill of lego playing and back-lane scootering with the neighbours. Hope your last week of summer is great!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Of course, the boys are getting older, which means things are getting a bit easier. They want to help out while grocery shopping, not run around the store like monkey's chasing each other, like they used to. Perhaps the incentive of getting to keep the quarter in the cart after they help out is part of it, but hopefully also the fact that they are starting to grow up. My 9 year old is clearly getting closer to the pre-teen stage then the school-age stage. He wants to listen to 'dance music' in his room on the radio, he rolls his eyes if I have to talk to him about his behavior, all the while still playing lego and having light saber battles. He's tall too- his head reaches my chin. Yes, he's going to be as tall as me soon. Yikes.
Monday, August 22, 2011
I've been solo-parenting again this weekend but am so grateful for neighbours and friends who were kind enough to invite us to dinner or to go swimming so we weren't lonely or bored. The boys even managed to help me at the studio one morning, unloading and loading yet another kiln load of bottle vases. 4 of 6 glaze kiln-loads (85 vases per firing!!) have been finished- I'm over the mid-way point! Phew, what a lot of work, but I can't complain- very few vases so far have been seconds, so thank goodness for that!
Hope you have a great monday! It's our first rainy day of August.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Sometimes it's nice to find paintings in places I wouldn't expect. It inspires me to think differently about venue, space, mark making and colour. I really love the random marks and painting on the bottom garage- made by kids? with painted over graffiti and faded zebras...
Two major commercial art galleries in Vancouver have closed their doors. It's caused a bit of a ripple of speculation among artists about reasons that are beyond just the economy, or the personal reasons of the gallery owners. Some say the amount of art fundraisers in Vancouver at this time have changed how people buy art. That people feel better about buying art when they are supporting a greater cause. Perhaps without realizing it, what seems like a win/win for an art collector, has the potential to be a lose/lose for both the galleries that support artists, and the artists themselves.
It's been interesting to think this through over the past few days and just to wonder about how art markets around the world have been changing. Two fairly recent films I've watched about contemporary art were The Great Contemporary Art Bubble by Ben Lewis and Exit through the Gift Shop by Banksy. Both had me really thinking about contemporary art, it's relevance, it's value, and purpose. I find the art market rather intimidating, perhaps this is why I make more ceramics then paintings, but also very intriguing.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
While we're away, I thought I would share one of the skate videos that Dean's van full of skaters (ages 13-19, plus 2 adult leaders) created while they were at 'Roadrage' Skate Camp last week. Dean (my husband) has been running a skateboard club for teens in East Van for about 12 years now and also heads up a camp that's been happening for about 15 years. At first the SkateCamp was at a regular summer camp, but they would build ramps for the kids to skate for the week. The past few years they've done a road-trip style SkateCamp, where they've met with Skate Clubs from all over Western Canada in the Okanagan for an 'Amazing Race' style trip for Skateboarders, with a manifest that they had to fill out by landing tricks at certain spots etc. This year each van had to film a skate video throughout the week and then they rented out a theatre to watch the videos, with the best video winning a 'van-full' of skate product (with 2nd & 3rd place also winning prizes too!). So bear with me and check the video out- it's not just a bunch of skate tricks. By the way, they one first place :)!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Here are some of the flowers in bloom in our yard right now- so many purples and pinks. The vase is one of the last I have from the collaboration between my friend and designer Disa MacKay, from last year. And the textile piece is something I got at a thrift store when I was about 18 years old. It brings up memories of the shed at my parent's place; my sister and I spent one summer completely decorating the inside of it with thrift-store finds and having slumber parties in the loft. I'm hoping we'll make a few summer memories like that for the boys this week!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I often straddle between worrying that I can't possibly keep up with the demand for my work verses being concerned that people won't be able to afford what I make, considering all the financial crises and budget cuts. I hesitate to push my little studio into a bigger space with more equipment and a full-time assistant in order to keep up production, and yet I am at full capacity with just one order right now. It's clear to me a few things have to change for me not to burn out, but I'm not quite sure what it will be yet. I'm just taking it one day at a time and trying not to feel too overwhelmed by it all.