I have been working like mad on a few sets of armour. One is ceramic and consists of a scale mail jerkin and a sword that says " Self Care" in Norse runes on the blade. Each scale has a design of a body part on it (nose, stomach, eye, heart, brain, ear, and hand) to represent mental illness as being a physical,tangible illness that effects many parts of the body besides the brain. The scales are currently being sewn onto a thick cotton twill shirt that is sized to fit me. I hope to be able to finish my ceramic sword in time which still needs to be glaze fired. The critique for this piece is on Wednesday 11th and the show opening is on Thursday 19th at 5:30 which you are all invited to attend!
I have also been working on a fabric suit of armour which I critiqued this past Wednesday. The piece is about feminism and the critique about sexism in the middle ages and its connection to contemporary society. It is also a reclamation of the suit of armour as a gender neutral outfit and symbol. It took a lot of work and I am so proud of where I am with it right now! I still need to make a helmet, sword and shield before I can take on-site photos around Calgary.
I am pleased with the direction my work is taking and I am excited for everything that has been rolling around in my head on the topics of costume, feminism, knighthood, mental illness and childhood. Look out for some more cool stuff coming up!
Hello again! It has been a while, but I am back in the saddle for the second half of my third year of my BFA. I was sick for almost a week, which has put me behind in school work, but I am catching up quickly. If you are interested in the projects I have up my sleeve, stay tuned!
I have been granted the position as one of the student Artist in Residence's at ACAD, which means I am making work based of the topic of mental health awareness, specifically Anxiety Disorders and Depression. For the project, I am making ceramic armor using geometric scales that will be individually sewn onto a thick fabric or thin leather jerkin/shirt. I would also like to make a ceramic sword and helmet if time allows me to.
For my classes, I have a sculpture research class, interdisciplinary humanities, a video course (we get to use Super 8 cameras and 8mm film?!), a glaze and clay science course, and a sculpture studio. For my sculpture body of work this semester I am focusing on wearable art. While I have a number of projects planned out, my first one will be... A FABRIC SUIT OF ARMOUR! I have been making patterns and I just got my dress form in the mail, so I can begin my sewing in earnest!
Recently, I was made aware that I have received the llingworth Kerr Bursary from ACAD, which is a huge honor and financial blessing. In addition, I have been accepted into the AIR program which is an initiative towards Mental Health awareness at my school, which provides me with $500 to make a work of art that focuses on a mental illness of my choosing. I have decided to make ceramic armor to represent the battle one experiences between illness and the self when one has anxiety and/or depression. this project is deeply personal to me and I am excited to get to work on it.
So, Summer is over and Fall is making it's way across the cityscape, taking tree branches with it. I am back in school for my third year, and I had a slow start, but I am beginning to pick up the pace, one day at a time.
A few weeks back I quit my job at Chicago Chophouse because I feel like it is time for me to focus on my practice, immersing myself in the art culture, having a social life and also self-care. I loved my time at the restaurant and I enjoyed getting to know my coworkers, even if it was only for a few months.
I have a LOT of goals for things to do/make this semester, so I have no excuses:
What would YOU like to see more of?
I will be selling my artwork including ceramics, jewellery, illustrations, prints, photos and sculptures on July 31st.
The sale will be part of the weekly farmers market at the Triwood Community Center in Calgary
2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW
I hope to see you there, stop by to say hello and take a look at my artwork, I would love to get to know all of you!
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