I apologize for being on the down-low these past few
months? weeks. I have taken on a lot outside of my job, and there have been quite a few changes to adjust to. That said, I thought it was a perfect time to share what kinds of shenanigans I have been involved with.
1. I have taken on a new position in visual merchandising, which gives me the responsibility of designing and implementing store window displays. I am learning a lot so far, especially with balancing the sales and retail aspect with the creative. This photo is of the handcrafted daisies I made (using styrofoam balls and bristol) for the Mother’s Day/spring window.
2. I had the greatest pleasure and opportunity to take part in Danielle LaPorte's The Fire Starter Sessions book launch (go here and scroll down to the Toronto Vimeo vid - you can see us at the 0:10 sec mark!!). I went with my a dear friend of mine, whom I connected with in Mexico via an artist retreat. Flash forward 2 years later, these then-complete stranger tent-mates have stayed in touch, and are now collaborating with the retreat ladies in a intercontinental “camp fire starter session”. I cannot wait to see our results!!
3. + 4. In a previous post I mentioned that I have been coordinating a garden project at the Artscape Wychwood Barns. Two weekends ago, we got a team of volunteers together to build the raised beds for the vegetable garden. It was such a blast and an amazing success. Last weekend, Community Environment Day at the Barns, we asked visitors to pick up a shovel and help with the garden project. This is the pile of
monster dandelions weeds we pulled from 2 out of the 3 plots!! Check out the progress here.
5. Some restful and reflective sketching from a day off. One of my new fave quotes: “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” - Bill Cosby AMEN!