I am very happy to have won the Honourable Mention Award at this year's Art on the Street. Some of my work will be hanging at 10C Shared Space for the month of August along with the other award winners. Here is an article from the Guelph Arts Council about the event.
Very excited to be participating in Art on the Street this year. You can find me in booth #12. This will be my last show of the summer, so I hope to see you there!
You can also get a preview of my work in the window of 10 Carden Shared Space (42 Carden St.,) from June 18-22nd. And see my work on a street lamp banner along Quebec St. all summer long!
Etsy Made In Canada Spring Show
May 5th, RIM Park, Waterloo ON. 10am-4pm
May 26th, Sleeman Centre, Guelph ON. 10am-4pm
Art on the Street
June 23rd, Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph ON
It has been so hard to get anything done since the beginning of the year, but very soon my little one will be starting daycare, and I will have a couple days a week to DO THINGS!! That being said, I do have some great news:
It's with great honour that I announce my newest stockist The Handmade Den in downtown Guelph. Some of my animal busts and felt items will proudly hang in their new location, The Handmade Den & DIY, at 47 Macdonell St. So happy to be selling my work in my hometown along with so many fantastic local makers. ❤
EDIT: They have combined stores in a beautiful new location! 24 Wilson St.
If you have contacted me about a pet portrait in the past year, I have not forgotten about you! 2017 has been a very busy year. After finishing up a few more orders and commissions I plan to take a much needed break for the holidays. I will then get back to sculpting your furry friends starting in January 2018. Thank you for your continued patience and support.
When I was approached to do this show, I just couldn't pass it up. It's a science themed Holiday pop-up in Toronto! I am unable to attend in person, but I will be sending a bunch of my felt magnets and brooches. You can check it out this weekend at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery. 906 Queen St, West. Dec 9th and 10th from 10am-8pm both days.
Here is the event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/139753393447930/
Four exciting shows have been booked for this fall. I will be selling my animal busts, felt brooches and magnets, as well as some small painting and acrylic pendants. Come see Neurons and Nebulas in person. My fledgling business which is becoming my new livelihood!
Etsy Made in Canada Guelph
Sumerlee Science Complex, University of Guelph
Elora Handmade Market
Wellington County Museum and Archives
Etsy Guelph Handmade Market
Feminist Holiday Market
Mitchell Hall, St. George's Church, Guelph
The next show I will be a part of is Creative Spark in the Park. It will be an outdoor event, held in the beautiful Royal City Park along the Speed River and across the street from The Boathouse Ice Cream shop! Coming up Saturday June 17th, from 10am-5pm. I will be there with my faux taxidermy, brooches and magnets, a few small paintings and some new heart pendant jewellery!
A lot of great things on the go right now! I just finished up with the Elora Handmade Market. Such a cool event with a great turn out. It was so nice meeting my fellow vendors and some of my instagram "fans." I am now filling up the months ahead with commission pieces for pets and animals!
Next up is a science art themed show called Wunderkammer: The Cabinet of Curiosities. It will run from May 11th-28th at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery, 906 Queen St. West. Three animal busts were made specifically for the show and five of my felt diagrammatic magnets will be on display as well.
I've made a new email account for contact and inquiries. You can now reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instagram is the place to go to see what I've been up to and what's coming up next! I'm always updating there.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my name and profile photo have changed recently to Neurons and Nebulas. I'm planning on getting my Etsy shop running by this summer and making a go at being a full time artist/stay at home mom. This painting is part of the inspiration for my (grammatically incorrect) business name. My paintings are definitely inspired by nebulae, and the geometric patterns represent phosphenes- the lights and shapes that seem to float in the visual field.
I can't bring myself to delete the baby photos just yet, so I can't say this account will be strictly business, but we're heading in that direction.
I'm very excited to be a part of the Elora Handmade Market Spring Show this year! It's a few months away, but I'm happy to have a reason to get back into making stuff! Here's a little taste of what I'm working on, but check out my Instagram for more up to date happenings.
You may have noticed from the Instagram feed to the right that I have been busy with my latest creation, a baby! I have been devoting the majority of my time to keeping her happy and healthy, with very few attempts at making art at the same time.
I do plan on starting up my Etsy shop at some point, mostly to sell the animal busts and jewellery. I promise I will get back at it sooner than later.
A lot of people have been giving me suggestions on which animal bust to do next or what they'd like to see. I am able to do commissions if you'd like a specific animal, or if one you like is no longer available.
I am also going to start doing pet portrait commissions. If you would like one done, please send me an email with photos of your pet, from as many angles as you can— right and left profile, top of head and under neck, face on etc. Since these are three-dimensional, the more angles I can see the more accurately I can reproduce your pet's markings. These will be slightly higher in price as they take longer to make in order to get everything right.
Here are my first two pet commissions. Ashley the Tabby Cat and Thomas the Welsh Springer Spaniel. I look forward to trying more!
I'm starting a new batch of animal busts for an upcoming sale at Dublin Street Church in Guelph (corner of Dublin St. and Suffolk St.) on Saturday April 9th, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. Please stop in for a look.
Here's a picture of some critters in the works. This is after baking to set the clay, and before painting and mounting.
Some of my paintings will be on display at the Westminster branch of the Guelph Public Library this January 2 to January 30, 2016. Please pop in for visit if you can. A few are for sale and will be marked with the price beside each painting. Please contact me via email if interested in purchasing one. The library is located at 100-31 Farley Drive, off of Claire Rd. in the South end of Guelph.
I'm excited to announce that I will have a table at the Guelph Holiday Vintage and Makers' Market. This event hosts vendors who create one-of-a-kind handmade goods or sell interesting vintage finds. It takes place Saturday December 12th 2015, from Noon-10pm, in the basement of St. George's Anglican Church. 99 Woolwhich Street, Guelph.
I've been working hard making small faux-taxidermy head mount sculptures. These little woodland creatures are very cute and sweet, and I'm having a lot of fun making them. Each one is unique. They have been built up by hand, without the use of molds, then painted. They will be mounted on small plaques so they can hang on the wall.
I'm also making more felt anatomical brooches; hearts, teeth, cell structures and more. These look like tiny medical diagrams made out of fabric. They are hand sewn with visible stitches and remind me of old well loved and patched up stuffed animals.
This is also my first venture into jewellery. I've made a few wax patterns; miniature heart, vertebra and rodent skull. They were then molded and cast with self curing dental acrylics. This ties into my dental tech training, as the wax process is similar to building up a tooth for casting a crown.
I will also have some of my small paintings and buttons available.
Hope to see you there!
I really have been focusing on the taxidermy in the past couple months. I'm still practicing on small animals and found... parts of animals. I'm enjoying the sculptural aspect of it. I really just enjoy doing anything that's hands on and creative. I've come to realize I'm all over the map when it comes to my art practice but this in particular is really satisfying my bridge between science and art. I'm trying to create something that retains beauty and a sweetness with these animals, Memento mori like dioramas. There's a delicacy and intimacy here. When I was in my early teens, my mom and I used to go to workshops and make our own teddy bears. This feels a lot like that, only with a touch less innocence.
I have a far way to go with getting things accurate, but that is my goal. I would love to apprentice with a taxidermist to learn how to do things properly to achieve nicer faces (I'm having trouble making the lips not look horrific!). I'm not ready to work on larger animals on my own, because of the chemicals, supplies and permits involved in tanning the hides, but I really have the desire to learn on something bigger than a squirrel. I've been reading a lot online, joining forums and asking a lot of established taxidermists questions in sometimes over enthusiastic emails. There are courses offered out west, mostly in the States, that I am thinking of enrolling in. I day dream about working in a museum, preparing animals for species preservation as my "day job".
The majority of these projects are being documented on my instagram and tumblr accounts which you can link to at the side, or on the bottom of the page.