Mask Making Workshop

July 21, 2014

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This past Wednesday I taught an animal mask-making workshop for a group of teens at the Burnaby Public Library. This workshop is part of a series called Julia’s Studio, which was offered as a way to honour the life of former Teen Librarian Julia Nelson who passed away to cancer. I was deeply impressed by this idea. What better way to celebrate a loved one then by sharing their passion with others?

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Sulpher Mountain

May 15, 2014

View From Sulphur

We took a break from our studio to go for hike up Sulpher Mountain. It was a little slippery going up, but the panoramic views were stunning. It’s amazing to just be able to leave and immediately be surrounded by this wilderness. We opted to take the gondola down.

Gandola Building

Building a Cardboard Horse Puppet

May 14, 2014

Bottom Mouth

During our residency at the Banff Centre, we are working on developing a new Sci-Fi Western Puppet show. This involves writing a new story and set of characters and experimenting with a lot of ideas. It’s always a learning experience to take the characters we create on paper and translate them into our puppets. Rusty, our trusty sidekick in our story, is a faithful and robotic horse. We have some ideas about how he functions in the narrative, but those ideas mature after we see how he looks and feels.

Knowing that horses are tricky, I kept track of each step of my building process. I have been really into thinking about my 3D shapes in advance and finding ways to simplifying their form. I had a bit of trouble at certain points in this design, so I was thankful to have Brian, Jessica, Gen, and Sam to bounce ideas off of.

Lines on Cardboard

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Banff Residency

May 12, 2014

Mountain Reflection

I heard stories of this place before, but seeing and working at the Banff Centre is a truly enriching experience. I am here with my close friend Brian Fidler and a gang of creative masterminds, Jessica Hickman and Geneviève Doyon from Open Pit Theatre. Together we are developing and building our next Sci-Fi Puppet Show, which we’re calling Tombstone. So far we have a cyborg with an identity crisis, an outlaw on the run, and a robot uprising. Now we’re looking for ways to include dynamite and a train sequence.

I am definitely feeling in the zone here. The team you have makes all the difference. We had such a fruitful time re-working the story and generating ideas. There is something very special about friendships forged in the fire of creativity. Stronger than Valyarian Steel.

Morning Selfie

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Media Art Workshop

May 6, 2014

Looking at Photo Prints

Over the past two months I’ve been working with a group of secondary students at an alternative education school in Whalley, Surrey. We have been exploring media arts, learning about visual language, juxtaposition, and artistic license. Last night we looked at each other’s prints and presented our projects. My favourite part was that the students owned their projects, infusing a thought and personality into their work. One of the projects was a satirical photo series depicting a cat as someone’s child on their first day of school. After seeing this, I kind just want to make cat videos from now on.

Print of a Cat on a Slide

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