Curio Cabinet

Assorted Handicrafts and Whimsies

Having grown up surrounded by home-spun makers and all-round crafty folk, I’m most comfortable in the realm of creativity, and it’s where I finds respite and solace.

My art is a gentle invitation to witness the beauty that abounds in simplicity and a sedate celebration of day-to-day existence. I draw from traditional handicrafts and work with mundane upcycled materials as an act of resistance against a society which discards the inconvenient and a rebel yell for those of us who feel discarded.

As with most living with chronic illnesses and disabilities, I am acutely aware of the transient nature of life and intentionally choose non-archival mediums to reflect this reality. While my art practice is informed by a rich heritage of artisans — a culture that will no doubt continue — my work remains ephemeral.

As you engage with my creations, my hope is that you will connect with your own deep well of fugitive dreams for a more welcoming society.

Hexagrams

There’s an annual gathering at our local cemetery called All Souls and it’s a collective recognition of grief and mourning. It’s an absolutely beautiful response to our society’s extremely unpracticed and inhospitable stance towards grief. My little wool widdershins are both a plea and a prayer for peace. Equal measure of despair and trust.

Ephemeral Grief Shrines

Have an empty tea box? Maybe make yourself a little shrine. These are a few examples of grief shrines I’ve made over the last few years. My inspiration is from Marina Szijarto, an artist who makes “Loving Memory Shrines” and organizes the All Souls night at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery. 

Neurographica

Part doodling, part meditation, all kinds of fun. Neurographica is a mindful art practice designed by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev. The general process is to put your concerns on one side of a blank page and the drawing on the other side. There are no rules other than rounding out all the intersecting lines.

Weave Through Winter w/ Helen Hiebert

Every year, during the month of February, Helen Hiebert hosts her online “Weave Through Winter” paper weaving study. It was a terrific experience – I learned a lot, tried out new techniques, and was endlessly inspired by the others in the cohort.

A Woman Conceives of Being Not Afraid

Mixed Paper Collage

Inspired by Mary who was told to “be not afraid” by the angel Gabriel. She took that to heart and stepped upon a remarkable path.

Imagine being not afraid? Imagine a world where no one is afraid. Where everyone is safe and at ease. Imagine that!

Peace Pebbles: Sticks & Stones

Jute Wrapped Rocks

A meditation on ancestral wounds, spiritual aching, and broken dreams. The rocks were gathered from my father’s land and the sticks are from where I’ve landed; both are bound up with rough ties. Perhaps they’re mended. Perhaps not. Time will tell.

Yarn Mandalas

Yarn Weaving

Little woven whimsies where the play between sacred mathematics and yarn is alive.

Time becomes unbound and my imagination soars when I combine my love for math with my affinity for yarn.

Goddess Eyes

Mixed Media Weaving

Much beauty can be found in a simple thread of yarn. Repeat a geometric progression and witness the emerging pattern.

The spiral dance of life. We’ve been here before, seen this before, done this before. Haven’t we?

Mending Moon

Stitched Paper Collage

I made this piece for someone I don’t know as part of a gift exchange and to be honest, I’m not too sure what it’s saying. Sometimes the message is none of my business or not yet apparent.

Bijou Baskets

Hand-dyed crocheted wool

Rustic little baskets to hold your various miscellany. Keys and coins? A wee potted plant? They cast a beautiful shadow with a jar and candle nestled within.

No two are the same and I’m always surprised by the variety of textures and hues.


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