28 Days of Hearts Shop Update

Just in time for Valentine’s Day I am selling my series, 28 Days of Hearts, which was a daily project I did in February 2022. I used a mix of techniques to create the work, including cut paper, collage, embroidery, drawing, or paper weaving.

Each heart is one-of-a-kind made from paper, and affordably priced at $55 + shipping (or pickup in Vancouver). Visit the 28 Days of Hearts shop to view available work.

Select your favourite heart, and buy it for yourself or a loved one. Thank you for supporting my work.


Art & Craft Supply Giveaway 2023

It’s spring cleaning time in the artist studios of East Van, and that means we’re having a supply giveaway!

Think of this as a garage sale where everything is FREE. Drop by Oona Clothing located at 556 Clark Drive to browse a selection of unwanted (but still viable) supplies. This is the first time we are doing this event since pre-pandemic times.

Everything is free because we just want someone to make use of the materials. At this time we have no idea what supplies will be available from each artist so come see for yourself. There’s always something for everyone, including things like textiles, papers, found objects, books, and more.

Closing Reception for How to Mix Patterns

A small collection of my pattern mixing collages have been on display at Coup Salon for the past few months. This week we’re having a closing reception for the show on Thursday May 19th, 7 to 9pm.

Come through, say hello, and take the opportunity to view these works in person. We’ll also be celebrating Coup Salon’s 13 years in business!

Find us at 524 Shanghai Alley in Chinatown, just off of Pender Street.

How to Mix Patterns
Location: Coup Salon
Address: 524 Shanghai Alley, Vancouver BC
Date: Thursday May 19th, 2022
Time: 7pm to 9pm


Minting Work as NFTs: Phosphate Font in Paper

I’m thrilled to announce I have a new body of work available as NFTs. Please visit my project page on Foundation to view and purchase a piece.

NFTs are a thing. No really, they are. My original position on NFTs up until the end of last year was, “Why would anyone want to do that?” I’ve had a few months to come around to the idea of creating and selling my artwork as NFTs, and I am super excited by the possibilities.

My partner, Boris Mann, is a technologist and entrepreneur, and he is always on the leading edge of where things are heading in the long-term trends and growth of the internet. He’s experimented lots with crypto, and has been a collector of NFTs for some time. Despite my initial reluctance, I now find myself fully invested in learning more and growing my art practice in the web3 and NFT space because of his advice and guidance.

Last week I took the leap into minting my first collection on Foundation, called Phosphate Font in Paper. The pieces are the 26 letters of the latin alphabet, utilizing the phosphate typeface, and created from multiple layers of cut paper.

Here’s what I wrote in my portfolio description for the original work, which are the letter portion of the series I created for 36 Days of Type in March and April 2022.

I worked with the Phosphate Solid font to create my letter and number forms. I chose a palette of four main colours for the letter layers, and a larger range of colours for the pattern layers. The elements are a mix of hand-cut, and machine cut patterns made with Canson Mi-Tientes papers. Each letter was composed and assembled from four layers of paper with foam core spacers in between each, photographed, and then disassembled for further use in the series.

While each letter was assembled from real physical paper elements as I described, these are ephemeral pieces: the “originals” only existed until they were photographed. The digital artifact represents the final version of the work.  They seemed like the perfect body of work to turn into an NFT art series.

What am I hoping to accomplish with this exploration of NFT art? Make money (of course), expand my audience, and connect with new collectors outside of the very limited space of selling physical pieces of art in the small market of Vancouver. There is a lot of ridiculously overhyped and overpriced art in the NFT space, and I don’t want that for myself. I’m just hoping to create a new income stream that is sustainable, and engage with collectors who have a long-term interest in supporting my work. 

I also want to start collecting NFTs myself. Because I am so new to the space, I haven’t yet started to do that. I’ve been buying art a few times a year for many years, and these pieces fill the home I share with Boris. What will it mean to collect NFTs?  I want to continue to support other artists with my dollars, as well as help mentor more artists entering the web3 and NFT space. 

If you’re NFT savvy already, you can follow me on Foundation @rachaelashe. I’ll be sharing more about my explorations and learnings in the space. If you’re a curious artist, you can check out some of the resources from a recent NFT artist workshop that I helped organize in Vancouver.


Mobi Art Bike Design

In November I entered the Mobi bike share Art Bikes contest for artists participating in the Culture Crawl, and I found out two weeks ago my work was selected as a finalist. How exciting is that?!?! Mine is one of five new designs you can ride around town. They were released into the wild two weeks ago, and I could not be happier with how the art looks on the bikes. (Even better than my photos).


Left side wheel artwork

Left side wheel

The patterns looks more three dimensional in real life because of shadows giving definition to the work. The designs are created from photos of three of the eight hand-cut paper pieces that make up the installation, Endurance of Strange Times.

If you spot one of my Art Bikes, please tag and share a photo with me over on Instagram or Twitter. Apparently the ones with artwork are the most highly ridden of all the Mobi bikes. 


Holiday Open Studio Event – December 4th, 2021

I’m having a Holiday Open Studio event this Saturday, December 4th, noon to 5pm as part of First Saturday Open Studios. Visit me at 1610 Clark Drive, unit 201 through the back entrance. I’ll have a range of work available, from paper-cut pieces, to laser cut work, as well as the new pattern mixing collages, and metallic gel pen drawings.

As an extra added bonus, I will have two guest artists showing in my studio for the day. I’ve invited textile artist, Kalvin Valko, and painter, Nano Murata, into exhibit their work alongside mine. They are both young up and coming artists I admire and have shown with at The Art Shop. (I also own a piece by Kalvin that I absolutely love).

Work by Kalvin Valko

Work by Nano Murata

We’re looking forward to hosting you happily and safely. Thank you for supporting local artists and small businesses this holiday season (and always)!

My appointment calendar is available for booking a personal studio visit on weekdays, and my online shop is always open.

Holiday Open Studio
Date: December 4th, 2021
Time: noon to 5pm
Location: 1610 Clark Drive, Unit 201, rear entrance


25th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl

After a two year hiatus I will be participating in the Eastside Culture Crawl studio tour in November, now in its twenty-fifth year! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve taken part in the Crawl, but it’s my seventh or eighth time.

The event takes place over two weekends, Friday November 12th to Sunday November 14th is a preview by appointment only (booking calendar link). Thursday November 18th to Sunday November 21st is the main weekend of the Crawl with limitations on capacity and physical distancing requirements in effect. Attendees must wear a mask and be prepared to show proof of vaccination at the door.

I’ll have a variety of work available for sale, including pattern mixing paper-cut pieces, drawings, and collage. I’m also hoping to have one or two of my installations on display for the main weekend.

Eastside Culture Crawl
Preview weekend: November 12th – 14th, Fri 5-10pm, Sat/Sun 11am-6pm
Main weekend: November 18th – 21st, 2021, Thurs/Fri 5-10pm, Sat/Sun 11am-6pm
Location: 1610 Clark Drive, Unit 201, enter through back door


Circles and Triangles Off to New Homes

Two of my favourite framed pattern mixing pieces, recently on display in my solo show Patterns of Influence, found themselves forever homes. I was glad to see them both go to people who have purchased work multiple times over the years. I’m so grateful for repeat customer clients who love my work!

Pattern Mixing Red Triangle – 29″ x 23″ framed

Pattern Mixing Blue Circle – 24″ x 24″ framed


Visit my online shop to view some of the available work, or book an appointment through Calendly to come by for an in-person visit.


Instagram Live with Sara Khan

I’ll be doing an Instagram live with the lovely Sara Khan (aka @mindforking) on the morning of Thursday June 24th at 10:30am PDT / 1:30pm EDT. We’ll be chatting about our current exhibitions and our work. I hope you can tune in.

I created a series of diptychs combining details of pieces from each of our shows. I love how these play off of each other.

Sara’s show, Roshni Ke Teh Mein (In the Fold of Light) opened at The Reach Gallery in Abbottsford in late May, and continues until September 4, 2021. It features her glorious watercolour paintings filled with pattern, colour, and meticulous details, as well as a large installation created from layered fabric. The exhibition is terrific.

It feels like a strange time to have a show, which is part of the reason the two of us decided to do this live conversation on Instagram. What does it mean to put so much of yourself into an exhibition that may not be seen by much of an audience due to Covid?


Studio Sale Preview

My studio sale has been on for a week so far, and things are going fast. I’ve already sold nine pieces, which is amazing. It’s been wonderful to see people connect with these long hidden pieces of work, and have them finally find a forever home.

I thought I’d share some of the work that is still available. Please get in touch you if see something you are interested in or schedule a visit through my booking calendar. Most of the work in the studio sale is priced at $250 and under because they are unframed and unmounted. 

Painted cut paper, 16″ x 22″ (SOLD)


Lino print and cut paper, 19.25″ x 23.75″


Paper cut painting with acrylic ink


Optical art paper cut, 15″ x 19.75″ (SOLD)


Circle star paper cut, 14″ x 17″ (glare from plastic bag)


Paper cut circles, 14″ x 17″ (SOLD)


Concentric triangles, 14″ x 17″


Gel pen drawing, 15.75″ x 19.75″


Gel pen drawing, 11.5″ x 15.75″


Laser cut wood, 16″ diameter (SOLD)


Framed embroidery in paper, 12″ x 12″


Framed embroidery in paper, 12″ x 12″


French knots in paper, 10″ x 13″


Ink drawing & French knots, 8.5″ x 11″


French knots in paper, 8.5″ x 11″


Bird collage, 6″ x 6″ (SOLD)


Bird collage, 6″ x 6″ (SOLD)


Altered book assemblage, 12″ x 16″ (SOLD)


Altered book assemblage, 12″ x 16″ (SOLD)


More to come in an additional blog post.