$100 Or Less Art Show at August Studios

I’m taking part in a group exhibition opening next week, the $100 Or Less show at August Studios. Yes, that’s correct! All of the art will be priced at $100 or less, which is a steal.

Join me and 20+ other incredible artists, working in a wide variety of mediums, for an exciting exhibition of art.

Look at that amazing roster of Vancouver artists. I am super excited, and I hope you will be too. Check out the August Studios IG account for a preview of some of the work that will be available.

100 or less

$100 Or Less Art Show
Opening: August 25th, 5pm to 10pm
Location: August Studios, 1320 E Pender Street
Dates: Aug 27-28, and Sept 2-4. Open 10am-5pm. Otherwise by appointment


How To Mix Patterns at Coup Salon

I’m pleased to present a small show of pattern mixing collages on display at Coup Salon until the end of March. The show is titled, How To Mix Patterns, and features seven small collage pieces, and two paper cut pieces.

This series of collages initially came about after a diagnosis of osteoarthritis in my hands in early September 2021. They have been a way to continue creating but with a lighter impact on my body than the extremely intricate hand-cut work I typically produce. I came across these collections of beautiful papers, and it inspired me to think about turning them into collaged versions of my pattern mixing focused paper-cut pieces. I wanted them to relate but be their own unique body of work.

All of the pieces are available for sale and can be purchased through my online shop.

How to Mix Patterns
Location: Coup Salon
Address: 524 Shanghai Alley, Vancouver BC
Dates: January 21st to March 31st, 2022


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


Recommended Reading: Indigenous Authors & Stories

I was inspired by the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to pull together a reading list of books by Indigenous Canadian authors. These are a mix of non-fiction and fiction books I’ve read over the past three or four years, that are important books to read in coming to an understanding of the lived experience of Indigenous people, the continued effects of Residential School, and intergenerational trauma.

If you’re afraid to read about the hard emotional stuff that other people have gone through, please push past it. It was harder for them to live it than it is for you to read it. Indigenous people need our empathy and understanding in order for all of us to move forward.

Five Little Indians, by Michelle Good – Tells the story of five children and their cruel experiences of Indian Residential school, and the ripple affects in their lives after they leave.

Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – a beautifully written non-narrative story combining Indigenous mythology in the modern world. It’s a striking and unusual book.

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer – This book was a huge hit in 2020 for the beautiful writing about the natural world through the dual lenses of science and Indigenous knowledge.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, by Alicia Elliott – An intimate autobiography sharing the authors experiences of growing up severely underprivileged, experiencing intergenerational trauma, struggling with mental illness, and finding her own voice through writing.

Empire of Wild, by Cherie Dimaline – A terrific work of fiction centred around the Métis story of the Rogarou, a were-wolf like creature of legend. A woman’s search for her missing husband, who mysteriously disappeared for over a year, and his sudden reappearance in an unexpected place.

This Place: 150 Years Retold, by multiple authors & Illustrators – a graphic novel anthology exploring the last 150 years (published at the time of Canada’s 150 anniversary) from the perspective of Indigenous peoples under the thumb of colonialism. There’s now also a podcast called, This Place, based on the graphic novel.

Split Tooth, by Tanya Tagaq – The book moves between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a hauntingly beautiful arctic world. A strange and unusual book by Inuk musician and throat singer, Tanya Tagaq. 

The Break, by Katherena Vermette – A family saga told from multiple perspectives, and centred around the witnessing of a violent crime. It explores intergenerational trauma, and the relationships between three generations of women of the same family. 

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, by Bob Joseph – The title is pretty self-explanatory. Definitely read this if you want to understand more about how the Indian Act has effected the lives of Indigenous Canadians.

The Inconvenient Indian, by Thomas King – This book is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America. (This is an excerpt from the summary on Good Reads).

Nishga, by Jordan Abel – A moving work of art exploring identity, that tells the story of Abel’s lived experience through a collection of documents, transcripts, and letters. I find this book really difficult to describe because it defies categorization. 

Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice – A fictional story of what happens in a small Northern Community when the power goes out, and the end of the world may have happened.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography, by Andrea Warner – The amazing life of folk singer and activist Buffy Saint Marie. She’s an icon. Go read this! Yes, it’s written by a white lady but with great reverence for Buffy Saint-Marie.

If you are local to Vancouver,  please consider ordering books through Indigenous owned books stores such as Iron Dog Books, or Massy Books. Please make a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.


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.


Wood Paper Scissors: Raw Materials in Art

I’m thrilled to be working with The Art Shop and participating in their second pop-up group exhibition of the year. Wood Paper Scissors: Raw Materials in Art, will feature a brand new series of pattern mixing paper-cuts I’ve been working on over the summer and fall. My work can also be purchased through their online shop.

Participating artists:
Rachael Ashe, Lydia Cecilia, Ben Evely, Susan Jessop, Aaron Moran, David Ullock, and Kalvin Valko.

The Art Shop (TAS) presents its second Pop Up exhibition of local emerging artists in Vancouver. Wood, Paper, Scissors: Raw Materials in Art, aims to demonstrate and facilitate an approach to viewing and understanding contemporary art starting from its materiality. Exhibiting artists whose artistic process includes the use of what could be perceived as uncommon materials, the exhibition illustrates the immense possible definitions of what constitutes a work of art.
The participating artists work with materials of strong and natural qualities; from repurposed wood, to hand dyed fabrics, to paper cutting and collage. Transforming what was once its own raw entity into a work of art – the artists reconsider, repurpose, and redefine how art can differ from the traditional paint on canvas. The physical and technical aspects become the focus, allowing an access point for the viewer to recognize and relate to the artworks.

Wood Paper Scissors: Raw Materials in Art
October 23rd to November 3rd
Time: 11am to 7pm every day
Location: 879 East Hastings Street
Website: theartshop.ca

Artist Interview Series with Tristesse Seeliger

My friend and fellow artist, Tristesse Seeliger, has been creating a series of artist interviews over the past several months. I’ve been enjoying watching them, especially this one with Megan Majewski, and this one with Sara Khan, as they give an excellent peek into their thought process and the inspiration behind their work. I was thrilled to join the ranks of interviewees, and you can watch the results below.

A HUGE thank you to Tristesse for including me in the series. She’s put an incredible amount of work into creating these videos. Visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

CANCELLED – Workshop: Paper Play, Techniques for Cutting & Sculpting Paper

Please Note: This workshop has been cancelled.

The first of a new batch of workshops has been scheduled for the fall. Join me on Sunday September 29th for a 102 version of my paper cutting workshop. Paper Play: Techniques for Cutting & Sculpting Paper is a more advanced class than the introductory paper cutting workshop, but will be accessible to everyone.

Through this four hour hands-on session I will guide students through a deeper dive into techniques for cutting, sculpting, folding, and transforming paper. The goal is to further develop papercraft skills and apply these to all sorts of projects.

Visit eventbrite for more information and to register for the class.

Paper Play: Techniques for Cutting & Sculpting Paper
Date: September 29th, 2019
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: BC Artscape Sun Wah Centre
Address: 268 Keefer Street, 3rd floor
Cost: $100 + fee