More photos from the incredible Jamie Oosterhuis!
My current studio space is in my home, but I think it might be my favourite so far! It's so nice to just roll right out of bed and into making some art if I want to.
Last month, I had the immense privilege of creating a few pieces for a beautiful wedding at the Gellatly Nut Farm in Kelowna. A paper succulent garland, and a seating chart also featuring succulents.
Photos by the incredibly talented and wonderful Jamie Oosterhuis, necklace made by yours truly.
There is nothing that makes me happier in life that making something. I love everything about it, from start to finish. Planning, choosing materials, changing materials when something isn't working, the process of figuring it out and above all else, using my hands. Using your physical body really amplifies your connection to what you are creating.
My art practice is in a constant state of ebbs and flows, and whenever there is an ebb in one area, I love having something different that's still creative to fall back on. I haven't been getting very excited about my paintings as of late, so for the time being I've shifted my focus to jewellery and denim jacket designs. I think I may delve into the realm of woodworking for a little bit too. That's the wonderful thing about embracing your creative self, there's so much room to play and shift and grow, and you can always come back to the processes you love the most.
I'm having such a great time making these jackets for our brand, Young Denham. Every time I make one there's this funny moment for me once I've completed the jacket. I find myself thinking "Oh wow, that actually looks good!" because I'm so used to making abstract art all the time that I forget that I can make representational work too. And I think because I'm making these for other people, the stakes are a little bit higher. It doesn't matter if I don't make a good painting when I'm just working on art for myself, but it's a whole other thing to make a jacket for someone else that I have to make sure I don't screw up. So each time I make one, I feel like I'm conquering this little fear I have in my heart and that feels pretty good.
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