vendredi 23 juin 2017


Hello all. How was your week? I can tell you that mine was super busy with real life stuff. I had no time to do any of the tutorials and hardly any time in the studio. Plus I hated everything I was making because I was so conscious about how little free time I had, that I was stressed and not making anything good.

My colour this week was yellow and I was having the hardest time finding what I wanted to explore with it. This was the first version of my spread, with an angry queen figure that was expressing my feelings that day. I hated it.

So I covered it up and my approach finally came to me after my Advocate/Warrior archetype got kind of out of hand this week. So here is the Fire Dragon Queen.

I covered the drawn queen with some ripped flames and toxic smoke. This archetype addresses the part of me that is judgemental. I am an open-hearted and loyal person. I will support you and hold you up. But if you hurt me or if you let me down repeatedly, it is hard for me to forgive that.

I tend to then expect that from the person and call out the actions once they show up. I believe this is what is happening with my mother. It's happened with an ex-friend who did this to me. Since that event, I have this Dragon Fire Queen who lives within me and who will put up that firewall when I am in danger of being hurt. It's a defence mechanism.

I love the second iteration of my spread much more than the first. The stapled thread is something I borrowed from Lauren Caterson. This spread also addresses the "death to colour" idea.

My next colour is gold. I love that colour so much and I have maybe 25 different types of it: iridescent, glitter, watercolour, paper, bronze gold, yellow gold, etc. I think I had so much that I put it all on my page and absolutely hated it. Again.

So I covered it all up with white gesso and did an ink blot with all my different gold inks and I felt much better.

This archetype is a positive one that I have: the Queen of seized opportunities. I find my self often scared and nervous and putting myself in situations where I feel stressed about things but every single time I have said "yes" something great has come from it.

Whether it's moving to China, or taking a chance at a new contract or job, I have been very lucky to have had these positive encounters and it is because I have this tendency to do things that scare me.

I am grateful for these golden opportunities that have come my way and even more that I had the guts to say "yes!" I love how the gold looks like veins here. On the right I used tissue paper, one of my great loves is using that type of paper in my spreads and I haven't had the chance to do so in a while.

Thank you for coming by!


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mardi 20 juin 2017

The Circle Zine

We haven't shared a zine in a while but this one is worth the wait. The Zine Squad enlisted Ashley and made a zine for Clare. The theme was circles, plain and simple. It opened up a whole lot of possibilities!

 I made the watercolour circles above and left them mostly blank so the others could add to them. Which they did without it being too much.

I love those huge neon orange sequins. I cut up a leftover self-portrait and aligned it in some holes I had punched. I love that Ashley played off the idea of scattered shapes.

I put the orange ribbon on the left page but I love the added the sequins! Ashley did that and it fits nicely with the lion, almost compensating for the fact that it was black and white. I was the second to have the zine so it's so cool to see how it has evolved.

The right page above was inspired by a Red Hot Chili Peppers song that I was listening to at the time I made it. Circles and planets go together, do they not?

It was really fun to explore this theme, actually to let a shape be our common thread through the zine. Please take a look at everyone's pages : Julia, Katie, Ashley. And give us a like on Instagram to see more of our work.

lundi 19 juin 2017

100 Days of listening to the dead | 41-60

This project is still bringing me so much joy. I truly enjoy matching photos to the text in Spoon River Anthology and I am happy that the combination still resonates with people. Here are day 41 to 60.

I love this message on the back so I didn't glue that one down. ''This is pretty punk. If I get any better ones I will send youse some.''

Thanks for coming by!

vendredi 16 juin 2017


Hello lovelies, and welcome to week two of the Season of Colour, a week dedicated to the much unloved colour orange. I guess part of the reason for this is that it is too much of a happy colour for me. Nevertheless, when you think about it, it is quite a nostalgic colour: one associated with Halloween, Fall foliage, hearth fires...and, in my mind, the marigold flower.

The marigold flower and a tarot card I pulled this week lead me to explore my first archetype for this week: the Seeker Queen. Marigolds play an important role in El Dia de los Muertos celebrations: their scent and vibrant colours attract the spirits of the dead.

I have always been fascinated by death. Not exactly by death but by what surrounds it: mourning, grief, rituals. I love the material culture associated with how we bury our dead. I'm interested in rituals of mourning and ways to mark or alleviate grief. I am fascinated by funerary rituals from all around the globe and throughout time.

This is what lead me to become an archaeologist and a forensic anthropologist. One of the reasons I am so excited to go to London next month is because a lot of the research I used for my (never completed) doctorate was from Christchurch in Spitalfields. Going there will be a pilgrimage. This is me, at work during a dig in 2004. This work made me feel alive.

This Seeker Queen is the part of me that examines and tries to understand burial practices. The part of me that is touched by what people chose to include in the burial to mark their relationship with the dead. I have seen porcelain dolls, messages in bottles, hair and religious artifacts. I have seen remains buried in fancy coffins and others on simple wooden planks. 

I have been in the infant section of cemeteries, where they placed the bones of so many children who passed so young. I have seen people in their finest suits, in army uniforms; I have picked up shoes and boots that had been laced decades earlier. I have seen signs of trauma and disease.

I love to uncover a burial and then I love to wash the bones and then let them speak to me. It is a ritual for me, a mark of respect for that person who lived and for their family who made sure that their loved one's burial brought rest to their soul. I am grateful that the colour orange has allowed me to revisit this part of me. I drew the skeleton with my Uniball signo and added the pencil markings afterwards. I love the look of the bold black line and the thinner, spidery pencil lines.

The second archetype emerged after I played with my inks following Riet's tutorial. I didn't marble any paper but seeing her lovely creations made want to explore a more organic and fluid background. I used lots of water and watched the inks bleed into each other softly. 

Meet the Petulant Queen. It's hard to admit this but it's like I'm looking in the mirror. This archetype goes hand in hand with my Warrior. If I feel there is an injustice, I will do everything I can to repair it. But sometimes that means keeping tabs on everything and always bringing up the things that bother me about a person or a situation and that is just no good after a while. This spread is also based on the 'a day in colour' prompt, as I had a good, petulant-filled day on Thursday. No pity like a pity party!

I had such fun finding the figures in the ink blots. By some sweet serendipity, they went perfectly with the theme. I used lots of copper, it doesn't show up as well in the photos.

If you are interested in archetypes and art journaling, check out this book by Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli who taught me all I know about approaching you work (and self) this way. I have a spread in this book and...guess what? It is orange! A big phoenix to accompany my Warrior. We also discuss and research archetypes in my Totems class. You can find the link to that class on the sidebar.


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