The wheatpaste wall at YouthCO!

Making a painting in a studio can be a bit stifling at times, but when you add the street installation element to it, it begins to be this exciting and urgent way of communicating. – Cake Successful art programs recognize that art is a vehicle that can be used to engage youth in activities that…

The @bypoststreet sample sale and interactive art event benefitting @YouthCO

Spend an evening with @bypoststreet & YouthCO! @bypoststreet takes Spring Cleaning to the next level with an inventory clear out sale of all remaining Designer Series Graphic Tees and a presale of the upcoming Spring Collection. The night will be complete with two interactive art stations, photo booth, and a YouthCO information table & beer/wine…

“Collages can help us all open up our creative and artistic sides to create a sense of peace…”

Sometimes we get can get lost in simply living life, raising our children, and our everyday responsibilities. We often lose our own identities and forget about the goals and possibilities that we have always wanted to reach. We ignore the creativity of our inner child, setting it aside as trivial and immature. Collages can help…

The I AM AN ARTIST MANIFESTO

The I AM AN ARTIST manifesto – Katarina Thorsen, 2014

For such the angels go … And uniforms of Snow. #streetart w @mediaforyouth

We trust in plumed procession For such the angels go – Rank after Rank, with even feet – And uniforms of Snow. ~Emily Dickinson Anyone can be an angel.  ~Author Unknown

My china marker portraits on @bypoststreet’s limited edition Winter Collection t-shirts!

The bypoststreet limited edition Winter collection t-shirts now available at bypoststreet.com! @bypoststreet features unisex luxury and sportswear inspired t-shirts designed by our creative director. Our eco-friendly luxurious bamboo/cotton cloth is milled in Canada and our t-shirts are designed and produced locally in Vancouver. Our collections feature limited edition portraits by our in-house artist. All our t-shirts…

Wounded angel. Haavoittunut Enkeli. #custodyart

WOUNDED ANGEL, 2008 [by “Steph” and “Vincent”] This unframed painting on raw canvas (65″ x 76″) was made during my therapeutic art classes at a youth custody centre. Read below to find out its creation. Many of the youth I currently work with are involved with the juvenile justice system in one way or another. I…

• ART • CRAFTS • YOUTH ARTISANS: my 3 blogs get 3 new looks!

MY ART BLOG:   MY CRAFTS BLOG:   MY YOUTH ARTISANS BLOG:  

“Samson found it hard to wonder about the war.” 2084- a novel.

Indiegogo campaign: From the campaign page: This campaign funds two very important things. [One] While I’m confident my novel is publishable, any writing greatly benefits from (nay : requires) professional editing. I’m raising funds to participate in an editing program in which I’m paired with an established (re : published) Canadian author, who will provide…

Journal exercise: facing our barriers [writing and drawing]

  Before our drawing exercise today with my youth group, I asked them to write stream of consciousness around barriers– barriers that come up in life, that make us “stuck” etc.  TEN MINUTES.  10 minutes of writing can be very liberating as it gives us a private place in which to problem solve and release….

The author and his main character. 2084- a novel in need of editing and illustration

Recommended reading: BRING BACK THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK! “What is the use of a book without pictures?” wondered Lewis Carroll’s Alice, and anyone raised on illustrated classics like “Charlotte’s Web” or “The Phantom Tollbooth” might secretly feel that she has a point. Writers may still demur, reasonably concluding that they are only accountable for, in Henry…

“… its alarm will sound.” 2084- a novel in need of editing and illustration

Matt’s Indiegogo campaign: From the campaign page: This campaign funds two very important things. [One] While I’m confident my novel is publishable, any writing greatly benefits from (nay : requires) professional editing. I’m raising funds to participate in an editing program in which I’m paired with an established (re : published) Canadian author, who will…

I want to take your secrets public. I want to burn down the distance between us. #Journalexercise.

I have found that by being honest with my audience, I can be honest with myself and also forgive myself for imperfections- or more accurately, celebrate my imperfections.  By acknowledging secrets I can ask for help. I want to take your secrets public.  I want to burn down the distance between us.  I want to give…

“He is one feeling.” 2084- a novel in need of editing and illustration

On Dec 4, 2010, Matthew Roy asked me to read part 1 of his manuscript and requested some feedback… I was so impressed, moved, wowed by Matt’s writing… We have since become very close friends and colleagues- united in our love for literature, art, street art, food, family, china markers etc. Cut to today.  I…

“What are your thoughts on modern day censorship? Are you offended by the images?” #comments please!

Re: Drawing on Pain Closes Early “A couple days ago we had to take down Kat Thorsen’s exhibit at 689 Espana (pictured left), the by post street in-house artist’ due to complaints of the content (nudity, language etc) from the building. This is the perfect opportunity for us to start the conversation: What are your thoughts on modern…

“Drawing on Pain” at Espana Gallery closing early due to protests from tenants.

UPDATE! It as an interesting experiment to have “Drawing on Pain” exhibited in a lobby gallery. Experiment has to end early as some tenants are expressing concern over the subject matter and have asked that the show be taken down. Understood. Thank you, The Espana Gallery, for the opportunity while it lasted! The show will end…

Unfold your wings as you fall. Drawing on Pain at Espana Gallery Aug 29-Oct 13

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. – Ray Bradbury  DRAWING ON PAIN Aug 29- Oct 13, 2013 ESPANA GALLERY 689 Abbott Street, Vancouver BC Curator, sales manager: Angie Heintz 778 773 2861 infor@angieheintz.com ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My painting carries with it the message of pain.” – Frida Kahlo…

Why use seemingly unrelated vintage photographs as sources for a true crime story?

There is no end to the inspiration I get from looking at vintage photographs- through immersion comes awakened imagination. The central characters in my graphic novel are real people but as I am doing an artistic interpretation of real events, I revel in the freedom to flesh out the central characters using old photos as a starting…

The Waves- Matt Roy’s addition to our COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT! #drawntogether #recycledart

My father and I kept mutual journals and one of our original journals was pulled apart and offered to the community. — I am so excited to be witnessing my Father’s dream project of community journals unfolding.  The latest addition is by Matt Roy: He added a page from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves to create…

Some self reflection in my #DIY collage project!

Step 1. Get a square IKEA MALMA mirror. Step 2. Print out (actual size) 4 panels of my piece “Mirror.” (Click on the images for full size.  Drag onto desktop, fiddle around with it!) Step 3. They are designed to be pieced together (overlapped) and mod-podged on the square IKEA MALMA mirrors. Step 4. Add your own glitter, paint, words,…

Molly- a graphic novel and the 5-act structure. #showyourwork

I have been intuiting to structure Molly into 5 sections.  I scratch on the back of books, in their margins, in my journal, on napkins… It’s a fascinating process to try to organize the research and fit it all into pertaining sections. My friend, writer Matt Roy, suggested I look into the 5-act structure of…

Drawing on Pain at Espana Gallery Aug 29-Oct 13: exhibit list

A huge thank you to Angie Heintz and The Espana Gallery and to everyone who attended the August 29, 2013 opening. What a fabulous crowd! Thanks for listening so intently and for your support. Thank you as well to those who provided interviews for the documentary FEAR NO ART w. Patti Henderson. You have all empowered me and I am so…

“Fear No Art” Documentary. A 20 year inquisition w. filmmaker Patti Henderson

I am so honored to be working with filmmaker Patti Henderson as we revisit a project started twenty years ago. “Fear No Art” Documentary. A 20 year inquisition. by Patti Henderson The documentary will address protests that occurred back in 1991 and my reflections on my art 20+ years later.  We are diving in now…

New shop in my neighborhood: @ingoodcompanynv: #Local #Handmade #EcoFriendly #Cooperative #Inspiring

I love connecting with people who pursue a dream and then execute the plan.  Janelle Bakker and Jean Stenhouse in North Vancouver are two such people: Local. Handmade. Gifts. Baby & Kids. Clothing. Eco-Friendly. Cooperative. I am delighted to discover the new store IN GOOD COMPANY a couple of blocks away from my apartment filled with eco-friendly,…

My Frida Hangs There. #streetart #sfo

Frida Angel pasted at 18th and Valencia. A taste of my incredible San Francisco trip for by post street. Thank you to SF for a beautiful, productive, heart-warming, empowering visit! MUCH LOVE TO MY PARTNERS-IN-ART-CRIME: MATT ROY, OWEN MCEWEN, ANNA T FABULOUS. The Frida angel is pasted on a temp wall right beside the Elbo…

DRAWING ON PAIN: Aug 29 – Oct 13, 2013 at Espana Gallery, Vancouver BC

DRAWING ON PAIN Aug 29- Oct 13, 2013 Opening August 29, 2013 7-9 PM Espana Gallery 689 Abbott Street Vancouver BC Includes Artist Talk DRAWING ON PAIN exhibits my personal therapeutic process as I utilize art to help me process the difficult challenges I have encountered (and continue to encounter) in my life– such as…

Desperately seeking Kate Moss…

Elusive, difficult to capture. No. No. No. No. No. No.  Sometimes it is so easy to capture the essence of a person.  Sometimes it just doesn’t happen.  With Kate, I resorted to simplicity to finally interpret her glance  and that “just so” placement of her eyes.

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter- in the eye. #streetart

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye. ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre  

This poem, this city, closing its doors, barricaded, almost empty… #graphicnovel #inspiration

9:09 in the morning, the taste of liquor and cigarettes, no police, no lovers, walking the streets, this poem, this city, closing its doors, barricaded, almost empty, mournful without tears, aging without pity, the hardrock mountains, the ocean like a lavender flame, a moon destitute of greatness, a small music from broken windows … a poem…

We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence. – Annie Dillard #graphicnovel #inspiration #forest

I long to fully immerse myself in Molly, to give the project the attention it needs.  Yet at the same time, I suppose, I am fully immersed in it because I am infused with it, even when working on other things and just living my life.  I trust the project has a life of its…

Feliz cumpleaños, Frida Kahlo. #muse #gratitude

Frida Kahlo July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954 Frida, photographed in 1932 by her father, Guillermo Kahlo. My Frida Series (panels 1-8 of 10): Recall: Part 1 FRIDA KAHLO Part 2 FRIDA KAHLO: BREATHING Part 3 FRIDA KAHLO: ART ABOUT ART Part 4 FRIDA KAHLO: ARTIST WORDS Part 5 FRIDA KAHLO: RELATIONSHIP Part 6…

Molly- A Graphic Novel 2 minute trailer

Molly- A Graphic Novel Trailer Editor, cinematography: Julian Bowers Writer, researcher, illustrator: Katarina Thorsen

For it is a Vancouver Story. #graphicnovel study

For it is a Vancouver Story. MOLLY- the graphic novel The TIMELINE of the story ranges from 1891-1968.  The main event in Stanley Park occurred in 1947. — GRABLINE: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 –

The @bypoststreet #portrait #drawing process. #chinamarker #sugarskull

This  is my process: Portrait of Anna T Fabulous. Design. Discover. Deejay.  by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” #graphicnovel study

A cold case is a cold case is a cold case.  Family secrets. MOLLY- the graphic novel Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. ― Benjamin Franklin A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. ― Diane Arbus — GRABLINE: He brushed the leaves…

The Vivienne Tee. @bypoststreet Collaboration 2.

by post street’s COLLECTION 2 was created in celebration of Chaos to Couture at the Met. It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world. – Vivienne Westwood…

Booty Call Wednesdays and @bypoststreet Collaboration 2!

by post street’s COLLECTION 2 was created in celebration of Chaos to Couture at the Met. To launch the collection, we collaborated with Booty Call Wednesdays in San Francisco! I created several portraits of notorious SF locals.  A backdrop was created by my daughter, Anna T Fabulous, for the event.   The paper dress I created (my third one) was premiered…

Face of the month collaboration with Global Model Scouting and @bypoststreet!

Introducing our new collaboration! Face of the Month with: FACE OF THE MONTH At the end of every month GMS will pick a “Face of the month” from the models on our site. This will be someone that we think stands out. What makes them stand out could be uniqueness, coolness, attitude or perhaps great…

Collaboration 2 @bypoststreet f. dj of the month by @kaseyriot! W. podcast!

— Check out djriot.com: SHOP by post street! Follow @bypoststreet The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous). Art/ Fashion/ Music Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud COLLECTION 2 in celebration of Chaos to Couture at the Met:  

Anna and the @bypoststreet paper dress as caught by the inimitable @viranlly

The by post street paper dress photographed by Viranlly Aix Liemena: The Social Life team: Viranlly, Anna and Josh! The by post street online store is now open:

Check out what attendees did to the portraits at DRAWN TOGETHER @bypoststreet LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge

Check out what attendees did to the portraits I created as we celebrated the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] today at 1181!  Thank you everyone for a wonderful day! ‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen. at 1181…

DRAWN TOGETHER INTERACTIVE ART and LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge April 14!

CELEBRATE the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] at 1181! ‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen. at 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver BC ‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international…

Jennifer of @SketchChange’s genius addition to our COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT! #drawntogether #recycledart

Our original journal was pulled apart to offer to the community. — I am so excited to be witnessing my Father’s dream project of community journals unfolding.  Take a look at what my dear friend Jennifer did!!! — Jennifer Lyons pulling apart the journal and choosing her pages! Take note of the spiral binding from the…

“Boid.” BIRD, bird, BbIiRrDd… how my 18-month-old nephew made my crow drawing a masterpiece.

Completed interactive art: DRAWING TUTORIAL 1 CROW: You will need: • Paper • Charcoal • Dry pastel (one bright color) • Eraser • Scissors • White Acrylic paint • Fine brush Full-length tutorial now available on VIMEO! LINK $2 for 72 hours access! ENJOY!!!  

“The Wall” and @bypoststreet = tickets to @gimmethelootnow in #NYC thanks to @MilkStudios

@bypoststreet won tickets to the new movie, Gimme the Loot, as part of an INSTAGRAM challenge! http://gimmethelootmovie.com/ The latest session at THE WALL: Josh Langston prepping wheatpaste portrait of Kasey Riot

Pre-order your @bypoststreet Collaboration 1 [K,A,R] t-shirt @Indiegogo until March 1!

PRE-ORDER now available for BY POST STREET, my unisex t-shirt & music project with creative director/designer Anna Thorsen. Order COLLABORATION 1 through Indiegogo from now until March 1. Check it –> 60% Bamboo Rayon, 28% Cotton, 6% Spandex — Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards…

Check out @bypoststreet funder perks on @Indiegogo!

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits.  See below! Video by Julian Bowers — Design. Discover. Deejay.  by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art. — WHAT…

FIRST podcast by @riccardobhi on @SoundCloud for @bypoststreet t-shirt & music project!

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: TAKE A LOOK : Design. Discover. Deejay.  by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art. — WHAT WE ARE by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen. by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and…

Announcing my new project with @The_Social_Life: @bypoststreet! #art #fashion #music #collaboration

Design. Discover. Deejay.  by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art. Follow @bypoststreet The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous). Art/ Fashion/ Music Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud Video by Julian Bowers — WHAT WE ARE by post street is a limited edition t-shirt…

The wall. Checking in. Loving the subtle changes. #streetart

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“Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets.” Witnessing the deterioration. #streetart #downtowneastside

  Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherised upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent…

Our 2014 @bypoststreet #manifesto. Time to #declare #claim #choose

THE BPS 2014 MANIFESTO I choose to share my expression.  I am an artist. SHOP BYPOSTSTREET Read more at the @bypoststreet blog!

Introducing Jan Sam, @audiocinematic. #audio #visual #artist

I had the pleasure of meeting Jan Sam during Tuesday’s photoshoot. He is a superbly talented young man who just exudes the persona of ARTIST.  I look forward to collaborations! Check out Jan Sam’s music at: A sampling of Jan Sam’s art:

The Creative Life Expression of Jennifer Elisha, @SketchChange

I am delighted to be working with Jennifer Elisha, aka Jennifer Lyons, Playshop Facilitator, Artist, Author, Speaker and Creative Goddess! My passion is guiding entrepreneurs who are today’s change makers- facilitating innovative personal and professional development playshops using imaginative tools and practical action plans to achieve well being and balance.  I am also passionate about…

“I am art.” #streetart wall builds connections in the #downtowneastside

As our streetart wall grows, we are building connections with the local community, enjoying audience as we paint, inviting others to join. We are building dialogue around the “portrait.”  We are building relationships and locals are asking to have their photos taken and portraits done as they enjoy the empowerment we all feel when being…

Create. Deconstruct. Integrate. Recreate. Collaborate. Portrait of @manrepeller with @joshuadlangston

Rochelle Joshua Langston deconstructs and recreates. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life. – Henry Miller It’s wonderful releasing my artwork to someone and seeing what they come up with!

Evolution of a portrait: @Conner_G and @rfwhyte of @JunctionYVR

Start with: Draw street art style portraits: Deliver: Enjoy: Thank you, Junction, for my wonderful Banksy book!

“For the yellow smoke that slides along the street.” #streetart

Nancy Kirkpatrick‘s beautiful photos of today’s street art session:   Check out more of our street art at PORTRAITS/STREET ART