Join the ‘100 Faces’ Street Art Project for instalment 1 of my graphic novel.

Molly, my graphic novel, is not just an illustrated work of creative non-fiction, nor is it simply about one cold case- it is a Vancouver story.  It belongs to the people of Vancouver.   I am presenting my work in 5 instalments as a broadsheets in newspaper form. You can read more at: PREVIEW and GRAPHIC NOVEL POSTS…

Sacred Contracts Journal Exercise Part 5 of 8: Throat Chakra

  SACRED CONTRACTS JOURNALING EXERCISE SERIES PART 5 OF 8 THROAT CHAKRA We are tapping into our calling, our purpose, our joy in this SACRED CONTRACTS journal series.  It is inspired by Caroline Myss.  The journal series is  an experiment on my part, and I welcome you to join along. Recall Part 1: Future and Present where we took…

Sacred Contracts Journaling Exercise Part 3 of 8: what masks do we wear?

SACRED CONTRACTS JOURNALING EXERCISE SERIES PART 3 OF 8 WHAT MASKS DO WE WEAR? We are tapping into our calling, our purpose, our joy in this SACRED CONTRACTS journal series.  It is inspired by Caroline Myss.  The journal series is  an experiment on my part, and I welcome you to join along. Recall Part 1: Future and Present where…

Flour, water, sugar. China markers and newsprint. Plus some youth. Perfect combo!

Latest gallery of wheatpaste sessions with Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society and Byrne Creek Secondary! All my street art projects are inspired by JR and the Inside Out Project.  Make sure to check out the Inside Out Project Victoria!!!

“We better take time out…” RIP Maya Angelou

 

Sale ends June 30 Midnight! Portraits in my signature style only $60 CAD!

Portrait Sale! ENDS JUNE 30, 2014 MIDNIGHT 18×24 on newsprint From May 17-June 30, 2014, I have been offering handdrawn portraits in my signature style for only $60.00 CAD each (free shipping within Canada and US) Regular price ranges from $100-$300 Proceeds go towards  Sock Monkey Lifeskills Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development       All portraits [unless otherwise specified] will…

SALE! Today only! Ending 12AM PT: order a handdrawn portrait in my signature style for only $30!

Many of you have asked, pleaded, begged… so today I’m doing a special SALE! Today only ending 12AM PT: order your handdrawn portrait in my signature style for only $30! 18″ x 24′ on newsprint in china marker         Regular price ranges from $100-$300 But until midnight tonight, for $30 per portrait, I will…

Cultural identity project at Byrne Creek Secondary- Gallery #wheatpaste #chinamarker #paint

CULTURAL IDENTITY PORTRAIT PROJECT SESSION 6 OF 7, BYRNE CREEK SCHOOL GR. 8 Recall previous posts about this project: Does wheatpaste work on a ceiling tile? Session 2 of 7 Today we added final touches.  30 Grade 8 students did an extraordinary job on this project.  The result illustrates that their true identity lies in connection,…

Cultural Identity Portrait Project Session 2 of 7, Byrne Creek School Gr. 8

No matter what the end goal, it’s witnessing, sharing and experiencing the creative process that drives me.

Does wheatpasting work on a ceiling tile? Hmmm…

I will be facilitating a really exciting Cultural Portrait pilot project at a local high school in a couple of weeks. The plan is for the 30 students to create a street art type ceiling as they explore self and cultural identity. The work is to go on those classic porous school ceiling tiles- you…

Order your personalized Sugar Skull Portrait by @bypoststreet’s art director now!

ORDER THROUGH PAYPAL and email me your portrait image of choice! — CONTACT KATARINA: Email

Evolution of a #wheatpaste. Portrait of @ThaneKoi, one year later

What is the point of a piece that is meant to be temporary?  Work that is impermanent reminds us that nothing in life is permanent, that every state is temporary and transitory.  Contemplating this concept teaches us to embrace change in our life, instead of working against it.  When others notice a piece that is…

Alexander and Isabella interpreted for @bypoststreet

       

“These messages are real answers…” My first ever tarot card reading with Madam Patricia. #skepticonvacation

I was delighted to be invited for my first ever tarot card reading by ScorpioSun aka Madam Patricia this afternoon at my favorite place on earth: Salmagundi West. Journal notes this morning: Purposely slower morning.  Woke up at 7 AM, pressed snooze till 7:45.  Coffee.  Made bed.  Uncovered the parrot.  Tidied up in case the…

What I learned about myself in 2013.

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

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains…” – Nelson Mandela

Upon his release he sought reconciliation, not revenge.  That may be what inspires me the most about Nelson Mandela. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela  

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…

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….

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…

Draw-a-sugarskull tutorial!

Pull out some supplies and enjoy this old drawing tutorial to celebrate the release of our by post street iPhone case featuring Calavera (sugarskull) Karl! Anna T Fabulous of by post street and Jenn Mickey of 1181 Lounge at by post street launch party, April 2013. Photo by Viranlly Aix Liemena

SEPT 20 7AM PST: @bypoststreet iPhone case release! #sugarskull #iPhone #iOS7 #iphone5S

Acid and tender, hard as steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly’s wing, lovable as a beautiful smile, and as profound and cruel as the bitterness of life. So Diego Rivera describes his wife, Frida Kahlo, and so we describe by post street’s first limited edition iPhone case Calavera Karl, our artistic interpretation of our…

Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand. – Yeats

WHERE dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake, There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we’ve hid our faery vats, Full of berrys And of reddest stolen cherries. Come away, O human child!  To the waters and the wild  With a faery, hand in hand, …

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…

by post street at Tank 18, San Francisco: portraits, interactive art

  A huge thank you to everyone at Tank 18 and our DJ Riccardo Bhi for a fantastic day!

#SFO bound with @bypoststreet!

Excitement rising as I prep with by post street for our trip to San Francisco, which includes art events, portraits, street art, wheatpasting, journaling, writing, visiting, cooking and soaking up all the gloriousness of the city! Check out What is by post street? by Rami Films:

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.

What stays, what goes, what changes. Our ever-evolving wall. #streetart #downtowneastside

Huge thank you to Brianna Baker, Chrissy Capilano, Dan O’Brien, Zöe Harvey and Warren Nicolson for being part of the latest wheatpaste session at our wall. The first paste ever on our wall July 17, 2012: And today:

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:  

The art is on the wall. Latest updates.

My daughter and I [wearing our by post street tees] as featured on the cover of WE Vancouver! For complete article go to: POST NO BILLS: CAN FREE ART CHANGE THE WORLD? Anna is wearing “K” from by post street’s collection 1.  Check out the making of the “K” portrait: Video by Julian Bowers  —…

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…

Molly’s confession. #graphicnovel study #openingsequence

I am going to tell the story of my life in an alphabet of ashes. – Blas de Otero — GRABLINE: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 MOLLY- the graphic novel —

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…

It doesn’t stop him. My death stops him. #graphicnovel study

Recall March 7, 2013, photoshoot at Salmagundi West for my graphic novel. I am struck by the ability of my model, Jocelyn Louise, to convey, in a simple glance, the pain of my main character as she tries to escape the memories of childhood trauma. Asexual. Living in church, reading about God all the time, getting callouses…

With a faery, hand in hand… photo shoot for the #graphicnovel at Salmagundi West!

On March 7, 2013, I was humbled at the generosity of Salmagundi West owner Anna Banner who allowed us to use her store as a back drop for our latest photoshoot! I was joined by Jocelyn Louise (who portrays Molly) and stylist Jay Fisher… … and my daughter Anna Thorsen who took the main shots…

“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

I love to draw! I want to show you how I do it! Coming soon: pay-per-view drawing tutorials!

 

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…

“Where white is black and black is white, I won.” #graphicnovel study #crowskull

When Crow was white he decided the sun was too white. He decided it glared much too whitely. He decided to attack it and defeat it. He got his strength up flush and in full glitter. He clawed and fluffed his rage up. He aimed his beak direct at the sun’s centre. He laughed himself…

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…

Maybe you mistook me for an angel… #graphicnovel studies and research

Sometimes, the truths that we hold to be fixed in our culture develop a fissure, which widens into a crack, and as we watch, the mirror shatters shard by shard, until nothing is left but fragments of the prejudice lying in disarray at our feet. – Patricia Pearson, Perceptions of Female Violence and the Vocabulary…

… the depths of that leaf-encumbered forest, the soul… #graphicnovel study

It rasped her, though, to have stirring about in her this brutal monster! To hear twigs cracking and feel hooves planted down in the depths of that leaf-encumbered forest, the soul; never to be content quite, or quite secure. – Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway MOLLY- the graphic novel —

Regarding Molly- importance of working titles and “acting as if…”

As I experiment with marrying text to illustration in my graphic novel, I am working from the end backwards, creating a working title and promotional mockup. Acting as if the book is completed, the project feels organized and allows me to create a skeletal framework on which to flesh out ideas. This framework can then…

The dissonance of text and illustration. Study for #graphicnovel #Molly #BabesintheWoods

MOLLY- the graphic novel —

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

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“How you live is how you heal.” Today’s portrait: @DrManonBolliger, ND

I had the pleasure of first meeting Dr. Manon Bolliger through Julie Salisbury, my publisher for Drawn Together. I love Manon’s empowering call for self-advocacy.  She encourages you to become a self-directed patient. You were right all along.  Healing is from within. – Dr. Manon Bolliger Check out Manon’s book: PRE-ORDER her book now (by February…

Evan and Larissa- Thursday pas de deux #photoshoot

It was a joy for me to witness the dance between best friends Evan Voyageur and Larissa Brown on Thursday at our Intersections Media Intake 7 photoshoot.  They are an artist’s delight!

Shame. Study for #graphicnovel

      Recommended reading:   —   MOLLY- the graphic novel —

He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. Jan 15, 1953

  MOLLY- the graphic novel —

I, in fleshy tomb, am buried above ground. Study for #graphicnovel

— Encompass’d with a thousand dangers,  Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors….I…in fleshy tomb, am  Buried above ground. – William Cowper MOLLY- the graphic novel —

The Babes in the Wood study #graphicnovel

The Babes in the Wood [1] My dear do you know, How a long time ago, Two poor little children, Whose names I don’t know, Were stolen away On a fine summer’s day, And left in a wood, As I’ve heard people say, Poor Babes in the Wood! Poor Babes in the Wood! Oh! don’t…

“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…

Personal #arttherapy with @reggiewatts tonight

My mind is racing, so I race to what makes perfect sense right now- Reggie Watts and a china marker! — DRAW IT OUT! —  

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!