Art is not about the finished product but about the creative process.

INTERACTIVE ART Art is a powerful tool to facilitate connection and healing.  For me, art is not about the finished product but about the creative process.  Allowing the community to take ownership of the art creates dialogue- an ongoing dynamic that enriches all involved.  On Saturday June 14, 2014, senior residents at Rideau Manor and audience…

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…

Sock Monkey Life Skills Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development update!

Recall I am developing the following project: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SERIES 1: THE @BY POSTSTREET SOCK MONKEY LIFE SKILLS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM for youth groups, schools and community organizations in partnership with OPERATION SOCK MONKEY I am pleased that things are moving forward as intended!  Phase 1 is on track regarding community outreach and awareness.  I have…

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…

OSM HANDBOOK LIFE SKILLS

CURRENTLY PLANNING NEXT STEPS AS I CONTINUE FUNDRAISING FOR the Operation Sock Monkey Handbook for youth groups, schools and community organizations GENERAL STRUCTURE FOR WORKBOOK: • Sections • Chapters • Diagrams • Photographs • Resources IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING LIFE SKILLS  [Source: Healing the Inner City Child] “Life skills” are defined as psychosocial abilities for adaptive and positive behavior…

@BYPOSTSTREET ART HOUSE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SERIES 1 PHASE 1

THE @BYPOSTSTREET ART HOUSE GLOBAL: Creative Director, Anna Thorsen LOCAL: Art Director, Kat Thorsen (Vancouver BC) MISSION: To awaken creative expression VISION: To develop global art initiatives Art Events, Street Art, Apparel, Curriculum Development, Workshops, Workbooks, Speaker Series, Craftivism, Illustration, Portraiture, Documentaries, Graphic Novels PRESENTS Curriculum Development Series 1: The @BY POSTSTREET Sock Monkey Life Skills and Entrepreneurship Program for youth…

To mark our one year anniversary at @bypoststreet, we launch a new crowdsourcing campaign on @indiegogo!

@bypoststreet was first conceived on Feb 12, 2013.  In a year, my daughter and I have created three limited edition t-shirt collections, hosted several successful art events in Vancouver and San Francisco and laid the foundation to become a house hold brand name known for pushing the envelope of art and design.  It’s been an extraordinary experience so…

Transition, retreat, reevaluate

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. – Marcus Aurelius My life has taken an interesting turn, and I find myself having to declare bankruptcy and start totally fresh.  This means giving up my tiny condo, packing up and finding new live work space, and basically reevaluating many…

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…

We want to take a moment to say THANK YOU.

From Anna Thorsen, Creative Director and Katarina Thorsen, Art Director: We want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. It was a year ago on Feb 12, 2013 that pen was first put to paper on the first draft of our business plan at Cafca Café on Esplanade & Lonsdale in North Vancouver. In the last…

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…

Alexander and Isabella interpreted for @bypoststreet

       

The I AM AN ARTIST MANIFESTO

The I AM AN ARTIST manifesto – Katarina Thorsen, 2014

This past year has been about risk and building. #startup #entrepreneurship

This past year has been about risk and building.  Now we sit, exhausted, wide-eyed.  And spent.  In every sense of the word.  What now?  What happens next? It is time for stillness. It is time to rest…Knowing that it readies us for the next chapter. 2014 will be about blossoming and abundance.   For all…

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…

As an right-brain entrepreneur- I need to a flexible and fluid yet rigid schedule.

I am about to embark on a full-time art career as in-house artist for by post street, illustrator, writer, street artist, and art facilitator for youth/adults.  This means moving away from frontline youth coordination to focusing 100% on the art.  It is extraordinarily exciting. Art for me is not just about being in the moment…

Submission call from @bypoststreet! Email us for details! #art

Message from creative director, Anna Thorsen: HEY EVERYONE!! bypoststreet is relaunching on OCT 15 and I’m looking for submissions to become a part of our brand new website! If you’re interested in participating, please email INFO@BYPOSTSTREET.COM with your name! The instructions will be very simple and it can be anything you like that will fit onto the small piece…

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…

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.

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  

Timelapse portrait and other experiments in the @bypoststreet lab

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.

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  —…

The white t-shirt and the evolution of the @bypoststreet tee

— BY POST STREET Video by Julian Bowers  

“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…

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!