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 members of all ages at Shine Your Light Concert [with Singspiration Singers, benefitting North Shore Restorative Justice Society] added to my drawings.   The art created during the events was then added to our community street art wall on the Downtown Eastside by Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society participants.  I just love witnessing the evolution of my art as it passes hand to hand and is then released to the public and the elements.

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I decided to embroider the drawing of the dead heron.  Check out more at: LINK 

 

 

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

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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 bar.

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YouthCO receives 100% of coat check/bar sales & 10% of product sales. YouthCO is community-driven organization run by and for youth that seeks to engage, educate and empower young people living with or at-risk of HIV and Hep C.

• @bypoststreet “Designer Collection” Graphic Tees
• @bypoststreet “Lost/Found Collection” Graphic Tees
• @bypoststreet “Sugar Skull” iPhone Cases

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Photo Booth set up by Zhamak Fullad Photography will be on site!

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@bypoststreet www.bypoststreet.com
Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @bypoststreet

YouthCO http://youthco.nationbuilder.com/
Twitter: @YouthCO

Special guests Ryan Steele & Amy Goodmurphy will be your bartenders for the night!

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The event includes 11 interactive art panels featuring my portraits and youth art- time for you to add to them!

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See you there!

Make sure to check out the new @bypoststreet/Intersections Media/YouthCO youth art wall completed Jan 27 2014

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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!

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‘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

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‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international house & hip-hop deejays as drawn by Kat Thorsen. Collaborations (released monthly) will feature podcasts made exclusively by the ‘DJs-of-the-month’.

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*****by post street*****
Design. Discover. Deejay.

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*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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Anna T Fabulous, Viranly, Josh Langston- The Social Life trio!

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Check out: the by post street paper dress

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You can still JOIN THE COLLABORATION!
www.twitter.com/bypoststreet
www.instagram.com/bypoststreet
www.soundcloud.com/by-post-street

LISTEN TO RICCARDO BHI [Milan] by post street
https://soundcloud.com/by-post-street/riccardo-bhi-by-post-street

FRIENDS FOR LIFE
http://www.friendsforlife.ca/
3% of ‘by post street’s net-monthly profits will be donated to Vancouver Friends For Life.

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!

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‘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

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‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international house & hip-hop deejays as drawn by Kat Thorsen. Collaborations (released monthly) will feature podcasts made exclusively by the ‘DJs-of-the-month’.

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*****by post street*****
Design. Discover. Deejay.

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*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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*Interactive Pop-Up Art Gallery by Kat Thorsen featuring portraits to be finished by event attendees
*Music by Adam Dreaddy
*Video Installation by Zöe Harvey
*Live Models. Interactive Art.
*On-site videography
*On-site photography by Viranlly Liemena & Kate McLaren
*Book release: ‘Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections with Art‘ by Kat and Roar Thorsen

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art

Without art you do not die.  Without art you do not live.

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Don’t live in Vancouver?
You can still JOIN THE COLLABORATION!
www.twitter.com/bypoststreet
www.instagram.com/bypoststreet
www.soundcloud.com/by-post-street

LISTEN TO RICCARDO BHI [Milan] by post street
https://soundcloud.com/by-post-street/riccardo-bhi-by-post-street

FRIENDS FOR LIFE
http://www.friendsforlife.ca/
3% of ‘by post street’s net-monthly profits will be donated to Vancouver Friends For Life.

Global Sorority #documentary: 100 women’s differences, similarities, perspectives and connections

Photo by Tia Kelly

We are setting out to create a mini documentary series to get the inside scoop on 100 girls’ and women’s lives from around the world.

The documentary takes the same topics of body, mind and spirit and shows the world the truth of women’s trials and triumphs through the telling of life from their various perspectives.

The questions posed will be the same but the answers, based on their environments, cultures and families, will be very different. They will experience challenges and successes in different ways.

We want to show how women are all connected, and can support each other despite these differences.

 – Loretta Cella, Tia Kelly GLOBAL SORORITY

 

Update November 15, 2012

India 30 days and counting… ya! We have over 20 girls to work with in Bangalore and in Mumbai some exciting interviews … and Lunapads.com for all! Still time to join the journey www.indiegogo.com/globalsorority

– Loretta Cella

My portrait of Jocelyn Louise in support of the Passion Foundation and Global Sorority

See also:

Part 1 f. photos by Joshua D. Langston

Part 2. Interactive Art

A night with Passion Foundation and Global Sorority part 2: the art of interaction!

I was delighted to be a part of INSPIRE last night- an evening benefitting the Passion Foundation and Global Sorority!

Fourth floor at the Vancouver Art Gallery- not a bad place to do some interactive art!

Here are some moments of interaction and connections:

Thank you Josh Langston and Darcy Glip for all your help!

 

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See also:

Part 1 f. photos by Joshua D. Langston

A night with Passion Foundation and Global Sorority part 1. f. photos by @joshuadlangston

I was delighted to be a part of INSPIRE last night- an evening benefitting the Passion Foundation and Global Sorority!

Fourth floor at the Vancouver Art Gallery- not a bad place to do some interactive art!

Here are some moments captured by photographer/blogger/my muse Joshua D. Langston:

My beautiful muse, Joshua Langston

See also:

Part 2: the art of interaction

#INSPIRE @passionteams’ event is postponed until August 2012! Stay tuned!

UPDATE JUNE 15:

The initial date of June 20 has been changed.  A new date for August 2012 will be confirmed shortly!  Stay tuned!  I will continue to prep the interactive art piece and share the process! 

Prepping an interactive art piece for:

I’m planning an 6 x 10 canvas, which participants at the event will finish!  Today, at Intersections Media, we did a photo shoot!  The girls, who will be subjects in my piece, did some candid shots, which I will use as starting points.  Fabulously inspirational!

Nancy, photo by Travis Hengg
Megan, photo by Dustin Whymark
Emily, photo by Travis Hengg
Maryellen, photo by Nancy Kirkpatric
Travis Hengg shooting Emily (channeling Tank Girl)

Megan, photo by Dustin Whymark
Maryellen, photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
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Emily, photo by Travis Hengg
Maryellen, photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Megan, prep sketch (chinamarker, acrylic) based on photo by Dustin Whymark
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Gathering inspiration for interactive art piece for @passionteams’ #INSPIRE June 20!

Prepping an interactive art piece for:

I will be sharing the process of prepping the piece over the next week.  For now, I’m collecting and sketching.

Welcome summer with Inspire: An evening of bringing your body, mind, and heart together.

Bring your yoga mat, a new journal, favourite pen, and get ready to be inspired.

Hear the stories of four women who are aspiring  to make BIG changes in the world!

All proceeds for the event go to a new scholarship program for Passion Projects

Janice TomichOur extraordinary emcee for the evening 

Sarah Jamieson: Sarah is a freelance do-gooder of all things bucket list and philanthropically inclined: (a) Coach, (a) Compassion Warrior, (a) Superhero Humanitarian, (an) Ultarunner, and (an) Advocate for Play

Katie Jeanes: Founder and CEO of A Little More Good with a passion for social media and do good companies

Julia Spitale: Lover of life, communications professional and Co-Founder of theWheely Slow Cooking Tour

Rahael Yohannes: Passion Leader and singer

Robyn Gooding: Founder of Girls4Girls Charity

Loretta Cella: International Passion Mapper and Founder of Passion Foundation

Also:

Silent Auction,  Door Prizes, refreshments, and more… including

INTERACTIVE ART w/ Kat Thorsen

Chair massages by Amanda & Tallulah of Three Birds BodyCare and Massage

SPONSORS/DONORS:

Silent Auction

A gorgeous silk robe from Manito Silk

Lightning Strike coaching session with the unbelievably awesome Sandi Amorim                 

For moms, a pre/post natal coaching package from the amazing Tia Kelly

A pair of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra vouchers for next season

YogaFORM coaching session

Time Rich Cash Optional: An Unconventional Guide to Happiness by Cliff Harvey

Package by Half Moon Yoga

Special thanks to:

Vancouver Art Gallery for making this possible on their the beautiful Rooftop Pavilion & 4East

Weekly artist series: Week 8 Part 1 #OttoDix

Week 8 Part 1 Otto Dix

OTTO DIX:

Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix 2 December 1891 – 25 July 1969) was a German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. Along with George Grosz, he is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit. [source]

 

I adore the figures of Otto Dix.

I’ve posted about the following interactive art piece, Apologies to Otto Dix (Frida Kahlo/Otto Dix study), before.  Its journey continues.

I started the piece awhile back and first allowed people to add to during my March 10th event, the April 3 outdoor art market, then my June 23 event, then with Tracey Bell and lately at ART HEALS!  It’s still in progress.

Dustin Jones at March 10th art event

     

As of Jan 21:

Look up Otto Dix images.

Simply copy/interpret your favorite one.

Inspiration:

Barbie by Jocelyne Grivaud

Photograph by Larry Fink, Homage to Otto Dix, September 2001, from the Forbidden Pictures Portfolio published 2004:

See also:

35 PART daily journal exercise

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series INTRO

Weekly artist series Week 1 parts 1-6 FRIDA KAHLO

Weekly artist series Week 2 parts 1-6 PICASSO

Weekly artist series Week 3 parts 1-5 LISA LARSON

Weekly artist series Week 4 parts 1-3 GEORGE GROSZ 

Weekly artist series Week 5 parts 1-4 FAITH RINGGOLD

Weekly artist series Week 6 Parts 1-3 BASQUIAT

Weekly artist series Week 7 Parts 1-4 deKOONING

You will add to these canvases of #streetart inspired artwork @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

Finish pieces like this one at our interactive art event!

46' x 64' canvas

The piece above is a collaborative piece with my student, Alicia Love and myself.  Participants on October 28 will finish it!

The art featured at the event is inspired by my favorite international street artists like Herakut.  I start the pieces, we provide the supplies and then you, the attendee, go crazy and finish the pieces with complete freedom of expression!

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Black and white detail from "Stonewall" 40" x 60" on foamboard

Stonewall” is a collaborative piece with my students,  Alicia and Miko, and myself.  Participants on October 28 will finish it!

For what you can expect from one of my interactive art events, go to:

The evening benefits the amazing local organization, YOUTHCO.

INTERACTIVE ART EVENT

TOOLS FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH PARTY

OCTOBER 28, 2011 7-10 PM

568 SEYMOUR STREET, VANCOUVER BC

AGES 19+

CASH BAR

INTERACTIVE ART STATIONS

facilitated by Katarina Thorsen

YOUTHCO

HIV and HEP C Community Outreach

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YouthCO’s Tools for Change Campaign:

You will add to my #streetart inspired artwork @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Interactive Art Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

Finish pieces like this one at our interactive art event!

The art featured at the event is inspired by my favorite international street artists like Herakut.  I start the pieces, provide the supplies and then you, the attendee, go crazy and finish the pieces with complete freedom of expression!

For what you can expect from one of my interactive art events, go to:

The evening benefits the amazing local organization, YOUTHCO.

INTERACTIVE ART EVENT

TOOLS FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH PARTY

OCTOBER 28, 2011 7-10 PM

568 SEYMOUR STREET, VANCOUVER BC

AGES 19+

CASH BAR

INTERACTIVE ART STATIONS

facilitated by Katarina Thorsen

YOUTHCO

HIV and HEP C Community Outreach

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YouthCO’s Tools for Change Campaign:

Standby for our @YouthCO Tools For Change Interactive Art Event at the end of October!

I’m in final discussions with YouthCO re: final date!  And in the process of preparing a poster!  There will be art, art supplies, fabulous people, interaction, cash bar (therefore a 19+ event) etc!  Until then, here’s a detail from a large canvas you can add to at the interactive art night!!!

YouthCO’s Tools for Change Campaign:

For what you can expect from one of my interactive art events, go to:

Evolution of a Frida Kahlo/Otto Dix study with community input!

I love to watch how pieces that I share with you, to add to, evolve.  Here is a journey of one piece (Frida Kahlo/Otto Dix study) I started awhile back and first allowed people to add to during my March 10th event, the April 3 outdoor art market, then my June 23 event and today I worked on it with Tracey Bell!  I’m adding a few things and then may let some students add to it for the finishing touches!

Dustin Jones at March 10th art event

     

Recommended medium: 

LYRA FARB-RIESE- COLOR GIANT Made in Germany from Opus

OTTO DIX:

 

OMG- I LOVE THIS:

Barbie by Jocelyne Grivaud

 

 

Interactive art event!

Photos by Victor Bearpark, Julia Kozlov, Barb Snelgrove, Julian Bowers, Miko Philip, Kat Thorsen.

Together we can increase participation in the arts

I LOVE SEEING WHAT PEOPLE DO TO MY ART DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR AN EVENT!  By adding and changing they make it their own!

Photo by Julia Kozlov

At my events in June, the subjects of portraits I had started were in attendance.  The portraits were lined on the walls and art supplies were made available.  The attendees finished the portraits during the events as part of a large interactive art therapy session celebrating the subjects and celebrating freedom of expression!!!  At first I worried no one would dare add to the portraits.  Needless to say, my worries were unwarranted!!!

EVENT 1: heroes with heART June 23:

See also:

Post-mortem findings

Art event feedback

Evolution of a portrait

 

EVENT 2: Art Hairapy 

I strive to give to others a sense of sacredness, because an art event is not just a formal fact but also a moment where you put a mark on your dedication. You must have a feeling of joining a tribe where there is the stick of command, because you are in a sacred place with its rules. – Enzo Cucchi

     

       

Audience development, community dialogue and promotion of your cause through interactive art events

Read more about the YOUTHCO event at: TOOLS FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

DRAWN TOGETHER BY POST STREET LAUNCH 2013:

*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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ART HAIRAPY June 26th! Apprentice-soiree/ interactive portrait event! @SukisSalon

In partnership with SUKI’s, and hosted by Chad Francouer , my Sunday June 26, 2011 interactive art event: Art Hairapy at Suki’s on 16th and Granville, Vancouver BC!

The night is combined with Suki’s annual apprentice soirée and will feature a hair show, DJ, bar, live body painting etc!  The hair show starts at 6:30!

Finish portraits of the fabulous stylists at Suki’s on 16th and Granville as we combine Suki’s apprentice soiree with this art event!  Celebrate the therapeutic impact  and art of sylists in our lives.  By enhancing our exteriors they boost our interiors!

The night of the event there will be plenty of art supplies and all the participants  will interact with the subjects who are in attendance and paint on the unfinished pieces as a big group art session. It’s an experiment. How people finish the pieces is unknown!  It’s about letting go and sharing. Finishing with colors, painting on clothes, throwing on glitter, writing words, conversing!  The pieces will continue to evolve for several weeks after the event as they continue to hang at the salon and are added to by staff and clients!  The pieces will be on sale with proceeds going to the development phase of my new at-risk youth art therapy occupational training program!

Today’s example:

CHELSEA!

YOU WILL FINISH THIS PIECE! 24" x 40" dry pastel on illustration board! I can't wait to see what happens!

A very private piece finished by you in a very public way. An artwork’s 4 year journey. #grief #Frida #Camille

Recall my March 5 postThis piece is a love letter to my dear dance partner and friend (dancer/artist/scientist) Claudia Camille, who died in 2007…  Claudia and I are portrayed in our roles we played so often: me in grief as Frida Kahlo, Claudia stoic and determined as Camille ClaudelHer reasons for leaving were profound and heartbreaking.  She played a HUGE part in directions my life took and I tried to process her passing through this piece but somehow could never finish it.

At the March 10th art event, in the spirit of interactive art, participants added to the piece:

Jay Fisher adds to the piece in a very powerful way.

On March 31, my student Alicia continued on the piece, creating a womb-like effect:

This evening I pulled out my favorite bottle of white acrylic and added the finishing touch.  I feel like my letter of grief is written.  It is powerful and moving.   This was an experiment in trust and letting go.

(22″ x 27″ on masonite board)

Dedicated to Claudia Camille Wöber, my gentle dance partner, who thrived with and deserved honesty and truth.

 

Interactive art and feedback from March 10th art event! Sharing time and space. #arttherapy

This event was born out of a conversation I had with my dear friend Diane Clement, who made me realize “YES, I CAN!”

What an evening of art and people supporting at-risk youth programs!  Here are photos of art created by participants in our mega-art therapy session!  I am also including feedback and my thank you’s below.

Host Rebecca working the room at the beautiful District 319 venue

In my art school (1980’s), teachers would not share their art work until the last day of the course so as not to influence us.  I have found that allowing people to be surrounded by my art and creative process seems to make people at ease and encourage self-expression.

If anything, tonight has made me, and others, want to get our paints and canvases out and just…do this. – Jocelyn Louise (March 10th art event)

ART STATIONS

Photo sources from Julia Kozlov, Jocelyn Louise, Jon Rawlinson, Jay Peachy, Rebecca Rawlinson, my own and others.  More photos to come!  Stay tuned!

1. I allowed people to work on some of my unfinished pieces.Here are some highlights.  Love it!

Dustin Jones, Jay Fisher

  UPDATE: GO TO A VERY PRIVATE PIECE FINISHED IN A PUBLIC WAY

 

Frida by Oliver McTavish Wisden

2. My friend Jay Peachy shared his art including painting on Fabricio Borges!  I encourage you to go to jay’s site and learn more about this extraordinary human!

Art is a means of survival. – Jay Peachy

Documentarian Janelle Cara Huopalainen is doing a film about Jay and captured the entire evening!  Thanks, Janelle!

3. Rebecca Rawlinson not only hosted the night and had her portrait done, but shared her gorgeous business cards (featuring her photography) which are collectors items!

4. In the centre of the room we arranged a large group canvas piece for people to paint on.  Magical!

Team Stomp (Jasmine, Sam, Hannah, Ashleigh) by Jasmine Schuett

By Oliver McTavish Wisden

By Oliver McTavish Wisden

Blue and white bird by Roz M

Orange cat by Salted Lion