Ghosts in the wall… #streetart

I think about the wall often.

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Many ask me about it.

It no longer exists.  But lives on in my heart.

My new friend, Chrissy Davey (aka @craftyfatalist) recently connected with me on Instagram about my embroidered drawings.  Serendipitously, she had taken pictures of a street art wall (in the lane behind 119 East Cordova in Vancouver) a few years back- which amazingly turns out to be the wall I worked on with my youth program.  She sent me some photos that take my breath away.  The wall may be gone.  But the ghosts live on.

Photos by Chrissy Davey:

 

That is why I love the creative process- especially street art.  You create, you share, you let go.  It deteriorates but leaves a mark in the heart.

Photos of the wall from my archives:

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With fondness, I look back through some of my blog posts about the wall.  What I love so much about that is the connections made with the artists and with the community…

 

The power of paper and glue. – JR

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My Frida hung there…

I love the evolution of the street art creative process- the pasting of original art and letting it go into the world…

Like the journey of my Frida angel pasted on Valencia Street, San Francisco, three plus years ago:

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August 24, 2013 (photo by Anna Thorsen)

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November 28, 2016 (photo by Anna Thorsen)

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What motivates someone to put something out into the world?  Why do it?

– Keri Smith

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And what motivates me to draw Frida?  Over and over and over again…

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Is it meditation?

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Is it an anxiety tool?

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A sanctuary?

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An obsession?

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Appropriation?

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Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Art Camp Diary- Part 6: the photographer

Recall:

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Part 1: Preparation

Part 2: Travel

Part 3: Art Camp Day 1 

Part 4: Art Camp Day 2

Part 5: Art Camp Day 3

Part 6: Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society Summer 2016 Art Camp- the photographer

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What a treat it was to be joined by photographer Rick Magnell of Magnell Photography on Days 1 and 3!

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Rick Magnell.  Photo by Jana Roller

Contact: rmagnell@me.com

As this is a wheatpaste project developed from my initial obsession (that began in 2012) with the street artist JR…

I knew the Punky Lake project had to include photo portraits.  Rick was THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER for this purpose!  He not only has a profound gift for the visual but also a demeanour that makes even the shyest participant at ease in front of the camera!

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He also has an ability to go with the flow!  It was only Day 1 and we were all just getting to know each other, but Rick managed to take EXTRAORDINARY portraits of the participants and support staff.  I am BLOWN AWAY by the beauty of these faces as captured by Rick.

I will let Rick explain:

Sarah Jackman from The Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society offered me the opportunity to photograph the Journey and Mind Mapping Art Camp with Kat Thorsen. My first task was to head out to the Old Training and Recreation Complex in Riske Creek and take portraits of all the youth and adults involved in the camp and have 8×10 prints made. The prints would then be cut out and become part of the mural project with in the gymnasium. Once I got there Kat had already got the group to all sketch pictures of raccoons and after lunch started teaching the group how to sketch anatomical hearts. These would all get incorporated in to the mural. Everyone was great, of course you get the few shy ones but we managed to get them in front of the camera.” – Rick Magnell

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Day 3 was where I brought out the 8×10’s to be wheatpasted on the mural and documented the rest of the day. The day concluded with a closing circle where everyone shared their thoughts about the art camp. Two of the youth were presented drums along with Kat who received a drum herself as thanks. Elder Gary finished the circle with a drumming song. Gary has some incredible stories, I did approach him to see if he would be interested in my Story project. Overall it was a great group and a great experience for myself to photograph. I appreciate the opportunity and it was great to meet Kat and everyone else involved in the project.” – Rick Magnell

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… the power of paper and glue… – JR

Thank you Rick for making the art camp extra-special!  I look forward to drawing all the participants from your photos! 

 

I want to thank and acknowledge the Toosey (Tl’esqox) and Tsihquot’in First Nations, Old School Training and Recreation Complex and Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society (Sarah Jackman, Samantha Dick, Bruce Baptiste, Ann Guichon) for hosting the Summer 2016 Art Camp. I also want to thank and acknowledge the elders, the chef, the photographer, the chaperones, youth workers and the participants!

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Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 5: Day 3 Celebration 

Recall:

Preview

Part 1: Preparation

Part 2: Travel

Part 3: Art Camp Day 1 

Part 4: Art Camp Day 2

Part 5: Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society Summer 2016 Art Camp Day 3- Celebration

Photo by Rick Magnell

 




Sitting here in my lovely hotel room organizing supplies and reflecting on this week…


It was the final day of the art camp today.  It was Punky Lake Wilderness Campy Society’s first ever art camp and I could not be more honored to have been able to facilitate it for the past three days.

We started the day with a beautiful OWL story and song from Elder Gary- speaking of our need to LISTEN and LEARN from animals for they are hurting too.  He spoke of animals, in particular owls as messengers.   I then led an owl drawing session- I loved that youth and adults alike dove right in using the techniques I have been sharing with them for the past couple of days!  FAST and VORACIOUS learners!

A team of students then pasted the rest of the drawings (wheatpasting is delicious fun!).  We were joined by photographer Rick Magnell who delivered print outs of his extraordinary portraits of the participants (blog post on Rick and his photography next week).

We pasted the photos in the midst of all the beautiful drawings and after a lovely lunch, spent time in circle reflecting and thanking each other.


I was gifted a most beautiful drum that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  There are no words to suffice to describe its beauty.


Elder Gary who shared so many empowering prayers, stories and songs this week infused my drum with his healing energy:

I have fallen in love with these beautiful people, their hearts, minds, spirits, traditions- in love with the stunning Chilcotin landscape on which we created so much art work and made so many lovely connections and new friendships.

I look forward to gifting them all with hand drawn portraits. <3

I want to thank and acknowledge the Toosey (Tl’esqox) and Tsihquot’in First Nations, Old School Training and Recreation Complex and Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society (Sarah Jackman, Samantha Dick, Bruce Baptiste, Ann Guichon) for hosting the Summer 2016 Art Camp. I also want to thank and acknowledge the chef, the photographer, the chaperones, youth workers and the participants!

Latest Inside Out Project prep at Intersections Media, Vancouver (March 2019)

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Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 4: Day 2 The Wall

Recall: Part 3- Day 1

Today: Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 4: Day 2 The Wall

It doesn’t take long to make connections and on the morning of Day 2 it was evident we were all a connected and creative group building new bonds and friendships!


(Portrait of youth participant from photo by Rick Magnell)

Ann Guichon (of Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society)  generously drove me out this morning to the Old School Training and Recreation Complex in Riske Creek.

We started the day by making name tags for the wall:


As the group continued to work on their name tags, I took some students into the kitchen to create a GIANT pot of wheatpaste (flour, water, sugar, white glue):


We then went onto WOLF drawings (preceded by a beautiful story and song by Gary, the elder, about his grandmother and the wolf).


We were treated to a fantastic lunch!


Then it came time to add the first layer to the wall!  (Thank you to all my helpers who cut out all the drawings)



It was messy and delirious and so much fun!  Tomorrow we add the rest of the drawings that I found at the end of the day:


We will also add new drawings, words and photographs!


I want to thank and acknowledge the Toosey (Tl’esqox) and Tsihquot’in First Nations, Old School Training and Recreation Complex and Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society (Sarah Jackman, Samantha Dick, Bruce Baptiste, Ann Guichon) for hosting the Summer 2016 Art Camp.  I also want to thank and acknowledge the chef, the photographer, the chaperones, youth workers and the participants!


Photo by Rick Magnell

72-hour pledge drive to revive the 119 East Cordova Street Art Wall!

I need to raise some funds quickly and what better way than to dive right into my 2016 commitment to reviving the joy of street art in my personal community of students, colleagues and friends!

Announcing:

My 72-hour pledge drive to revive the 119 East Cordova Street Art Wall!

2 PM December 30, 2015- 2 PM January 2, 2016

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Bird drawing marathon!

For each $10 raised I will be drawing a bird in my signature style:

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These original bird drawings will be wheatpasted on the 119 East Cordova Street Art Wall with a few of my students/artist friends in the new year!

This wall was an important part of my work a few years back and well-loved by the community.  It even appeared in the Hope in the Shadows 2015 Calendar!

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It is time to revive the wall for the local residents and get back to vibrancy, healing power and joy that is street art!

My goal is to draw 120 birds (dead and alive depending on my whim) over the next 72 hours!

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 Support the pledge:

Donation via email transfer to britakatarina@gmail.com

or PayPal 

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On your mark, get set…

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Go!

Update December 30, 2015 3:38 PM

First 4 birds of 120 complete (sponsored by @underables)

Blue Jay, Chickadee, American Robin, Vermillion Flycatcher

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Update December 30, 2015 7:30 PM

Birds 5-9 (sponsored by Anna L., Laura M., Anna T.)

Cardinal, Sparrows, Pygmy Owl, Pigeon

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Update December 30, 2015 10:30 PM

Birds 10-12 (sponsored by Patti H.)

Herons, Nuthatch

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Birds 13-16 (sponsored by Anne B. and Erin R. with Mindy)

Magpies, Ravens

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Birds 17-19 (sponsored by Lynn G.)

Eaglet, Eagle, European Robin

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December 31, 2015 10:45 PM

Birds No. 20-22

Tesla’s White Pigeon (sponsored by Jasmine S.), Flamingo (sponsored by Emily C.,). Asterix, the African Grey Parrot (sponsored by Julian B.)

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January 1, 2016 2:00 AM

Birds No. 23-27 Dead Birds (sponsored by Matt T.)

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January 1, 2016 10: 40 AM

Birds 28-30 Hummingbirds (sponsored by Hecates Daughter)

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January 1, 2015 12:15 PM

Birds 31-32 Love Birds (sponsored by Parmida and Hailey)

Birds 33-35 Red-breasted Sapsucker, Chickadee, Zebra Finch (sponsored by Lenore Kane, inspired by her beautiful bird photos)

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January 1, 2016 9:00 PM

Birds 36-39: Falcon, Owl, Frog-bird, Pug-bird (sponsored by Merv Glip)

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January 2, 2016 1:45 PM

Birds No. 40-43 in progress

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Birds No. 44-45 Penguins (sponsored by Robyn W.)

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Birds No. 46-47 Mourning Doves (sponsored by Carter and Shan, in honour of Suka and Tobey)

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Birds No. 48 Raven with skull (sponsored by Evan C.)

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January 2, 2016 11:15 PM

Pledge No. 49 The chickadee and the chipmunk at Beaver Lake, Stanley Park (Sponsored by Jessica S.)

  

THANK YOU!

Personalized One-of-a-kind Paper Dresses

Personalized paper dresses in MY signature style and YOUR chosen theme!

HAND DRAWN

HAND SEWN

ORIGINAL ART

WITH EMBROIDERY DETAILS

UPCYCLED/RECYCLED

CONTACT ME at britakatarina@gmail.com TO CUSTOM ORDER

Expect 6 weeks until delivery

Many of you have seen my paper dresses come and go on the blog here.

SAMPLE LINKS:

THE BYPOSTSTREET LAUNCH PAPER DRESSES

THE BYPOSTSTREET PUNK PAPER DRESS

THE FRIDA KAHLO PAPER DRESS

THE GRAPHIC NOVEL PAPER DRESS

I do love creating this wearable art/wall hangings as it combines drawing and craft.

It is also an extension of my street art and the person wearing the dress becomes a living art wall/performance artist.

The style is based on an 1960’s A-frame pattern.  I use the authentic pattern as popularized by Andy Warhol and sold by greeting card companies in the 60’s.

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THE INSPIRATION

The dress contains my original drawings, embroidered sections as well as close borders.  I use recycled/upcycled product.

You send me your shoulder width and chest dimension and shoulder to knee length.

Your chosen theme can be ANYTHING (no censorship) and I’ll run with MY creative interpretation.  I will share the making of the dress process on the blog and on my social media.

Here are some examples of my previous dresses in use:

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Laura Mack at the Detroit Institute of the Arts in the Frida Dress (Photo by Megan Palmer Powers)

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Anna Thorsen in San Francisco at Booty Call Wednesdays in the Punk Dress.

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Photo by Megan Palmer Powers

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Anna Thorsen in Vancouver at 1181 in the bypoststreet Dress.
Anna Thorsen in Vancouver at 1181 in the bypoststreet Dress. (Photo by Sairah Hearn)

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My Dress Hangs There. One of a kind Frida Kahlo portrait paper dress.

UPDATE: May 2, 2015 1:48 PM- DRESS IS SOLD!  

It will be worn at the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibit!

THANK YOU for your patronage- Laura Mack!

***SOLD!***

It’s truly one of a kind double sided wearable street art/ wall hanging.

These are my own interpretations of Frida Kahlo with original drawings and embroidery.

FITS SIZES 4-6

  
  

UPDATE:

WORN BY LAURA MACK IN DETROIT JUNE 3, 2015

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The Alpha Secondary School heART Project Sessions 1-4 of 6

The Alpha Secondary School heART Project

Youth-run initiative using the vehicle of street art to address social and emotional intelligence and life- and transferable skills, while developing self-empowerment, peer to peer interaction and community connections

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I am delighted to be working with Yasmin Tayob and Michele Lopez and extraordinary students and volunteers on a wall installation at Alpha Secondary School in Burnaby BC.  The heart of the project is to encourage youth to project plan around a theme and produce an art piece for a particular space, all the while addressing social and emotional intelligence and personal empowerment.

The image of the anatomical heart has invited both personal and group exploration around the issues that churn in our hearts.  As a group, we celebrate the power of connection and creative expression.

Here is a random gallery of our last 4 after school sessions:

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Next up is finalizing the large piece and installing the 8×8 foot piece in the stairwell!

Valentine’s portrait sale! Hand-drawn portraits ONLY $40 CAD until Feb 8 midnight

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Valentine’s Portrait Sale!

ONLY $40 CAD per portrait

Regular price ranges from $100-$300

ENDS MIDNIGHT PT Feb 8, 2015

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Drawn in my signature street art style using Chinamarker approx 18×24 on newsprint

The portrait will be mailed by Feb 11, 2015.  

FREE SHIPPING!

NOTE:

Drawings are folded and mailed in a large manila envelope.

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Let me know if you want your portrait “sugar-skulled”!

(no extra cost):

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How to pay?  2 options:

EMAIL TRANSFER VIA YOUR ONLINE BANKING TO:

britakatarina@gmail.com

2. via PAYPAL

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Once you have placed your order, EMAIL YOUR PHOTOS TO MEEMAIL

I will email a photo of the completed portrait and send the original.

Watch videos of my process at: VIDEOS/TUTORIALS

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All portraits [unless you request otherwise] will be shared on my instagram.  

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Portrait sale

Inside Out: youth empowerment, peer to peer interaction and community connections.

I am so excited to be part of this incredible project inspired by my hero JR:

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MOUNTAINSIDE SECONDARY: Inside Out Project: Own Your Journey

Youth-run initiative using the vehicle of portrait photography and street art to learn life and transferable skills while developing self-empowerment, peer to peer interaction and community connections.

THEMES: Connection and Empowerment

CO-FACILITATORS: IAN POWELL, KAT THORSEN

Pilot Project: September 30, 2014- October 30, 2014

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Mountainside Secondary School (MSS) is the North Vancouver School Districts smallest and newest secondary school, meeting the Ministry of Education requirements for funding as an Alternative School (BCEDAlternate Program Policy).

MSS functions as part of the continuum of social/emotional/behavioural supports that are available to all students at all secondary schools in the NVSD, and targets students in Grades 9-12 (ages 14-19).
MSS aims to allow for varied and alternate pathways to graduation (80 credit or Adult) or School Completion, and beyond.

MSS Core Values

  • Mutual respect
  • Genuine relationships
  • Flexibility
  • Choice
  • Individual accountability
  • Community Connections
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TEST SHOOT, INTERSECTIONS MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SOCIETY, 2013-2014 (including Mountainside students/alumni)

We are proud to be part of the global art initiative INSIDE OUT PROJECT founded by JR:

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As mentioned, we are part of a global art initiative founded by French street artist JR, winner of the 2011 Ted Talk Prize.  Our project is called: The Inside Out Project- Own Your Journey.

As they work through the curriculum, the students will be gaining some valuable life and transferable skills.

We use TED TALKS to inspire and to induce dialogue and self-reflection around the theme.

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Student journal entry

When you try to be yourself there will be people who will put you down. You grow up looking up to people and not knowing who you are and being told what to do and what not to do. We all deal with pain in different ways- some do it in a sad way. Having to live in a world where judging a person we don’t even know is a good way to make yourself feel better, or even judging a person makes ‘cool.’ But in the end we are all on this earth for a reason ans we should all love ourselves the way we are and respect all of our good qualities and get rid of all the negative, cruelty thoughts. – student journal entry

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We are registering our project with JR’s site on Tuesday! And our unique angle is that it is a youth run project and that by addressing their own vulnerability by connecting w people/community through portrait photography, the youth, in turn, empower the subject to feel comfortable being vulnerable in front of the camera!
The project will culminate in a large outdoor installation in the Spring.  A documentary and a behind the scenes short film will also be produced!

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Co-facilitator Ian Powell and his dog, Finnegan!

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STAY TUNED FOR OUR FUNDRAISER TO HELP US WITH PRINTING COSTS AND PROGRAM EXPANSION!!!

Source: The Music Empowers Foundation
Source: The Music Empowers Foundation

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

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He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953

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

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As part of Instalment 1 Exposition, I am creating a new street art wall in the city of Vancouver of 100 real people to represent the soul of the city.

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Sample drawing. China marker on newsprint, I am indebted to photographer, Vivian Maier, for inspiring my work.

The 100 faces will be cut out and collaged together and wheatpasted on January 15, 2015, the 62nd anniversary of the discovery the skeletons in Stanley Park.  The wall image will appear in instalment 1 as part of setting the scene for telling the story.

I am inviting YOU to add your face and to be part of the wall and thus be part of the graphic novel!

For $20, you will be drawn in my signature style and the original portrait will become part of the 100 faces wall.  I will email you a photo of your portrait.  I will also share your image on my blog and my social media sites as the process develops and your name will appear in acknowledgments.  I will also send out the invite for the wheatpaste session on January 15 in case you are in the Vancouver area!

All ages are encouraged.

To become a part of my project, you email me your photo of choice

CONTACT KATARINA: EMAIL

and you can pay via:
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Or email transfer to britakatarina@gmail.com

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

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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 

 

 

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, camaraderie, creativity.

Last session next week will be about celebrating and drawing cartoons!

Huge thank you to art teacher, Laura Mathers!

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