Curiosity Collider

I was asked to take part in the Curiosity Collider event happening next week… please consider dropping by! Here’s a bit more about the event:

How can the hybrids of scientific studies and artistic practices - embroidery, botanical art, projection sculpture, and video storytelling - spark creativity and discoveries?

Our #ColliderCafe is a space for artists, scientists, makers, and anyone interested in art+science to meet, discover, and connect. Are you curious? Join us at "Collider Cafe: Art. Science. Hybrids." to explore how art and science intersect in the exploration of curiosity.

When: 8:00pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Where: Pizzeria Barbarella. 654 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC (Google Map).
Cost: $5-10 (sliding scale) cover at the door. Proceeds will be used to cover the cost of running this event, and to fund future Curiosity Collider events.

//Special thanks to Pizzeria Barbarella for hosting the upcoming Collider Cafe!//

With speakers:

Head to the Facebook event page - let us know you are coming and share this event with others! Follow updates on Instagram via @curiositycollider or #ColliderCafe. 

I'm having a SALE!!!!

Hi friends! I'm having a sale and thought I'd let you know!  

I have been working on a few more thread drawings which I hope will be finished and available at this year's Eastside Culture Crawl (if not before).  I also hope to build on the new needle felting work I began in 2016 and will have some new pieces soon.  All this new activity means I need to make space in my studio so I'm selling some of my older pieces at heavily discounted prices... check out the 'SALE' page on my website for prices and get in touch if there is anything you are interested in or if you have any questions.

I hope you are having a great summer, and thanks for stopping by.

'Moss', thread drawing, 5"x7"

'Moss', thread drawing, 5"x7"

The Eastside Culture Crawl is nearly upon us!

Hello my pollinator loving friends!

The Eastside Culture Crawl is just around the corner and I'm super excited about it!!!  I love the Culture Crawl for the chance to share my work with a much wider audience than usual.  This year I will have several new thread drawings of bees and a selection of my black and white ball point pen drawings and felts that I have never shown in Canada before.  I'm also going to have some postcards and limited edition prints that I'm pairing with a pack of pollinator friendly wildflower seeds, which I thought might make a nice Christmas gift for bee loving friends!

I'll be upstairs at Vancouver Community Laboratory (same spot as last year).  There are lots of other cool artists to enjoy in the building, including Jodi who makes beautiful wood jewellery and furniture, Max who does handmade iron work (and also keeps bees!) and Ron, a sculptor who will be making pokemon inspired garden ornaments from recycled objects!  Come by and say 'hello'- we'd love to see you there!  The Facebook event page is here but just in case FB isn't your thing, here are the details:

Eastside Culture Crawl @ Vancouver Community Laboratory (The blue building at Victoria and Triumph)

Thursday 17th November 5pm-10pm

Friday 18th November 5pm-10pm

Saturday 19th November 11am-6pm

Sunday 20th November 11am-6pm


Tactile Forest September 9th- October 1st

I am taking a break from the bees this month to participate in a group show entitled 'Tactile Forest', taking place at North Vancouver's Community Art Space.  I'm super excited about this show that celebrates the diverse forms, textures and colors that can be found within the forest, bringing them into the gallery landscape.  As you can tell from the exhibition title, this is no regular landscape show... this will be a fascinating collection of work exploring the forest in many nontraditional ways. 

Of course there will be some beautiful, forest inspired paintings by Sandrine Pellisier and Julie Johnston, but in addition you will find ceramics by Bev Ellis  felted sculptures by Zed Payne, living sculptures from ByNature Designs, contemporary fiber art by Jane Kenyon and of course thread drawings by myself!  

The opening night is from 7pm-9pm on Thursday September 8th and the show will run until October 1st.  Hope to see you there!

Link to the event is here

Upcoming Shows

It's been a while since I wrote anything on here and I have a few interesting things coming up... plus a few interesting things just wrapping up! 

For much of this month I've been working in Sexsmith Elementary School here in Vancouver doing a pollinator inspired art residency.  My friend Lori (who some people may know as Madame Beespeaker) has been keeping a blog showing some of the cool stuff the kids have been coming up with as part of that project.  Its been a lot of fun and I find it super satisfying to use art as a way of kindling an interest in (and respect for) pollinators.  My favorite part was making prayer flags for the bees that we hung up on Earth Day.

The rest of my time has been taken up preparing for my upcoming UK show, Pollination Nation...Facebook event link here   I am creating an entirely new body of work focusing exclusively on honeybees for this show which will run from 16th June till 19th July at The Old Bath House, Wolverton.  For those of you in the UK, and able to come along for the opening night (7pm on the 16th of June), I'd love to see you there!  And if you know folks in England who might enjoy some bee themed art, do send them along. I'm super excited about this show and we will have some honeybee themed refreshments for you to enjoy along with the art.  I will be giving an artists talk on 20th June at 7pm.

For those of you in Canada, I will have one of my black and white drawings in the Bees (& the Birds) Arts Show at the Graven Feather Gallery in Toronto from 18th to 29th May. Facebook Event here I'm excited to be a part of this show which is raising money for this important cause.  I don't know too many folks in Toronto but if you do, feel free to send them along and/or invite them on the Facebook Page!


For folks in Vancouver, I usually have a few bits and pieces on display in Second Nature Home

 Anything I don't sell in my UK show I will keep for this years Culture Crawl (seems a long way off I know, but the year is going by so fast!)

You can always 'like' my facebook page for updates in the mean time... I'm often posting photos of new work there, as well as info on any upcoming shows. 

So that's all from me for now.  I hope life is treating you well... thanks for being interested in the bees... and in my work.

Eastside Culture Crawl and Media links

Hi Folks,

I wanted to send out a quick reminder about the Culture Crawl.  For those of you close enough, stop by the studio and say 'hello'!  My work is actually in two locations... I was selected to be part of this year's juried preview show 'Hanging By A Thread' which is on now, till the end of the month at The Cultch Gallery.  This show features a wide selection of local artists who are exploring the theme of thread in a variety of different ways.  Three of my honeybee embroideries are part of this show and you don't have to wait for the Crawl to go see them! Click on the link here for opening times:

The Crawl itself begins this coming Thursday 19th and the times are as follows:
Thursday 19th 5pm-10pm
Friday 20th 5pm-10pm
Saturday 21st 11am-6pm
Sunday 22nd 11am-6pm

I'll be there for the duration of the Crawl in the textile area upstairs at Vancouver Community Laboratory.  I've been busily making some new work for this show, as well as getting a few photographic canvases printed so even if you came to my show at Britannia there will be new stuff to see.   Here's a link to my profile page on the Culture Crawl site, which also has a map of the studio location and a list of the other fantastic artists based in the same building (as well as the whole of the Crawl if you want to make a weekend of it)

I've been getting some media coverage leading up to this event, so I'm posting the relevant links below:

They didn't interview me for this piece on Shaw TV, they just filmed me working, but its good coverage about the CoLab generally and features interviews with other artists who are based in the same space:

24hrs did a great little piece which I was pretty stoked about...

And on Friday I had an interview with the Georgia Straight which will probably come out on Wednesday 18th.  Here's a link to the article- I'm so stoked about this one:

This morning I was interviewed by CKNW Radio but I'm not sure if they will post it online... it was live.  Here's a link to their site in case they do:

Thought these links might be fun for those of you further afield!

Cozy warm wishes to you all on this beautiful fall day,


Upcoming Shows

It's been a long time since I posted anything but those of you who are following along on Facebook and/or Instagram will know that I haven't been sitting idle... I've been working flat out preparing for a show, as well as a few other bits and bobs that are coming up.

So... here's the information for those things:

First and foremost, I have a show coming up at the Britannia Art Gallery in Vancouver this fall.  The show will run from the 7th till 30th of October 2015 with the opening reception at 6.30pm till 8.30pm on the 7th October. Do come along if you can make it. 

If you can’t make the opening but it works for you to come at a different time, the gallery is always open when the library is open so you can peruse at your leisure during those times.

I will be giving an artist talk at 7pm on October 21st too. A link to the Facebook event page is here- please do like, comment and share so more folks hear about it.

In addition to this solo show I’m thrilled to be involved in Richmond Art Gallery’s Culture Days at the end of September 2015.  This year RAG have decided to celebrate bees, in all their shapes and sizes. They have bee themed exhibitions by two awesome artists, Cameron Cartiere and Jasna Guy which I am really looking forward to checking out, plus a whole weekend of free, drop-in activities on September 26th & 27th.  You can check out the whole schedule of activities on the Facebook Event page or their website.  I will be there on Saturday 26th from 2pm till 4.30 running a drop-in bee embroidery workshop.  You will be able to get a sneaky peek at some of my bee embroideries a week before they go up for my exhibition as well!  I’m looking forward to it and anticipate that it will be a really fun weekend.

Finally, the last thing I want to share with you is the dates for the East Side Culture Crawl.  I will be at Vancouver Community Laboratory (probably in the textiles area, upstairs) (map here) for the second year running and will have my work on display alongside other CoLab artists.  This will include new embroideries, drawings and some prints of photographs I’ve taken.  Part of my intention for this show is to have some stuff for sale that is more affordable for folks that enjoy my work but can’t stretch to one of my hand sewn embroideries.  I don’t quite know what that’s going to look like yet but I’m working on it and if you come down for the crawl you will hopefully find out!
The dates this year are 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd November (5pm-10pm on Thursday and Friday, 11am till 6pm on Saturday and Sunday) and I’ll be there for the whole time.  The CoLab is a great studio with incredible diversity in terms of what folks are producing- a must stop in my opinion if you’re doing the Crawl and not as busy as some of the other Vancouver studios.

For those of you further afield, please note that I update my website fairly regularly with new work so keep checking back!


Native Bees

I've been learning about Native Bees recently and want to put some focus on them too.  Like me, Honey Bees are a European import so since I live in Vancouver it seems only fair to celebrate the bees that are truly indigenous to this part of the world.  Yesterday I was in Stanley Park and I saw lots of native bees foraging on the flowers there.  I hadn't known much about them till recently and still don't know a whole lot but its so fun to see these tiny little bees- if I didn't know what to look for I would have thought they were flies!  Hoping some photos will follow soon... just waiting for another sunny day!