News, Writing

New writing: Works That Work

Works that Work Magazine, Issue 7

Works that Work Magazine

It’s been quiet on this site for a while, but I have been writing. My article on diversion safes Hiding In Plain Sight is featured in the latest issue of the design magazine Works That Work. I had a lot of fun writing about security devices (catches that can hold money, passports, candy, or even weapons) that look like common household objects.

Other news:

Vancouver’s Our Social Fabric, the non-profit volunteer-run fabric recycling centre, who I profiled for Seamwork Magazine last fall, reopened their doors in a beautiful new space this past weekend! If you are local, be sure to visit one of their sales, or offer to volunteer – they need people to sort lots and lots of fabric.

I’m passionate about building Canada’s small but mighty design community, and I’ve just been elected to the board of the Lower Mainland Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada as Copywriting Chair. Have opinions on how to make the design society more relevant and accessible to members and non-members? Drop me a line via copywriting (dot) bc (at) gdc (dot) ca.

I recently designed some postcards for Ms. Craftivism Betsy Greer‘s project You Are So Very Beautiful. This collaborative stitching project is now part of Faythe Levine’s curated exhibition CounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Movement, Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA.

I was raised in a small island community that has a ton of writers – including Jack Hodgins, Pamela Anderson, Alice Munro (my mother checks her books out at the local library), and Kim Cattrall (her sister was my grade four teacher). Don’t believe me? Find us all included in the new directory Comox Valley Writers and Books 1865-2015.

Artist Interviews, Gallery

Dreamy Threads by Amanda McCavour

Neon Bloom, a beautiful installation by Amanda McCavour at the Comox Valley Art Gallery

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Sometimes you see something that takes your breath away. Last weekend, I got to see a gorgeous piece by Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, on Vancouver Island where I grew up. This morning, I remembered where I knew Amanda from – we both have been interviewed by Cami Smith from Fibre Art Now!

And, be sure to check out Amanda’s website, it is full of stunning things.