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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Signage Laws in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland

April 9, 2014

Image Credits: Creative Commons Mykl Rovertine I’m one of those people. I live and work in the bubble of an urban centre. It is beautiful – Vancouver proper is a city that’s mostly cement and glass punctuated by tree-lined streets and little boutiques. Our signage is, for the most part, very simple. Sometimes it is […]

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Anthologized: Betsy Greer’s Craftivism

March 21, 2014

Last Spring, amid working of drafts of my upcoming book  Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles, I managed to squeeze in a few other writing projects, including a personal essay on embroidery and community called Stitching It Together for Betsy Greer‘s new anthology Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Without giving away too much, the […]

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Upcoming Event: A Day of Knitting

February 19, 2014

This weekend I’ll be in West Vancouver  at the West Vancouver Memorial Library to talk about the origins of yarn bombing and teach eager yarn bombing newbies how to make ‘pom pom bombs’. It will be a fun couple hours of looking at different knit graffiti projects from around the world and sharing stories. Here […]

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Protest Through Design: Garbage Bag Graffiti

November 22, 2013

Madrid experienced a 12 day city garbage strike earlier this month when three private companies made steps to freeze salaries for street cleaners and motions to lay off 1,134 out of 6,000 workers. While the streets were strewn with garbage, graffiti activists Ana Botella Crew (named after Madrid’s unpopular Mayor Ana Botella) made sure that they were also […]

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View Finding: Thoughts on Real Life Instagram

October 27, 2013

A few days ago, I stumbled across this post by DesignMilk of the Real Life Instagram. Bruno Riberio has created ‘real life’ Instagrams by creating a series of posters that look the interface of the app. Each poster contains a photographers names, the location, a number of ‘likes’, the hashtags, and of course, a colour […]

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Poet & abolitionist Lucy Larcom

October 22, 2013

“I defied the machinery to make me its slave. Its incessant discords could not drown the music of my thoughts if I would let them fly high enough.” – Lucy Larcom, poet, abolitionist, former child mill worker. Today I’m editing an interview that I did with Diane Bush, a Las Vegas photo journalist and artist […]

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On Making Time to Write

October 17, 2013

The manuscript for my new book Strange Material is due in exactly one month. While I’ve been stealing away to coffee shops on my lunch hour and turning down plans with friends over the past few months in order to write, nothing works better for me than having long stretches of time to mentally meander, […]

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Amanda Browder: Cascading Mississauga

October 9, 2013

Brooklyn-based Amanda Browder is an artist who creates large, playful installations with fabric.  She recently created a site-specific work for Mississauga City Hall this past September as part of F’d Up! an exhibition with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, on until November 9. F’d Up! explores directions in fibre-based art that creates a ‘radical vocabulary around material invention and sculptural ambitions’. […]

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What is your clothing memory?

September 5, 2013

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about ideas related to clothing – clothing as a costume, clothing as a disguise, clothing as a way to express identity, clothing as a uniform, clothing as a way to mark a milestone, and of course, clothing in relation to storytelling. I know so many people who have assigned […]

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Spidertag at 5 Pointz Long Island

August 6, 2013

Not another nail in the wall (of fame) / New York 2013 – Spidertag “If I like it, it feels like magic. I jump for joy. And if I don’t like it, I forget about it.” Every couple of months, I’m dazzled by a new video by Madrid-based artist/sculptor Spidertag. If I’m not enthralled by […]

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