New work for the Eastside Culture Crawl…..
eastside culture crawl
Come visit me in my studio for my favourite weekend of the year!
The Glass Onion Studio Building is located at 1103 Union Street.
A big Thank-You to the Eastside Culture Crawl and the thousands of Crawlers who came by our studio over 4 days! I always finish Crawl weekend feeling energized and inspired by all of the amazing people who I get to meet and chat with over the weekend. I'm so grateful that I get to be part of such an amazing, fun, and supportive group of artists in the Onion Studio building!
Here are a few photos from the weekend:
I was pretty honoured to be part of this little group of artists asked to speak about our work for a Hot Talk at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery in Vancouver. The event was organized by the talented and lovely artist Rachael Ashe, who organizes monthly events at the gallery. There are seven of us who talk about our work for 5-6 minutes each all very worth listening to, but if you're in a rush, I'm third up.
I would love to see you at one of these amazing events that I am part of! The Eastside Culture Crawl is my favourite weekend of the year. I get to open my studio up and share my creative space with you! I'm in The Onion Studio building at 1103 Union Street.
This year I am excited to be one of 37 artists showing and selling their work at the Great Stuff show held in West Vancouver in the Ferry Building Gallery at 1414 Argyle Avenue. Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10-6 and Fridays 10-8
Last but not least I am honoured to have been invited to participate in a private home show this year. If you don't want to deal with masses of people at the regular shows then this is the perfect weekend for you. The address for this home show is in North Vancouver, but we are not posting it online. If you would like to know the address please email me info @ pkkdesign dot com or email Nell, who's email is below and we would be delighted to send you the address!
In advance I thank-you so much for supporting small independent art businesses this holiday season!
This is my crunch time, the time of year when I spend many hours in my studio making new work to send to all of the amazing shops that carry my jewelry, to show during the Eastside Culture Crawl and new for me this year is to show at the West Vancouver Great Stuff exhibition. Here are some of the pieces I've been working on......
I'm not sure you can fully explain to anyone what it's like to be one of the artists on the Eastside Culture Crawl. I have people ask me how it went and I try to explain how I feel afterwards, but I'm not sure I can convey the feelings. Exhausted - yes. Tired of hearing my own voice - for sure.....but I also feel so grateful and so filled up.
We get thousands of people through our studio in 3 short days and get the opportunity to chat with many of them. I get to have conversations about art, life, and love and how these things connect for me and shape my work. I get to hear people's stories, and find out about what they do. I get fully inspired by the creative projects that other people share with me. I get completely moved by being told that what I do inspires them.
I have people who come back to see me each year to see what is new. We have families that come back each year and I get to see how the little girls have grown up. I have sweet friends come by with hugs to share with me, even though i've had my head burried in my studio for months and haven't been able to see them.
Some of my favourite moments of this years culture crawl:
I told a man the name of one of my pieces "My Scratched Up Heart Necklace" He asked why no one's ever polished it for me? He bought one and said he was going to take it home and polish it.
Showing off our Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration pieces to people and telling them the story of how the 3 of us work together. One of my favourite customers told me that we were on the right track and that one day these pieces would be on display in New York.
Crouching down to be the same height as two little girls who are probably about 4 and 6 years old to have a pretty real conversation with them about art and fruit leather. I was pretty smitten by these two so i gave them each an enamelled pin to keep.
Adam - pictured below. None of us knew Adam before this day but he had an incredible creative energy and the desire to be our male shirtless model for the Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration group. How could we say no?
A big Thank-you! to everyone for sharing my favourite weekend of the year with me! xo pkk
So excited by the media coverage I received for this years East Side Culture Crawl!
The Vancouver Province:
Like the beautiful remnants of fabric that fall on the cutting room floor, these pieces were left behind from our Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration group’s Medea project. We couldn’t leave them on the floor. So we’ve made them into a very small line of limited edition ready to wear jewellery available only at our studios during the Eastside Culture Crawl. The Onion Studio 1103 Union Street and The Mergatroid Studio at 975 Vernon.
The finished Medea Necklaces made by the now official Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration members Su Foster, Simone Richmond and Patsy Kay Kolesar. These pieces were made in collaboration with Yayoi Hirano of the Yayoi Theatre Movement Society for their performance of Medea at the Orpheum Theatre Annex November 7-9. To read more about our process of making these pieces please have a look here.
I am honored to work with such a talented group of artists at The Onion Studio. Last year for the Culture Crawl 5 of us participated in The Ring A Week Project. This year 7 of us have participated in The Paper Bag Project - Recycling our Brown Paper Bags into Wearable Art. There have been little bits of paper bags overtaking a corner of my apartment for the past couple of months now. This has been a true challenge for me....figuring out how I can manipulate paper to fit with my twists and turns that I crave for my designs. In the past couple of weeks things have all come together.
This is the time when we finally see each others work, exchanging photos for posters and press releases. This is the time when I find myself catching my breath because I realize that I am a part of this amazing creative group that continually inspires me and keeps me pushing my creative boundaries. This is the time when we sweep the polishing dust off of our studio floor and prepare to let you in. This is the time that we hope some of the creative spirit that happens behind our studio doors will also inspire you.
Eastside Culture Crawl, November 16-18. The Onion Studio 1103 Union Street.