Spix Macaw

August 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

When the spix macaw was first discovered in 1819, it was already a rare species. Efforts to track its population began in the late 1980s, but naturalists were only able to find seventeen in captivity and one male in the wild (has not been seen since 2000). Now presumably extinct in the wild, the survival of this beautiful blue macaw depends on the cooperation of captive breeding programmes, like with the excellent Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar.

I first saw the spix macaw in Andrew Zuckerman’s stunning photography book, Birds. The composition of the installation is based on his amazing photograph of one in flight. For an animal so dangerously close to extinction, the lively and detailed photographs are emotive.

On June 26, Navillus Gallery and Spoke Club members helped me make soft blue and iridescent feathers for this installation! Thank-you for coming to the event, to Navillus Gallery for organising and The Spoke Club for hosting and designing a marbled cocktail. Marbling is very enjoyable on an outdoor patio with friends wearing nice clothes and a view of the Toronto sunset!

#DIYKaleidoscopic - Portable studio at The Spoke Club

big bird

I am currently reading about species conservation efforts, and our relationship with this macaw is connected to what I want my next series to be about.

for fun pic of spix on Replicators 2



August 16th, 2012 § 4 comments § permalink

My brother, new sister-in-law, and I made all their wedding invites together! They wanted something unique and fun, so New Sister and I spent three days marbling each sheet of paper with their wedding colours. Meanwhile, my brother, who is a talented designer, created his wedding logo and designed the typography. Afterwards, we exposed his design and silkscreened it on top of the marbled paper.

It was hard work (cheap family labour!), but we were able to make around 280, each as special as their guests! We were pleased with the finish, the colours we used were metallic and the antique gold text was slightly raised.

Unfortunately, Speedy, my dog, sat on a few of them but I won’t tell you which ones have had dog butt on them. If you have some brown flecks on yours, it’s a scratch and sniff!!! Jk!



January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Happy Holidays!

Presents that make little fireworks when opened.

Craft paper, spray adhesive, and glitter! And then ribbons, yarn, or yarn and twine braided for the strings…and then painted on tags and polka dots!

Happy new year everyone!