May 2nd, 2014
I have always wanted to head up north. North-north. For real north. Not the Torontonian version of north which takes forever, but is still only a few hundred kilometres from the CN Tower. And this weekend, I’m doing just that.
Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Fort Smith…
And 16 hours of sunlight…
I’m heading up there with my Love Lettering Project, and DreamCatcher Mentoring (with additional support from the Canada Council for the Arts).
I can’t wait to find out what students in 5 (!) high schools love about where they live.
More on the adventure here!
March 28th, 2014
I made these love. totes for a kneeraiser.
(What is a kneeraiser, you might ask? Like a barn raiser, but for a prosthetic knee!)
As an above-knee amputee for 22 years, it was about time for the ever-brilliant, ever-resilient, always inspiring. never-ceases-to-amaze-me musician Christa Couture to get a microprocessor knee and that’s where these totes come in – I made them as perks for donor.!
Prosthetics are insanely and prohibitively $$$, so we’re crowdfunding this new knee for Christa. We made the initial goal in THREE (!) days, and are looking to reach the stretch goal by April 4.
Watch and share and donate if you can – there are great perks available! xx
March 20th, 2014
So, it’s not quite here yet. There were snowflakes as I wrote this list, but I’ve been waking up to birds singing and one of these days, the snow will recede and reveal crocuses and I will tick it off on the list that is on my fridge.
I can’t wait for that day.
February 28th, 2014
I am so, so excited to be partnering with DreamCatcher Mentoring, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts to bring my community art project — The Love Lettering Project up to the north for a 3-city tour in May!
The countdown is ON!
February 25th, 2014
The Harbour Grace airfield, where Amelia Earhart flew from
Last August I went to Newfoundland (a research trip generously funded by Access Copyright Foundation!) to work on a novel about a woman who is in love with Amelia Earhart. It was one of the most prolific writing stretches I’ve ever had, and one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.
To my delight, a small piece of that writing has been published in The Varsity.
You can read “Harbour Grace” here!
January 24th, 2014
I’m not sure why I’m surprised, but I am thoroughly gob-smacked by the generosity and goodness of my fellow Torontonians. I asked a week or so ago if anyone might want to send along a love letter to this city we live and man alive, people went above and beyond. Such beautiful, thoughtful, crafted love letters.
They’ll be going up in a digital exhibition in The PATH, a collaboration with Art In Transit for the month of February. That certainly is one way to beat these winter blues.
A few other get-through-winter-tricks:
*The Color/Colour project
* Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s All the Broken Things (with bunting talk from Kerry Clare, because we all know everything’s better with bunting!)
* Being inspired to pull out the X-acto by this lovely creation
Oh, and remembering that I started the new year here. Sigh…
December 17th, 2013
I do so love this time of year. Everything about it, really. The hunkering down, the endless crafting, the card writing, the card receiving, the hilarious fake newsletter writing (perhaps my favourite new tradition!), the ornament making, the tree decorating, Christmas cookie baking (Jeannette Ordas’ Christmas crack recipe is fitting after this year in Toronto!), the mulled wine sipping, the piling blankets with yet another pot of coffee writing, the marzipan eating, the falling snowflake watching, and this year, the paper snowflake making.
I used to work at a community centre when I was in high school and from November onwards would make hundreds and hundreds of these paper beauties. I’m not sure how I had forgotten about them until now, but now it’s all paper snowflakes all the time!