I've been working with the grade 4 and 5 students at Lord Strathcona Elementary School and the Vancouver Japanese Language School on a project through the Access Gallery called hings on the Shoreline. The project incorporates image and meaning making through inky drawings, paper-cuts, and story telling of a flurry of inky, whimsical creatures and things that we have been making and talking about for the last few months. The end result of this project will be a hardcover book - archiving the student's inky creatures, as well as an exhibition of their work over at Access Gallery in February of 2016.
Onto other celebratory news - I am pleased to say that Rita Wong has launched her book perpetual with night wood editions and I'm honoured to have been asked to illustrate her poems and essays. Some of the essays go back to comics we made 4 years ago but most are new drawings we've been working on for some time. Illustrated in black and white simple line drawings, the graphic novel-like style takes viewers through the waters of Pacific Ocean, the tar sands, and into the underground historic salmon streams buried deep under Vancouver's city streets. Congrats Rita!
And last but not least…I've received a Mayor's Arts Award for Film and New Media. I'm in good company with a slate of some of amazing people working in a range of artistic disciplines. As an honouree you are asked to select an artist emerging artist and I'm pleased to have selected Amanda Strong, an Indigenous media artist, filmmaker, and educator working in stop-motion animation. Read all about it here. Thank you for all the warm emails and messages! We will have celebratory snacks and meals soon.