Girl Boss Power

Girls unite! It seems to be a current theme these days and it couldn't be more welcome (and long overdue) if you ask me. I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Girl Boss Create, Creative Inspiration for Creative Girl Bosses. The website features the work of fabulous female makers, tutorials, collaborations and wisdom. It's a great place to find hand made items, seek inspiration and ask questions as makers, entrepreneurs and new business creatives. Have a read and tell me what you think!

https://girlbosscreate.com/wisdom/sweetc-design/

And if you missed your chance to purchase one from the last batch, I just finished some more Crystal Wishbone Necklaces. Get one before they sell out again, and they have been going fast :) Available in silver or gold color.

Until next time, stay creative...... 

Winter Musing

I am packing up and getting ready to go to Calgary, finally! It has been a year since my last visit and I am super excited to see all your beautiful faces (and maybe those beautiful Rockies too).  

I have been working like crazy to prepare for Market Collective Cheer, happening December 2-4 at the Chinese Cultural Center. I will be bringing new work from Portugal including some cutesie new porcelain and crystal stuff and I will also have some SweetC Design classics for sale. If you are in #yyc, also come take a look at my drawings that are up in a group show in the ATB Stephen Avenue Gallery, on until February 2017.

And of course, my catalogue! I'll be bringing some to Calgary with me and if you would like to get your pretty little fingers on your own copy they are also available through my website, send me a message in the contacts section and I will send one your way (free love included with every purchase).

December 10th is VICARTE's Open House and Sale for all my peeps in sunny Portugal. There will be lots of neat art and design to see, plus you can peek on my glass blowing skills all day in the hot shop. Come to FCT and say hi and see what we do!

Stay tuned for more info on the open day and of course be prepared to be inundated with majestic mountain photos. See you all soon <3

More Photos!

In an attempt to keep things short and sweet I'm going to barrage you with a million (or so) photos of my exhibition instead of words (this time).  Opening night photos by Kristinvjam and catalogue photos by D10PHOTO. Stay tuned for the catalogue coming out mid September! Its going to be PRETTY!

It was a great night!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening of Wooden Horses & Paper Planes last week. It was a huge success! It was so great to see everyone and chat over wine and snacks :) Thank you to those special ones for the pre- opening and install support as well..... you know who you are. I couldn't have done it without you!

I have attached some photos of the event in case you missed it, thanks to the photographic skills of Mário Sousa.  There will be more to come :) 

If you have not had a chance to see my show, Ill be at the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays. 14-18hr, until the closing party on August 11th. See you there!

Wooden Horses And Paper Planes

After a few weeks of procrastination and denial mixed with a healthy dose of confusion, I am happy to officially announce my exhibition at the Museu Nacional de Historia Natural e da Ciência in Lisbon!

I will show my recent sculptures and drawings in an insanely gorgeous and highly intimidating space, Antigo Picadeiro do Colégio dos Nobres from July 14th until August 11th, with the opening shenanigans on July 14th at 19hr.  If you are in the area I would love to see you there and share a glass of wine and a chat!

Thank you again to everyone who came to my last show in Iceland, So Here Only Briefly. Here are some photos from the exhibition (complete with the obligatory "Carissa laughing maniacally" photo), and of course a few more shots from my travels.

I hope to post some in progress work soon. I have been listening to this in an effort to keep my grasp on sanity firmly anchored..... however......  it may take a little bit more than a good waltz. 

I'm just not ready

One week left and I am just not ready to go home yet. I've been having an incredible time in Iceland, full of new friends and new experiences. I'm going to spend the next few precious days enjoying it to the fullest, so here are a quick few images of my adventures so far (insert Iceland porn). 

Oh, and did I mention: I had a show of only drawings! Who would have thought? More photos to come soon! 

Just a taste

I won't bore you with too much writing, but I will post a few photos to whet your curiosity. My first week in Iceland has been wonderful so far, complete with some aurora borealis sightings! What more could a girl ask for? I don't  have any photos of that, but I do have other beautiful tableaux including some in progress shots of my recent crystal casting that will be part of a piece for the museum later this year. I hope you enjoy!

Hello 2016! (Insert Catchy Title)

First post of the year, finally! I want to wish a happy and healthy 2016 to all! The new years positivity is palpable. Thank you so much to everyone who supported me through a rollercoaster ride of 2015. It was a tumultuous but maturing year if nothing else. The New Year has already brought new and marvelous news. I will have the pleasure of presenting a solo exhibition at Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência in late 2016.  The dates are still to be determined but I absolutely can’t wait for the opportunity. It has given me the push I need to get through a bit of an artistic dry spell.  It is hard to remember sometimes that nothing flowers all year round; there is a time to sow and a time to reap.

I am also getting geared up for another residency in Iceland in March and April. This time I will be going for TWO FULL MONTHS. Wow. I’m enthusiastic, but also a bit nervous about taking such a long period of time away from the faculty. I think that I will use the period to focus on my thesis research and do some mold making and writing. A period of intense introspection, ignited by solitude, a change of landscape and a sprinkle of loneliness, can only lead to good things.

Now for the most important part of my post: I want to say THANK YOU to my partner in crime, my rock and the leader of the Carissa fan club for nominating me for the ACAD Alumni Awards. I am honoured that because of your belief in me I have received the ACAD Alumni Horizon Award and the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Career Award for Alumni.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the award ceremony myself on March 31st, but my super awesome cool guy artist brother will be there to accept the award for me! Thank you The Alberta College of Art and Design for the recognition and for providing such amazing support and resources to their students and alumni.

That was a bit long winded but so much is new! Have a look, while you listen, at some of the things I have been up to lately, including many in-process shots and a few too many cell phone photos.  I wish you all a relaxed, happy and healthful new year……... See you soon.

 

Almost Halfway to Somewhere

I won't try to sugar coat it....... I've been terrible at keeping in touch lately. I think, however, with the change of seasons, the new school year and the amazing super moon lunar eclipse last week... all signs are pointing to the importance of letting go of the past and welcoming in the new. So here I go....

Last semester marked my second solo exhibition in Portugal, Almost Halfway to SomeWhere. It was a culmination of my more successful endeavours from the semester. I have been working with porcelain and bees wax quite a bit recently and will continue experimenting with these materials this semester.

I have also been up to some very exciting collaborations with the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência in Lisbon. I don't want to give anything away yet, but I am super excited about the opportunity to play with dead things! 

I also just received news that I have been invited back to Iceland for a 6 week artist residency in March of 2016......... I can't wait! My last visit to Iceland provided immeasurable inspiration for me, and with the residency so close to my thesis delivery, I hope that it will again do the same. 

Until then, I'll be here in Portugal, making friends with donkeys, imagining the impossible and listening to this.  Oh, and did I mention that Ill be home for Christmas?!?!!!!?!!!

Here are some photos from my last exhibition (which have FINALLY been updated in my website portfolio) along with a video of a Lighting Prototype by Richard Meitner that I had the honour to assist with. 

 

on Hold

My first semester is over and I’m on to the next one. It has been a huge change of pace and lifestyle but I think I’ve finally started to get a hang of things here. I haven’t had much time to post and this is a short one but I wanted to take time to thank everyone for your support and well wishes thus far.

I am lucky to have the opportunity to present a solo exhibition this month at the Biblioteca FCT/UNL- on HOLD. I have included a few sneak-a-peek photos of the exhibition, some photos of lighting pieces that I collaborated on in December as well as a couple of odds and ends of my recent adventures.

I will also have an other solo exhibition in June…... stay tuned for more photos and updates coming soon!  In the meantime I hope you enjoy my photos and my journey.

So Far, So Good

Remember that time I decided to move to Portugal? I don’t make them all the time, but this one has definitely been a good decision. It took a little while to get here as we took a short detour through St. John’s, Dublin and London  (what’s a few weeks between friends, right?) but after some settling in I think I am in the right place- Costa de Caparica, Portugal. I loved Dublin. It was my first time there and I would love to return.  Who needs to eat or sleep when you could drink Guinness all day every day? I’m not the only one who’s tried it.

Costa de Caparica is a quiet town close to campus, south of Lisbon across the Rio Tejo. Although I don’t speak Portuguese (yet) I haven’t had any problems with the language barrier. Everyone is so helpful and the food is incredible. Really. I can’t even describe how good the fish is. Not to mention the two-euro bottles of wine.…… Again, I’ve moved to the right place.

VICARTE is a neat place. It is situated on the Faculty of Science and Technology Campus, which is very different from the other schools I have been to. I also have access to the studios and facilities at the University of Fine Art in Lisbon, which I plan on visiting this week. I haven’t really started “working” yet although I have been dabbling in a few things like chemistry, raw glass making, laser engraving…….. And assisting the blowing of 15th century Portuguese stained glass for corrosion testing.  Coolest thing ever….  so far 

I haven’t been the best tourist but I do have a few photos of my journey here. I plan on doing some testing on the laser engraver in the next week and perhaps that will get the ball rolling on some new work or experimentation with photos to follow. I hope you enjoy and perhaps come visit me in the sun soon! 

It’s official…. We’re moving to Lisbon!

2014 has been full of excitement and adventure so far and I am super excited to say that the best is yet to come! I have been accepted into the Masters Degree Program in Glass Art and Science through the Research Unit VICARTE at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. This Masters program highlights the crossover between glass and science within a historical and contemporary context with a focus on glass restoration and conservation in conjunction with a conceptual fine arts program. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity both on an artistic and educational level, but even more so for the new adventures and personal growth opportunities.

The semester starts in October, so I plan on arriving in Portugal at the end of September…………… only four weeks away!!!!! I will be selling/ donating absolutely everything I own and starting fresh which is a very exciting thought. If any glassy or artsy friends are looking for materials, I am parting with my whole studio so get at me! I will post some photos as well as I go.

I’ve never been to Portugal so I thought I would post a couple of photos of Neil Martin Horvath and I on our last great adventure in Iceland.  I am a little sad that I won’t be able to participate in the Listhus residency again next year, however I am sure come February or March I will be singing a different tune…… while on the beach :) 

Wish us luck and please let me know if you have any Portuguese tips or secrets. Neil and I are both excited to start this new chapter in our lives!

ReWorks Upcycle Shop will now be carrying SweetC Designs!

I am super proud to announce that sweetCdesign's Ice Cluster and Glacial Series recycled glass designs can now be found at ReWorks Upcycle Shop! ReWorks Upcycle Shop is a beautiful boutique in Inglewood and showcases art, design, housewares and more that feature upcycled materials. They will be having their 3 year Anniversary Party on next Thursday, August 21st from 6-9pm, with wine, cheese and a special display of my work. 

Please come down and support your local shop owners, artists and especially the environment and purchase some great upcycled wares while enjoying some wine and good company! 

Rainy Day Musings

I won’t lie to you; I don’t really like rain.  Or maybe that is an understatement. I don’t like the rain at all, as necessary as it is. I know it sounds blasphemous to say still so early in “summer” but I would trade the rain for snow any day, although I am sure the rest of Alberta might have something  different to say about it. All this rain has however been a good motivator to get photo editing done from my residencies earlier this year.  Photo editing and reminiscing. 

With the help of my awesome friend and computer guru Danna Lei (seriously: I cannot thank you enough for your expert level computer-ing), I have finally finished the documentation of Distance Measured by Time, Time Measured by Distance. This is a piece that I worked on throughout the entire residency period at Listhus in Iceland. It consisted of 27 slip cast plaster lamb hearts, each with a love letter rolled up inside. Every morning I would write a letter, cast a heart and hang it on the wall. At the end of the residency I took every plaster ‘message in a bottle’ and let them out to sea knowing fully that the plaster would disintegrate, the paper would deteriorate and the messages would never be delivered. The video and photographs exist as documentation of the 27 day performance.  Big thank you to Hólmfríður Arngrímsdóttir for the materials and studio time for this project!

I worked quite a bit with lamb hearts and mold making while I was in Iceland for conceptual and aesthetic reasons (and maybe because I just really like touching raw hearts). Anatomical hearts, specifically lamb and pig, are a reoccurring theme in some of my glass work and an interest I will definitely pursue further. For the performance Salt, I cast hearts of ice with a fishing hook frozen into them. I took my rod, hook and ‘bait’ and climbed to some secluded cliffs where I went fishing. The performance lasted as long as the ice did. Eventually the heart of ice was melted by the cold sea water, exposing the bare hook in the hopes of catching something. The video (coming soon to a computer near you!) acts as documentation of the performance, with sound editing by Bethany Younge.

In the hopes of keeping this post at a reasonable length (who am I kidding, I’m sure it’s reading as “art art art, blah ,art...), the last piece I will post is DIY Guide to Being Here. It involved northern lights projected through colored filters along the wall of the gallery with a horizontal wire sculpture below. Viewers were invited to interact with and create the piece by using hiking poles with flashlights that would project mountains onto the wall through the wire below.

I have a few more ongoing projects that I will post next time, along with my work from Finland. Here is some gloomy day music to groove to in the mean time. Thanks for having a look and a read and I hope to see you down at Studio Phi this Friday for the Black & White show. There will be a sweetC design original in the show, come in and say hi!

The Wearable Arts Show for YYC Fashion Week

Last night I had the honour of participating in the Wearable Arts Show for YYC Fashion week, presented at Contemporary Calgary. It was an amazing evening of art and fashion with so many talented local artists presenting their work. I wanted to thank everyone involved in the show for a wonderful evening full of great art, modelling and photography. It was lovely to see my glass dresses presented on models on pedestals, giving the audience a better chance to get a closer look at the work and interact with it for longer.

I will post more photos from the evening as they surface but for now here is a photo of the lovely Adrienne Yan in Absence Felt, photo by Zev Vitaly Abosh


What is the Finnish word for Reset?

I’ve only been at Arteles Creative Center for a few days but it feels just like home. Snuggled in between a series of lakes and ponds in a heavily forested area (really, where in Finland isn’t?) in rural Finland, I arrived here from Iceland not knowing what to expect. 

To me the landscape looks just like Alberta, minus the snow (sorry guys). It has been strange coming from a place with no trees or wood products to speak of to somewhere where you can’t escape the woods and lumber products are plentiful. I even felt a bit guilty lighting the wood stove in the sauna last night  (but I sure forgot all about that while I used it!).

The residency buildings are spectacular.  They are rustic and comfortable, spacious and bright. I said in Iceland that I was going to really let things happen organically without expectations or pressure, which I did. I am trying to adopt the same outlook here (Arteles Creative Centers slogan is “Freedom to Create” or not if I so choose), but I feel like it would be a waste not to take advantage of the beautiful working space. So I guess the pressure is back on!

This place has definitely rekindled my love for bird song and the orchestras out here are spectacular. On that note maybe I will start working tomorrow and instead continue editing my Icelandic exhibition photos on a bench in the sun and listen to what I am assuming was composed especially for me. After all, working is for the birds.

Long............ Without Longing

Less than one week left here! How time has flown by. We had nearly a four day blizzard which kept me inside and busy in my studio. With all the hard work I have put in over the last three weeks I will be having my first solo exhibition and artist talk this Thursday, March 27th as a lovely conclusion to this residency and my time in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. I am excited and really driving hard to get everything done in time because, well , if you know me you know that I bit off a little more than I can chew while keeping my sanity intact (as usual).

I will be showing the sculptural objects that I have been using in my performances as well as video and photo documentation and some installation work using lights and projections. This time to myself has afforded me the opportunity both to make pieces that have become very important to my emotional integration and perspicacity in this place but also to make some more playful and relaxed work than what I am normally used to. 

I want to thank everyone that has helped me out here, especially Listhus Gallery and Hólmfríður Arngrímsdóttir and Neil Martin Horvath. Without Hólmfríður Arngrímsdóttir I would not have been able to acquire the tools, materials and studio space needed to follow through with my piece Distance Measured by Time, Time Measured by Distance. Please have a look at her beautiful ceramics work that is inspired by nature, an amazing piece of which she was kind enough to gift me!!

I will post some more photos of the installation and exhibition and final documentation will be up in my portfolio section soon (Photo editing meltdowns aside). I have attached the local news of my exhibition in this link as well. See you on the other side! 

My First Week In Iceland

My first week has been interesting to say the least. Everything is new and exciting but slow moving and idyllic at the same time. Icelanders, for the most part, seem to keep to themselves and although the town sign boasts a population of 850, I am sure that I have not seem more than fifty people since my arrival. I’m torn between wanting to stay in my studio and make loads of work, and wanting to let things happen organically while leisurely taking in the splendor of my surroundings. I have been making, as well as exploring and, you got it, elf hunting (the latter has been the least successful) everyday.

I am finding it challenging to step out from my material safety zone and have been constantly repressing the desire to make things out of glass, not that it is possible here. Perhaps I will save those ideas for when I return, and in the meanwhile I have been trying hard to revert back to making things in a material that supports the concept and aesthetic outcome of the piece.

I have been working mostly with photography and objects and materials that are abundant in Olafsfjordur; ice, stone, and fishing accoutrement. So far most of my experiments and ideas have revolved around my emotional state at this part of the journey, although every time I look out the window or go exploring I can’t help but be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells. There is something so breathtakingly poetic about the dark angry seas, black cliffs and white mountains.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do and take a moment to listen to the link above. Some of them have been taken through transparent colored filters that I brought with me…… perhaps more about that in my next post along with some sculptural and installation models ( I have something special planned for the location in the last photo). I will update some works in progress soon........ stay inspired.   


Listhús í Fjallabyggðis in Ólafsfjördur

After nearly twenty four hours of travel I am happy to have finally arrived in Ólafsfjördur (albeit a little jet lagged). Everything that I've heard about Iceland it true. It's spectacular. The landscape is like something out of a dream, changing from rocky plains to rolling hills to snow covered mountains that meet the sea and back again all within a blink of the eye.

Everyone here is so kind. I spent the day outdoors, hiking and foraging hunter-gatherer style. It is a balmy -1C, which is a pleasure compared to the deep freeze Calgary was in before I left. I'm not yet sure where the paths will take me or what the objects I find will tell me. Right now I am leaving everything open. I have only the things I find outdoors and left over artist supplies at the residence to work with. This is both challenging and curiously liberating. My work has been, dare I say quite complicated with glass as of late and this residency will push me to break my glass shell (insert giggle) and respond spontaneously to my emotions, thoughts and surroundings.

I leave you with some photos of my day. I would like to say thank you again to Listhús í Fjallabyggðis, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Arts Development for investing in this crazy plan of mine. Dream big.