Summer Line Up

I have a few exciting shows coming up this summer that I'd love to share with you. If you are in Calgary, Portugal or Iceland, please stop in and have a look if you have a chance! 

I have the pleasure of re-installing "Of Things I Can't Unthink" at The Factory in Djupavik, Iceland. This exhibition is in an retired mid century herring factory in the West Fjords, running from June 1- August 31, 2018, and I promise that the drive, location and space itself (including my piece, obviously) are well worth the travel. 

After a few years of work, I am finally finalizing my installation at Convento dos Capuchos in Capuchos/ Costa da Caparica, Portugal. Tempo e Espaço will open on July 21, 2018 and run until October 20. I'll share the time and a poster soon! There will be wine................

And finally, PROCESS: Thinking Through Craft has arrived in Calgary and the Alberta Craft Council cSPACE King Edward. I am showing a glass thread sculpture from my "Wind" series. It runs from June 9- August 18 and includes many beautiful hand made objects to peep on, so please stop by and say hi!  

Back to work....... "Of Things I Can't Unthink"'s 10,000 teeth don't install themselves..............

GAS Member Monday

Hey look at this! I am this weeks Member Monday Artist on the Glass Art Society website. I am proud to be chosen to share my work with the glass community, and the world. If you have a moment please give the lil' interview a read too! You can find it here. And as always, here are three of my current musical muses. I'm packing up to go work for the month at Lofoten Glass with my beautiful friend from years ago, so you'll be seeing some hotshop and nature porn up here soon too.

With Love, 

All I Think About is Horse Hair, All Day Long All I do is Think About Horse Hair All Day Long

…… and other reasons I haven’t written for over an entire year.  2017 was a heady year. I had the opportunity, and with it the craziness, of moving through a few countries and working in Canada,  Iceland and Portugal, where I had the honour of collaborating with the prestigious Vista Alegre Atlantis.  Since settling into surgery recovery in Canada, I’ve been musing over the last year and what I’ve really been so busy with. The reality of it is, I’ve been busy with horse hair.  I think about horse hair pretty much all day long.

During brief lapses of reality, I have taken the time to update my website with some work from 2017. New! Yay! Celebrate! The photos are a selection from my last two solos shows in Lisbon in Autumn 2017.

While you peek on that, try a listen to this. I’ll keep this one short while I ruminate on title piracy (yarrrrr.....heavy stuff for another day), healing thoughts and obviously, horse hair.

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.