Published Mar 18 2019 in art
Curme Islands, Desolation Sound.
All is calm,
The magic of the ocean reveals itself in these waters.
I painted this piece years ago, and wanted to re-visit it and give it an update with a textured overlay when adapting it for fabric printing on this springs new designs. I spent my childhood summers going to Desolation Sound and have magical memories from those boat trips. Then when I was 17, I went back up, kayaking with a friend of mine to the Curme Islands, where we camped on, and swam off these exact rocks. A magical time.
Published Mar 16 2019 in Family
Spring break is here and we are HAPPY about it!! This little chunk of time off has come just when we needed it. We are still working but also playing too. It’s been a long winter an amazing one but definitely a long one. And I know the 4 of us are looking forward to the temperature rising and the snow and ice in the valley melting. We have now been living in our little trailer for 7 months and are feeling the squeeze. We have a few more months to go and I know the change in season will boost our resolve to stick it out!
Have a lovely spring break everyone, wherever you are. Even if you’re not on vacation I hope the weather is a breath of fresh spring air for you!!
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Published Mar 13 2019 in slow fashion
BUY IT FOR LIFE!
Clothing in the ‘olden days’ was often purchased with the intention it would be worn often, and for many years. Relative to people’s income, clothing was costly. But it was quality, it lasted, and could be repaired. And I would argue that even though individual items cost more, people in the long run spent less because they purchased way fewer items than we do now.
I wear a wool sweater that my dad bought when he was 18, it has no pills!! I am sure then, he thought he was spending a small fortune but it was worth it! It seems these days clothes are made to sell, sell, sell. Fast fashion is just as it states, FAST. Garment workers endure poor conditions and are rushed to produce with sacrifices being made to the quality and well being of themselves and the garments.
Clothes are then shipped to brands and put out to sell as quickly as possible to have a fast turn around for the next fashion trend to hit. Every year approximately 100 billion garments are manufactured and it's guesstimated that around 90% is sold, which leaves 10 million pieces of clothing unaccounted for, 'deadstock’ as it's known in fashion. So where does it all go?
Brands and retailers have said they sell them on to other partners, donate to charity or sadly, the worst outcome, they destroy the unsold, either shredded or incinerated. This has been a well kept secret within the industry.
Slowly but surely Slow Fashion is now making it's way into the mainstream. Conscious consumers are seeing the effects of fast fashion and know it ain't pretty. Our environment is impacted greatly and nature, animals and people are being sacrificed.
Dame Vivienne Westwood says it best, “My message is, Buy less, Choose well, Make it last.” I couldn't agree more. She wants the fashion industry to move away from producing so many cheap clothes and for shoppers to buy fewer items, choose them better and make them last.
It’s quality, not quantity, not landfill.
We're looking forward to Spring and what better way than releasing a BRAND NEW flattering and extremely comfortable pencil skirt.
Printed with my painting of the Curme Islands in Desolation Sounds, BC.
This skirt has a super comfortable waistband and a desirable length which you can play with to bring higher or lower depending on where you like to wear the waist.
Made in Canada from 88% recycled poly and 12% spandex, sweatshop free. Antibacterial. Odor Resistant. Non-Piling. Breathable. Quick Dry. Wicking.