It’s been a while….

It’s been a while. Who am I kidding…it’s been a long time. My life has been a bit crazy. I decided to leave my job at Fusion after 13 years, started a new job, spent a month travelling around in Europe, went on my first business trip ever – to Hawai’i (I know crazy) and have been working a lot of 15 hour days. So considering all that I have not had any time to paint or design any jewelry. It’s been a wild ride and through it all I found a new love – Hawai’i. What an amazing place! I have fallen in love with its beauty and the kindness of the people. I would move there in a second and I know K. says that I say that about every place I travel to, which isn’t totally true. I got to spend a week in Honolulu, got to fly to Maui for the day, drove to the North Shore, went surfing twice, oh and worked over 70 hours that week. I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but here are a few. Mahalo Hawai’i!!!!!

maui

famous north shore shrimp truck

outriggers

surfing

surfers

paradise

A month later…

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my exhibit closed. I have been taking some time off to take care of the business side of things. I had to do my accounting for the year and file my taxes, finish all the orders from my exhibition and just take a little bit of time off. It was nice to have a bit of a break and I feel ready to get back into it again. Last week I started taking a screen printing class at Martha Street Studio. I have always wanted to learn how to screen print but never got a chance to take it in Fine Arts, so now I am finally doing it. The first class was really interesting and I am excited to start playing. 8 weeks of classes – yeah! Stay tuned for some pictures of what I will be creating over the next couple of months.

I wanted to share some of the beautiful pictures that the fabulous photographer Dave Swiecicki took during the opening night of my solo exhibition. I also did a walk through video for all my friends and family in Switzerland that didn’t get the opportunity to be there in person.

Enjoy the pictures and the walk through!

Ciao

                     

What a night

It’s been a couple of days since opening night and I have caught up on some sleep. What an incredible night! The gallery was packed. There were so many people who I knew and I spent all night talking to people and still feel that there were so many  I didn’t have a chance to chat with. I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the media before and after  opening night along with the support of my friends, family and the art community. I will never forget this special night. Thank you everybody for making this such a magical night. So far I have sold 6 paintings and 9 photographs. If you missed opening night, the show is still on until April 3 at 6:00pm. Hours are Tues & Thurs: 12:00pm to 9:00pm and Wed, Fri, Sat: 12:00pm to 6pm.

Here are some links to some of the coverage I got:

CBC Manitoba Scene 

CBC News

article in the community papers city wide

fun photoshoot after opening night. Photo by Dave Swiecicki.

Thanks everybody!

Love

Anja

Exhibition poster and invite

I am so excited! I just received the printed posters and invites for my solo show. I wanted my materials to have the look and feel of a vintage travel poster and I am really happy with how they turned out.  A big thanks goes out to my friend Charity for the design and to Prolific for the printing. Now I just have to start promoting my show and of course finish all the pieces for my show.

Ciao

Home Sweet Home poster

Thanks and Happy New Year

I wanted to thank you for your support in 2011 and wish you only the best in 2012! I really enjoyed sharing my art work and things that inspire me through my blog. I had 3,900 blog visits from all over the world (Canada, US, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Columbia, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, England, France, Germany, South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia, India, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand).

2012 is going to be an exciting year. My first solo art exhibition is only just over  2 months away. I am really looking forward to seeing the show come together and being able to share it with all of you. I am especially excited that my parents are flying in from Switzerland for opening night.

Thanks for your support and I am looking forward to continually share my passion for art and design with you.

Happy New Year und es guets neues Jahr!

Ciao

Maternity photos

After a long break I finally took some pictures this Saturday. It’s been a while and my camera it’s still broken, but luckily I could use Amanda’s camera for the shoot. We had lots of fun taking her maternity photos. We played around with different outfits and set ups and I am really happy with how they turned out. It’s nice to be able to record such a wonderful time in somebody’s life, especially when it’s for somebody this close. Here are a few pictures of our shoot.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING and ciao

     

The countdown is on

The opening of my solo exhibition is exactly 7 months away! I have a good start and I do feel better about it then a month ago. But when I think about it only being 7 months away I do start to feel a bit nauseous. I just got back from a night in my studio. I have 3 paintings finished and I am working on a very large piece right now. I am also planning on incorporating some installations, photography and maybe some Polaroid transfers. I have a first draft of my artist statement and I have started a large to-do list containing everything from a press release, invitations, posters, food to music etc.

It’s going to be 7 months of spending every spare minute in my studio. It feels exciting, scary, overwhelming, invigorating and inspirational. I just have to tell myself that I can do this.

Check back for some updates on my process.

213 days!

Ciao

Opening night – 99 pieces of art on the wall…

Opening night of the group exhibition “99 pieces of art on the wall…” is coming up this Thursday night. This is a great opportunity to come see local art from 50 something different artist. I have a couple of my vintage travel photographs in the exhibition. All art work exhibited is for sale ($199.99 and under). Pieces are removed from the exhibition as they sell so come early to check it all out. The goal is to sell all 99 pieces of art and if we reach this goal Jordan from cre8ery will be singing the entire song. Let’s try to sell out and make her sing!
The opening reception is this Thursday, August 18, 7:30pm – 11:00pm at cre8ery, 2nd floor – 125 Adelaide Street. Additional hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12-6pm, Monday & Thursday evenings 6-10pm and the exhibition closes Thursday September 1 at 6pm.

See you all Thursday night!

Ciao

Anja

Inspired by a wedding shower game

It was a big day on Sunday. I was going to my first ever wedding shower. I had heard many stories, not all good and I was feeling a bit nervous about it.

The shower turned out to be a positive surprise. It turned out that everybody was really nice and welcoming, the gifts the bride received were all so personal and amazing and even the games I had been dreading were fun. The old “make a wedding gown out of toilet paper” was so much fun. I have to say that we had a bit of an advantage having lots of creative people on our team and the gown ended up looking pretty good. As part of the gown I had created a large flower head-piece a la Carrie Bradshaw, which everybody commented on and it inspired me to try it out with fabric that night. I started with an old polka dot scarf and recycled the material. I made the flower smaller and attached it to a headband I already had and voila I had something way more interesting than my old headband. Last night I took some feathers off a headband that had broken and made a new one out of it. I am so excited and I am going to try out some more fun flowers and maybe incorporate some feathers and make some more head pieces, so make sure to check back.

Recycle. Reuse. Recreate.

Ciao

     

In Plain View

This weekend is the studio tour “In Plain View” again. It’s a great opportunity to get a peek inside lots of Winnipeg based artists’ studios and see their work. Enjoy the great whether this weekend and take part of this self guided studio tour. For a complete list of participating artists visit www.inplainviewwinnipeg.com.

Please make sure to add cre8ery to your list of studios to visit. It’s a great opportunity to see lots of different artists’ studios in one convenient location.

Come and visit us at cre8ery, 2nd floor – 125 Adelaide between noon and 5:00 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and check out some of my jewelry, bags, photography and paintings. Enjoy the tour and I hope to see you this week-end!

Ciao for now!