Nostalgia

I have been going through childhood pictures for my solo show and it’s been making me feel nostalgic. So many memories that are flooding into my head and heart. I really did have a wonderful childhood and I wish I didn’t live so far away from my family.

Here are a few of the pictures. What are your favourite childhood pictures and memories?

well fed

we mean business

my best friend

my parents - just as much in love after 40 years of marriage

stylish mama

so stylish, just like my mama

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

Vintage beauty

Every time I go into my studio to paint I have to change my clothes but somehow when changing back into my regular clothes I always manage to get paint on myself. I thought about an apron or a big shirt but I decided that that just wouldn’t be good enough. When I was a little girl my mom had made me red coveralls with a race car patch on them. I was absolutely in love with them and I would wear them when helping my dad in his garage. So I started thinking that coveralls might just be the solution.

I found the perfect coveralls on etsy – vintage from France and the measurements were perfect! When I got home on Friday I had a package waiting for me. Yeah I got my coveralls and I can’t wait to paint in them. That is once it’s maybe a bit cooler in my studio. They are almost too nice to paint in.

Vintage, so stylish and eco-friendly!

Ciao!

Now this is stylish protective clothing

ok I won't be wearing my glasses in my studio

A day’s worth of work

I spent most of the day today finishing up the jewelry I had started last week and taking care of some custom orders.

•My friend M.’s favorite ring had lost a pearl and she had asked me to see if I could fix it. I recreated the shape of the pearl in recycled silver and placed it back into her ring. I hope she likes it!

 

•One of my youngest customers R. had asked me to create a pendant from a piece of tiger’s eye she had.

•I have been wanting to create a bird pendant for a long time.

•I created another pair of simple leaf earrings.

•I finished 9 air pendants so that I can fill some orders. Thanks for supporting lung cancer research by purchasing an air necklace.

A full and rewarding day of creating!

Ciao!

Aprikosenkuchen and jewelry

I spend the day making jewelry and more importantly Aprikosenkuchen (apricot pies). After calling my dad in Switzerland for the recipe, I got to work. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out. For the last hour our house has been filled with such a familiar sweet smell. So many childhood memories have been rushing into my head. I just took the pies out of the oven and couldn’t resist having a couple of pieces. Oh god they are so good. Almost as good as my dad’s and for sure amazing for my first try.

Here are a few pictures of my day’s work.

Ciao!

     

Trying to relax

So my first week of holidays is almost over and I have to say it was the least relaxing week off I have ever had. I made myself a promise this morning that the rest of my holidays I will be relaxed and not worry about anything except painting and relaxing.

It wasn’t all bad and I had some wonderful times with friends, went to the lake, found a great dresser that we will be using as our vanity, started some sketches for my upcoming solo exhibition and almost finished my book for my first book club meeting tonight. It was a bit of a hard read but I like new experiences and I have never been part of a book club before.

Here are some pictures of my first week off:

Oh Luna

friends

will be a vanity

sketches

At the Farmer’s Market

If you are looking for something nice to do this weekend, come to the Forks and visit me at the Farmer’s Market. I am sharing a table with the fabulous ceramic artist Charlene Brown. So there will be lots of eco-friendly jewelry, photography,  textile products such as purses, cup cozies and hair accessories and of course pottery from clayhaus. The Farmer’s Market takes place in the Market Plaza from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. See you on Sunday!

Ciao

The Forks Farmer's Market poster - courtesy of The Forks Market

weekend look

Here is another flower I created this weekend to go with my summery outfit. Super easy to make. I just cut out a string of pedals using the lining of an old jacket (perfect use for the lining of a jacket I had used to make cup cozies). I stitched one long line through the fabric and in the end gathered it all together and voila a funky flower was born from a piece of old clothing. Have a look and if you would like to get more instruction on how to make it just email me at anjastudios@shaw.ca

Ciao

 

    

 

 

 

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