(My friend, Ash has renewed my love for the efficiency of concise lists.)

-I just got hired part-time at VIVO, aka. my dream job

-I also write for this beautiful company

-…and Vandocument, a fabulously innovative and experimental archive of art happenings in Vancouver

-I wrote my first food blog, but I don’t intend to write any more of them

-I was featured in Creep Magazine here

-Last week I got expanding foam in my hair, but Haley at this salon is going to fix me tomorrow

-My illustrations will be featured in a collaboration with Barbara Adler re. Czech tramping

-In less than one month, I have a solo drawing show in Kaslo, BC at The Langham

-My new roommate is also an artist, but also a musician and a paint-maker and a garde-mangé (sometimes)

-I have been listening to a freakish amount of John Maus

-I got really obsessed with alpine adventures this past summer

-…and an iPhone Instagram photo series of fruit + veggie packing over my face

Hello autumn!








Olga Abeleva + Nicole Dumas, curators, Over Under Over Under, the “textile-inspired” group show @ Red Gate that writer Brit Bachmann says had “an unusual feeling of playfulness and fun” 

All photos by Jon Ragay

Crazy beautiful illustration by Wakana Yamazaki.

Crazy beautiful illustration by Wakana Yamazaki.

Open Letter: All-ages music venue in Vancouver


Dear Vancouver Mayor and Council,

I am writing to ask that space be set aside in this year’s Capital Plan for an all-ages music venue in Vancouver. I firmly believe that Vancouver’s youth would benefit tremendously from a legal, sustainable, affordable and accessible all-ages music venue.

As a young person growing up in inner-city Indianapolis, all-ages venues were a godsend. But they were unstable and unpredictable. The Emerson was the best one - but it was only all-ages for about a year, which meant we went back to walking the streets and pestering the staff at the Waffle House to hang out. Then there were the churches that would become all-ages venues for a month here or a month there, but it was never predictable. And again, we’d be out on the streets - finding other ways to keep boredom at bay.

(via formatnoauto)

Thinking about this girl lots and sending her so much love on her adventure <3

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Photography has very little to do with mastering all the knobs and dials on your DSLR and everything to do with learning to look, really look, and get beyond the endless collections of different objects and people.
A documented seduction by Earnest Ice Cream. Fresh Lemon and London Fog on a locally-made King Kone waffle cone. 

A documented seduction by Earnest Ice Cream. Fresh Lemon and London Fog on a locally-made King Kone waffle cone. 


In the last 48 hours I have seen what is arguably the best of both contemporary and past Polish cinema, purely by coincidence.

Wednesday night was the Vancouver premiere of Ida at Vancity Theatre. Ida debuted last year at the Toronto International Film Festival to high acclaim, winning the FIPRESCI Special Presentation Award. It is a stunningly eloquent black & white film, shorter than most, set in rural Poland in the 1960’s. It is directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. 

Touching on themes of innocence, politics and religion, Ida tells the story of a young nun discovering her connection to the Holocaust. If the plot itself hadn’t been enough to win me over, I would have still been seduced by the thoughtful composition of each frame. Ida is a work of art.

I was equally as seduced by Ashes and Diamonds at the Cinematheque this evening. It is a film from 1958, directed by the epic Academy Award-winner, Andrzej Wajda. Ashes and Diamonds represents the first pick of Martin Scorsese’s Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, playing at Cinematheque from now until the end of June. The screening featured refreshments, Polish treats and two separate introductions. It was sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Vancouver.

Ashes and Diamonds is a political film. It is a fictitious recounting of the immediate fighting that broke out between the Resistance and the Communists in Poland at the end of WWII. And a love story, of course.


I see a subtle, but distinct compositional thread in both films. The stylistic influence of Ashes and Diamonds in Ida is hard to overlook. Both directors employ a certain less-is-more approach. They both use light reflection and refraction in an imaginative, and almost playful way. The visuals are poetry.


I am considering these two films my new introduction to Polish cinema, a genre I am embarrassed to not know more about. I am additionally embarrassed by the realization of how long it has been since I saw a foreign film not in French. Reading subtitles is more strenuous than I remembered. 

I invite you to take advantage of the Polish films currently playing at Vancity and Cinematheque. Enjoying Polish cinema is an exceptionally beautiful way of learning more about the history and ongoing legacy of Poland. 


Vancity Theatre

The Cinematheque