the things we do

Now that we’re settled into the new hizzy, we’ve been able to get back into our old routines, and start some new ones. Scott and I are fortunate to each have a work space to putter with our creative endeavours now. There was a time when I had a studio at The Beaumont Studios, but the high cost of living in Vancouver makes that quite a luxury when you’re just starting to try to make additional income from creative work. I had to give it up and tried to work in my kitchen at home. It was possible, but I gradually created less and less since I had to put away everything I was working on in order to cook dinner. I was starting to look at shared studios again, but then we came to the decision to build our pint-sized house.

So, those kitchen studio days are over and I have a shiny new office/studio to work in and Scott has his man-cave where he can work with sound and music to his heart’s content. It’s very exciting and I can feel my desire to work coming back again. I’ve been mostly working with upcycling clothing lately, as I have a seriously large pile of old but still decent clothing that I’m tired of wearing. What better way to make use of it than hack it up and marry it with another piece of clothing? As my skills improve I am making my way towards being able to sell pieces.

Last weekend I completed a women’s shirt, composed of two shirts. It seems inspired by tribal and post-apocalyptic styling, or at least that’s what I concluded upon completion… I often just run with things and see what happens.

There was less sewing involved in this item, and more cutting/remixing to get the end result. My next project will likely involve incorporating my hand carved block prints into some stuff to wear, as I’d like to add a further personal and artistic touch to these upcycled items.

Okay, that’s enough about me. I’d like to share one of Scott’s latest creations. A couple of years ago we went to Cuba for about a week. Scott brought his portable recorder and while I took photos of our surroundings, he recorded the sounds. It’s quite a unique way of bringing back memories, and not something many people will do on their travels. I really enjoy being able to listen just as much as I like to look at photos or videos. Scott has been working away since our trip, organizing files and transforming them into songs. His most recent track blends together a number of recordings that he gathered in and around Vinales, a peaceful valley about 2 hours south-west of Havana. The recordings include chickens, horses, motorbikes and children. How could this be a song, you might ask? Well, have a listen.

If you’ve gotten this far, I thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about what we do with our time beyond building a laneway house.  I have another post waiting in the wings – this time one of our favourite pasta recipes that I concocted when I was given a huge bag of extra-ripe figs while I was a landscaper. Stay tuned if that sounds yummy to you!

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2 Comments on “the things we do”

  1. Tania,
    What a huge coincidence – Not only am I the Smallworks VP of Marketing & Sales, but also the the President of the Beaumont Studios Artistic Society’s volunteer board of directors, where you used to have artist space! Our new not-for-profit society status is finally allowing the Beaumont to access public and private grants/funding to assist local emerging artists to afford creative space (which you have rightly identified as being financially unavailable to many) and other tools to succeed.
    Cheers,
    Michael

    • scottania says:

      That’s so funny! The Beaumont was a great place and good location for me to get a sense of whether or not I wanted to really pursue the arts more seriously. I really developed my work and style during that time and it was nice to have so many other artists around me. So good to hear it’s now under not-for-profit status, I know Jude and her team have always worked very hard to make it an accessible place for emerging artists. Sounds like things have been really coming together since I was there.


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