July Newsletter

Hello and happy July! And it IS happy now that the season appropriate weather has shown up.

It's been a very busy time since the last newsletter as I've been working away at creating new work and putting together proposals for future shows.

Forgotten Knowledge Project

In June I began working on a large scale book project tentatively titled, Forgotten Knowledge. I'm working with twenty-five volumes of a set of Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedias I found discarded in our old laundry room. I intend to combine each one of these with objects I have collected from nature. The inspiration behind this work is the idea that knowledge can be lost or forgotten when people no longer value it. The encyclopedias represent the sum of human knowledge contained in written form, while the found objects represent information about the natural world. I am hoping to complete the series by mid-August for the possible inclusion in a show. (Fingers crossed!).

Pictured here is one of the first books I've completed of the twenty-five. It features two seal vertebrae scavenged from Bowen Island, BC. I wrote a brief post about this book and you can find it on my blog for further reading »

Interview With A Book Blog

In May I was contacted by two book bloggers based in the Ukraine, Ira and Oksana. They came across my altered books on Flickr and wanted to do a feature about my work.  We did an interview by email which was translated into Ukrainian, and it has just recently been published on their blog, Chytomo.

You can find the interview on Chytomo and I have also posted the English version on Canvas to the Imagination »

Current And Upcoming Shows

As mentioned in last month's newsletter I have two of the Imaginary Girl portraits in the Eco Madness group show at Gallery Gachet. The work will be on display until Saturday July 31st, so please do visit the show.

One of my altered books, "Change The Way You Tell The Story" (Pictured above), has just recently been purchased by the Vancouver Timeraiser. This is a yearly event to raise volunteer hours rather than money through a silent auction of the works of local artists. The event will be happening in September and you can read more about it on the Timeraiser site»

Living in East Vancouver has provided me with an opportunity to do something I've always wanted to do which is to participate in the Eastside Culture Crawl. I'll be throwing open the doors of my home for the public to visit the studio and see new work. This event doesn't happen until the weekend of November 26 to 28, but please save the date and plan to drop by for a visit.

Team Awesome & The Yogathon

On July 24th I'll be taking part in the 8th Annual Camp Moomba Yogathon. This will be my fourth time participating and it's always a challenging but interesting experience. I've done it in the rain, and a heatwave, and the original yogathon called for 108 sun salutations rather than just 108 minutes of yoga. This year I'm on Team Awesome with friends Chris and Siobhan.

The Camp Moomba Yogathon is a fundraiser event to raise awareness and funds for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. The money raised from this event will help send a child to summer camp for an experience of a lifetime. Please help Team Awesome reach our fundraising goal »

Found Objects

If you have an art show or event you'd like me to share, let me know by email or Twitter @RachaelAshe. I'll happily add it to the next newsletter.

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