Hipster Bric a Brac and Trendy Trinkets

I emptied out my storage locker and realized that I have a lot of random things. Childhood memories, 1/2 started or daydream projects I never got around to doing, pieces of ‘art’ I still love but have no where to hang and so on ….

Hoping to sell most of it tomorrow!

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Notice Given

This is my 11th home in Toronto.

I have loved them all but this one I love the most.

As of now I have 2 more months here.
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Meet the Arizona Corn Princesses

corn princesses-beforeThose girls just got a make over!

cornprincess2This is one of very few pieces I am taking up North to my little home.

Most of the art coming with me I have picked up in my travels and is often from various Indigenous cultures. Feels suiting.

 

Reclaim Detroit!

detroit_reclamation-12I have had a love affair with this city for a number of years. If I was a billionaire business person I would buy up most of the downtown and move my head quarters there. If Havana, Cuba is a UNESCO heritage site I don’t know why Detroit is not. Stunning Architectural history everywhere.

A friend of mine sent me this article and we are now planning our Michigan road trip! One Amish Wood Burning Stove and some amazing wood for my floors!

Reclaimed history in my home? Yes please!

Just Broken In – The Tent

I began looking at yurts online and discovered that they are really expensive. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a great Canadian company called Deluxe Wall Tents and bought myself the most beautiful 168 square foot glamping tent out there! I added on the wood burning stove and upgraded to their deluxe model so mine is equipped with a front and back door as well as two windows. If you like the look and size of my tent it is 12 x 14 x 5 wall x 8.5 peak.  jbi-bday19Everything in the tent (except the bed, pillows, sheets and duvet cover) is second hand or donated by my neighbours. I like the look of objects with a story worn into them plus I am super clumsy so it hurts less when you add a nick to something that already has a few.

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jbi-bday12Check out this company – Cordaroys. The bed is super comfy!

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My closet area and indoor toilet in case of emergencies (ie bear outside your door)jbi-bday14

Kitchen area/dining room/work table.

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The stove area which at that point was yet to be assembled. It had to be cooked for about 5 hours. Cooking a stove involves getting a huge fire going inside of it to burn off the fumes and seal in the paint. This was done the following weekend with some friend.

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The tent total cost: $2600.00

Everything in the tent: $700.00 (roughly) with the bed being the biggest purchase.

Trade Toronto

Back when I thought this was going to be an online store I went around scooping up hot plates to make them into dry erase boards. I never did get around to the store, life happened, but I did keep the hot plates. I have always thought they were too pretty to not be shown as usable art.

This trade

Me – finally get to do a guerrilla art installation in the city I live in

You – a free and awesome Christmas gift ?!?

 

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First step: Hang out with two good friends after a work function and measure out and drill screws in.

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Second step: Head back another day with another good friend to take a hang them as straight as you can get them.

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Project: Kensington Market Giveaway

1/ Have art installations around Toronto to try to bring people here and to learn to engage with all people in unfamiliar territory. Thinking on your feet and creating empathy. 1 project for September and 1 project for October.

I have learnt over the last 14 years in Toronto that art is a term that one can use in whatever fashion they want. Thank you.

Art installation – Kensington Market Giveaway is in the works.

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Just Broken In For June 7

SOLDjbi-1jbi-jun7.13Just Broken In. This is about to happen to my land and it is about to happen to me.

I bought 23 acres of land last October. I fell so incredibly in love that it blew my mind.   I am going to build a retreat for people to come and sit and be quiet and thoughtful. Your quiet is your call.

Medicine Man for June 6

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whitechair-bwhitechair-afinished productIn the movie War of Buttons (1994) the family is moving into an old house and the mother tells her son …. “All it needs is some lipstick and rouge.” I liked her way of thinking.

Up close these are no works of  beauty but they are 100 times better than what they were. Summer patio is now open for drinks!

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I’m so glad she found me for May 31

There won’t be anymore Saturday posts introducing new characters. That said since I have decided that the show was completed I have found and made about another 7 characters. I took this photo in an alley way and then found a piece that I made into one bad ass graffiti boy.

2014 backalley heartWhen the show has been finalized I will post the information here for anyone reading along in Toronto. The fact that I am this close to having my own art show makes my heart full.

Moving forward the weekends are now going to be spent heading up North to start creating my Glamping Camp Site! Next Saturday will be the first post showing what is going on with this part of my life. Stay tuned!!

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