During a recent collaboration with North Van Arts, I photographed a series of artist studios. As a little side project, I thought it would be interesting to take a mini portrait of each artist’s favourite paint brush. I’ve always been fascinated by the subtle details that make an object unique, like how each brush is as unique as the artist who uses it.
This weekend is the 9th annual North Shore Art Crawl, an event that celebrates the creative energies of local artists, by allowing visitors the rare opportunity to visit the private studios of artists all across Vancouver’s north shore. In the largest art crawl to date, this year people can visit more 280 artists in over 80 locations (for more information visit www.northvanarts.ca). As a lead up to the event, this week I collaborated with North Van Arts to document the studios of a selection of artists in North Vancouver. Below is a preview of just a few of spaces that will be open to the public this weekend:
3 Brushes Studio
My first stop was 3 Brushes Studio, started by artists Maureen Coles, Shae Salmon, and Danyne Johnston. Having recently moved into this new studio, they say it’s still a work in progress, but it looked great to me.
Red Boat Studio
I could photograph Karole Doucette’s Red Boat Studio everyday and still find something new to shoot. Visit her studio and see her paint and pottery work this weekend during the North Shore Art Crawl.
Third stop on my North Shore studio tour - the home studio of Kim Rosin and Mandy Harding in Eagle Harbour. This studio along with 91 others will be open to the public during this weekend’s North Shore Art Crawl.
My final stop took me to the home of husband and wife artist duo Stuart and Jean, where Stuart creates stained glass and sandblasted pieces and Jean creates a range of jewelry.
Whenever I do a Housestories shoot I am photographing the present - the high-chair next to the wooden table, the art on the fridge, the little commonplace details that make up a home - but in the back of my head I know that there is time in the future when all of these things represent a beautiful distant memory.
Someday Angela and Stuart will see their two children, Asher and Vivian, grow up and become wonderful people, with their own beautiful families, their own careers, their own amazing lives; but there will always be that place in time when Asher would join them in bed on Saturday mornings, and Vivian learned to crawl and discover the world, the precious moments when they were all laughing together during bath time (and the precious moments when both kids were finally in bed).
The present always seems to last forever, but when the future does come, I hope that when they open this album it is beaming with light.
One thing that fascinates me about photographing personal spaces is the knowledge that every object holds a piece of history. In our everyday lives these things are just things, but years from now they will be artifacts, little pieces of history that represent a time in our lives, imbued with memories of our past.
Every year Amanda and Jesse’s home comes alive with the Christmas spirit as they host an annual Christmas party, bringing together a joyous blend of friends and family. Three years ago the holidays become even more cause for celebration when their first daughter was born on Christmas Day. This year Amanda and Jesse transformed their garage into a Winter Wonderland, complete with dance floor, stage, and of course, Santa Claus.