Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Valentine earrings & bookmarks LAUNCHED!

$16. No tax. Hand-made, rolled-paper beads that recycle old magazines and provide your loved-one with an environmentally-friendly and thoughtful gift. View the collection of earrings and bookmarks. No two alike. Contact me to reserve your unique bookmark or custom-order a specific colour/magazine page!

Valentine's Day "Cupid Fish" greeting card

A new addition to my greeting card series for your viewing pleasure!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"In the name of democracy, let us all unite!" Charlie Chaplin

"I'm sorry but I don't want to be an Emperor - that's not my business - I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men's souls -
has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say "Do not despair".
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people , will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish. . .
Soldiers - don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you - who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.
Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate - only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers - don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written
"the kingdom of God is within man "
- not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.
Soldiers - in the name of democracy, let us all unite!"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

BazART Application: Artisan & Visual Artist

Artisan 5 Images
(Visual Artist 5 images are below)

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Fish T-shirts (adult or kid sizes)
100% cotton; printed in Canada. 4 different sizes in 4 different colours.

“Fish Tank” Tops (girls/women)
100% cotton; printed in Canada. 3 different sizes in 2 different colours.

Fish Greeting Cards
12 different designs; printed on recycled card stock; colour envelopes

Mirrors (various themes)
Recycled mirror and frame; hand-made paper; gold acrylic paint
10" x 10"

"Fish Plant(er)"
Free-hanging sculpture. Acrylic on wood with terra cotta pots, brass hook and real plants.
36” x 13”

Visual Artist 5 Images

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Fly Fishing
Giclée on Arches
19.5” x 19.5”

Acrylic on stretched canvas
26” x 10”

Marquis de mer II
Watercolour and glow-in-the-dark acrylic with recycled found objects.
19.5” x 17”

Adirondack Fish
Acrylic on stretched canvas; complete recycling of a disassembled Adirondack chair.
144” x 54”

Fish Stick
Acrylic on stretched canvas with recycled jewelry.
8” x 8”

Sunday, September 11, 2011

MORE Hand-rolled Paper (recycled) Bead Earrings

Original article with 27 other designs.

This set:
Hooked on recycling, Choleena made rolled magazine-paper beads, and used reclaimed beads from old jewelry, as well as reclaimed wire in these particular earrings. If you look closely, you'll see that the bead cap near the bottom has been flattened and trimmed into the shape of a flying insect. As these are all one-of-a-kind, you will be the only person in the world with these unique earrings.






Friday, September 09, 2011

Fellow W.E.S.T. artist, Paul Wing

Fellow W.E.S.T. artist, Paul Wing, with his "ethereal" and "retro Psychedelic" photography:

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Hand-rolled Paper (recycled) Bead Earrings

My Hand-rolled Paper Bead Earrings were inspired by my love of recycling. I rolled paper into beads (often recycling pages from magazines), and used reclaimed elements from vintage jewelry and other sources to make this small edition of earrings. With no pair alike, you will be the only person in the world with your unique earrings.

Prices range from just $14 to $39 depending on cost of materials and complexity.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

My art, t-shirts, greeting cards and more at these fine storefronts:

Tidewater Books
13 Bridge Street
Sackville, New Brunswick

Fog Forest Gallery
14 Bridge Street
Sackville, New Brunswick

55 Byward Market Sq.
Byward Market
Ottawa, Ontario

Riverguild Fine Crafts
51 Gore St. East
Perth, Ontario

Ottawa School of Art Boutique
35 George Street
Byward Market
Ottawa, Ontario

And, online at TheKick-AssIdeaCompany.com

Friday, July 08, 2011

July 28 - August 23 at OSA's offsite gallery

"Art Everywhere"
July 28 - August 23
Ottawa School of Art offsite gallery
330 Coventry Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Artist Statement: In this selection of work, I wanted to focus on art as a daily part of one’s life. Whether you’re in your hallway, your living room, or your garden, you’ll be surrounded by colour and creativity. The title of this show also gives kudos to the Ottawa School of Art on their successful ongoing mission to put art in every nook and cranny of the city. At 330 Coventry Road, the local manager of the Canadian Tire partnered up with the OSA to promote local artists in the exit vestibule of the building. Partnerships like this are to be commended and thus the title of this show nods to their vision.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Fish and Other Such Madness" show now on!

NEWS FLASH: This show recently extended to August 31, 2011!

"Fish and Other Such Madness" features the artworks of Choleena DiTullio and Wenna Doig. June 19 - August 31, Galerie 240, downtown Ottawa.