Smash the Patriarchy

In honour of International Women’s Day, I am excited to reveal my 2019 IWD collage – “Smash the Patriarchy.”

I know I say this every year, but this might be one of my favourite pieces. It’s pretty and pink and these two gals have had exactly ENOUGH.

(Enough of what? This article from Crystal Jackson on Medium sums it up beautifully: On Wednesdays We Smash the Patriarchy.)

A framed print of this piece will be up for auction at MAWA’s annual Over the Top cupcake party and art auction, taking place on March 17 at 611 Main Street. If you’ve never been to an Over the Top event, make this your year to check it out. In addition to a TON of art up for grabs, there’s a silent auction, a raffle and ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CUPCAKES. The event helps support the incredible work that MAWA does to support women’s art… and it’s a great time, to boot!

This print is also available at Caked With Love during my month-long show in the café. (It’s one of 49 pieces that I have on display until the end of March!)

…or just contact me and I’ll hook you up with a print.

And, while you’re here, check out my previous IWD art:

2018 – Who said anything about a prince?*
2017 – Nevertheless, she persisted.*

*prints available

Who said anything about a prince?

This year’s contribution to the MAWA “Over the Top” auction is quite possibly my favourite. Of course, I say that every year.

Some years I go with a political message, some years I am inspired by an inspirational quote – this year, I went with straight-up cheekiness. I think it suits me.

The original collage will be auctioned off at MAWA. If you want to get your hands on it, make plans to be at the auction on March 18. Full details are here.

After the auction, I will have limited-edition prints for sale, right here and via my Instagram page. How limited? There are only nine up for grabs! Message me for details.

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

 

I’m beginning to lose track of how many of these gals I have made for the annual MAWA “Over the Top” cupcake party and art auction. 6? 8? 10?

This is my 2017 contribution – “Nevertheless, She Persisted”

To give you a little background on the quote – or a refresher if you’ve forgotten the story – it comes from a debate in the US Senate in February of 2017. Senator Elizabeth Warren was speaking against Jeff Sessions’ confirmation to Attorney General and, as part of her speech, read a letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1986 that denounced Sessions (who at the time was nominated to federal court judge.)

Senator Warren was interrupted several times and was told to take her seat, preventing her from finishing. Later, Senate Majority Leader (and all-around fun guy), Mitch McConnell said “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Naturally, feminists and Warren’s supporters turned McConnell’s butthurt words into a rallying cry/hashtag and I just had to use them for this piece (which, incidentally, I created on International Women’s Day!) Suck it, McConnell.

 

The original sold at the MAWA auction, but I have a few limited-edition framed prints available for $35/each. Contact me to order!

 

Hold my beer!

Last year, I was tasked with designing two coasters for a brand-new brewery here in Winnipeg. We wanted to do something fun and different, with a vintage feel… and pretty much the opposite of the plain old logo on a plain old round coaster.

tbc_coaster1Once I had an idea for the coasters, it was time to dig into my stash and start pulling papers.

This is always a fun part of the design process for me. I pull way more than I need and let the patterns and colours tell me what to do next.

In this case, the yellow, “bubbly” paper really wanted to be beer. And, I couldn’t choose just one, so I ripped it up and layered it until I had a full mug!

To see the two finished coasters, click here: Torque Brewing Co. Coasters

Over the Top 2015 – a sneak peek!

There are about a million signs of spring – puddles, potholes, birds, flowers, bare legs. But, for me, the first indication that spring has sprung is MAWA’s “Over the Top” – an annual gathering of artists, collectors, and cupcake enthusiasts.

Every spring, we cram ourselves into MAWA’s little space on Main Street and cram cupcakes into our face-holes, while bidding on art and rubbing shoulders with Winnipeg’s creative who’s who.

For the last five years, I have attended as an artist, baker and sometimes bidder. This year, I have donated two new vintage lady collages – “Vicky” and “You Might As Well Be Amusing.”

I will have prints available after the event, but if you want an original, you’ll have to stop by MAWA this weekend and place your bid. (Bidding on each of these pieces starts at $50.)

And, if these aren’t your thing, there are dozens and dozens (hundreds?) of other amazing pieces up for grabs. And, did I mention that it’s for a great cause? All proceeds from the auction go to supporting the awesome programs at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.)

If that’s STILL not enough to tempt you, your ticket gives you free reign at the cupcake tables on Sunday afternoon. Yes, TABLES with an S. What puts this event “over the top” is the thousand or so cupcakes donated by amateur and professional bakers, like me. (I will be contributing two dozen lemon curd and two dozen spiced apple…more about those later…) It’s a proven fact that you can’t be miserable while eating a cupcake, so this pretty much guarantees that you’ll have fun. Even if you don’t win the painting that you had your eye on.

Oh, and there’s also a raffle with some seriously amazing gift baskets crammed with local goodies. Convinced yet??

Bidding starts tonight and wraps up at the big shindig on Sunday (2-5pm). For more information, please check out the event page on MAWA’s website.

I’ll see you on Sunday! If you get there before me, save me a cupcake or three!