Download My Chapter from Drawn Together in Visual Practice

I had a great time yesterday at the Vancouver book launch of the new anthology, Drawn Together Through Visual Practice, edited by Brandy Agerbeck, Kelvy Bird, Sam Bradd and Jennifer Shepherd.   You can download my chapter below.   I’m really pleased with it – these were great anthologists and editors to work with and I’d jump at a chance to be part of something like this again with the same folks (whereas most of these publishing experiences don’t end with me wanting to repeat the experience!). Stina Brown also wrote a great chapter and was MC for the event (check … Continue reading Download My Chapter from Drawn Together in Visual Practice

art power….

Just read this article on working conditions of London maids and in the context of a day off after three days of teaching drawing and a conversation about prospective dissertation methods, I found Barbara Pokryszka’s art in it so powerful.   Part of the conversation about dissertations was about the importance of including our own stories and, for me, using different modalities.  As in Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening – a book I keep wanting to take on a wild weekend to a cabin by the sea! And he’s teaching a class in Calgary.  *SIGH* And all of it is caught up … Continue reading art power….

orality, drawing and literacy #rhizo14

“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”  Walt Whitman Dave Cormier, this week in part 4 of Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum, asks this question: Our connective technologies are, as many have said, a return to orality. It gives us the opportunity to connect our thoughts with others without them being finished, stale and objective. The medium of print, while practically useful for many reasons (particularly historically) encourages the opposite. Is books making us stupid? This took me by surprise and … Continue reading orality, drawing and literacy #rhizo14

the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

So I’m not quite sure if I should be sharing any of these drawings yet but here’s a taster of a drawing I like, which might make it into the booklet, which Susan Stanfield, Shelley Nessman, Jim Reynolds and I are facilitating the groups of self advocates to give input into. This is for the third in a series of booklets for C.L.B.C., which has this great idea of incorporating ideas and feedback from self advocates to create materials they can use.   (We had nothing to do with the first one, which was just turned into a lovely little film … Continue reading the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

my prize winning entry: “A Personal Evolution Towards New Media”

So, kinda thrilling – the first thing I’ve sent out to a publisher for several years and I won first prize 🙂 (which paid for great new shoes while holidaying in London).   It is also my first publication in an academic journal, through Athabasca University’s MA-IS program.   You can read the whole journal from this link, or you can read my creative non-fiction work here.   Those who know me will recognise some re-occuring themes in my fascination with how Web 2.0 reflects our culture, parenting and personal narrative mythology as reflection. Continue reading my prize winning entry: “A Personal Evolution Towards New Media”

thinking about a brand new year…

the old year is winding down – today was Rufus’s birthday – seven years ago yesterday the breeder sent me a photo of his very pregnant mother in an email that said, “any moment now!” It’s been an amazing year and I need to take some time and think about all the people that I’ve met, the conversations that I’ve had, the workshops that we’ve presented and attended and been part of, the various partnerships, and all the ideas that keep flowing around and through our work and lives.   At the end of the year, out of the blue, … Continue reading thinking about a brand new year…

what did you *ship* last year?

I liked this blog posting by Seth Godin, who I think is a total genius in so many ways – not least in that he fearlessly tosses out a million ideas and the few hundred that catch on are so worth it.   there’s a big time lesson in that.   So I sent this out to some friends, one of whom has replied – she’s done so much in the last year and yet she limited herself to seven things, which I also think is so brilliant.    I need to do that – have been thinking that I … Continue reading what did you *ship* last year?