Da Nang

Decided to take a break from the hazy skies and chaotic streets of Saigon and head to Da Nang ( coastal town in Central Vietnam ) for some fresh air, good friends, mountain exploring, beach time, and...

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life here

I watched the movie 'Brooklyn' a few months before leaving and I remember a line about living abroad, "You'll feel so homesick that you'll want to die, and there's nothing you can do about it apart from endure it. But you will, and it won't kill you. And one day the...

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Sweet Day

Lots of sweet moments today including joyful chalk art creation, a birthday celebration for the school’s housekeeper and seeing students start to blossom and thrive in new areas The not so sweet part: locking my keys in my apartment and being locked in the building...

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New Plants

Went to the most charming garden shop today for some new plants! Also pictured here, a student happily watering the school’s garden. So great how the kids appreciate the garden! This week one student said, “look at this plant, it’s so beautiful, so lovely” ( he’s 3! )...

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Colours of Saigon

a little post of photos from a weekend of wandering Behind the city’s oldest apartment building - quite the experience to go inside to discover graffiti, shops, cafes, construction projects and homes all in the same building ...and a perfect place to...

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little projects

pictured above: images by @uk_sky and @oldtonecollective Enjoying the creative possibilities within early childhood education and finding new art and craft supplies in the city Also, my landlord gave me this sweet mirror and on the right- the colours of dusk in B.C...

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art + beauty

lots of art and beauty in Kuala Lumpur and a wonderful blend of cultures. I just arrived back to HCMC to torrential downpour but thankful to be back and missed it while I was gone. I'm appreciating HCMC more after a break and realizing how much I'm growing to love it...

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Textiles

Japanese textiles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I love Japanese design, simplicity and quality.. I explored a Japanese boutique today and every piece was wonderful, clever and beautiful! pictured below: some travel clothes from spring's collection and a piece from Saigon...

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Butterfly Garden

Visited the butterfly garden in Kuala Lumpur with Caroline from the UK who is currently living in Danang, Vietnam. So nice to get into nature and experience the tropical...

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Malaysia

Arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday. Already loving the slow and predictable traffic, fresh air and calm vibe here. There's also so much cultural and religious diversity. I originally looked at Malaysia before choosing Vietnam and found myself researching the...

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Wonder Years

Now settled and feeling at home in the classroom and school. So much fun working with the wonder and awe of little ones as they build their understanding of themselves and the world. Images below: my balcony and some inspiration from...

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New beginnings continued

finished training and ready to bring some new art and beauty into the classroom. All the language and early childhood elements are there and now there's room to add a little magic. Still working on a silk butterfly installation and have strands of butterflies draped...

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A joyful classroom

This week we had dance parties in the classroom and it was beautiful to see the joy in both the children and teachers! We also did yoga and there's something so great about a program that gets kids moving, creating, exploring, singing and using all their senses. It's...

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Reflections

Image by Peter Beard Learning and observing so much in my new start with the nursery. Right now I'm thinking that if Montessori is carefully presented it's magic and the structured and methodical ways of interacting with things provide a wonderful foundation for life...

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Nursery + life in Saigon

Deep in the exhaustion and joy of a new beginnings with the Montessori nursery and loving it. I didn't imagine I'd be working full time but am very excited to create a beautiful classroom, learn with the children, and develop the art program within the curriculum....

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last art class

Last art class today with Vin Space to create time for the new opportunities that have arisen. Self-portraits today, one of my favourite lessons to teach I'm thinking lately that children have a much more sophisticated sense of order, beauty, colour, nature and space...

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a bit of earth

Images via Matthew Burditt and Simi Fromen Whirlwind week where a full time job teaching Montessori preschool emerged. The school is quite magical and there will be plenty of opportunities to bring in art, nature, creativity and beauty ( and there's already lots...

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art + life

new home + daily life. Had an opportunity to move up the street into a beautiful, newly renovated apartment with a charming balcony- great for inspiration and plants! Feeling how this cat looks lately but life is good. Finding textile...

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art, fabric and design

Feeling more grounded here after a very long sleep. Feels like I've been here for years and days at the same time. In a subtle way I feel very at home even when overwhelmed. Sometimes I forget I'm on the other side of the world. I think it's the warmth of the people...

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life in Thảo Diền

started teaching a delightful and slightly wild group of kindergarten students. They love art and games and right now they're a little unhinged! Currently brainstorming ways to create some routines and ways of moving through the class fluidly. One of the beautiful...

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District 2 // new home

Said goodbye to the shared house and now settling into a sweet little studio in a quiet part of town New neighbour , so many...

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postcard from Vietnam

On the move againI've been living in a shared house (very charming with wonderful people from South Africa, the U.K. And U.S) and now we're all parting ways to start our lives here after completing a month of teacher training and certification.Some are off to travel...

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gentle soul

saw this young man bonding with his birds- sweet moment. Been here long enough to sense there's a whole layer of life beneath the surface I don't understand; from the complexity of the government and modern communism to the lasting impact of the ideological and...

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art studio

First day of teaching at vin-space art studio. Sweet space and people. Lots of creative ideas and...

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more sights

Finding an apartment and job while completing a teaching certification has been a little intense but still finding beauty everywhere. Went to the War Remnants Museum. No words other than what was written on a column on the first floor, "may peace prevail". They give...

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new place + job

Saigon is becoming home. Feels like home and has since day 2 or 3. Found a job teaching art part-time at a wonderful center that has its' own classes and does outreach classes in the local international schools Also found an apartment nearby in a charming area...

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Settling in

I'm finding my favourite colours everywhere - pinks, soft blues, and multicoloured houses in alleyways. the grey days are just as beautiful as sunny days as everything gets softer. Loving the sound of the rain. Yesterday I ventured out with a muralist and we...

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Life in Vietnam

This country really warms my heart. Loving the tropical climate, fresh fruit, phở, friendly people, bustling streets and culture. Met a little friend too! Gò Vấp District, Saigon My balcony // so bright!New...

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better with friends

found some iconic sights today thanks to new friends and a SIM card . Wandering is nice but a little orientation helps ! Found beautiful architecture , graduation celebrations, delicious pho + much...

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Colours of Saigon

So far the air, colours and people here are warm.overwhelming day of getting lost and wandering for hours exploring the city noticing all the differences and nuances , sometimes thinking "I love it"  and other times "what was I thinking" all part of it. Today I'll...

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halfmoon bay to Saigon

En route to Vietnam! Currently in Taipei, Taiwan waiting for the final flight. Things happen fast - just yesterday I was on the Sunshine Coast then over to Vancouver to do some final packing then off for the adventure. Slept the flight away and ready!  North...

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Exploring Vancouver

Leaving for Vietnam soon and taking some time to explore and savour Vancouver's beauty. I'm sure I'll miss these sights at some point...

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Travels + life adventures

Photos from blog 'there she goes again'  Heading to Vietnam to travel, design, create and teach. A time of changes and new beginnings. Looking forward to sewing, sourcing fabrics, working with embroidery, appliqué and local production Will post as my travels...

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Indigo collection

A preview of our indigo collection - hand dyed pieces with beautiful silks sourced carefully for idea drape and softness  Also : Online store coming soon...

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Spring ’18

Currently designing spring/summer collections exclusively. The goal is to continue to work with extremely fine silks and curated silhouettes to provide collections that are 100% true to the vision of beautifully refined womenswear "The simplist path is the clearest"...

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Pop-Up

Spent the day in main street in a beautiful space at Balance...

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Pop-Up

Pop-up coming soon to Balance Botanicals on Main Street, Vancouver between 27 + 28th  February 19, 2017 12-6...

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Layering 

New samples and layering ideas. Finding a playful way to explore design, textiles and textures with simplicity 

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Bisous Magazine

New publication with photography  by Liz Dungate featuring Autumn/Winter's  Liberty Shirtdress  Love this...

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inspiration

mood boards + musings  Artwork by @martabevacqua, @runawayueil,@thekitchenmccabe and The Little Hermitage and Shaina...

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The Spoiler’s Hand

Revisiting this editorial featured in The Spoiler's Hand Magazine  Styled this series on a beautiful summer day in Stanley Park with photographer Liz Dungate, makeup artist Meredith Lacosse and model Kennedy...

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art + inspiration

Experimenting with interior latex paint, earth pigments, indigo and watercolour  Photo inspiration : Vera Comploj + Sarah...

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Costume Creation

Finishing up this piece for Some Assembly Art Society's Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group. RHYTAG creates plays that address and bring light to issues that are important to the youth writers and actors . The plays are always thoughtful, moving, and contain a...

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Musing

☼ love connecting to infinite imagery and inspiring creatives  also love creating a mood and juxtaposing emotions and ideas like nostalgia/presence, bitterness/sweetness, loss/freedom, surrender/comfort  Love the beauty in tenderness and relatable human...

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Mood boards + daydreams

Planning Spring 2018's art direction/ lookbook and collecting dreamy inspiration   imagery is from Hey Jude,  Annette Cheung, Clo, Lauren Faye, Lieke Romejin...

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Sunshine Coast

Paddling towards the moon on the Sunshine Coast  Dawn and dusk are so pretty on the water when the sky turns shades of pink, lavender and soft yellows. We're surrounded by so much beauty here and in this...

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Some Assembly Arts Society , theatre costuming

Draping a custom dress for Some Assembly Arts Society's Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group.  The youth write and perform plays that inspire dialogue about issues that are important to them. There is always humour, original music and moving dialogue within and...

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Summer Highlights

Dreaming about summer and some highlights as winter approaches  creating public art in Burnaby's Parks with community members & artist Colette Lisoway  Seawall journeys  Getting inspired by public art and muralists in...

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Natural indigo

Hand dyed silk yardage for the next collection with natural indigo. Indigo is not only a beautiful colour but also a beautiful and slightly mystical process  There's a depth and sheen to natural dyes that can't be...

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Behind The Scenes S/S17

Always wonderful to work with photographer Liz Dungate who amazes me with her artistic direction and intuitive decision making. Liz created stunning headdresses from tumbleweeds which added a beautifully unexpected element to Spring Summer's campaign  Photos by...

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Local Wanderings

In a journey through Gastown I discovered The March Sweater Project Exhibit at Nelson The Seagull  Beautiful portrait series that features members of the LGBTQ...

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Aiki District Launch

Such a stunning evening at the Aviary to celebrate Aiki District's Launch . There was exquisite beauty in every detail. A joy to watch local talent flourish Aiki district is doing beautiful work with natural and beautifully textured, unexpected fabrics made for the...

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WREN Boutique

Delighted to have the Anouk Blazer and Liberty Shirtdress at WREN Boutique on Bowen Island for Fall ! 569 Artisan Ln, Bowen Island,...

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Nocturne, The Spoiler’s Hand

New wardrobe styling for The Spoiler's Hand Publication with photographer Liz Dungate, makeup artist Meredith Lacosse, and Model Kennedy with Richards Models...

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Sarah England Photography

magical imagery by Sarah England Photography makeup artistry and hair by Beauty Reawakened Model: Lauren Sears a beautiful way to begin spring and...

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