Friday, May 12, 2017

WUNDERKAMMER: The Cabinet of Curiosity Show


I'm very excited to have curated the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery's first group art show, WUNDERKAMMER: The Cabinet of Curiosities from May 11 to 28. This art - or science art - show, is inspired by the Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosity, the immense, eccentric, encyclopedic natural history collections gathered by collectors since the Renaissance. Cabinets of Curiosities featured treasured zoological, botanical, anatomical, fossil and gem specimen, collected by early citizen scientists. WUNDERKAMMER features original sculptures, drawings, hand-bound books, prints, paintings, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, generative and multimedia specimen of natural and unnatural history on all scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. We are featuring the work of local artists (myself included):


István Aggott Hönsch

Erin Candela
Gavin Canning

Andrée Chénier
Carolyn Eady

Leslie Fruman
Monika Millar

Heather Ibbott
Colleen Manestar

Peggy Muddles
Teodora Opris

Christine Strait-Gardner
Tosca Teran

Rovena Tey
Lauren Vartanian

Ele Willoughby





Explore our curiousity cabinet of wildlife biology, mathematics, chemistry, mycology, micro and cellular biology, marine biology, entomology, botany, and fantastical lifeforms through the lens of art.

Join us Saturday, May 13, 6:00 pm to 10:00 for our Opening! FOLLOW THE LINK TO RSVP

Also, check out this lovely little write up about my women in STEM on Women You Should Know!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What makes minouette different?

https://etsy.wishpond.com/small-business-contest-intl/entries/149940642

I've decided to enter the #EtsySmallBusiness #DifferenceMakesUs contest! The Canadian winner (with the most votes) gets $13,000 to scale their business. I'm pitching my story as marine geophysicist/printmaker making science art as what makes me unique. Please take a moment to vote for me here!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

News and plans: WUNDERKAMMER, #SciArt Tweetstorm and more



If you've been following me for long, you'll know that I'm obsessed with Cabinets of Curiosity and in fact, I view my growing portfolio of prints about natural history as a sort of wunderkammer. So, when we decided to take the plunge and sub-lease the gallery for 2017, it was obvious that I would want to curate not just a #SciArt show, but a Cabinet of Curiosity show. I'm really excited to announce this show and there are so many team members who would be a perfect fit, I'm already curating in my head. I'm looking forward to seeing applications even! I've opened the application to all local artists, so you don't need to be a team member to apply. There are a lot of amazing artists inspired by science in this city. Apply!

This week has been the now annual Twitter #SciArt tweetstorm, so I've been busily sharing my art and art of others all week. You need to go check out the hashtag today, if you haven't been following.

Also, we plan to revisit Christine's Bees (& the Birds) show about pollinators this year.  We are of course going to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a Canada themed show opening Canada Day. Jen, who is also an ambassador for the Body Image Movement, is curating a Love Your Body show about positive body image. We thought a Halloween show would be fun, and I'm also going to enjoy curating a dinosaur Dinovember show in November, of course!

A huge congratulations to the remaining 32 candidates to become the next two Canadian Space Agency astronauts! I had the pleasure of meeting several of them with my batch of fellow candidates at the Astronaut Assessment Center, and will be cheering them on as the competition continues.

http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/recruitment/map.asp# While I'm no longer in the running, it's been quite the experience to make it this far. I was proud of myself for completing the application! 3072 people applied, but about twice that number began but did not complete the lengthy and involved process. I was very glad to have the opportunity to have a glimpse at what the life of an astronaut is all about as well as to meet so many of these accomplished Canadians!

Thanks very much to my friends and family who cheered me on and helped free up my time so I could participate in the process as long as I did. I really appreciate all your support and encouragement. It meant a lot!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Playing catch-up: Shows, SciArtist at home, Gallery & Astronaut recruitment

Life has been extremely busy of late and I haven't had any time to update my blog, so I'm planning to make a big post about everything. You've been warned. I've opted for chronological, rather than any other sort of ranking, since I know how to do that.



I did the full One of a Kind show this year. It was a busy, exhausting time! Thank you very much to everyone who stopped by to see me, purchased art and my fabulous friends and colleagues for all your great company and support! I have the greatest customers. I love that I sold art to the parents of burgeoning scientists, neuroscientists, geologists, paleontologists, historians, and all sorts of other fascinating people. And an extra special thank you to those who allowed it to happen; my husband and Dad the booth builder and installation team, my mom the chief babysitter, my trusty assistants Becca and Karla, volunteer sales help and excellent company Peggy and Carrie, carpooling friends Leslie and Queenie, entertainment and bingo queen Emma.

We had a nice Christmas here in Toronto with family.


First big announcement of 2017: the Toronto Etsy Street Team has a brick and mortar incarnation for the year. While our team mate, printmaker and friend Pam of Graven Feather gallery takes mat leave, we will be subleasing her gallery for the year! We'll be hosting art shows, pop-up markets, trunk shows, workshops and more all year long. We started with a launch paerty and mini show from team leaders on January 28th. You can still find my art at our 906 Queen St W location and stay tuned for more of our exciting plans (including my plans to curate a SciArt show this spring)! My friend Emma is taking the lead on this project and I'm glad that she has the gumption to convince me that we should do it!


My home, studio and peculiar combination of jobs and interests were the subject of this Toronto Star article. It's part of their series on people who work from home. It was pleasure speaking with them about my blend of art and science. Roger's rocking horse and hand built furniture for Gabriel were also a hit. (Geoscientists will recognize that 'general physics' should read geophysics, but it's a nice little article).

Reflections by Ele Willoughby. Linoleum block print with chine collé / 2017 / 8 x 15 in. / $180 (SOLD). On view in our LUNAR exhibit for @Printaustin through February 18th. This print stems from my experience of working at sea, where in the absence of light pollution, celestial bodies like our moon and even planets, cast bright reflections as far as the eye can see. Moonlight in turn, consists of reflections of sunlight (with some starlight and some earthlight reflected back at us). So the light on the ocean is reflections upon reflections. #art #science #sciart #exhibition #gallery #instadaily #science #artoftheday #graphic #fineart #instaart #atx #texas #art #artwork #moon #artistic #design #artnews #artshow #blockprint #instagood #illustrator #artist #creative #astronomy #visual #austin #printmaking #printaustin
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I am very happy to have a print in Art.Science.Gallery's show LUNAR, their official entry in PRINT Austin for 2017. If you're in Austin, you can still catch the show until February 18th. I'm also very happy to learn that their crowdfunding efforts were successful and the gallery will remain open for 2017.

Last, but definitely not least, a few of you will know, but last summer I applied to be an astronaut! Selecting Canada's next two astronauts is a year long process. I'm very proud to say that I am one of 72 people still in the running from 3772 initial applicants! There's a lot of testing still to go before they make their selections by August but it's very cool to be part of this amazing group of people. From this incredible talent pool they will have to narrow it down to two new astronauts.




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