The history of science is a frequent subject of my relief prints including portraits of scientists and innovators, depicted with their most important contributions and discoveries. This art is a means of science communication. I am interested in Cabinets of Curiosity (or wonder - the wunderkammer) kept by avid amateurs from the Renaissance up until 19th century. People had huge collections of natural wonders: rocks, gems, fossils, butterflies, shells, bones, all sorts of plants and animals, real and imaginary. Science and magic were still intertwined. These collections both fostered myth (such as narwhal horns passed off as unicorn) and the development of descriptive science (including geology, paleontology, botany and zoology). My subjects make up my own wunderkammer, filled with flora and fauna (both real and imaginary). I blend my art with my love of science and a tribute to the development of descriptive science the curiosity cabinet represents. I am fascinated by myth, fairytales, and symbols. If the cabinet of curiosity represents a sort of proto-science, the myth is like the proto-story, the basis for the stories we tell again and again in different ways.
I also explore issues of biodiversity, species at risk and climate change in my work.
I work primarily as a printmaker, making relief prints employing linoleum and wood. I print linocuts by hand using traditional Japanese woodblock tools on Japanese paper. Some of my work also incorporates screen-printing, painting, sculpture and multimedia. Prints and multimedia work are also often interactive, incorporating colour-changing or electrically conductive inks and electronics, which straddle the art/science divide.
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A big thank you to all sources which have featured my work, including:
Toronto Craft Alert
Piratas de Ikea
CRAFT magazine blog
Rethink and Reuse
Physiology News (Mad Scientists Of Etsy article)
The Storque (Trans-Canada Etsy team)
Trans-Canada Etsy Team Blog
The Urban Craft Center
Tanis Alexis Blog
A Handmade Market Toronto
Pimp My Schweden Möbel
Toronto Etsy Street Team blog
Tales from the Microbial Laboratory
Okyo Blog Interview
City of Craft blog
Etsy News Blog: Toronto Meet-Up
Etsy Blog Short Stories: Madame Wu
QUEST science and environment blog for KQED, San Francisco: "Women in Science: Meet a Mathematician, a Physicist and a Geologist Through Art"
Ada Lovelace Day post on the Scientific American Guest Blog by Maia Weinstock is illustrated with my portrait 'Mme Wu and the Violation of Parity'
Today's Parent interviewed me about my tips for making a successful craft show display. The resulting article appears in the November 2013 issue, page 140
The Austin Chronicle, PrintAustin: Big Medium, Art.Science.Gallery, and Immediatag, Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Fri., Jan. 24, 2014
Why Community is Crucial to Your Success: Etsy Seller Ele Willoughby shares why community is crucial to your success, SavvyMom.ca, posted January 28, 2014
Find Inspiration From These Women Working With Science In Public, article by Mika McKinnon on space.io9.com, March 8, 2015
‘Bees (& the Birds)’ group show at Graven Feather gallery, Toronto, May 18 - 29, 2016
COSMIC, Art.Science.Gallery’s Printmakers Explore the Cosmos for PrintAustin 2016, Austin, TX, 2016
16th International Print Exhibition at PROOF Studio Gallery Celebrating The Chinese Year of the Monkey, Toronto, 2016
From Mountains to Sea, effects of climate change show at Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, 2015
‘Bees (& the Birds)’ group show at Graven Feather gallery, Toronto, 2015
Terra Nova & Friends Exhibit at Art at Artisans At Work, Toronto, 2015
15th International Print Exhibition at PROOF StudioGallery Celebrating The Chinese Year of the Goat, Toronto, 2015
X Marks the Spot, group exhibit at Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, 2014
'Go Ahead and Do It: Portraits of women in Science, Technology, Engineering,and Mathematics', a group exhibit at Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, 2014
IMPRESSI, science themed group print show, Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, 2014
Year of the Salamander, group art show, Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX, 2014
14th International Print Exhibition and Exchange at PROOF Studio Gallery Celebrating The Chinese Year ofthe Goat 2015
13th International Print Exhibition and Exchange at PROOF Studio Gallery Celebrating The Chinese Year ofthe HORSE 2014
In the Round, group show at Graven Feather gallery, 906 Queen Street West, Toronto, November 1 to 30, 2013
Etsy Showcase at Fall Home Show, Booth #328, Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, October 3 to 6, 2013
'It's Better With Bees' Bee Biodiversity Exhibit at the Ball's Falls Conservation Centre in Jordan Station, Ontario, March 31 to July 1, 2013
500th Anniversary Mercator Exhibit, Mercatormuseum in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, 2012
Mini Print International - Asia Pacific. No Vacancy Gallery (QV), Melbourne, Australia, April 2-16th, 2012.
'The Year of the Dragon' International Print Exhibition, PROOF Studio Gallery, Distillery District, Studio 104, Bldg. 74, Case Goods Warehouse, Toronto, January 26 - February 12, 2012
'The Year of the Rabbit' International Print Exhibition, PROOF Studio Gallery, Distillery District, Studio 104, Bldg. 74, Case Goods Warehouse, Toronto, February 2- 13, 2011
'A Hidden Place' group art show at 1254Art, 1254 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ontario, December, 2010
'The Collective' group show at Triangle Gallery, 38 Abell St., Toronto, December 2-14, 2010
'The Year of the Tiger' International Print Exhibition, PROOF Studio Gallery, Distillery District, Studio 104, Bldg. 74, Case Goods Warehouse, Toronto, February 13 & 14, 2010
"Toronto vs Nagoya artfight" group show at the Creater's Market, Nagoya, Japan, December 6-7, 2008
Toronto Etsy Street Team 6th Annual Midsummer Market, June 18th, 2016, at the Campbell House, Toronto
Etsy: Made In Canada, Toronto Edition at MaRS, September 26, 2015, MaRS Atrium, 101 College St at University Ave.
One of a Kind Show and Sale, December, 2014
Etsy pop-up, Huntclub gallery, November, 2014, 709 College St
Etsy: Made In Canada, Toronto Edition at MaRS, September 27, 2014 from 10 - 4, MaRS Atrium, 101 College St at University Ave.
Toronto Etsy Street Team 5th Annual Spring Marketplace, June 7th, 2014 at the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave @ College St., 11 am to 5:00 pm
Toronto Etsy Street Team 1st Annual Christmas Marketplace, December 14th, 2013 at the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave @ College St., 11 am to 5:30 pm
Shop Cats Pop-Up Shop at the 707 Market, Scadding Court, at 707 Dundas St W, Toronto, Saturday, September 28, 2013
The 4th Annual Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketpalce, 518 Bathurst Centre, Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2013
One of A Kind Spring Show, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, March 27-31, 2013
Movies and Makers, Fox Theatre Toronto, Saturday December 15, 2012
Wandering Winter Craft Show, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W, Toronto, Sunday, December 9th, 21012
Wandering Winter Craft Show, Magic Pony, Toronto, Saturday November 24th 11 am to 7 pm & Sunday November 25th 12 pm to 6 pm
Queen West Art Crawl, Etsy Tent, Trinity-Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Saturday, September 15, 2012
T.E.S.T. 3rd Annual "Spring" Handmade Market, Triangle Gallery, Toronto, July 21st from 11 AM to 5 PM, 2012
The Toronto Etsy Street Team Spring Craft Show The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, Saturday April 30th, 2011, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A Spring Handmade Market, Saturday May 16th, 2009, The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto
Hibiscus and Rosehips, Charity Fundraiser for Lymphoma, Resistor Gallery at College and Spadina in Toronto, April 21, 2009
magpie&whiskeyjack is a record of things I've found which intrigue me and things I find beautiful, with a focus on the fertile intersection of art and science.
Good Health Magazine, December 2014, series of 12 Chinese Zodiac prints
Galapagos Designs, May, 2013, logo design
Arrow and Era, April, 2013, logo design
Physics World, September 2012, cover art
Animal Planet TV show Too Cute, to be aired early 2013
UBC's Science Creative Quarterly’s ‘The Phylomon Project’, 2010
My homepage for my marine geophysical research is under construction, but here are some resources for interested non-scientists:
NEPTUNE Canada Go-live Webcast. NEPTUNE Canada is the world's largest, cabled seafloor observatory. I am involved in the creating sub-seafloor imaging experiments to monitor a gas hydrate deposit at the Bullseye Vent, offshore Vancouver Island. In the web-cast, I explain on-camera what this work is all about.
Energy from Gas Hydrates: Assessing the Opportunities and Challenges. The Canadian Council of Academies gathered a Gas Hydrate Expert Panel (myself included) to answer the Government of Canada's questions about the potential of employing natural-occurring gas hydrate deposits as an alternate energy source. At the link, you can find the complete report as well as the report in focus.
Der Schwarm: A Geoscientific Page-Turner is a book review I wrote about a German best seller (translated as The Swarm) for Inkling Magazine, a cool on-line popular science magazine, especially for young women.