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Designing Metamorphoses

Designing Metamorphoses Written by : Sarah Uwadiae, MFA student After studying Theatre Arts at Redeemer’s University in Nigeria, I moved to Canada to pursue my MFA in Theatre Design at the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary. I started designing costumes during my MFA program. Prior to my thesis project, Metamorphoses, I had only designed costumes for smaller cast performances. The last drama production I designed costumes for was Splendour by Abi Morgan and directed by Dawn McCaugherty, the show only had four female characters. This productions has 19 actors and more than 30 characters and such a rich text based on Greek mythology, I had my work cut out for me. After reading Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman for the...

How to be an artist.

How to be an artist.Written by: M. Eileen Murray // @emurray67 During my childhood, I was always making something or creating ‘a’ something out of nothing. When I wasn’t raiding gardens or eating snow, I was knitting long scarves that were never quite straight; crocheting silhouetted ladies with pot holder skirts or painting ceramic Holly Hobbie dolls. I loved to feel things with my hands and against my cheeks - any things, normal things, like rocks, plants, fabric or fur. I had a collection of polished rocks, I buried dead animals, collected slugs and spent may hours under bleachers walking a flamingo puppet made from styrofoam, fleece and canning jar lids while my sisters figure skated.   I officially became a misunderstood black sheep (an...

Art / Writing

Art / WritingWritten by : Lisa Baldissera // @contemporarycalgary @C_Calgary What is the purpose of writing?  And why write about art? Writing is placemaking; language is about occupying (for better and worse) and originating culture, using forms which themselves produce meanings.   Writing is a welcoming in, it is a form of hospitality and care.  It says: I won’t leave it to a few to speak about the culture in which I live—I will engage and be part of it too.  It’s not for others to develop this lexicon, but like any vibrant language, it’s a shared platform. Writing has been around since the beginning of collective human presence, as markmaking. we know that languages themselves have conceptual frameworks built into them that reflect the history...

The Poetic Method : A Day in the Life of Polly Orr

The Poetic Method : A Day in the Life of Polly OrrWritten by : Polly Orr // @polly.the.poet Question: How do you make the minutia of every day life into art? Hypothesis: Through the application of mindfulness, aesthetic awareness, gratitude, and humour, the mundane will transform into the master piece of living. Materials: pen, paper, varied wardrobe, assorted fruits, paint brushes, paints, bus pass, time Procedure: Step 1: When you awake, choose an alter ego to embody. Choose your alter ego wisely to suit the tasks of the day. Look to archetypal characters for inspiration (ie. The Rebel, The Dreamer, The Warrior, and The Everyman). Step 2: Pick out an outfit your alter ego would wear. Over time as you pursue this practice, a wardrobe...

Designing Experience

Designing ExperienceWritten by : Brian Woodward // @jbwoodward50 I began writing this blog a week after I returned from running a five-day leadership development program at the Banff Centre entitled ‘Self As a Living Story’. This was a new program for senior executives from a major global hotel chain. The nature of the program and how this program came into being reflects what I love to do – personal growth through arts-based practices. When I begin a new project I look for two things: understanding and a metaphor. First, I need to understand the people who will participate by knowing the real-life demands of their everyday work roles. I knew that these participants were like most senior leaders; they are like knife-edges, very sharp, very...

What’s it like being a Jazz Musician?

What's it like being a Jazz Musician?Written by Ellen Doty // @EllenDoty Music has always been an integral part of the fabric of my life. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. My mother was a choir director at a church in my hometown (Okotoks, Alberta) and also played the organ. I think back fondly to sitting on the organ bench next to my mom singing from the “Hits of the 70s” compilation book- my favourite song being “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack. My musical influences are incredibly varied: from soul music, to folk, to jazz, to pop, and many genres in between. A lot of people ask how a girl that grew up on an acreage and went to school...

The Importance of Art & Culture

The Importance of Art & CultureWritten by Wilson Wong // @everbraveca @calgarymovies The importance of art and culture in our society is something I began to think a lot about when my eldest daughter entered first grade, in a public school, a couple years back. I realized right away that public schools no longer had dedicated art and drama classes in elementary school. This was extremely troubling for me because art was and still is such an important part of my life and I can't imagine a world where kids and future generations grow up without it. Let's take a step back a bit so you can get some context and see where I'm coming from. I grew up with the stereotypical “Asian mindset” that...
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