maps

map of mars

I’ve always been fascinated by maps. I would spread them out on the table and pore over them for hours. Now I use vintage maps in my collages.

Are you a good trip navigator?

If you were an explorer drawing a map of the territory you had discovered, which features of the landscape would you most want to highlight for readers?

“The folds _________”

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purple hand

crayon drawing of purple hand

When I draw with crayons, I like to make bodies unusual colours. Mostly because I’m so conscious of wanting to represent diversity in my creative work. I want people to be able to see themselves in the things I create – to recognize bits that correspond to their own experience. I don’t want to draw pale pink skin.

If you’re a creator, who is your ideal audience?

Do you change your work in any way, to reach more people? How do you feel about that?

“The skin _________”

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singing bowl

singing bowl

This isn’t a traditional singing bowl – rather, it’s the chime for this alarm clock. I love that it makes a beautiful tone, though.

Did you know that every sound has a pitch?

What if you could create a song with random noises? What story would it tell?

“The bell _________”

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green cleaning supplies

green cleaning supplies

I used to have my own eco-friendly cleaning company. I loved working for myself, and using supplies that didn’t make me or the planet sick..

Do you like cleaning? Why or why not?

If you could create a world that cleaned itself, would you be tempted to never clean anything again?

“The bucket _________”

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stacking chairs

stacking chairs

I bought these vintage plywood stacking chairs at a rummage sale. I love chairs. I love things that stack. I love plywood..

To save space, what would you make stack-able, if you could?

Given that rummage sales, tag sales and flea markets can be sources of really inexpensive yet unique items, what’s the most outrageous thing you can imagine actually buying secondhand?

“The legs _________”

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groceries

Frigidaire refrigerator

I love the feeling of having a fridge full of vegetables, after I’ve gone grocery shopping. It’s the gatherer in me, who wants to make sure I have enough food..

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever kept in a fridge?

If you didn’t have a fridge, how would you keep food cool, or change your diet?

“The door _________”

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prayer beads

prayer beads

I have a string of prayer beads that I made myself from round beads of semi-precious stone: white quartz, sodalite, and lapis lazuli. I like to use the beads to keep track of Sanskrit mantras, like Ohm eim hrim klim chamundayei vichei namaha.

When have you ever prayed?

What would it feel like to wear a necklace of brilliantly coloured stones?

“The cool _________”

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linden blossoms

linden blossoms

One of my very favorite smells in the entire world is linden blossoms. I think part of it may be that the blossoming season is very brief – a couple of weeks – and that’s it until next year. The scent is delicate and light, similar to lilies, but sweeter and gentler.

Do you have a favorite scent? What memories do you associate with it, whenever you smell it?

What kind of trees were you surrounded by, growing up?

“The air _________”

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blueberries

blueberries

I eliminated most kinds of fruit from my diet a couple of months ago. Here is something I still eat – blueberries.

What’s your favorite kind of fruit?

Have you ever picked your own berries?

“The blue _________”

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mock orange

mock orange

Back in the spring I took this photo of a bush in my parents’ yard. I think Mom said it was called a mock orange bush. I love that name.

Have you ever seen or smelled real orange blossoms? Where were you? What were you doing? Who were you with?

Is there someone in your life who mocks everything? How does that make you feel?

“The blossoms _________”

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