Part 2: My Paradise
Here is the final staging of my jungle installation at my studio. Set up will be happening this Thursday, August 14th. Stay tuned for the finish result of the display!
PART 1 : My Paradise
Lately some of my friends have been traveling all over the world, seeing photos of tropical plants inspired me to create my own paradise. In the last two weeks I’ve been really busy trying to set up for my up-coming window installation that will be display on August 16th for Cultural Hotspot festival. Here is some of the work in progress shots of the things I’ve made for this artificial jungle. Everything you see here is all handcrafted with tissue paper, streamers, tape, strings, staples and glue.
I want to personally thank my little sister for giving me an extra hand on some of the flowers you see in display. We spent many hours just cutting and folding together. It was really helpful to have her by my side, and I can’t wait to reveal the display on site.
Over the last decade, I’ve been very fortunate to meet this amazing person who has inspired my life. Deline Lottering West was my favorite art teacher, my mentor and my best friend. She’s an amazing South African artist, immigrated to Canada to teach art many years ago. She has inspired so many students and teachers, to work hard, embrace life and have fun making art. I can’t even begin how much this person means to me but everyday I am grateful for our friendship.
Couple years ago Deline had suffered from cancer, and it happened at the same time when my father was in a coma. It was a very stressful time in my life to see two of my love ones suffering so much. We stayed in contact through out her processes of recovery during her chemo therapy. Meanwhile my father was also recovering at the same time. It was killing me inside to know that I might not ever get the chance to see each other again. But of course, she is a strong person who wouldn’t let anything take her down.
Last night was a special evening for all of us to be there with Deline, we celebrated her health and our friendship. I remember last year she told me she wouldn’t be able to paint again because her energy level wasn’t there anymore (it broke my heart) . But when we got to her place she was so excited to show us all her new paintings. I was over joyed to see all the new art works up on her walls. She cooked us a beautiful meal and we spend the whole night catching up with each others lives.
A lot of my memories with Deline was spending time together making art. She taught me the importance of sharing and making art with others can improve my life. In many ways, Deline has inspired me to host art events and gatherings that I do now. A side from my family, she was the first person who saw so much potential in me. I’m always thankful for her because she really changed my life for better. I love her so much, she is an incredible person and I hope one day when I grow up to be like her.
STUDIO VISIT: PADDY LEUNG
It has been some time since I’ve caught up with Toronto-based artist, Paddy Leung. The last time I spoke to her, she was doing her quirky drawings - Paddy has since transformed her 2-D images to 3-D installations. Her playful creations can be found anywhere from gallery spaces, to store front window displays, to events, and children’s birthday parties.
read full interview…
A while back I had the pleasure to do a fun interview with an old friend for Tussle Magazine. I had forgotten to share this and now that I am reading it again so much has happened since I did the interview. It makes me smile to know that I’ve achieved a lot this past couple of months. I can’t wait to see what I will be doing in the new year!
I want to personally thank Judy Zhong for coming by to my studio, it was a pleasure to catch up and share my sacred space.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I am proud and happy to announce that I officially have my personal website and for COUPE DE COEUR. I want to thank everyone for being so supportive with all the projects that I’ve been doing these past years. I want to keep working hard, making magic, making dreams come true and share them with you. Once again I want to thank @emphan for putting this together for me. I want to thank @tessarlo for always encouraging me to “just do it like nike, likie”. To all my closest friends, family and lovers you are the main reason why I am here making magical things. TA-DA! ✨💕☁️ [www.paddyleung.com]
For years I’ve been very fortunate to meet Emmett Phan. It’s funny how connected I am to this person. We first met at the same day when I met all the great people in my life today. That following year we attended to the same class. Oddly enough we dropped out of that class and dropped out of art school together at the same time. Since then, we’ve supported each other endeavour. I’ve been so lucky and grateful for his friendship. This talented designer has worked with Google, The United Nations, Higher Commissioners for Refugees, Belz Consulting and Tribogenics. His work has consistently blow my mind. It’s been such an honour to work with him on my personal projects. I want to personally thank Emmett for his hard work, his creative mind, and his friendship for always being a big inspiration to me. I’m proud to stand side by side next to you everyday and tell people we are art student dropouts making a difference for the future. [www.emmettphan.com] #tbt #thankyou
thinkin bout villain shirts w paddy
This makes me so excited just looking at this sketch.
Sketching in Christie Pits park.
ahhh!! this was the time when I invited a bunch of my friends to come out to the park to draw with me. ugh this makes me want to host another drink and draw event soon.
thank you James for the photos <3!
Fresh trim, courtesy of the tip money my roommate’s girlfriend gave me and paddyleung for coming up with the concept and being such an inspiration all the way from Toronto!
WHAT?! OMG THIS IS AMAZING !!! COUPE DE COEUR has inspired so many cool people such as this bae. Check out that wicked undercut, so good.
Andrea, please come and visit Toronto so I can give you a badass undercut <3
I want to personally thank everyone who has been so supportive about my $5 haircut art fundraiser campaign. Every haircuts I’ve done so far has been such a blessing and I can’t be happier to see so many people contributing to the arts. Your kind donations had allow me to keep on going with hopes to host many more art events for everyone to connect through making art, seeing art, and loving art. I’m really excited to official launch COUPE DE COEUR’s website in the beginning of August. Big thanks to @emphan for designing the logo and website for this art fundraiser campaign. If you are still interested in getting your haircut with me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Be a proud art donor of COUPE DE COEUR and I promise you will look and feel great ✌️✨#coupedecoeur
Today I officially got the venue and date set to host my 2nd art party - TIE DYE PARTY!! It will be hosted at THE WHITE HOUSE STUDIO PROJECT on THURSDAY AUGUST 28th from 7pm- 10pm! I will provide the space, the materials (tie dyes), and the magic✨ Bring whatever textile you want to tie dye, everyone is invited to this party! There will be drinks, music, great people and magical. I want to spend my last summer nights with everyone.
LET’S HAVE FUN AND MAKE ART TOGETHER !!! #coupedecoeur
COUPE DE COEUR : KELLY K.
(super badass, villain, babe haircut)
COUPE DE COEUR
I’ve recently started a art fundraiser that involves with awesome $5 haircuts. These donations goes back to art events that I want to host, a place where I can bring all kinds of interesting people to meet and greet but also a chance to be creative and inspired by others. Having that said I start raising money for my next event : TIE DYE PARTY. I’ve been very lucky to have so many people to support me and today my dearest friend came through.
This is probably the badass undercut that I ever gave to anyone. I was so excited and honoured to be asked by my good friend. Kelly K. is one of the coolest comic artist I know and she’s the most hilarious person who actually thinks I’m funny. Here is the processes of Kelly’s super badass, villain, goth babe haircut !
In the next couple weeks I will have an official announcement and an official website of all the haircuts that I’ve been doing. I’m pretty excited to share this to everyone because it’s amazing how many people want to contribute to COUPE DE COEUR. I can’t wait to host all these art events and share all the magic that I can create for Toronto.
If you’re interested to get a cool haircut with me and you want to support my art parties, please contact me at email@example.com