What should I say about myself? I was born and raised in a small town in BC, Canada. I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and my Mom in particular has always encouraged me to pursue creative studies, which I have been happy to do for most of my life. I enjoyed a range of courses in High School, from Chemistry to History to Fine Arts; when I graduated in 2005, I went immediately to college in Nelson, BC, Canada, where I learned to work with precious metals, steel and bronze. After that, I worked for almost a year as a Blacksmith's Assistant, where I learned more about the practical applications of metal fabrication in the real world. It was after working for a year that I realized I wanted to pursue further education, so I then applied for the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) program at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, and was accepted.
At first, I was set on being a student of sculpture, but as I moved through the course and got to know about the kinds of equipment and the broad range of resources available at the Kelowna campus, not to mention learning about myself and the kinds of materials that I resonate most strongly with, I began to be more interested in working with paper and the printed word. Now that I look back, it makes sense that I would be attracted to paper. It is one of the first materials I ever worked with, is incredibly versatile, and the lost goes on and on. It can even be made into sculpture through collage and layering, for example, so I can combine my interest in 3-Dimensional structures with my deep-seated love of paper. I am currently a student at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC, Canada, and I am going into my 4th and final year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program this September. My focus has shifted somewhat to trying to understand how words shape our lives, and to expose -visually, through my art- how words are used to control us. When I am finished my degree, I am taking a one year course to become a qualified High School instructor in Fine Arts and English. I am very excited to come to Bulgaria in 2013 to gather with creative people from around the world, to share a wonderful experience of art making and immersion in a culture that is different from my own.