Piecing together bits of paper to tell the story of Rachael Ashe

We asked our Fall 2013 Art Retreat Instructor, Rachael, a few questions about herself and would love to share them with you now.Rachael-Ashe--headshot

  • Which Artist inspires you the most & why?:  Two artists I am currently inspired by are Elsa Mora and Cal Lane. Elsa Mora because she works in many different mediums and seems to live a very creative life. I really admire her paper cut work because she has a very unique style of working. Cal Lane is an artist working with reclaimed industrial steel to create large-scale installations of cut metal in an illustrative style. It’s as if she’s translate paper cutting into metal.

  • What would you love to try next, creatively?:  At the moment I am trying to teach myself more about paper folding and creating three-dimensional forms from paper. I’m hoping to create more sculptural pieces with my paper cutting work.Rachael-Ashe--owl

  • Where do you find your muse/inspiration?:I’ve learned I can find inspiration pretty much anywhere. From walking in the woods, to playing with materials in the studio, to having a conversation with another artist and exchanging ideas.

  • I like to teach because:I enjoy sharing what I do with others because it allows me to learn from my students in return. I’m curious to see what someone else will do with the techniques I share, and often I do learn something new.

  • The best part of living a creative life is:I live a happier and more satisfying life because I am tapped into my creativity on a regular basis. The best part is that I’m getting to do something I feel passionate about.

  • What is the worst part of living a creative life?:There never seems to be enough time to do all of the projects I think up. I always feel like I am behind or that I’m not doing enough.Rachael-Ashe--book

  • What advice would you like to share?:  The two most important things you need to lead a creative life are time and money. An artist/creative person can never have enough time to devote to their art, and that includes time to experiment and explore new ideas. The money part probably goes without saying.

  • ‘Being creative’ means :  I’m not actually sure how to define creativity. I believe everyone is creative in some way, and creativity can take many different forms.

  • What was your scariest creative adventure?: My scariest creative adventure is the one I’m on right now. I’m working full time as an artist and trying to turn this into a permanent gig. It’s very scary to do this at times because I don’t have a steady income right now. I would not be able to do this without the generous support of my partner, Boris.Rachael-Ashe--alteredbooks-

  • What makes your heart swell with joy?:  My heart swells with joy when I walk around Vancouver is spring time and see all these beautiful flowering trees around the city. It’s such an incredible, magical sight.

  • Three words to describe my work are:  Meditative, intriguing, intricate.

  • What creative tool can you not live without (so-to-speak)?:  With my altered book work I could not live without access to old books. With my paper cut work I could not live without my art knife with a sharp blade and a simple piece of paper. The tools and materials I work with are pretty simple and I could not do my work at all without them.

  • My favorite ‘pretend’ curse word is :  I only use the real curse words unfortunately. 🙂

To see more of Rachael’s work:

  1. SIGN UP for her class at our retreat ~ CLICK HERE to register (printable pdf file)
  2. VISIT her webiste ~ www.rachaelashe.com
  3. WATCH her video on OPUS‘ ,one of our sponsors, website!
  4. LIKE her on Facebook
Rachael's profile photo from facebook. https://facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Ashe

Rachael’s profile photo from facebook.
https://facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Ashe

It’s a MOTHER’s Day of a CONTEST !!!

Welcome to our 2nd surprise contests for our upcoming Fall 2013 ‘Into the heART’ Loon Lake Lodge ART RETREAT!!!2013-RETREAT-Poster-girl-WI

CLICK HERE to register! (printable pdf file)

To be automatically entered into our draw all you have to do is register for the above mentioned retreat with guaranteed payment by June 21, 2013. How simple is that?  These registrations must be received by Creative Finds no later than midnight of June 21, 2013.

Of all the confirmed registered students for our Fall 2013 ‘Into the heART’ Loon Lake Art Retreat, the only people who are not eligible for this contest are the Workshop Instructors, previous winners from our first contest and other staff members. This prize is non-transferable and has no cash value.

GOOD LUCK !

CLICK HERE to register! (printable pdf file)

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Check out our wonderful WORKSHOPS and their fun INSTRUCTORS by clicking here!

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Want to INCREASE YOUR ODDS?

For every registration that comes in stating that you (noted by your first & last name) recommended our retreat to that student, you then get your name entered in the draw again. Sound Good? The more registrations you bring in the more chances you get!

The winner will be selected by a random number generator on Saturday June 29th, 2013.
Only one winner will be chosen.

GOOD LUCK!

CLICK HERE to register! (printable pdf file)

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CFE welcomes OPUS as our latest ART RETREAT sponsor!

We are over the moon to have OPUS Art Supplies as our latest sponsor for our Fall 2013 ‘Into the heART’ ART RETREAT !

They are spoiling our wonderful students with a bag filled with juicy art supply goodies!  Make sure you sign up soon, as you definitely do not want to miss out on obtaining one of the 100 art goody bags and sitting in on our wonderful workshops!!!

OPUS has 6 retail locations in British Columbia as well as offering a great online shopping experience! I visited the Langley location recently and took some photos to show you some of the large variety of supplies they offer.

Travelling into the heART of the matter

At the centre point of everything in life, the heart if you will, lies creativity.add-intotheheart

We are all creative! If we weren’t, we would not have the almighty wheel, texting (aka the new age telegram), cars, roadways, homes, music, dancing, delicious food, a name, even family members for that matter? Where would we be?

Sometimes along our personal journey we get creatively stuck and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

Nicci Battilana invites you to do just that. She has organized an event where you may to take a short time out from the ‘norm’, close to home. For most of you that means no plane rides, no passports, and no customs lines.

Nicci has gathered a wide array of talented unique individuals to offer workshops ranging from finding your own muse, to doll making, to art journaling, to playing with wax as an art medium and to creating your own business plan, among others.

Join them on the first annual Creative Pilgrimage!

CLICK HERE to register (printable pdf file).

Once we have the LOGO for our latest SPONSOR, we will share the excitement right here with you!!!   Sooooo excited!

Our first SPONSOR is Golden Artist Colors !!!

Golden artist colors logoOur first SPONSOR for the 2013 Into the heART Art Retreat!
I’m sooooo EXCITED, aren’t you?

http://www.goldenpaints.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Artist-Colors/143033784064?ref=ts

If you are interested in sponsoring one of our events, please contact me HERE!