Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Welcome to Bricolage Forest!

Hello there! My name is Zoë, and I've created Bricolage Forest as a place to share instructions and inspiration for creative projects of all kinds. I love to make all sorts of things, mainly out of stuff I find around the house. Most of the projects I make use things that would normally just end up in the garbage or recycling bin, since I believe that it's important to experiment and have fun, but it's also important not to be wasteful. This way we can begin to consider the things we might otherwise overlook from a different perspective, seeing creative potential all around us. With a few basic supplies and a spoonful of imagination, it's amazing what you can create!

In addition to instructions for arts and crafts activities, I also want Bricolage Forest to be a place to share other sorts of fun things to learn and do. In the future, I will be posting videos, sharing some of my favourite books, taking a look at cool science stuff, and presenting interviews with artists and dancers and musicians and other folks who do interesting things. I have a lot of ideas sprouting in the Forest, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you!

First off, let me introduce you to the Bricolage Forest team. I'm Zoë, and I'm an artist. I like to draw and sew and make collages and sculpt and... well, I'll try pretty much any kind of art you can think of. I might not always be great at everything (I made some pretty wobbly bowls when I tried my hand at pottery), but I'm always on the lookout for anything that's fun and creative. I went to school to study art in Toronto, and then in Montreal to study Art Education, which taught me a lot about how to share my ideas for projects with others. I've also worked with Montreal's Rock Camp for Girls for the past six years- one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Artistic self-expression in all it's forms has always been my biggest passion, second only to helping provide others with the tools to express themselves creatively.

This is me, looking very serious in some very silly 3-D glasses

The other member of the team is a little less hands-on, I mean paws-on. His name is Barkley, and he is the resident Bricolage Beagle. He may not be great at making crafts, and he always thinks it's time for a lunch break, but the Forest just wouldn't be the same without him. 

This is Barkley getting ready for a walk in the cold Canadian winter 

Come visit the Forest again soon- we're still under construction right now, but things are about to start blooming!

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