Monthly Archives: January 2014

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On Leaving

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I wanted to make something “creative” this afternoon, but I couldn’t stop thinking about leaving Vancouver in a few weeks. I made this #hashtag card above to filter my emotions. Good ol’ hashtags! I’ve been learning some German with this free app called Duolingo, and incorporated some of my new vocabulary into it too.

It’s becoming more and more real that we are relocating to Berlin. Almost every day I am asked, “So, are you getting excited?”.  I’m never certain how to answer this question because, to be honest, I’m feeling mostly sad about it. It’s hard to leave behind all your loved ones to travel to an unknown place for an unknown amount of time. I know, it’s Europe, and everyone wants to go to Europe because it’s cool. But, the coolness factor is not helping with that ache in my heart when I think of all the people I’m leaving behind.

I have unintentionally put some roots down in this city, even with it’s transient nature. It is home now. And there are days when the idea of leaving is more than I can handle, so I have to pretend that it’s not happening. This is a horrible strategy for packing! Do not ask me for advice when it comes to moving.

If you’ve ever had to move to another city, I’m sure you can relate to these feelings. It’s something we are all faced with at some point. And I always think that it will be easier the next time, but good-byes always seem to suck.

On the flip side, I know that Berlin is going to be amazing and I am excited to go. I have my appointment with the German Consulate tomorrow to apply for my work visa, and plan on making lots of art while I’m there. And as an artist, this is an ideal place to be going.

Everything is going to be ok. (I actually hate it when people say this, however, in this particular case, it’s true). Everything will be ok. The ocean isn’t THAT big, right? There are planes and boats and skype and letters. Wonderful inventions that make the distance smaller between me and you.

And on that note, I’m going to go organize my closet now. Thanks for listening 🙂

-Joelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Inside Look

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For the last year and a bit, I’ve been working on this book with my mom, Karolyn Burch. And finally, we have printed our first run of 50 books!

The book contains 30 revised blog entries from my mom’s blog “Notes from my Red Canoe”. You can find the link to it here. The format is a 30 day devotional of “meditations for the soul”. It is reflective of my mom’s personal faith journey and intended to encourage Christians in their faith.

It was really special to help my mom with this book. I’m really proud of her for finishing it, as I know how scary it is to let the world see your heart. She’s been dreaming of this for a long time.

My contribution to this project was editing and doing the book layout, design and illustrations. It took longer than both of us imagined, but we were able to get it printed in time for Christmas 2013.

For now, this is a non-profit project and you can purchase the book on my mom’s blog. Here is the link to her blog:

www.notesfrommyredcanoe.wordpress.com

 

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“Time” – Illustration Friday

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This is my quick illustration I made today for the Illustration Friday blog. The theme for this week is “Time”. My inspiration for this drawing is a quote by Dr. Seuss, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon”.

This quote resonated with me today as I worked from home and couldn’t get over how dark it was; at 3 pm it felt like 6 pm. On days like this I truly do wish I had a sunshine window covering to help me forget that time is passing.

I also tried a new effect of cutting and pasting a drawing over a drawing and embroidery. I haven’t decided if I like it, but hey, sometimes it’s good to experiment a little.