A Family of Makers

This post is coming rather late, very late. Today is the last day of a show our family put on together. It is called Family Works and is at the Artists’ Coop in Owen Sound, Ontario. My Mom, Joan Irvine and my brother’s fiance, Christine Su are both paper artists as well. My Dad, Steve Irvine makes pottery and one of a kind ceramic pinhole cameras. And my husband, Simon MacKay is a woodworker and uses a combination of wood and concrete to make boxes. Some families play music together… when we get together we like to pull out the clay or paper, talk and drink tea. My kids love making things too.  Here are a few photos from the show.

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Steve Irvine – pinhole camera
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Simon MacKay – multilayered boxes in wood and concrete
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Elly MacKay – Emily of New Moon cover, Anne of Windy Poplars cover and Anne of Avonlea cover (for Penguin Random House)
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Christine Su – cut paper
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Joan Irvine – cut paper, yupo paper – Pink Moon series
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Christine Su – block prints
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Steve Irvine – ceramic platters
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Simon MacKay – layered boxes
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A collaborative piece – the base of this was done by Simon MacKay, the top by Steve Irvine
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Lily and her buddy at the opening.
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Koen and his much bigger friend at the opening.
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A close up of one of Joan Irvine’s Pink Moon series.
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Good friends.

We are thankful for our family members that drove from London to join us, our supportive community and the Coop for hosting us. If you see anything in the show that you would like to own or give, let me know. We are happy to ship! There was a nice little article on our show too. http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2014/11/02/gallery-show-a-family-affair One of the reasons I was so late in posting this is because I was working away on Butterfly Park. It is intricate work… oh, so many little flowers! It is now at the printer and will be out in the spring! Thanks Marlo and Francis of Running Press for all of the hard work you put into this book. 9enterpark

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One Comment

  1. I stumbled upon your Etsy shop almost 2 years ago when I was searching for prints to decorate my (soon-to-be) daughter’s nursery. I love your work… It’s magical, mystical, romantic, nostalgic… You can get lost in it. Now my daughter is a toddler and she loves to read, so I will be ordering copies of your books! This preview of Butterfly Park looks amazing 🙂
    If you ever have an event here in Toronto, I would love to know about it! If you have an email subscription list, please add me.

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