Colleen Heslin

Canadian artist Colleen Heslin creates abstract colour compositions that are simultaneously engaging and soothing. While they appear to be paintings on first glance, they are actually made from only fabric! Heslin's media of choice is dyed cotton and linen that she intricately quilts together before mounting on a stretcher. They blur the line between the traditions of textiles and paintings, embodying pleasurable qualities of each. However, her fluidity and loose handed assembling fight against the rigidity of traditional quilt patterns. The dyes Heslin uses are muted yet result in an impressively variant colour palette, that, when paired with her unusual compositions speak to Matisse's pape

RESOURCEFUL READS: Art Inc. & Art/Work

Sometimes all you need to kick start a creative career is a little guidance. When combined, the books Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon and Art/Work by Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber are an encouraging, inspiring, and informative duo that offer insights into creative career options, the realities of professional relationships (like being represented by a gallery), and the necessary tools for building both confidence and contracts! Art Inc., The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon is broken up into chapters that share valuable information on all aspects of having a career in the arts. It is full of interviews with artists that tell engaging success stories and easy

Douglas Coupland

Vancouver based artist Douglas Coupland paints geometric abstractions that are impossibly smooth and impressively clean. On first glace, Coupland's paintings appear to be a pure exploration of colour and flat, geometric forms. Circles, stripes, and squares are predominant on their smooth surfaces, and result in well designed and satisfyingly crisp paintings. The only indication that these are in fact paint, and not digital renderings, is the subtle linen weave that pushes through the surface of the paint, adding the beauty of a painting's materiality to each work. Their expansive colour palette is also an impressive feat, pushing the limits of colour contrast possibilities. Their explanatory

Annie O'Dorisio

Annie O'Dorisio is an American artist working with pen, paper, and thread. These minimal and colourful pieces have a charming anonymity that stimulates the imagination. These works create an interaction between pen and thread, with thread performing as line and pen as shape. The thread adds an extra dimension, and its real materiality adds a playful quality to the texture created by the pen work, which read like familiar knitting and weaving patterns. In her artist statement, O'Dorisio states, "the wool serves as not only a way to add sculptural dimension but as a vehicle of warmth." The compositions Annie O'Dorisio creates in thread and ink are reminiscent of architecture, playground struct