Thursday, July 2, 2009

greatest hits: with wine on sundays


what inspires you artistically & creatively? what would those inspirations look like visually? in this fun series, (please see the others here) ... i’ve invited some wonderful artists to share with us 4 images of inspiration in their artistic life, something of an interview in images! the guidelines were basically this: choose 4 visuals (something like your creative-stimuli *greatest hits!*) that you feel most inspires & expresses your art or craft today. for some, it might be a person, place or thing; a material; a pattern; a colour; a sound or song, etc. it might be a photograph, a drawing, a scan, etc. i’ve tried to leave it a bit open-ended so that we might better glimpse into these artists' motivations and their amazing, raw talent! today i’m delighted to present the next in the series: greatest hits! , with artist bridget of wine on sundays.


you know how there are those wonderful folks in life that just shine, & that you feel so thankful to know?! bridget of wine on sundays is one of them for me! she's a real life wonderwoman.

many moons ago, we first met doing our undergrad degrees @ university. right away, it was easy to see how her glorious, magnetic personality drew everyone to love her. she is one of the most enthusiastic, friendly, motivating, witty lovelies around, and her genuine kindness & glorious smile really shines thru in all she creates!

fast forward to the past couple of years. bridget has become, no doubt, one of the superstars behind ottawa's thriving handmade movement. she co-owns what i think many would agree is ottawa's handmade hotspot, the beautiful workshop boutique in our lovely downtown market. together with her fabulous business partner, Christina of *loot by Stina B*, they've crafted the hippest, snazziest, loveliest handcrafting shop around! (if you're ever in ottawa, be sure to visit & go shopping! you'll LOVE it!) indeed, bridget is one of the best cheerleaders for the handmade movement around!

it was workshop (thanks so much bridget!) who was the first brick & mortar shop in the world to carry my rikrak goodies, and i'm forever endebted & honoured! :) thanks sweeties!

she's a fabulous & fun mommy, too! and as if all that doesn't make her fantastic enough, she also finds time to be an uber-popular jewelry artist, who is just re-opening her online etsy store! so in honour, please be sure to visit her lovely lovely wine on sundays etsy shop... where you'll be delighted with her gorgeous collections of earrings, pendants & necklaces! i can attest... her work is beautiful & perfectly handcrafted! you'll love it!

everywhere i go in ottawa i see folks wearing and loving her gorgeous jewelry.. it's a staple in so many folks' wardrobes! so join in the fun & shop for yourself! (and be sure to welcome her back to etsy! yay nicey!)


and now... here's a glimpse into what's inspiring bridget, in her own words,
with 4 images she's chosen!

1. Cityscape: This was painted by my friend Kristin Stoesz. I am
inspried by it because of the way she incorporates fabric (in this case
her old clothes) and other materials into her art.

2. African Market: I am inspired by images like these because of the 4
years my husband and I lived in Africa. In Africa, everything is art and
everything is used in art. It reminds me to look at things
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3. Vintage Toy: I love vintage toys, ads and images because the art is so
pure and uncluttered.
photo credit:

4. Chicken: This is my best DIY project ever, my 1 1/2 year old daughter
Ayan. She is inspiring to me because she reminds me to find adventure and
creativity in ordinary things: it is amazing how many water fountains I
just passed by before her.


so thanks so much, bridget!
& here's to all the wonderwomen out there... you're great!
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  1. I've BEEN to that great shop, Workshop! It IS amazing. :^)

    Off to see her etsy shop!

  2. She does sound wonderful!!
    I love that bird pendant! :)

  3. I love your beautiful earrings. Very pretty patterns. I like your inspiring photos, too!

  4. I am that real life wonderwoman's mother and I get goosebumps reading this. Your inspirations will be my inspirations... I love ya...

  5. :) helen: what a pleasure to read the wonderwoman's mommy's words :) you sure have a wonderful daugther! thanks!


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