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Eating Huaraches

Eating Huaraches

My current favourite food in Mexico is Huaraches. Even for a bet I wouldn’t eat my shoes or sandals for that matter. Huaraches (the shoes) Huaraches (singular huarache) are a type of Mexican sandal. Making a huarache sandal at a workshop at the Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City. Huaraches are pre-Columbian in origin, and are made from woven leather. The leather is…

Lora Loka’s

Lora Loka’s

“Alejandro! Mi amor.” is the greeting I get from Lora Loka (Crazy Lara) when I arrive at her restaurant in La Manzanilla near Bara de Navidad in Jalisco, Mexico. I walk into the delicious smells of chilli rellenos and seafood enchiladas that permeate her tiny kitchen. Lora Loka working in her kitchen “You are coming tonight…

The Sombrero Hunters

The Sombrero Hunters

When I go to Mexico I like to buy a unique sombrero to shade my head. The first year I went down, I cruised the mercados and found a large Speedy Gonzales style of sombrero. I bought it because it appealed to the clown and extrovert in me. It was a big hit. Lots of…

Ana Miriam Leigh: The Ultimate Gardener

Ana Miriam Leigh: The Ultimate Gardener

  Ana was the ultimate gardener. She cultivated plants and people, helping them to grow and prosper.  Her garden was an amazing and integral part of her home, in fact, her house over the years was gradually being absorbed by the garden. Ana could grow anything. I think that was because of the abundance of her…

Marc Randall: A Life of Books

Marc Randall: A Life of Books

I have acquired an extensive background in the craft and artistic fields. I have learned and become proficient at many forms of art and craft without the benefit of formal artistic schooling. Years of being a dental ceramist, years of working with my partner in the arts and entertainment world have brought me to a…

John Tallerino: The Art of Ritual

John Tallerino: The Art of Ritual

It has always been a question in my mind as to what to call my particular work. I have asked this question of friends and clients and have been given a plethora of answers. They have been called “Centering Shrines,” “Sanctuaries,” “Meditation Shrines,” “Peace Shrines,” “Mini-grottos,” and “Sacred Shrines.” In truth all reflect what I…

Denman Island Women’s Craft Collective

Denman Island Women’s Craft Collective

Driving off the ferry onto Denman Island, you encounter a steep hill. If you drive straight ahead after the road levels out, you’ll pass a little cafe, a real estate office, and the next building is the Denman Craft Shop. Inside the little house, with large wooden sculptures in the the front yard, you’ll find…

Living off the grid

Living off the grid

  Most of us only dream of a life with no hydro and gas bills and the security of knowing exactly where your food came from and whether or not it was exposed to pesticides and fertilizers or antibiotics and growth hormones. Nowadays we call it living “off the grid”. It’s the lifestyle of the…

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

Every Saturday morning of summer, from 9:30 to 1:00 pm, there is a farmer’s market on the grass field beside the Old School Centre on Denman Road. It is here that Lee Andra and Bruce sell some of their produce, jewelry, rocks and homemade fritters, samosas and preserves. On Fridays they get up at dawn…

Deities not included

Deities not included

A conversation with John Tallerino and Marc Randall: Tallerino – We all have our own deity, that we relate to. If we have a spirituality at all. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a god, it could just be nature. When I put something into a shrine, it’s usually of two of my major deities:…

Francesca Barker’s Hope Chest

Francesca Barker’s Hope Chest

“I find installations interesting, because we have so much stuff in the world, in our everyday lives. Whether you go to free stores, Walmarts, people give you stuff constantly. Alley-ways filled with people’s junk. There’s just constant junk. So I find objects very interesting, they symbolize all the stuff that we have, or hoard, or collect.” Brought to…

Cathy Stoyko  Dance Artist

Cathy Stoyko Dance Artist

  I’m a longtime admirer of Cathy Stoyko’s work. We first met at a hafla house party on Denman Island, where she presented a bellydance solo titled,  “I’m a Little Teapot.”  She consistently creates interesting and innovative pieces influenced by her wide-ranging studies of Romani styles, Odissi classical dane, Rajasthani folk dances, Middle Eastern &…

Denman Island – Year round creativity

Denman Island – Year round creativity

Last year, we found ourselves returning again and again to Denman Island.  We came first in spring, for the weekend Home and Garden Tour and then the Pottery Tour. There’s magic in the unique homemade houses, the unexpected fields, the glimpses of ocean through forest. And the warmth of the welcome from the creative souls who…