Vanessa A. McDonald @ designFARM

A University of British Columbia (UBC) Landscape Architecture student-collaborative working with local artists to create an arts-based community celebration. A series of site-based installations in and around the UBC Farm will be linked via an interactive parade route, to be completed for the Fall Harvest Festival.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Colour inspirations abundant...

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Its up! I worked the last week and a half at home sewing and installed Thursday with some help from my friends. I've not yet mentioned all the details. I wanted it to be adjustable, to easily change pattern, so I've stripped either end of each band of colour with velcro. I want to see it fade and flaw and fray with the elements. So far fading is in this hot sunny summer but I'm hoping for rain, maybe some bleeding of the fabrics into one another. Who knows, its all up to chance. That's what makes it fun, surprise.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

So its been a while since my last entry, but I've been busy! I had intended to develop a new body of work at the farm that would later travel to another venue(s) to broaden public awareness of all this place has to offer. I had planned to do this through photo, drawing and painting, however...well I had this dream.
Dreams are funny like that, they pop up while you are awake or asleep and this one made its first appearance in my waking hours, while at the farm. Then it kept recurring as if to say "get on it Vanessa" as I slept. It was a cool vision but something I thought to be a bit out of my realm. You see it was a large installation, horizontal bands of colour blowing in the wind across an open field. It was not all clear, rather blurred really, but hey, that's how I see (or don't see) when I'm in the zone deep in create mode.
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So I've taken on a new medium, involving fabric and sewing with a machine! Something I haven't done since grade school home-ech, my first and only real experience with a sewing machine - (project: pig with detachable velcro parts, really quite creepy when I look back on it now).

Fabric - the cheapest I could find by the yard and oh what a find
Machine - PFAFF 96, previously loved, one of those old metal clunkers

Seamstresses be ware, this is not about the stitch but the concept come to life.

Weave - work in progress

Getting the picture...

Saturday, July 24, 2004

More drawing...

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

I am an extremely messy painter and so I figured while my time at the farm inspires and is reflected in my work that its best I keep the production end of things in studio for this particular medium.
Oh, how I do crave the colour.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004


Thursday, July 15, 2004

Work from my wall in the woods, Wednesday July 14, 2004

12:50 pm
30'' x 22"
charcoal, charred wood, conte, graphite, ink, beet & dandelion
on paper