Monday, April 9, 2018
I am completely honoured to share a new project I am involved in:
Branch Out Foundation was created by Crystal Phillips after she was diagnosed with MS and her desire to bridge holistic health with conventional neuroscience. Her hope was and is to help minimize neurological symptoms and reduce pharmaceuticals (the latter of which has traditionally received the research funding).
The Branch Out Foundation has partnered neuroscientists with artists to render a response to Neuroscience research. Learn more about our upcoming fundraiser and showcase of these collaborative projects > Your Brain on Art to be held at cSPACE King Edward!
For the upcoming brain art event, I am collaborating with Kyle Mayr and his research on a Ketogenic diet and reduction of pain in spinal cord injuries. I spent a few hours of the past days learning and visiting with Kyle, his team and the lab at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC), where it all happens!
See more on Crystal, Kyle and the other neuroscientists, in link below.
Stay tuned, and if you can, support this beautiful foundation and it's research.
Monday, February 26, 2018
the significance of time and numbers
-The opposite sides of a dice always equal the number seven when added.
-on the seventh day.. and bazillion other religious meanings
-tangram is a puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes
-7 colours in the rainbow
-There are seven notes to the diatonic scale.
-There are seven letters in the Roman numeral system.
-The seven dwarfs
-breaking a mirror will bring you seven years of bad luck
-Number 7 is the number of perfection, security, safety and rest.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Just a quick note to say that I am healing super well and I am back at the studio for 2018!
classes start January 9th! hope to see you there.
oh.. and did you notice the new digs? we switched to WIX.. which is uber exciting because that means five years has passed since I committed to an creative+ joyful life! I recall wondering if taking the sale on the five year domain and hosting was crazy! well it might still be.. but I just signed us up for a few more yet again! so we are in it for the long haul!
here's to conquering fears and seizing the day!
happy new year.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Instead, I opted for careers and/or activities that were both creative, personally rewarding, and fulfilling my desire to continually learn. Pretty resourceful for a girl that thought she wasn't good enough. Sadly, my own health became the focus of healing, I was diagnosed, in my mid 20's, with two auto immune diseases. Even at that young age, I was already entrenched and the 'too busy' routines intruded on making art. Fortunately, while convalescing at home, art was what I turned to to pass the time.
I repeated this pattern into my late thirties:
My health continued to plague me, winding up for month long stays in hospital, I was getting more frail but didn't know how to turn the bus around. Another stay in hospital, this one was almost my last, I had opted for major surgery, a true last resort choice. Tragically, a surgical error during my operation almost ended this story here.
The best news to come from this trauma, I knew that I had to pursue my dreams regardless of my fear, confidence or know-how. I knew that I was given a second chance at life to live it with creativity and joy. I knew that I was meant to live; to share my passion, knowledge and joy with others.
Skip past the next six years, they were rifled with pain, sadness and physical recovery, therapy, art making, a solo art show, and art teaching. Which brings us to last year, I started to see that my childhood dreams were nearing reality.
I submitted a business proposal to be a tenant at cSPACE King Edward, a historical building, operating as an arts incubator, their mission: to ignite creativity, community, collaboration. I proposed that I would run a public interactive art studio which would offer art class/workshops, retail space and pop up gallery space.
A point of interest- during the (six post op) recuperation years, I watched cSPACE grow their public presence, I attended fundraisers, public talks, and art events. Yet, not once, did I dream that I would, or could, be a tenant within their walls. Not even a secret imagination or dream. NEVER! I underscore this point as I want you, dear reader, to understand the power that fear has on our lives, dreams and potential.
I am sure you are curious, what was the turning point? Sadly, if it wasn't for the misfortunes of a few, I likely would have never applied to cSPACE. I had been renting an art classroom from a local art supply store, and without warning, they went out of business. I was left in a lurch, about to start the next session of art class.
This was the ingredient which my dreams needed in order to take root. I contemplated renting an art studio but it didn't have the activity of a public space, which I had come to enjoy at the art store. After months of hauling my students to temporary locations, I stumbled on the potential of cSPACE. I was visiting a friend, telling her all about cSPACE, and reading allowed their recent 'call for tenants'. It was still lost on me at that moment, until I heard myself reading aloud, the square footage price and their ideal tenant. Reality set in, my fear was taken over by facts. I was able to apply my past classroom expenses, capacity, and required square footage, and my ideology.
What had gotten in the way of my dreams again? My fear. It wasn't that I hadn't considered cSPACE, it was that I could not even fathom the possibility. I share this painful admittance, because I know that I am not alone in allowing FEAR to run my life.
The Paula Timm Artist Studio is located at cSPACE King Edward! I have a perfect space with the most amazing windows, six of them actually, the light pours in from dusk till dawn. I am not just doing what I had dreamed of, but exceeding them.
I would love to show you around my studio and I have the perfect opportunity to do just that!
cSPACE King Edward
1721-29 avenue sw, #125
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
harder words have never been typed. or wait, they probably have. and that was when the last surgery happened.
if you're just tuning in, the abridged version of the past 12 years:
we moved to calgary
I worked for 2 years with an oil and gas company
I quit smoking which made my ulcerative colitis flare for a year non stop.
I was hospitalized for a month.
I started to hold it together but work stress kept creeping
I got bronchitis in september 2010
My dad died october 2010
My illness got worse.
I submitted to hospitalization in January 2011.
February I had my large intestine removed.
there was a fateful accident during the surgery.
I recovered for many days and years.
I believed that my art practice was the only thing left to try that would give me another lease on life.
and now I am here.
awaiting another surgery, hoping and wishing that it won't fall apart.