We’ve come along way baby. But we seem to have forgotten that.
On the radio this morning, the local Virgin morning show personalties in Calgary were talking about the latest news and they were a little flabbergasted that some notable woman including Margaret Atwood and former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, are taking issue with the words to the Canada anthem.
Well not all the lyrics. Just the sexist part. The radio personalities were not amused. It wasn’t a big deal really. They don’t even really think about the words. It wasn’t like they were racist or anything.
Yes it’s just five words – “in all they sons command”.
But even if they, and most people really, don’t think about the words they are singing, it doesn’t mean they don’t have meaning. Try to explain to a young girl why she must proclaim, proudly, to be under male command. Now pretend it isn’t 1913.
We sing the anthem at major events, in front of international audiences. It represents Canada. How does this make us look on the world stage when we are sending so many men and (ahem) women on defense and peacekeeping missions and yet our anthem still sings the praises of a patriarchial system? It isn’t just thy son’s anymore. There are daughters out there too.
Saying it isn’t a big deal is a huge disservice to the men and women who fought and continue to fight for equal rights and the woman who broke through stereotypes and made such inroads in business and the military. Complacency is not an excuse. If we are going to rise and sing, we should damn well believe in what we are standing up for.
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Artwork printed on fabric can be made into an acoustic panel. A functional and truly unique idea as an headboard as well. Here are some other ideas for complimenting your bed with artwork
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I love the iridescence on black birds. They are deceptively more colourful than a quick glance would reveal. Look closer and their feathers catch the light and reflect beautiful blues and greens.
We printed this on a polyester fabric that is created for printing. It has a sheen which enhances the iridesence and suited this image. This fabric can be framed like a gallery wrap canvas, or can hang like a tapestry. We had it hanging at the Home and Design Show in September. Fun watching people coming up to it as it just begged to be touched.
This piece is 18″ x 48″. Available in various sizes.
Hanging at the Calgary Home & Design Show, Sept 2012
As a farmer’s daughter, there is something immensely fulfilling about harvest. Fields as far as you can see (and in Saskatchewan that’s pretty far) with variety of crops destined for people’s plates all over the world. When I grew up wheat was the most common crop. Sure there were different types – durum, spring wheat, winter wheat – but for the most part, that’s where the variety ended. Now, even in the semi-arid desert that is Southwest Saskatchewan, you are just as apt to see mustard, lentils, field peas, chick peas and others. Nostaligic or not, it is still the wheat field that I picture when I think of harvest.
- original image
I did not have this image on the wall at the Calgary Home and Design show but I did have it in our portfolio book. And people really liked it. I guess that can be the problem with photos that are “too close to home” and you are not sure if they will ring a bell with anyone else. Since a lot of our art at the show was combination of images I was asked what I would do with this one if I was to look at it again.
High contrast brings out the detail in this picture but doesn’t capture the movement.
So I did. I tried a few things. But nothing really resonated. There seemed to be enough happening with this image all on its own. Yet I didn’t really think it totally captured the scene. Hard not to think of the being outdoors on the prairies and not feel a breeze. Seldom would those heads of wheat be standing perfectly still. They should be swaying in the wind.
So here is what I ended with:
- Blowing in the wind
On the way to the farm in Southwest Saskatchewan I am usually greeted by the bison. Well, not greeted so much as stared at warily. Still I can’t help myself and always pull over, much to the chagrin of the other passengers in the car who just want to get there already. While the most of the herd trotted off, these two seemed too cool to show interest. Notice the height of the grass – we had a lot of rain this summer.
This is a work in progress. It is a composite of the photograph I took this summer and a painting.
This starling seems to be a tad angry. The sign says “no hunting”. Relax.
Titled: As Above. Direct print to 24″ x 36″ bamboo board. Really liking the grain of this dense, environmentally friendly board and it shows through slightly on the lighter areas of the image. The image was finished with a rough edge to blend into the board even more. Presently hanging at Willow Studio in Calgary Alberta.
We mixed things up a bit for this second piece by staining the bamboo a subdued black. Tenuous is an in camera motion bur image of forest trees at twilight. Printed direct to aluminum, which is then nailed onto the bamboo board for a multidimensional final picture.
WaiteWoodbeck creates custom, limited editions and one-of-a-kind works of art on a variety of mediums like bamboo and metal.