Untitled – E.A. Douglas, 2014
Image taken using a Lubitel 2, on Lomography 120 film in Barry’s Bay, Ontario.
Guys, it’s really cold outside. Too cold, really. I just got back from coffee with my friend Corey and my hands are so numb it’s difficult to type. I’m going to commit myself to my bedroom and my stitching with my space heater for the next couple hours, and I encourage the rest of you to do the same!
If you’re stuck in that Facebook-Wordpress-Instagram infinite loop of social media, here’s a few links which might tickle your fancy.
You could read this spot-on opinion piece from Wired on how Etsy is starting to smell like the inside of a Wal-Mart.
Or, you could watch this video of my hero (and fake namesake) Erica Wilson stitching an owl.
You might also want to listen to this super awesome, early release of The Mountain Goats new song, in anticipation of their album coming out in March. Trust me, I’m not a fan of pro-wrestling, but this tune will have you away from your computer and shaking your hips in no time.
Or you could buckle down and make a delicious pavlova which is all I’ve been able to think about since I had some at a dinner party last weekend.
If you do read that first piece, tell me what you think! I’ve been hemming and hawing about starting an online store as a way to gain support for this little hole in the internet and my first choice was going to be Etsy. But, as an individual who has been attempting to incorporate less corporate choices into my life – I’m looking elsewhere.
Do you have an online shop? What role does it play in your creative life? How does it really make you feel?
Image was taken in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Using a Kodak Tele-Instamatic and Lomography 110 film.
In a few minutes I’m headed up North for the holidays, Happy Christmas!
Continuing the series of Unintentional Portraits of Folks Who Inspire Me, I was lucky to find this photograph on a roll of film which was recently developed.
Untitled (Sara) – E.A. Douglas, 2013
My roommate Sara Flemington is a Canadian writer and, her influence on my life these past two years of living together has been quite significant.
I often ponder the question of nature vs. nurture. Removing the argument from my understanding of child development, I wonder how much of the person I am today is formed because of who I am predisposed to be, and the influence of inspirational people surrounding me. Sara’s work – her poetry, prose and other publishings keep me in touch with the written word. She is a regular reader at the Sophisticated Boom Boom (a late night rock n’ roll poetry reading which I help-at & manage the zine-for, here in Toronto). Sara is the person I ask when I don’t know what I should read next and I’m flattered whenever she wants my opinion on a piece. Even her morning routine of making coffee and sitting down to write for an hour has motivated me to wake up earlier and fit time for my personal pursuits into my day.
For more information on Sara’s writing, check out her blog – http://saraflemington.wordpress.com/
“Always keep your eyes open…keep watching, because whatever you see out the window, or wherever, can inspire you.” – G.C.
As the year begins to come to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about the folks in my life who inspire me. Yesterday, when I was walking down the street carrying a very expensive bag of yarn and a vintage sewing case which was found on the sidewalk, it struck me how much my life reflects one that I want for myself. I don’t make a lot of money, but I do have a lot of great friends, who help me out when times are hard, warm my living room and my heart, and drive me to be creative everyday, if only to have something to show for myself.
Early last year I was at a bar, when a cute stranger asked, “Who are you in the scene?” The question has stuck with me for months. Unlike most folks in town, I’m not driven to be somebody, I am more than content to spend nights laying low, but only because it gives me time that I prioritize – time to create. Still, I have a lot of respect for all the people out there who are pushing their work and themselves. So, over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you my Unintentional Portraits of Folks Who Inspire Me. A series of snapshots from my film photography collection.
Rebeccah, In Shadow – E.A. Douglas, 2014
(Image taken using a Lubitel 2, on Lomography Earl Grey 120 film, in Irondale, Ontario.)
Rebeccah Love is no stranger to douglust. She’d probably win the award for Friend-That-I-Talk-About-Most-On-My-Blog. I swear there’s a reason! Rebeccah inspires me because she is always working on something – she’s one of those people who boredom doesn’t seem to touch. (Although Rebeccah is very humble and would probably laugh, look down and say thank-you if I was to tell her these things in person.) This year Rebeccah blew me away by putting together her thesis film Abacus, My Love. A short film which revolves around a seamstress locked away in a tower until she can find the last bead of her father’s abacus. While Rebeccah herself raised the issue of the need for a feminist lens in her work, the film is still an excellent story -one which makes me laugh and swoon. Being around Rebeccah makes creativity infectious.
For more information on Rebeccah’s filmmaking, check out her website – http://www.rlovearts.ca
Untitled – E.A. Douglas, 2014
Image taken with a Lubitel 2, on Earl Grey 120 film, in Irondale, Ontario.
There’s been a lot of crazy antics in Toronto lately.
Images taken by E.A. Douglas using a Nishika N8000, Labour Day 2014.