Thanks for stopping by!
I’m a Toronto-based artist, illustrator, designer who's spent the last dozen years or so in the US — Boston, Massachusetts and in the Bay Area of California. In the midst of the pandemic last year, I made my way back to Canada. It was quite a feat needless to say.
Most recently, I operated a one-woman screen-printing shop called Slow Moon Rise. I had the great pleasure of being part of a vibrant, dynamic, creative community in Northern California, supported by many hand-made, small-business enthusiasts. I also co-ran a fantastic art studio space in north Oakland that housed a handful of talented Bay Area painters. I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned and continuing my creative practices here in Canada.
Throughout my years of moving about and travel to near and far flung places, I’ve always been inspired to make things. I’ve delved into all sorts of mediums — from painting and ceramics to illustration and design. I love exploring their unique qualities, their strengths, boundaries and limitations.
So what happened to your screen-printed shirts?
I had a wonderful business, but decided to close my business down when I moved. I am proud of the time I spent growing my business, and I learned so much, but it was time to move onto other things. While I won’t be hand-printing these items anymore, I do have a selection of those familiar graphics on products I sell through Society 6, a print-on-demand site. So for those of you who still need Cat Moon designs in your life, now you can have it on mugs, bags, and a whole lot of other items too!
If you prefer shopping on Etsy, I have a store there as well. There are shop reviews from my previous biz to get a sense of my MO.
And now for something a bit different here...
During this wintery lockdown, and my first “real” winter in many years, I started a new series of nature, home and travel inspired greeting cards and prints. It seemed like the darker things got, the brighter and more lush I wanted to make my designs. So there’s a lot of color, animals, and fun, dreamy landscapes.
I like the practicality of cards, they are a means to show artwork, and the sender gets to connect with someone in a personal way. This seems like a particularly apt gesture during these days of Covid.
Travel has always been a big part of my life and has influenced my work very much. I’ve had lots of time to reflect and appreciate all the beautiful places I’ve been, things I’ve seen, and I can’t wait for the world to open up once again.
Home has also taken on new significance and meaning since I've moved back.
You can find some other examples of my work on my Gallery page.
This has been a most challenging year for oh so many reasons! I count my blessings for having so much family and friends support and a wonderful country to come back to.
So here’s looking forward to a future of health, connectedness, exploration, collaboration and community. I hope we can all find this wherever we are.