the Ou-telier scrapbook
our Artists in Residence past & present share their art & experience at The Ou.
Okay, my time at @theougallery is up and I’m gonna start making my way back home to California! It was a pleasure being here and I’m excited to keep working on my game when I get home. Thank you to Barclay, Donovan, Ruby, and Tubbs for being such gracious hosts! If you need me, you can reach me at @violet_eeee. :-)
I mentioned a couple days ago that I was embroidering a shirt while I was here. Here’s the finished product, completed at like 3 am my last night at @theougallery.
One of my favorite things about my time at @theougallery was going to see @thebay.ou in Cowichan Bay the first week I was here! Once it got dark, some of these boats near the gallery were lit up with colorful string lights and looked all around super cozy and festive.
Last full day at @theougallery! Tomorrow, I start making my way back home to California. While I’ve been here, I’ve been embroidering a shirt on-and-off! In this time lapse, I was sewing some little ghosts onto the front.
I’m still working on the game! Yesterday, I spent quite a while adding details to the clothes, working out how the text is gonna look, experimenting with different text animation methods. I’m starting to question some of my choices, though, so I’m going to take a break today to do some embroidery and just think about it, a lot like the break I took earlier this week to paint.
some game assets! these hands will be what players use to interact with the clothing during part of the game.
Some assets from the game I’m making! These hands will be what players use to interact with the clothing during part of the game.
@theougallery looked so cozy in the rain yesterday!
A time-lapse of me working on some assets for the game, set to an old cover of @feistmusic’s “Brandy Alexander” from 2014.
A group of students visited the gallery yesterday, so we set up some of my older games to play. This one, Escort Yourself Out, uses the video game trope of the “escort mission” to explore childhood trauma and self-compassion. It’s always interesting to see the different ways people approach the games, and to watch their reactions as they play. Part of me always wants to observe really closely, the way I have to when someone is playtesting one of my games for me, but I also don’t want to freak anyone out or interrupt the experience by hovering or staring. If you want to play one of my games, they’re all free at violet-elder.itch.io! I’d love to hear what you think.
Hi! This is @violet_eeee taking over the Instagram for a little bit! While I’m at @theougallery, I’m working on a game where you play as someone trapped on the floor of their closet underneath a pile of old clothes. The game is semi-autobiographical and explores the complicated relationship I have with some of my clothes as someone in recovery from an eating disorder. For the last week, I’ve been working on the text of the game and some initial visuals. . (music in the video: “fifteen on a skateboard” by @dinersmusic)
A recent design grad & radio DJ @violet_eeee is with us while she works on a script for a new game of hers that deals with fabric & underlying issues of emotional health & resilience. Find her work & try out her games at violetelder.cool 🐠 . . . . . . . #artistresidency #artistresidence #norcalartist #vancouverisland #vanisle #designer
And with that- I’m headed home to the mainland. Thank you to @theougallery for a wonderful residency, to @rhyanabbottart for being a wonderful studiomate, and to all of the magical plats I met! These puffball fungus and kelp roots were so dreamy!
During my stay at Ou I started a new series of very large watercolour paintings. They’re made up of many layers of colour, and the final result is haunting. I’ll be continuing this work when I get back home this week.
I make all of the paints and inks that I use in my work. They’re made out of botanical and earth pigments. My current favourite is black walnut husk ink 🍃
I wanted to give you an idea of the artists that are currently inspiring me- in no particular order they are: Louise Bourgeois Andy Goldsworthy Ragnar Axelsson Lara Call Gastinger Jim Kalnin Berlinde de Bruyckere Richard Serra Byron Johnston Frida Kahlo Nomi Chi
Botanical ink on vellum. Black walnut husk ink made on the harvest moon with indigo. #makeink
Meditations with ink and graphite. #handmadewatercolors
Hello! I’m Caitlin ffrench- the current artist in residence at @theougallery I’ll be showing you my process, work, and around the gallery for the next few days.
Introducing the multi-talented Caitlin Ffrench! @ffrench is a world of knowledge & nature based, analog talents. Learn more about her botanical watercolours, inks & gorgeous knits at www.caitlinffrench.com ✨ . . . . . . . #resartis #artistresidency #artistinresidence #artlife #vancouverisland #duncanbc #cowichanvalley #thankful #artistcommunity #botanicalinks