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Artist for Social Change & Passive House Advocate

 

I'm a printmaker creating visual content for architects, builders and home owners.

 
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Passive House Print

I can help position your firm as an expert on the leading edge of the Passive House standard - and rise above the growing sea of 'shadow' builders.

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Living on Display

I'm more than your average content creator, I'm a committed conservation educator and advocate for the high performance building industry in North America.

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Weekly Dispatches

Our culture is increasingly visual, seeking connection & meaning. I believe storytelling - and data - can engage a greater audience and help move this industry forward.

 

Effectively communicate your design & build story and gain the credibility your project deserves.

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Commission Work & Content Creation

What I love about the print process is that it’s part design planning and working with my hands. There is just enough order and just enough play.
— Catherine Ruddell
 
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About Me

A background in design and an interest in sustainability led me to the the unique opportunity to live in a demonstration passive house where I was a project ambassador, facilitated public tours, AND completed an artist residency.

My professional career has provided me a unique perspective and knowledge in the areas of small business management, creative marketing, community development and sustainability - all of which influence my personal work as printmaker and content designer.

 
 Proud to Support #buildbetterfeelbetter

Proud to Support #buildbetterfeelbetter

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Core Values

 

 

Creatively Sustained

Building Blocks

 

The themes below illustrate my philosophy for living Creatively Sustained. They emerged as a way to help me focus both my personal life and my creative work with integrity. I am learning my greatest contribution to the world may be to take better care of myself - to better manage my own finite resources while growing my brand and business with intention.

These building blocks were influenced by the Amish aesthetic, specifically traditional quilt block patterns. They seemed an appropriate fit for communicating a simplified approach to the creative life and perhaps homes and buildings too.

 
 
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Creativity

As the cornerstone that will influence all others, this star block represents creative energy emanating in all directions of life, through a form that subtly suggests order. This has proved true for me in real life my creativity thrives with a bit of constraint to guide my work in new directions. Without a bit of structure I feel untethered and overwhelmed by the many fascinating directions my attention might travel.


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Well Being

In order to feel good day to day, there are four basic needs that must be met. It seems too simple, but we often neglect one or more of these areas and then wonder why we feel badly. They are: sleeping well, eating real food, engaging in physical movement, and also relaxation (a no device/no objective activity.) Being mindful of these elements helps to keep me in balance, and if I’m feeling out of sorts at least I have a starting point to troubleshoot what area needs some attention. This block is a variation of the traditional fan pattern, and infers movement like the spokes radiating from the hub of a bicycle wheel.


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Knowledge

In school I hated having to choose ‘what to be,' so when I heard the term ‘life long learner’ I breathed a sigh of relief! I’m thankful to experience our current age of technology, where everything evolves, often quickly. My curiosity keeps me reading and learning and applying my knowledge in life to keep moving forward. Much like the pinwheel pattern that emerges from this block, if you're feeling stuck in a rut, I suggest you get curious and start learning a new topic or skill - it might propel you towards new opportunities. That’s exactly how I found myself living in a passive house...