Rei Duncan is the artist behind Sachi&Jun. Described as fiber art, Sachi&Jun specializes in macramé and modern woven tapestries. Rei is self-taught, drawing inspiration from landscapes and the cultures she has been immersed in throughout her life. An elementary school teacher by day, Rei has recently relocated to Calgary from Melbourne, Australia.
Caine Chow is a visual artist based in the Japanese planting styles of kokedama, “moss ball plants", and wabikusa. She explores the connection people have with nature and how interacting with nature has profound power and influence on us individually and as communities.
For #CHROMAYYC, Duncan and Chow collaborated on two murals — San·go and Mori. We wanted to learn more about the meaning behind these pieces as well as the process of creating them, so we sat down for a conversation with both artists.
Rhys Douglas Farrell is an emerging artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction from the Alberta University of the Arts in the spring of 2016 with a major in painting and Drawing. Farrell is the recipient of several painting scholarships from AUArts where he was also the representative for the painting department. He was signed with the Herringer Kiss Gallery when he was still a student and Canadian Art Magazine referred to his first solo show as a “Must See”. He has since had a seven-page feature in Branded Magazine and completed a number of public art projects with the Telus Spark Science Center, Beltline Urban Mural Project, the City of Calgary and a number of private commissions. His work has been aggressively collected by private and corporate collections alike and he recently completed three international residencies with Pinea & Linea De Costa A.I.R program in Spain, Graniti Murales in Sicily and the TARP Program in Kuala Lumpur with Taksu Gallery. For Chroma, Rhys painted a mural consisting of a combination of abstract compositions and patterns in bold colours called “Diamonds in the Sky”. We wanted to learn more about Rhys and his work, so we sat down to talk about art, inspiration, and how this young artist’s work has evolved since graduating.
Tyler Lemermeyer is a Calgary-based artist and muralist who has been drawing since he was three. He received his BFA from Alberta University of the Arts as well as a diploma from Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design Program. Although Tyler went to school to pursue a career as a professional artist, he says quitting his full-time job as a bike messenger to focus on his creative pursuits was actually the most pivotal moment in his journey. When he’s not at the drawing table, you can find him with his family, drinking coffee, watching a movie, or riding a bike. Cycling is a huge part of Tyler’s life — he builds them, rides them, makes art about them, and even has a small business centered around cycling.
For Chroma, Tyler created two pieces, neither of which featured bikes. The first is called “Practically Passion” and is an exploration of pattern and layers that celebrates the warmth of summer. Your eyes dance around the piece before being drawn to a bright tropical pattern in beautiful shades of and purple.
The second piece is named “Aura” and rightly so. Intense colours and shapes radiate from the centre of the mural. There is a long bench in front that has been painted to match the background to give the illusion that it is encapsulated by its surroundings. By manipulating the scale of a typical garden bench and adding extra length, Tyler has invoked his piece with a sense of play. It also invites and allows for multiple people to interact with and share the space!
We wanted to learn more about Tyler’s pieces and the process of building them, so we sat down for a quick chat.
Rachael Meckling is a Canmore-based fashion illustrator and designer who completed her studies in Fashion Communication at Ryerson University in 2012. She first began drawing on fluffy white napkins alongside her mother, Penelope, at her favourite coffee shop when she was young. Meckling’s love of painting and the female form led her to complete her BA in Design, and she has become one of the most sought after artists in Western Canada. She is best known for her whimsical, feminine live portrait paintings, and her long list of collaborations include FLARE Magazine, The Hudson’s Bay, Glenbow Museum, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kit + Ace, Aritzia, and PARK! When she isn’t creating, Meckling loves to travel and immerse herself in nature which is where she finds most of her inspiration! For Chroma, Meckling painted her very first mural. Femmes Tropicale is a celebration of women — women of all shapes, sizes, and colours. We wanted to learn more about Meckling’s latest project, so we sat down to talk about the installation process and inspiration behind the piece.
After receiving her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and earning her CPA, CA designation, Kristine Miguel spent four years working as an auditor and eight years as a financial reporting expert in a publicly traded company. But this past year, Miguel took a leap of faith and quit her cushy corporate job to pursue her passion. Through the CARITAS Company, she is helping small businesses and entrepreneurs make sense of their cents through financial literacy education and accountability coaching. We wanted to learn more about Miguel’s work and her new monthly feature in the PARK newsletter, so we sat down for a quick chat!
Michelle Hoogveld is a Calgary-based painter and muralist known for her vibrant use of colour, distinctive use of mixed media, and grand murals that explore human emotion and its relationship to our surroundings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from Lynn University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from the University of British Columbia. In honour of her mother, Michelle and her sisters created The Sky Painters Foundation, a project that supports the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Besides creating, Michelle loves to travel, experiment in the kitchen, snowboard, hike, listen to podcasts and audiobooks, workout, spend time with friends and family, and support Calgary’s live music scene. For Chroma, Michelle created Kaleidoscope Of Dreams — a mural that entirely immerses viewers into a kaleidoscope of pink skies and turquoise waters.
We wanted to learn more about Michelle’s installations, so we sat down to talk about the inspiration behind the piece and the process of it all coming together!
After working in real estate and land development for over twenty years, Elliott Geskin left behind the corporate world to pursue a career as a relationship coach. After putting in hundreds of practicum hours, Elliott received his official coaching designation and is now helping couples across the province mend their relationships at the Art of Strategy, where is wife, Alison, consults with local business owners. Alison also facilitates PARK Mastermind and is a keynote speaker at PARKFORUM. Our last PARKFORUM session focused on the importance of life and work balance for entrepreneurs, which included how to make much needed time for relationships! To continue the discussion about mental health and juggling interpersonal relationships on top of a more than full-time work load, we sat down with Elliott to hear his perspective.
Brightside is teaming up with Local Laundry to debut an exciting new collaboration at PARKSHOW 2019. Founded in Calgary, Local Laundry has been committed to sustainable manufacturing and community building since 2015. Co-founder, Connor Curran was inspired to launch the brand while studying for his MBA in Sweden. He wanted something that would represent Calgary and its communities while travelling abroad, but the options were quite limited. Connor’s passion project turned into a full-blown clothing company when he met Dustin Paisly, and the duo has been focused on organic growth and collaboration ever since.
To learn more about Local Laundry’s partnership with Brightside and their impact on the city, we sat down with Connor for a quick chat!
For CHROMA, Dina created Kalimbahin — a balloon art installation featuring beautiful shades of pink that she dedicated to her three daughters and husband. The literals meaning of Kalimbahin is: a variety of guava with pink flesh.
“The name is a tribute to my heritage. My husband would climb guava trees and give me the fruit as a gift when I was 8 years old.”
To learn even more about Dina’s art piece we sat down with her for a quick conversation!
With just a week to go before the first instalment of PARK Mastermind launches, we are back with another round of interviews! This time, we are taking a look at the unique challenges that four different entrepreneurs face and the solutions they found at PARK Mastermind.
We interviewed the owners of four amazing local businesses to learn more about the struggles they have faced, the support systems they lean on, and the lessons they learned at PARK Mastermind’s very first Workshop: Diagnosing the Gaps in Your Business.
2018 marked ten years of fashion culture for PARK, and PARKLUXE Presented by Downtown Calgary will be our final #PARKTEN anniversary celebration. The big night is only 4 days away, and it is crunch time for our team! Here is a sneak-peek at what our guests can expect.
We want to make sure you have the best PARKLUXE 2018 Presented by Downtown Calgary experience possible! We interviewed some of Calgary’s most prominent influencers, including Ryan Massel, to learn more about their favourite downtown hotspots.
“On Thursday, September 6, we hosted our official PARKLUXE 2018 Presented by Downtown Calgary Media Launch. The event began at Teatro Restaurant, where PARKLUXE Platinum VIP guests will dine before the show…”
Canada's fashion scene had a major moment this past Tuesday, July 17, 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition to celebrate what would be the South African president's 100th birthday, and Meghan was spotted wearing none other than Calgary's House of Nonie.
“I was the girl who was always asking to braid my cousins’ and friends’ hair. I realized at 15 that I wanted to be a stylist, and started at my first salon when I was 17. I’ve never looked in another direction; it is for sure my vocation.”
“Relationships are everything in the fashion industry. I once had someone tell me that I will not be successful because I smile too much. That might be the case in the corporate world, but in fashion, I’ve found it to be the opposite.”
"I've learned a lot about myself and also life. Putting yourself out there like this, and having no roadmap, forces you to face a lot of your fears and learn a lot about yourself. It can make you really vulnerable but also stronger every day with every new accomplishment."
"There are few people in this province who work in this business on the same level as PARK. We’ve really grown from just supplying models for their shows into a strong team working together on a variety of projects."
"Calgary is full of creative and insanely talented people, but they have to stop leaving the city to pursue their creativity elsewhere. It's our responsibility, and the responsibility of generations to come, to help push the city to the front of the stage and to give these people a reason to stay."
"The bones of PARK have stayed consistent over the years but each show is a completely different project with a new venue, new theme, new designers, and new challenges. Although that means it’s always stressful, it keeps things exciting and interesting and it keeps pushing us forward."
Maeghan Archibald has been with the PARK team for eight years. Originally a model in PARK's first runway show, she is now the Director of Fashion, along with making sure the organization runs like a smooth machine.