Collage series 3: The Big House

collage beginning

Collage series 3: Big House – beginning

Following the theme of buildings that are familiar to me, I decided to do my third collage as a portrayal of the Big House at Fort Langley National Historic Site, the birthplace of British Columbia. The current building was reconstructed in 1958 on the site of the original building, where BC was proclaimed a British Colony in 1858.

Big House Fort Langley collage

Progress shot 2

I built my “Big House” out of an old receipt, which I have from my great grandmother’s old papers. I love the different shades of brown, and the marks that age, pencil, ink, and the carbon on the back of the receipts achieve.

In tune with the rest of the series, I used hand-painted papers, old papers, music sheets, etc.; mainly torn and collaged using acrylic gel medium. The finishing touch, below: stitched on the flagpole.

Fort Langley Big House collage on paper

Collage series 3: Fort Langley Big House


Artist in residence program at Gwaii Haanas National Park

Have you always wanted to be like the Group of Seven? The Artists in Gwaii Haanas program is returning in 2014!

Janice’s inspiration in the forest

Repost from Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve website:

Artists can bring new meanings to Canada’s natural and cultural treasures. To help explore these creative understandings, Gwaii Haanas and the Haida Gwaii Museum have offered a unique opportunity to several artists.

Our residency program has immersed visual artists into the isolated land and seascapes of Gwaii Haanas during a 10-day period. Guided by Gwaii Haanas staff, the artists had the chance to witness the best of the remote islands and forests and were free to carry out their artistic research. When they returned to their home studios, they created artwork to be exhibited at the Haida Gwaii Museum and in venues across Canada.

Through this unique outreach opportunity, contemporary Canadian artists are helping new audiences gain a different understanding of special areas like Gwaii Haanas.

Call us for more information: 1-877-559-8818 or 250-559-8818.


Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

hiker on Chilkoot Trail

Photo essay by Corrie Francis Parks
Chilkoot Trail Artist-in-Residence 2012

Parks Canada is looking for artists for the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program. What an amazing opportunity if you love nature and hiking. Check it out over the holidays – applications are due February 1, 2013.

Testing la tourtière

tourtiere copyright Hildebrand 2012

La tourtière, as tested for Parks Canada (photo by Curtis and Nancy Hildebrand)

What a great opportunity I had to use my Great Great Grandmother’s 1860 dishes this weekend! I had a short deadline to test a recipe for the Parks Canada food app. I have made pastry before, but with my full time work schedule, I don’t get elbow deep in flour too often. The last time I made pastry from scratch, I wasn’t paying attention and added a pound of lard instead of a cup, and didn’t notice until it was done baking!

I’m pleased to say this menu for French-Canadian tourtière turned out reasonably well. I won’t post the recipe as it will be appearing soon on the website. As a mostly vegetarian household, it was a very meaty dish, but it didn’t stop me from eating an extra serving today at lunch.

The funnest part for me was setting up the table and styling the food. Being married to a professional photographer, we’ve done this sort of thing before, and I think it would be fun to be a food stylist now and then!

La tourtiere, photo by Curtis and Nancy Hildebrand, 2012

The story behind my dish set: I received 12 place settings from my Great Aunt, with the story that they belonged to her Grandmother, who purchased them with egg money she saved up for the purpose. There are only a couple pieces missing, including the tea pot. Every time I return to my parents’ farm, I try to import a few more dishes. My favourite part of the set are the salt dishes, which I used in the photo. Also, I love the fancy silver tea spoon, used to squeeze out the tea bag, which is sitting on the tea saucer.