Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sheila Jonah

Magpie Box

"Magpie Box is a visual diary of treasures collected in travels in downtown Toronto over seven days.  Setting the parameter that all items must be “found” in my regular environment, I spent time like a magpie searching for the “shiny” and colourful, the unusual and unique, the mundane and commonplace – pieces of detritus that one encounters daily.  Each tiny accordian book reflects my movement and activities daily over the span of a week as well the state of the recycle bin at the warehouse and my friends waste baskets.  An addictive weeklong mini bookmaking experience now all housed in the recycled cigar box."

Sheila Jonah is a Toronto based visual artist who delights in the daily game of collecting bits and pieces, ephemera, old books, pieces of wood, used cool stuff, thrown out treasures and anything that can be recycled for printmaking, papermaking or handmade artist books.  A graduate of OCAD majoring in Printmaking, Sheila has studied and made art in New Zealand, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Vancouver (which by far has the best skiing and kayaking). She now spends her time in the Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto working at PROOF Studio Gallery and drinking Balzac’s Coffee, eating Soma chocolate, Eccles cakes and happily printing away.

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