Posts Written OnMay 2016

Inspiration is the key to getting started I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t an early believer in the fairy garden trend, but it is winning me over. In the last couple of years, I’ve grown to see the value of this whimsy. Watching parents and children or often grandparents and grandkids speak of creating a tiny magical space is pretty fantastic. And this isn’t a trend limited to kids; I believe that the miniature garden may be the new Zen garden where grown-ups create and unwind and reconnect with their playful side. A little while ago on the TV news,…

A local company is taking flight with the soaring popularity of drones. Colin Filliter and Blair Hunter are partners in SuavAir, an aerial photography and videography venture that uses drones to capture professional imagery from new heights. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are small, remote-controlled aircraft that fly with the aid of propellers mounted parallel to the ground and carry a combined video and still camera. They have taken off in popularity in the last few years both as a commercial or industrial tool and as a recreational activity. “They are a lot of fun to fly,” Hunter says.…

A couple of summers ago now, I walked off the ferry in Quathiaski Cove and looked around for someone holding a “MIKE DAVIES” sign, because my ride was supposed to be meeting me, and I’m a pretty big deal, right? You always see a few of these people in the airport – at least in the movies you do – so how was this any different? Okay, maybe I’m being a bit facetious, but I did think it was pretty cool that Quadra Island Golf will pick you and your clubs up at the ferry terminal and take you to the course…

 Sylvia McGourlick doesn’t have a sign up in front of her pottery studio. She doesn’t advertise her work in newspapers, or pump her products on various Facebook pages, or try to get into art brochures and leaflets at galleries and shows. She doesn’t even have a website. It’s not that she doesn’t want to sell her pots and bowls and oil bottles and serving dishes. It’s that she’s too busy to keep up with the demand already, so she can’t take any more business. And McGourlick is one of the lucky ones in the art world, in that she’s not…

High school teacher Tylere Couture took an interesting path to the classroom “This is Scribbles,” says the excited, energetic young teacher excitedly showing off a machine of some kind, seemingly built with bits of wood, with a spool of yellow plastic wire perched on the top and what looks at first glance, to be a blob of melted yellow plastic below it. The teacher is Timberline Secondary’s Tylere Couture. The machine is a 3D printer. I’m looking at the machine after standing up from my chair at the Oculus Rift – the virtual reality contraption that just took me on a…