Volunteering: Winning in all Directions


6 pack rings, NORCAN, Beer, Cider, Food, Tunes. <3


Workin’ the Dawson City ArtMarket

This week is going to be a busy one. I’m going to have to make a whole lot more patches, necklaces and t-shirts for next Saturday, which is the Dawson City MUSIC FEST!!!!

Why? Because having a booth at the Dawson City ArtMarket went better than I expected!  :]

HERE’S A BONUS: click the link above!! Search for a picture of my back and a flowery skirt setting up my first ever ArtMarket table! I shared it with Troy, this guy who makes SUPER-TRIPPY-SUPER-AWESOME screenprints  ⇔

What do I sell, you ask?

I am currently lacking in photographic tools, but I will try to explain;

I am the ultimate recycler.

I scour the streets for cool rocks, forgotten toys, sticks, metal bits and whatever
tickles me.
I make jewelry, magnets, hair stuff and other various bits and bobs.

I thrift like a mad woman! 

Cutting, Sewing, Ripping, Stitching. Dying. Tying. Spiking.
Until I make ugly, old or awkward clothing look WAY cooler than…
in.your.dreams, kiddo.


one cool trinket at a time.


It’s a lifestyle I’m selling. It’s being hyper-aware of your own necessities.
I don’t even care if you buy my art. Just be inspired.

Ask yourself.
– Do you need it? Do you, really?
– Is there a better source to get it from?
– What are you supporting? Do you agree with their views?
– How can you make a difference?

Surprisingly, there are people of all ages who appreciate what I am trying to do.
I am so thankful for that.

Be radical. Think for yourself. Cherish the earth. Don’t take more from it than you need.

Oil Practice — Book Painting!

Oil Practice --- Book Painting!

There is debate about E-readers beginning to make books obsolete.
The local ‘free-store’ [dump] is FULL of unused, once-loved books.

When I am practising painting [or just feel like mixing it up], I use book covers instead of canvas or boards.


  • Using outdated/unreadable books can save paper and canvas.
  • No energy is used to produce something new.
  • It gives books a new way to be loved and appreciated.
  • Self-supporting artwork (no frame needed!)
  • Adds interesting dynamic to your work

Try it out for yourself! Post some pictures! Tell me what you think!

<3 <3 <3 Arisetotrash

Bringing Markers Back From the Dead — Mouthwash Edition.

When I got my long-awaited medusa piercing, my good friend [&face stabber], Hippy, advised me to use mouthwash to ward off infection.
That night, my lovely boyfriend brought back the most horrible product to enter an orifice.

Blood. Swelling. Sticky. Non-Alcoholic.  Boo. :[

Blood. Swelling Gums. Sticky. Gross.

I tried to return it after my mouth began bleeding and my gums got swollen and raw… but Miss City Girl forgot that in the middle of nowhere, there is no such thing as returns. The General Store is far too cheap and totally  unconcerned with the state of my mouth.

Whats a girl to do? I couldn’t just toss it — that would make me feel SO guilty.
The amount of time, energy and materials that went into creating the product, the packaging and then shipping it to the Yukon was just too much.

So I did the only thing I could do.  :D

*~~Toss it into my box of random art supplies/liquids/shiny objects and wait for inspiration ~~~*

AND NOW  the most horrible mouthwash product I have ever used has found purpose in my life!

I got lots of pens donated to me for art-making. For a challenge, I was also sent a lot of dead, dried out markers and highlighters.

I made it a goal to use as much from what she donated as possible for the piece
I am making as a thanks for her help↓


in progress…

I dipped my un-lidded, unloved markers into a capful of mouthwash.

What came next, you ask?
MAGIC! That’s what!

The markers could mark again! The highlighters, high on life were trailing fluorescence all over my sketchbook!

The 'gutted' markers absorbed most of the mouthwash.

The ‘gutted’ markers absorbed most of the mouthwash.

Its amazing and yet so terrifying knowing that mouthwash can revitalize the dead. What makes me feel best about this discovery is that I can find a use for that which I despised and wanted to throw away.

Reusing. Recreating it’s purpose. Re-CYCLE-ing!

And so, my friends.  The moral of this long story is:

Mouthwash+DeadMarkers = ZOMBIE MARKERS.

xxx. AriseToTrash.