Yukon

Norma’s Story – Climate Change in Old Crow, YK.

https://www.nfb.ca/film/normas_story#temp-share-panel

Norma Kassi’s true story about living off the land and the changes to her environment due to climate change.
It is important to realize that in Southern Canada and the USA, we may not feel the impacts as much as the people in the North or people in countries overseas do. The lands and the people on it are impacted the most, yet they are in no way contributing to the increase of Carbon dioxide and other Green House Gasses in the same scale.

This is a beautiful short film, with an important message:
Tread Lightly
~ <3

p.s. Sorry I can’t get the embed file to work, just click the link!

Girls Rock!

Get ready Dawson City, Grrrls are going to shake things up this summer.

Heck yeah! It’s be a success with crowd-funding for the Yukon Girls Rock Camp and that means young girls getting together, making music and feeling empowered. Devon and the Dawson City Music Fest crew hosted concerts, local events and a Kickstarter campaign in efforts to raise money for this great idea.
When people get together, anything is possible!

Yukon Girls Rock Camp

Yukon Girls Rock Camp — 4 DAYS LEFT!

4 DAYS LEFT

YUKON GIRLS ROCK needs $1000 more!!!

Help out however you can.

Donate – getcoolstuff – or Share!
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Yukon Girls Rock Camp 2015 — Kickstarter.

[SUPPORT] Yukon Girls Rock Camp 2015 — Kickstarter

Yukon’s VERY FIRST Girls Rock Camp!

Girls (aged 8-15) will be out there making music, speaking their mind and feeling totally empowered.  The Dawson City Music Festival Association is helping support the camp with instruments and they even get to play on stage at the music festival in July!  I know this is going to become something big.

What better way to spend the summer [and winter] than with other cool chicks, creating revolutions and rebel grrls!?!
I wish I had something like this growing up.

 

Help out by donating or sharing this with your friends… it is an amazing, much-needed opportunity for Yukon girls.

Oh, and watch the video on Kickstarter~! So, so, so, wicked!

Yukon Girls Rock Camp 2015 by Devon Berquist — Kickstarter.

Fracking our lives away.

Gasland 2 is the sequel to an American documentary that focuses on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and what happens to regular people because of the gas industries we support everyday. If you drive a car, heat your home, own a cellphone OR eat food that doesn’t come from your backyard WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY.

Do you know there are places in America that don’t have any clean water because of fracking?
Kids who can’t swim or play in ponds near their home because of the chemicals irresponsibly released into their water supply?

Dimock, Pennsylvania’s water is flammable because of improper disposal of waste water from drilling. There is gasoline and methane in their drinking water!

Flaming hoses… in Texas, too!
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Fracking in the neighborhood doesn’t just manifest itself in water. Chemicals blowing in the wind can cause health problems (more…)

Nothing like the Yukon.

Toronto.snowdaymaybe just a little.  

No. Not really.

Rusty Old Filing Cabinet – Aurora Borealis

Rustfilingcabinet-northernlights-A.r.t.t.Throwback Thursday!
Teresa is a good Dawson City friend of mine. She has a publishing company by the name of Rabbit Creek Press.  After a recent renovation and a new office space, Teresa nabbed this sepia, yucky, rusty filing cabinet from a person for $25.

[Now this is the time where I wish I took a ‘before’ photo so you could better believe me] but that’s not how I roll.

My lovely man-friend Reuben told Teresa about a filing cabinet I  ‘fixed up’ for him, and that’s how this one came to be. First, I power sanded the cabinet to get rid of the rust and allow the paint to adhere better.

Teresa and I spent a few days talking about design, content, utility and colour.  Teresa wanted something funky, bright, and had the Aurora Borealis on it. Some true Yukon Spirit!
Dawson city-yukon-borealis
We came up with a warm, bright color(Engine Orange) and black chalk board paint on either side of the filing cabinet with the Borealis design. I went for black drawers with chromed handles and used lots of neon green, pink, yellow and white for the borealis.

Rustfilingcabinet-northernlights-A.r.t.t.-side

Chalk board on both sides

It was my first time experimenting with stencils on furniture, but I think I did a pretty good job in making an organic light mystery out of spray paint.

Me and the finished piece in its new home.

Me and the finished piece in its new home.

 

Self Portrait – Exam week ’14

Samm-selfportrait- A.R.T.T
Self Portrait during Exam week studying at SOVA
[School of Visual Arts] in Dawson City, Yukon.
Oil on canvas.

To the Arctic Circle!

Tomorrow morning I will be driving [8-ish hrs] up to Eagle Plains and into the Arctic Circle with some fantastic ladies  & Kale, my best Dawson dog-friend :D

We’re going to camp out there for a night, then drive back in the morning. I’m so excited!
I hope to take lots of photos and bring my sketchbook… maybe try some plant rubbings/food staining.

Map o’ the Yukon

Klondike Colours Book Launch

This evening I will be photographing and filming the official book launch for a new publishing company, Rabbit Creek Press!!

Klondike Colours is a kids colouring book that’s illustrations focus on the history of Dawson City’s gold rush era combined with present day community events.

The book was illustrated by a past SOVA student graduate, Andrée Bélanger. She studied at the art school the year before I attended.

I am normally a still-life-photo-taker. I find it hard to take good, flattering photos of people while they are standing in front of a microphone or are mid-conversation.
Today I will try something new.

I will become a stealthy photographer!

People won’t be able to act weird about seeing a camera around because they will not see me!

My goal is to set the camera up so that it takes multiple photos at once, that way I can choose the best from the photo bursts! I will also dress in darker colours, more casual than my usual in-your-face kind of style… just so people forget about my presence.

No, I am not going to stalk them or take “secret” photos.
I will be present, but hopefully unnoticed —-» LIKE A NINJA!

I will let you know how that works out… and whether I’m going to be overly confident in Program mode or stay cautious on Automatic is another story entirely.