Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fundraiser/Studio Sale - I donate to many charities, time for a little Karma action.

Project: Eyes
Mood: Positive
Media: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

A few years back I was diagnosed with Keratoconus in both eyes.

"Keratoconus (from Greek: kerato- horn, cornea; and konos cone), is a degenerative disorder of the eye in which structural changes within the cornea cause it to thin and change to a more conical shape than its normal gradual curve.

Keratoconus can cause substantial distortion of vision, with multiple images, streaking and sensitivity to light all often reported by the patient. It is typically diagnosed in the patient's adolescent years and attains its most severe state in the twenties and thirties. If afflicting both eyes, the deterioration in vision can affect the patient's ability to drive a car or read normal print. In most cases, corrective lenses are effective enough to allow the patient to continue to drive legally and likewise function normally. Further progression of the disease may require surgery including intrastromal corneal ring segments, corneal collagen cross-linking, or corneal transplantation. However, despite the disease's unpredictable course, keratoconus can often be successfully managed with little or no impairment to the patient's quality of life."

For me though, its not so good, my left eye has degenerated to the point that I cannot focus on anything, glasses/contacts do not help. Working as an artist with a bad eye is problematic as best.

Up until a few weeks ago I thought I needed a corneal replacement, a drastic and life changing operation. Luckily I don’t need it, but I need two other procedures to correct my vision and repair my eye. Unluckily it’s not covered by Alberta Health Care or any health plan, its considered elective surgery.

Yup, surgery to regain my vision and heal my eye is elective.

I need to raise $4000 for my surgery so I can continue to make beautiful things.

I am having a Studio Sale this weekend from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at 709 - 23 Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta.

There will also be glasswork by my neighbors Brenda Taylor and her brother David of Taylormade Glass. A portion of their sales will also be helping me out with my surgery (I have awesome neighbors).

There is a link HERE to my Facebook event page if you are so inclined to share this event through Facebook.

I will also be putting up some interesting things over the next little while at Fiverr http://fiverr.com/users/thetrespasser including a few of my recipes, and I know a few of you want them. :-)

Please share any of these links with your friends, and/or “like” my businesses on Facebook, every little bit helps, thanks people

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hinc iliac lacrimae - Hence these tears

Project: Life & Death

Mood: Sad, so very very sad

Media: The Universe, in all its tragic majesty and grace.

I said I was going to blog more and I haven't blogged for a year, and frankly I have been putting this entry off. The events of the last few hours have pushed me to publish this draft that has been sitting here for the past six months.

At this point in my life I have garnered many friends, a few of these friends I consider family.

A few days ago my friend Shannon, and her new fiancee Darren, lost their lives in a tragic car accident. I hadn't seen her for a while but she was embarking on a new adventure and I was happy for her. I hadn't met Darren yet but considering how driven Shannon was I am confident that he was a quality individual.

She was going to work on an artistic project with me but now it will not be the same.

She was always awesome and I will always remember her as awesome. She will be missed.

On June 20th last year though is what put me in this slump I have been in.

Pat Keenan
KEENAN, Patrick Dennis January 9, 1961 - June 20, 2010 Pat passed away at home at the age of 49 years. Predeceased by his father Dennis. Pat is survived by his mother Gwen, sisters Susan and Laura, niece Melissa, nephew Kyle, uncles: Claude, John, and Paul. He will be remembered and deeply missed by myriads of relatives and friends in Canada and California. He was an incredible artist who loved golf and social events with his friends.

I first met Pat in my 3rd year at the Alberta College of Art when he entered the Ceramic department in 1987, we hung out all the time with our friend Tupper, worked on projects, shared space, ideas, food & drink.

His favorite hobby, also shared by Tupper, was trying to get me so drunk I would puke. They took me out for my birthday once and treated me to one of my favorite meals, English style fish and chips with mushy peas (just so they could see me puke green). I never let them see me puke, but of course I did.

Few friends have ever been as close as Pat, years could go by but it seemed like no time had passed when we got together. We shared a studio for a while a couple of years back, I loved that, and I miss it greatly. I miss him greatly.

My path has changed over the last year, and its about to change again. The last time for my career, this time for my health. Pat always was devoted to his career, and his example has directed me. Shannon always believed I could lead a healthier life, and in her honor I will do that.

Now I need to learn to improve my world without the death of a friend as an impetus.