Ceramicist - Studio Lead
Julia is building up her production pottery practice while at the JBG. Her worked is informed by nature and connected to the earth. She helps co-lead the ceramics studio at the JBG.
Cheyenne McGinnis aka Natoyihkii (Holy Whistle), is a Blackfoot/Cree emerging artist now living in Unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territories. A member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, they are also affiliated with the Blood Tribe Nation through their mother. Natoyihkii grew up in 3 worlds – the modern day colonial world, the Cree world, and of course, the Blackfoot world. They have been painting and drawing for over 15 years and are inspired by Pictographs, Blackfoot War history drawings and Winter Counts. Their work aims to inspire wellness and pride, recounting histories and imagining the future for Indigenous Peoples. They do woodburning, glass etching, and leather work, as well as acrylic painting, charcoal drawing, and pastel work. They are also now moving into digital art.
Becca is a visual artist and cartoonist from the UK. They make dreamy psychedelic paintings and stories exploring community, queerness, nightmares and food among other things. They are currently working on a sci fi comic and a series of sculptures and paintings, they enjoy long walks.
JILLIAN JUSTINE BROOKS
Jillian is originally from Fort McMurray, Alberta. She's been residing in Vancouver for the last 12 years, creating work from Illustrations to Paintings that reflect her creative sense of humor. Her project Métis Bannock Queen raises funds for nonprofits in Vancouver.
Kinsey is an interdisciplinary artist with passions in photography, collage, and painting. She works in graphic design and the film industry. Kinsey was a past board member at the JBG and has been a studiomate since 2016.
Performer Media Arts
A Métis dancer, musician, writer and director for film, theatre and multimedia and an MSc. researcher at Simon Fraser University in interactive technology. Her creative work explores the intersections between arts and sciences in exploring the human condition. She runs the Nebula Theatre Company and has previously activated the JBG for events.
Artist / Designer
Roan (they/it) is a two spirit Nehiyaw/Métis/Ojibwe/white artist and designer whose work is rooted in transition states, thresholds, ecology and temporality. Their work in these spans mediums across interactive wearables, textiles, soft robotics, installation, beading, quilling, leather tanning, new media, gardening, sound, game design, co-creation sessions and performance, book and other print media.
JAE WOO KANG
Filmmaker / Animator
Jaewoo Kang is a filmmaker, animator and visual artist based on unceded Tsleil-Waututh lands, also known as North Vancouver. He explores the film medium as a way of creating new queer aesthetic that blurs the line between gender binary.
An experimental animator primarily working with hand-drawn animation. Her animations often explore how movement is felt and perceived through manipulating the rules and frameworks of both animation and cinema.
Mary Kim is a ceramic artist originally from Calgary, Alberta. She currently resides in Vancouver, creating quirky functional and sculptural forms with clay as her primary medium. Mary also paints on various surfaces; paper, canvas, and wood. Her themes are that of monsters, animals, and robots. All of her pieces have evidence of the handmade, with a sense of fun and whimsy.
Drawn to vibrant shades, moon sparkles, and the melding of sounds and imagery that you can dream and drown in, Nisha likes to play with film and photography through handmade processes. Nisha Platzer was a previous resident of the JBG in 2015-16.
Jodi has been at the JBG for nearly three years. She works at the CBC and makes sculptural ceramics work in her free time.
Doenja Oogjes is a design researcher originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her most recent work focuses on textile fabrication: weaving, knitting and braiding. She is a PhD candidate at the Everyday Design Studio at SFU, where her research is informed by post humanism, philosophies of technology and feminist theory. Through design, Doenja explores indirect, accidental, surprising and overlooked ways technologies mediate the everyday.
QUIR/boy spence is a settler on Coast Salish Territories, privileged to be living and working on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Identifying as Queer and using He/They pronouns, their work is primarily in photography. While their work continues to evolve and change shape, it always refers back to Queer identity at it’s core and an exploration of the theme “Proof We Exist”. When not creating art, they can be seen cavorting with crows.
Mickey Vescera is a ceramicist, sculptor, and writer born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Their main practice is ceramic functional ware and abstract sculptures inspired by science fiction, industrial waste, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.