Published on www.vancouverisawesome.com - May 26, 2017

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PRE ORDER THE BOOK
The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Vancouver Collection Book is now LIVE!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-collection-book-photography-gifts/x/16087116#/

 

VANCOUVER BOOK of PHOTOGRAPHS from the COLLECTION 

Coming in the Fall of 2017 - an 11" x 11" hardcover book of photographs and selected memories of Vancouver.

This body of work began as an exploration into the city of my birth. I have a romantic view of Vancouver which is coloured by my parents stories from their ‘youth’.  They met during World War II and began their relationship in Vancouver.  During the war,  my mom worked on Catalina Airplanes and after the war worked in various jobs including as a housekeeper at the Hotel Vancouver.  My Father and his parents lived on Cornwall in the heart of Kitsilano, he went to school at UBC while my Mother worked to support them.  They frequented Granville Street, the Sylvia Hotel and walked in Stanley Park. 

I have continued their tradition of loving and living in Vancouver, returning after some years in England.  During my University days I worked summer jobs at various city buildings including the majestic Marine Building on Burrard Street, it was an honour to have spent some time in that grand building.  What a wonderful art deco reflection of architecture in our our wild west city.   I have more than 100 images in the collection, and the series is growing as I walk in the footsteps of our history.  

It's time to collect them into book form, which I intend to independently publish and fund using pre-sales through Indiegogo - a link will be coming soon, the campaign will begin May 16th 2017.  If you would like to get on a mailing list for updates please sign up on my contact page. I will be offering an early bird discount for the first 48 hours on Indiegogo so don't wait to be first in line for the best price!

 

 

"From Here" - an exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery - August 17th to September 10, 2016

Reception: Sunday August 21, 2 – 4 p.m.           Artist Talks: Sunday September 4, 2 p.m.   Exploring local imagery, ‘FROM HERE: Heather Johnston and Laura Wallace’ combines graphic black and white photographic images of Metro Vancouver alongside large scale colourful screen-printed images in an exhibition that will provoke conversation among long-time residents and visitors alike. Artist Laura Wallace’s screen-printed works act as ‘markers of place,’ taking inspiration from iconic neighbourhood signage as well as dramatic local landscape and weather. Transferred onto canvas with added layers of distress, photographer Heather Johnston’s modern-day photographs of local scenes capture the character and rich history in the city’s buildings and streets. Vancouver-born photographer Heather Johnston has a special relationship to this area which is informed both by her own experiences as well as stories her mother and father shared. Her parents met during World War II and their relationship blossomed here; they enjoyed walking together in romantic Stanley Park, admired the Sylvia Hotel, and frequented Granville Street. When Johnston returned to Vancouver after living in England, where she earned a master’s degree in photography at the Royal College of Art in London, she was again drawn to these and other iconic local places, and her Vancouver Collection seeks to reflect the city’s history and ‘soul.’ Laura Wallace was born in Winnipeg, but has spent most of her life in Vancouver. She completed what was then called the Capilano Commercial Art program and has since worked in design, advertising, and illustration. Her focus now turned to printmaking, Wallace appreciates the medium because it allows room for both intent and accident. 

Reception: Sunday August 21, 2 – 4 p.m.           Artist Talks: Sunday September 4, 2 p.m.

 

Exploring local imagery, ‘FROM HERE: Heather Johnston and Laura Wallace’ combines graphic black and white photographic images of Metro Vancouver alongside large scale colourful screen-printed images in an exhibition that will provoke conversation among long-time residents and visitors alike.

Artist Laura Wallace’s screen-printed works act as ‘markers of place,’ taking inspiration from iconic neighbourhood signage as well as dramatic local landscape and weather. Transferred onto canvas with added layers of distress, photographer Heather Johnston’s modern-day photographs of local scenes capture the character and rich history in the city’s buildings and streets.

Vancouver-born photographer Heather Johnston has a special relationship to this area which is informed both by her own experiences as well as stories her mother and father shared. Her parents met during World War II and their relationship blossomed here; they enjoyed walking together in romantic Stanley Park, admired the Sylvia Hotel, and frequented Granville Street.

When Johnston returned to Vancouver after living in England, where she earned a master’s degree in photography at the Royal College of Art in London, she was again drawn to these and other iconic local places, and her Vancouver Collection seeks to reflect the city’s history and ‘soul.’

Laura Wallace was born in Winnipeg, but has spent most of her life in Vancouver. She completed what was then called the Capilano Commercial Art program and has since worked in design, advertising, and illustration. Her focus now turned to printmaking, Wallace appreciates the medium because it allows room for both intent and accident. 

NEW Stores

Coming March 2016 - my Whistler Collection will be in the new AUDAIN ART MUSEUM SHOP in Whistler

January 2016 - My work is now available at Home Lounge Interiors in Suter Brook Village, Port Moody

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The Georgia Straight December 17, 2015

 

OPEN STUDIO

Heather Johnston Photography
Looking for last minute gifts?  Handpainted ornaments or Vancouver Collection mini's to attach to presents perhaps? Pillows? Calendars? Note Card Sets? Canvases?

I am opening my studio next week Monday December 21:  4pm - 9pm   &   Tuesday December 22:  9am - 2pm

Support your local artist and shop with no hassles & no crowds!!!

4520 Rialto Place NV V7R 3N9

 

Hand painted wood ornaments

Girl in a Wetsuit, Orpheum, East Van, Sylvia Hotel and Misty Seawall are all available as 18" x 18" pillows in a soft Velveteen. 
images transferred to wood and hand painted

images transferred to wood and hand painted

In the mini workshop you will transfer 3 OF YOUR OWN IMAGES on canvas (mini 3"x 3") and 3 on cut wood branch rounds.

  • Where:           My studio - 4520 Rialto Place North Vancouver V7R 3N9
  • Why:              Transfer your own images for yourself or for GIFTS!
  • How:              Email or call - studio@heather-johnston.com 604 984-2885
  • Cost:              $75. includes ALL materials
  • Prepare:        Send me 3 photos as jpg digital files
  •                       3" x 3" at 300 dpi at least 3 days before the class
  • What else:     Bring a smock or apron or old shirt to wear, we might get messy!

50% deposit requested to book your space. Please email studio@heather-johnston.com.
Cancellation - refunds will be made with notice of 3 weeks prior to date of workshop.

BOOK YOUR OWN TRANSFER WORKSHOP

Gather together a group of friends or make it a Christmas Event for Work.
The workshop can be held at your workspace or house if you prefer.
Email to set up a special date - studio@heather-johnston.com
minimum 4 for a group and 8 maximum for my studio - otherwise depending on the size of your space I can teach up to 20 in a group.

 

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FALL 2015

collaboration

I am working with SewDonnaDesigns who will be using my images on her beautiful handbags and wristlet creations.

There will be Vancouver Collection Designs and the Eternal Fauna Collection. They will be available in November and we will keep you notified about where you may purchase.