Lynn Interviewed by Gruppeteer Hansen

What’s a “Gruppeteer”, you ask? According to his various online profiles, he’s a young guy from New Hampshire, who hosts a YouTube show called Cartoons VS Cancer, and who “likes wearing pants”.

Gruppeteer Hansen invites people from the cartooning and animation industries to join him for interviews on his YouTube channel (Gruppet Studios); the Cartoons VS Cancer series is a fundraiser for his friend Maddie, who’s fighting Ewing Sarcoma.

He contacted us and asked to speak to Lynn, who agreed — below you can watch their interview, which they conducted via Skype.

We hope you enjoy it!

Making Gift Bows: Lynn’s Video Tutorial

Lynn’s parents, Mervyn and Ursula, owned a jewelry store in Vancouver when Lynn was a kid. Lynn’s mom used to do gift-wrapping in the back of the shop, and she would make her own custom gift bows from scratch, using ribbons.

Lynn’s friends and family appreciate her carrying on the family tradition — you can tell when a present is something Lynn (or her daughter, Katie) have wrapped. Katie’s special talent is gift baskets, but Lynn is the queen of the pom-pom bow. Watch this video tutorial to see how she does it!

Lynn Went to Whitehorse

Here’s a new travel journal from Lynn! Last month, she took off on an adventure to Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory.

Flying to Whitehorse

On November 18, I boarded the Air North flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse, YT. It’s a two-hour flight, and if the sky is clear, it’s one of the most spectacular trips in the country. From take-off over the North Shore, you see the Rockies tumble and crest like waves—one massive white-capped peak after another. You see glaciers grinding their way through the rocks and canyons scored by rivers; the silted arteries, which lured gold rush pioneers into the heart of northern British Columbia. Few roads are visible, yet thousands of people travelled inland risking their lives hoping to strike it rich. On horseback, by mule, dogsled, and on foot they explored every inch of this impossible terrain. I prefer to fly!

The Whitehorse River

The Whitehorse River

Air North is a surprise in this day of “pack ‘em in, get ‘em off,” bottom line expediency. Not only do you get two cups of coffee, included is a hot sandwich and a fresh, still warm cookie—something the regular commuters always look forward to. Added to this excellent treatment was the assurance that personal belongings left on board would be returned to you. I found this out when my seatmates and I were called to a desk while waiting for our luggage. A book had been found in the seat pocket in front of us and the staff didn’t want it to be lost. How extraordinary.

Traveling with Musicians

I’d been looking forward to this trip for several weeks. All year, my friend Paul Lucas and his trio had been performing in Northern BC, the NWT, and several places in Alaska. This time, they were working with a wonderful singer and preparing for a concert in Whitehorse, which I wanted to attend. Paul plays jazz guitar and is well known for his talent, his originality and his great sense of humour.

Yukon Comic Culture Society

Since I’d be spending a good ten days in the city, I thought it would be fun to meet some of the local artists. I asked Paul to connect me with some of the folks there so I could ask about doing a workshop or two. As it turns out, there is a comic art society in Whitehorse (the Yukon Comic Culture Society), and in no time, two workshops, a school talk and a book signing were organized. I was going to be busy!

Paul and I set ourselves up in the High Country Inn, the same place William and Kate stayed last summer. The giant carved wooden Mountie at the front entrance makes it easily recognizable. Unlike the statue of David, which has a large head (reported to have been purposefully done in order to give the figure correct proportion when viewed from below), the High Country Mountie has an extremely small head. I thought about this every time I went into the building: the word “High” —perhaps a significant tool in the artists’ method and design.

The small-headed Mountie.

The small-headed Mountie.

Exploring Whitehorse

It didn’t take long for me to find my way around. Whitehorse reminded me of North Bay, Ontario and Lynn Lake, Manitoba combined. With its northern location and a neat population of residents, I immediately felt at home. What impressed me most was the level of creativity and the emphasis everywhere on art and culture. Live music, galleries, theatre and dance are encouraged all year ‘round. I was told that there were more kids enrolled in dance than in hockey. Where else in Canada does that happen?! The Christmas craft fairs were in full swing. Coloured lights were being wrapped around trees in the parks, along the streets and everywhere. With fresh snow on the ground, the place was joyously festive and alive. It made me laugh to know that people in the south ask why anyone would want to go to the Yukon in winter. Having lived in small northern towns, I know why people go north and why they stay there.

The old Whitehorse train station.

The old Whitehorse train station.

Mac’s Fireweed Books

Mac’s Fireweed Books is the city’s delightful independent bookstore. On the 22nd, they hosted a book signing, and for an hour or two, I met and chatted with folks from the area and beyond. One couple was from Los Angeles. They were newlyweds and had decided to go somewhere exciting for their honeymoon. Now, there’s a marriage with a great start!

Mac's Fireweed Books

Mac’s Fireweed Books

Teaching Workshops

The two workshops were held on the 24th in a central gallery located in the basement of a large sporting goods shop, and appropriately called “Arts Underground.” My first crew of 10 were ages 8 to 11 or so…all of whom had talent and enthusiasm. In the evening, my second class of 10 were all women—all accomplished artists and all welcoming and encouraging. Afterwards, I felt as though I’d known these ladies for much longer than two hours. We exchanged phone numbers and addresses, and promised to get together again sometime. Wow!

Golden Horn Elementary

On the 25th, I visited Golden Horn Elementary School. The first thing I noticed were the racks of skis and snowshoes at the entrance; just one of the things which made this school exceptional.

Skis and Snowshoes for the kids.

Skis and Snowshoes for the kids.

Everywhere I looked, I saw great ideas; drawings of “worry monsters” (the things which occupy your mind when you’re worried), a handmade fishing net filled with paper fish, a tank with salmon eggs waiting to hatch, handwritten original poetry, superb art projects, and so much more. I kept wishing I was a kid again and was a student there. My talk was an hour long and the kids were wonderful. When they aren’t in a rush to leave, you know you’ve hit home!

A Private House Concert

I had brought several small paintings to finish while I was there and I also had a good book. I had little time for these. Paul rehearsed often and then the concert was on! The venue was a spacious private home and it was a sold out crowd. Couches and chairs were set up to face a “stage.” Two tables of munchies and a BYOB bar made this show a great big party. I think there were 55 people there—all ready to enjoy live music and an evening of fun. Brazilian jazz began the first set, followed by some Rhythm and Blues. People were dancing in the halls and the band got several standing (or trying to stand) ovations. What a great way to stage a show: in a private home, with the musicians so close you can touch them!

Heading Home Again

The following day, we had breakfast with friends, packed, and planned our flight home. It’s hard to believe that something I looked forward to and the band rehearsed for for so long, was over so fast. Still, that’s the way it goes with good times; looking forward is almost as exciting as the event itself … and then, you’re looking back! So, here’s to looking forward again, and to all the good times and all the great memories yet to come! Have a happy December.

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The Klondike, moored in the river.

Lynn J.

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FBorFW Christmas Content is here!

It’s December 1st — time to bust out the decorations! Or, in our case, the games, colouring sheets, and new stuff for our shops.

Holiday Games

FBorFW Christmas Content - Holiday games.

Holiday Bake-Off — help Elly clear all the treats from the board
Christmas Matching — test your memory with our Christmas matchup game
Christmas Colouring — print and colour these fun pieces of Christmas art by Lynn

30 Years of Christmas Strips!

Read all of Lynn’s popular Christmas strips here in our archive.

 

FBorFW Christmas Content: new Zazzle collectionZazzle Christmas Collection

We’ve just created a brand-new line of Christmas items in our Zazzle shop. Some of these designs are Lynn’s personal holiday cards from years past, now available to everyone else!

20% Off Storewide in our Other Shop!

Have you been waiting to snag that special Christmas gift? We’re now offering 20% off everything, from now until December 15th at FBorFWshop.com — we have signed prints, collection books, DVDs of our beloved holiday specials, and more.

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Lynn: “Thanks for the FANS Award!”

On November 4th, Lynn won accolades from FANS (Fund for the Arts on the North Shore). Here’s a note about her experience:

Over the years, I’ve been given some wonderful awards, all of which I am extremely proud to have received.

The one I received on the 4th of November was especially meaningful, as it was not only a recognition of the work I have done, but a sincere and joyful welcome home. I have come back to North Vancouver, to the place I grew up; the same neighbourhood where some of my elementary school friends still live. I settled in to a place where everything was familiar, but I had stayed away from galleries and from the venues where I knew I’d meet the artists in the community. I just didn’t know how I’d fit in.

Pictured:  Mayor Richard Walton, District of North Vancouver, Lynn,   Councillor Mary Ann Booth, representing West Vancouver,  Mayor Darryl Mousatto, of the City of North Vancouver.

Pictured: Mayor Richard Walton, District of North Vancouver, Lynn, Councillor Mary Ann Booth, representing West Vancouver, Mayor Darryl Mousatto, of the City of North Vancouver.

I didn’t go to them, but the artists have found me. Not only have they embraced the work I do as being art, they have opened their doors to my friendship as well. For this I am humbled, honoured, and most grateful.

“They” are wrong. You CAN go home again!

Lynn J.