Bon Courage

Exhibition Announcement: Braveland by Happy Sleepy part of WNDW

Happy Sleepy will soon have a new show! We are busy working on Braveland, an installation for the Fine & Dandy window gallery in June. Braveland presents a pair of giant medals made of brightly painted cardboard and textiles and emblazoned with the phrases “Forza” and “Bon Courage”. Set in a fantastical, geometric landscape, the medals celebrate the viewer’s many daily acts of courage. Fine & Dandy 2017 Dundas St West, Toronto, Canada 1 to … >> read more

Glass Gem Corn

The story of glass gem corn: Seedsman Greg Schoen got the seed from Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee man, now in his 80’s, in Oklahoma. He was Greg’s “corn-teacher”. Greg was in the process of moving last year and wanted someone else to store and protect some of his seeds. He left samples of several corn varieties, including glass gem. I grew out a small handful this past summer just to see. The rest, as they … >> read more

The Reef Photos

Photos are now up on a new dedicated Reef project page. The viewer above shows a full selection of images of the Reef as installed at upArt 2011. Use the button on the bottom right of the viewer above to see the images in full screen. The images are from the Reef photo set on Flickr and can also be viewed there.

Polytopia Photos

The best and most recent photos to date of the Polytopia textile art as it was installed as the “coral” component in the Reef installation at upART 2011.

Polytopia; post manufacturing industry textiles including canvass, upholstery, vinyl, nylon, foiled nylon wall covering, ripstop and waterproof fabrics, thread, staples; pyramid components 6 x 6 inches at the base x 7 inches tall, above installation at upART 2011 overall size 9 x 12 feet wide; 2011.

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Polytopia Takedown

It took months to make, a week to assemble, 4 hours to hoist up, 2 hours to nail in place, and only 1 hour to take down. It was kind of sad! This project has a lot of life of its own, in a way, and ripping out the staples felt like disecting some creature. I kept whispering to it that it shouldn’t worry, and that I hoped it didn’t hurt too much. A surprisingly … >> read more

Blug and black geometric paper sculpture by Happy Sleepy aka Magda Wojtyra and Marc Ngui

Geom 1 paper sculpture

Geom 1 painted paper sculpture by Marc Ngui. This one is about the size of a football. This Geom was made to be part of a larger installation of textile art and paper sculptures called The Reef, on display 27 to 30 October 2011 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto for the annual upART Contemporary Art Fair.