Candace Couse

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

You Are Here/The God Machine

 Candace Couse, image of You Are Here/The God Machine, mixed media, various dimensions, 2007.

Friday, 18 November 2011


Candace Couse, images from Landlocked exhibition at the Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB, mixed media, various dimensions,  2010.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Infer II

Candace Couse, Infer (one through five), O/C with embedded map, 2' x 3', 2010.


If you look close enough you can see an entire city under there...

Candace Couse, Infer (one through five), O/C with embedded map, 2' x 3', 2010.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Saturday, 12 November 2011


This films was made in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Mamma Mia!

Just finished this portrait painting of my mother. She wanted one where she would get to wear a cravat and be petting a long haired cat stoically. While arguably this would make a good portrait above the fireplace, we settled on something more conservative for the less prestigious real-estate adjacent to the fireplace. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A Sweater For the Outdoorsy Baby Who Has Everything

And let's admit it: this little guy really does have everything. 

Of course, true to form I modified this pattern, but if you are interested in the bones of it have a gander here.

 Happy knitting!

So Leave a Message and I'll Call You Back

Early morning spider webs. :)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Have a Little Heart

This seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I just want to have it on the wall...

This, on the other hand, makes a great shirt and I do not regret it.

And last:

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Mustard-Crusted Tofu with Kale and Sweet Potato

Mustard-Crusted Tofu with Kale and Sweet Potato

This fantastic recipe comes from Bon Appetit:


  • 1 14-ounce package firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 bunch kale, stem cut from each leaf, leaves thinly sliced crosswise (about 8 cups)
  • 1 small red-skinned sweet potato (yam; about 8 ounces), peeled, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  • Cut tofu into eight 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange on paper towels; drain 10 minutes. Spread both sides of each slice with mustard.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and ginger; sauté 1 minute. Add kale, sweet potato, and lime juice. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until potato is tender and kale is wilted, about 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in another large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu; cover and cook until heated through and crisp, about 2 minutes per side (some mustard seeds may fall off tofu).
  • Arrange kale and sweet potato mixture on plate. Overlap tofu slices atop vegetables and serve.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Off-The-Shoulder Pullover DIY

 Like this and want to make your own? You can! This sweater's free pattern comes from Vogue Knitting and while you do need to register, you don't need to pay for it.

This is the photo from Vogue 

I used that raw silk I picked up and blogged about a few weeks ago, in combination with the coral coloured hemp-bamboo-cotton blend I used (in different colours) to make this

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Simple Sewn Tote

This simple tote was made entirely using remnant fabric. I used vinyl for the lining so that I could use this tote for groceries if needed.

But Candace, how can I make this tote?

Glad you asked! Here's how it's done:

I chose a grey blue remnant I purchased  for $2.00 and some left over (came by honestly) remnant vinyl in grey-blue with a white pattern. For the handles I chose some scraps of linen I had lying around in a darker, contrasting colour. I had to sew these handle scraps together to get the length I needed. 

All cuts include a 1 inch seam allowance.

Front/Back: 20 x 15 (cut four times, two exteriors and two interiors).
Sides: 8 x 15  (cut four times, two exteriors and two interiors).
Bottom: 20 x 8  (cut two times, one exterior and one interior) I did my interior and exterior in vinyl.
Handles: go nuts, whatever you want, however you want

Once you have cut everything you need, sew you interiors to their matching exteriors and trim edges neatly. Now you have five pieces (excluding handles). Set aside the bottom, and prepare to sew a fold over on the top edge of each side and front/back. The fold will eat up two inches of fabric: fold over one inch, and then fold another, pin. 

Sewn down the edge twice for good measure, as seen in the above photo. 

Once you have all of your top edges folded and sewn prepare your handles. You will need two. You can play around with the length and where they will be attached, or how thick you want them.

I folded them in half and then tucked in the edges, pinned and sewed them up with just one off-centre seam. No need to worry about symmetry, you will have better seam balance when they are attached to the bag.

Placing your fabric front to front begin to join front to side to back to side, and finally, bottom. Trim your seams as small as you can and turn your bag inside-right. 

Pin your handles the way you like them and sew them on. If you have them attaching much closer to the top than mine are, you may just want to reinforce the ends with some X stitching.

All done!

Simple Sewn Tote