Meet The Artists
Claire Ouchi & Rachel Rivera
Piece Name: Palm Dreams
About the Piece: Lush and vibrant. Pops of joyous color and neon accents create a tropic escape within an urban space.
Growing up in Alberta, Claire Ouchi and Rachel Rivera met at Alberta College of Art & Design, majoring in Visual Communication. They have worked collaboratively together in the art, fashion and lifestyle industry for over 10 years as textile designers, artists and muralists. Key themes that have been ever present in their collaborative work over the years include unorthodox, light and playful aesthetics where colour plays an effervescent role.
Claire Ouchi and Rachel Rivera have founded the artistic lifestyle brand called WKNDRS. They are a multidisciplinary artistic duo that specialize in creating collaborative experiences within the community. WKNDRS is a diverse brand that creates interactive murals and art shows, hold markets that they curate of local artists and designers; bringing the community together and raising awareness of up and coming talent in the city, and creates light hearted products fuelled by their passion for art & design. They love to question and push the boundaries of where art can be created and seen, everything is a canvas.Their goal it so connect the community through artistic endeavours to make art and design accessible to all.
Piece Name: Colour Me Happy
About the Piece: Whether it’s rollerblades, or eggs that are sunny-side up, happiness comes in all shapes and sizes. With “Colour Me Happy” I hope to create a space that surrounds people with colour, warmth, good feelings, and french fries.
Cory Bugden is a Canadian illustrator based out of Calgary, Alberta. Originally a graphic designer for an agency that served clients like Oakley, Speedo and Red Bull, Cory decided to further his artistic capabilities at the Alberta University of the Arts in 2016. Currently, in his fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Illustration) at AUArts, Cory uses bright colours with a fun and whimsical illustration style that can force a smile on anyone face. When he grows up, Cory wants to be a studio-owner, creative director, children’s book illustrator and amateur freestyle rapper.
Piece Name: Take You There
About the Piece: This work uses bright colours and dreamy pastels to communicate a particular happiness that often finds me in the summer. I take you there through floating forms and blocks of colour that are elevated by the space’s unique three dimensional design.
Isabelle Kearl is a designer and illustrator in the final year of her Visual Communications Design degree at Alberta University of the Arts. She combines her illustration and design skills to create exciting work that tells a story. Her wide range of interests make for a diverse body of work that is unified through playful colour palettes and imaginative concepts. Isabelle is an Applied Arts Award recipient who is eager to further explore Canada’s creative industries and influential communities.