Eight years ago, head sculptor Desneige Meyer began to apply her formal training from the Alberta College of Art and Design to her love for life casting, literally setting the human form and its emotions in stone. Today, Meyer runs Memory Castings along with fellow sculptor Kristina Rowse, graphic designer Cass Collins, and studio cat Gilmore. This troupe of talented artists forms tangible symbols of life and love by designing custom castings, whether crafting a plaster mould of a pregnant belly or making a cement impression of the concept of filial piety. Their casting process envelops body parts in safe, comfortable sheaths of liquid rubber or seaweed-based, hypoallergenic dental alginate, capturing a precise 3-D image before immortalizing memories in pourings of stone, hydrostone, concrete, resin, or cold-cast metal.
Amid the gentle babbling of an outdoor waterfall, the Simpsons are snapping pictures. Here, in their studio’s scenic outdoor garden, Photoart by Simpson’s two generations of photographers exert decades of expertise as they capture kids at play, families in celebration mode, and moms-to-be using their stomachs as book stands. Inside the studio, natural light streams into photo sessions, illuminating the artistic poses Andrew stages or the spontaneous turns of Arlene’s lens. To ensure that clients receive the photo shoot they’re looking for, the Simpsons invite subjects to consult with them prior to the shoot, making any stylistic requests before the session begins. Once cameras have been packed away, clients can memorialize their newly captured selves via framed and mounted prints.
Some of the most successful business ideas are born at kitchen tables, inside home offices, or in the car. Nurturing these nascent plans, however, can be a bit more challenging. Housework, kids, and long commutes to big-city office spaces pry fledgling CEOs away from their work, and these one-person corporations can lack a key element for success: collaboration.
SwitchCube aims to fill this void. The business fosters a community of independent entrepreneurs, contractors, and other professionals who work together within a shared space, either collaborating on projects or simply lending each other advice. In addition to ideas, the group also shares professional amenities, including printers, coffee, and ample oxygen. Members can also rent out a boardroom for important meetings and access designated rooms for long phone calls. With several plans available, they can make use of the space for a single day, a few days a month, or full time.
An avid nature lover, Peter Goudswaard frequently treks the globe on safaris with his camera at the ready. He has snapped shots of wildlife and icebergs in Antarctica, undulating landscapes in the Falkland Islands, and volcanoes erupting with peaches in South Georgia. Sherri Wiebe shares Peter's passion for photography, having moved to the lower mainland to jumpstart a career as a shutterbug after graduating from The Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna. The two collaborate with each other with the same intensity and respect that they show when they collaborate with clients during boudoir, portraiture, and maternity photography sessions.