nature photography

I find it so relaxing to spend time outdoors and admire the beauty that exists on our planet. It’s a great privilege to live in Canada and own a camera to capture and share these pictures.

I hope you have a peaceful night.

August 2011
Full moon lighting up clouds below outside of Winnipeg, MB. August 2011
Ontario Fox
A young red fox on the side of a highway in Ontario. July 2011
February 2012
Hoarfrost taking over trees on a cold morning in Winnipeg, MB. February 2012
Sunset 1790 Portage
A comforting summer sunset in Winnipeg, MB. September 2011
Vancouver 2010
A kill of crows in Vancouver, BC. November 2010

leather sewing

When I went to Belgium in 2013, I scored a beautiful black leather jacket with a quilted sheer red lining. I traveled to France a few days later for a metal festival called Hellfest and picked up several black, white, and red embroidered patches to decorate my leather with. (Yes, I love color coordination. And specifically these three colors together.)

It’s not easy sewing patches onto leather, but having the right tools to begin with will make the process much smoother.

I recommend buying bonded nylon thread. It’s thick, durable, and it comes in many different colors.

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Black and red bonded nylon thread.

You will definitely need to buy a thimble. But don’t waste your time or money getting one from a dollar store. They are cheap and will fall off your thumb, which is very annoying when trying to complete a project. Just invest in a high-quality thimble.

You will also need a Glovers needle. This heavy needle has a sharp triangular point that makes it very easy to pierce leather.

All of these products can be purchased in downtown Winnipeg at a store called Warkov-Safeer, which is located at 462 Hargrave Street.

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A Glovers needle and a good quality thimble.

When I sewed these patches onto my jacket, I did not use any sort of adhesive to keep them in place. I just held them down with one hand and sewed with the other.

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Venom. One of the first black metal bands, hailing from the UK.
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Sepultura. Brazilian thrash metal.
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Voivod. Underrated progressive thrash from Quebec.

event poster

Since Judas Priest passed Winnipeg in 2011 on their Epitaph tour, five local musicians teamed up and formed a Judas Priest cover band. I had the honor of making stage decorations, singing backup vocals, and making the poster for the event!

JPDP 2011

Songs that we covered included Turbo Lover, Starbreaker, Diamonds and Rust, and Metal Gods. It was my first time performing with a heavy metal band, and hopefully it won’t be the last!