Yuriko Iga of Blim has undertaken many artistic endeavours. She ran a café/gallery in Calgary called Kisaten from 1994–1996. She worked with the collective Colours for Industry on a multi-media dance piece called Microluft. She also curated a music event called Squibb. Now based out of Vancouver, Yuriko’s recent project is called Blim. Blim Art Facility is a Community Based Art Resource Center which facilitates screen-printing, button making, drawing, knitting, local experimental audio, film screenings, animation, video, dance, spoken word, visual art, creative workshops, and crafts in the independent field. Blim has been active for seven years and is now in a larger space to introduce private studios, as well as larger retail and workshop areas. We caught up with this accomplished mama-artist to chat about some of her favourite things.
Yuriko’s Favourite Things
What’s your favourite thing for your kids?
Outdoor time. We visit the beach, park or pool. We also love to go on picnics, climb trees and take nature walks.
What’s your favourite thing for you?
I like outdoor time for myself, too. I also visit the beach, park or pool, go on picnics, climb trees and take nature walks.
What’s your favourite thing for work?
I love being my own boss.
What’s your favourite place in Vancouver?
I really enjoy Whytecliff Park, on the North Shore.
What’s your favourite birthday gift idea?
I like to give an experience, or good food, or both.
What’s your favourite Vancouver restaurant?
Any Guu location. They serve izakaya, or traditional Japanese tapas-style dishes.
What’s your favourite kids’ book?
I like the Rupert series, from the UK.
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.