Alex Christian – Treedgems

AlexChristian“People love shiny things!”

What and who has inspired your art work?

I learned silver-smithing from my aunt, Marianne Brown, and my mother, Linda Brown.  My inspiration comes from the shapes and patterns found in nature.  I pay close attention to negative space, ‘the spaces in-between’.  I have found numerous other inspirations from metalsmiths around the world.  Anything amazing made by hand inspires me.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

The most important thing is to have an outlet.  The human mind is always striving for creation.  To see your work completed and have others appreciate it is rewarding, but almost secondary to the need to create.

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What role does the artist have in society?

I try to make beautiful things that last, so I hope my work serves as a reminder of the beauty to be found in the world.

What art do you most identify with?

I love all kinds of art, but there is a special place in my heart for all landscapes; carved, painted, photography, amateur, or professional.

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Why art?

I love making, and I think you’ll agree, people love shiny things!


Alex draws inspiration from the math inherent in beauty, and strives to replicate nature’s infinite grace. Perfect imperfections and happy accidents help him in his work. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and visit his C3 booth at Trinity Bellwoods Park, as part of the September 12-13 Queen West Art Crawl.

Giuseppe Pascale

GuiseppePascale“A building is more than a typical shelter; it shapes our behavior and interaction with the space it defines.”

I consider myself a late bloomer in photography as well as being self-taught. My first real experience with the medium was during my undergrad in Architecture where I would rent a camera and use the schools lab facilities to document projects. Prior to that, I credit my enrollment in an after school art program for the development of my sense of composition. Shifting from the brush to camera was natural as I now composed with a lens, light, lines, angles and the environment. My years in film were short, but my love for it allowed me to grasp the critical lessons and thought processes that I have carried through to the digital medium.

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My inspiration stems from the subject matter I compose with. Urban centers with their architecture and grown forms have always fascinated me. A building is more than a typical shelter; it shapes our behavior and interaction with the space it defines. We also infuse the city with our collective sense of self that creates different perspectives within space as time goes on. The process of leaving home with a camera in hand, not knowing where I will end up or what I will bear witness too, is a humbling and therapeutic experience.

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In a digital world, there is an endless source of creativity. Photographs that we acknowledge and or ignore bombard us at all times. As a photographer, looking at the work of others helps to create an internal dialogue. It is a critical path that has helped me to better understand why I press the shutter. I am also enthralled by documentary and photo-journalistic work. The mélange of text and imagery to help convey an emotion, situation or condition is key as I look to share and develop my experience within the medium.


Giuseppe Pascale is a Montreal based photographer with stunning urban work. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and visit his D4 booth at Trinity Bellwoods Park, September 12-13 as part of the Queen West Art Crawl.