Dori Luthy-Harrison

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The Original Woman of the Week- Dori Luthy-Harrison

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Here’s a little bit about her:

Dori modelling one of her creations.

Dori modeling one of her designs.

Dori Luthy-Harrison is a clay artist living and working in East Vancouver. She settled in beautiful Vancouver in 2002 to study at Emily Carr University, earning her BFA in 2005.

For the past 4 years, Dori has been working as a clay and mixed media sculptor. Her current work deals with issues around femininity, nesting, home-building, and the socialized expectations faced by women in regards to these topics.

She also has a clay jewellery line, inspired by travels/sights/sounds from around the world, called DAL designs.

Eager to contribute to the health of Vancouver’s creative community, Dori joined the board of the Eastside Culture Crawl Society (ECCS) in 2005. Since 2007, Dori has been serving as the President of the ECCS, working with the board to focus on growth and sustainability of the organization.

Dori also spends her time designing an occasional website (yup! www.dollyhopkins.com), and painting the occasional face (you might have seen her at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival for the past 5 years).

And here’s how she answered my 6 questions about creativity:

What inspires your creativity?
The world is so jam packed with simple moments of beauty, if we just slow down enough to let them show themselves to us. What inspires me? It’s those special moments in time when just the right combination of light, sound, smells, voices, colours… reveals that kind of magical simplicity that life has waiting for us. I adore those moments!

I feel that a connection with my deepest creative self seems directly proportional to how often I stop and catch my breath in one of those moments. Isn’t our role to be creative observers on this planet?

How do people respond to your creativity?
Oh, my creativity is of the gentle and kind variety, but also highly constructive- imagine if your grandmother was an structural engineer. I guess this is how my creativity works, and I find that people respond quite well to that. Kindness goes a very long way in this world.

What this brand of creativity also means is that I end up working on projects and signing up for things that are outside of the realm of my expectations, which is great because I can be of service to the world in so many different ways.

What is the wildest journey your creativity has taken you on?
AH! I am about 10 weeks from birthing my first child, a journey I didn’t necessarily anticipate being on… this may sound strange, but the sculptural work I am currently creating has really allowed me to  explore my fears and desires around motherhood, and I’ve come to this choice of mothering in a gracious way I couldn’t imagine unfolding any other way. What a journey, indeed.

Who loves you for your creativity?
My husband laughs (in a good way!) at that the “creative observer” voice that comes lurching out of me, usually as we are driving down the road- “Oh LOOK! Isn’t the sunlight on that red door beautiful?!” He loves it.

In which ways do you see yourself as Breaking New Ground?
My ground is breaking every day as I continue to prepare for this new life growing inside of me… Talk about stopping and breathing in the moments of simplicity! And based on the visions I’m having of new sculptures in the future, I can only imagine the creative energy that will also come roaring out at the same time of giving birth.

What’s next for you?
Muthahood! Adventures in balancing the needs of my creative voice with the needs of my soon-to-be child. I’m also looking for more opportunities to show the body of sculptural work that has been emerging over the past 2 years. I am really excited that the first 7 pieces of this series to be shown at the SAGA Gallery in Salmon Arm from September 5th-26th! Stay tuned, and people can read about more about me over on my blog.

And here’s something that inspires her creativity:

One of the blogs I check daily is written by an amazing woman: Soule Mama. I just admire her absolute creative energy, her commitment to her family, and her ability to find beauty in the simplest places. Oh, what an eye for beauty! When I see what’s she’s up to, I feel even more motivated to get my butt in gear- hey, if she can do all this with 4 kids, what is holding me back from going BIG with the creativity in my life?

Thanks Dori! We’re inspired by you!