Shan is a self taught, multidisciplinary artist whose work stems from an intrigue of handcrafting functional & decorative objects, while being mindful of environmental impact. Her current work focuses predominantly on functional art, wearable art, organic apothecary & photography.
Through her photography, Shan centres on the resonance of nature, transitioning light, transformation & reclamation. She revisits the same locations to gather images in varying light & to capture the nuances of our world. Many images centre on the beauty in the little details found in our surroundings. Her photographs are impressions of her experiences & remain unaltered from their original format. Her collection of portraits is derived in a candid style, portraying a natural impression of each individual.
Shan's artistic works include wearable or functional pieces such as jewelry, clothing, bags, hats, lamps, tables & clocks. She employs such techniques as hand forging metal, carving & woodworking, weaving & sewing. Her intention is to create each individual component of each art piece by transforming natural, upcycled, reclaimed & found materials. While hiking or traveling, Shan collects stones, shells, seeds, feathers & wood to incorporate in her projects. If outside resources are needed, she finds sustainable alternatives. Germinate Holistic Arts is reflective of nature, growth, evolution & creating a new existence to quiescent elements.
From seed saving to salve making, Shan is fully involved in the process of her work, Germinate Organic Body Care products are made from herbs grown organically in Shan’s home garden & are hand infused in cold pressed certified organic & fair trade oils. Using fresh local herbs ensures both high quality & potency, as well as an appreciation for the gifts nature provides.
Shan has decades of experience working with children, youth, adults, individuals with disabilities & people with language barriers in teaching, coaching, individual support & care environments. She was a nationally ranked athlete whose undergraduate studies were in Philosophy, French, Psychology & general arts. For the past decade, Shan has studied Reiki, Tsa Lung, Ayurveda, herbs, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Brain Gym & Polarity Therapy. Shan’s personal & vocational focus is the merging of healing, art, sustainability & community.