We interviewed RZ Mask's recent #rz5kgiveaway winner and chatted about woodburning, creative inspiration and more.
"I started woodburning a little bit by chance. I lived in Calgary for about six years. During that time, I had friends who started a business called BassBus. It’s basically a platform for DJs and artists of many kinds to perform at various music festivals.
They took out everything from the bus – gutted it and covered it in wood. They needed permanent art on it and so they found woodburning. They believed in me enough to let me burn their bus, and so I did."
"I first heard about RZ Mask through Rachel from Wood Burn Corner (@woodburncorner). She is the host of the Burn Club, which is a community of people who share their ideas, their tips and techniques, their materials, all kinds of information.
She also hosted the Burn Club Retreat which I went to last year and we all got masks there. Since I’ve gotten to try the masks there, I haven’t tried anything else."
"There are a lot of reasons why I love RZ Mask. Besides the comfort, it’s super easy to put on. I don’t struggle with these tiny elastics everywhere and it slipping. They have different sizes which is amazing; Rachel brought a couple sizes and we tried them on and got the perfect fit for us.
My favorite part of it is that you can actually take out the filter really easily rather than ditching the whole mask. Sustainability!"
"It’s safe to say that most of my inspiration comes from nature. I do a lot of camping and portaging so I’m in nature a lot. I like the details in leaves, and I have a lot of plants at home.
Sometimes I’ll have ideas just come to me, even when I sleep. Like, I’ll wake up at 3 AM and have to put that idea down on paper or it will keep repeating itself."
"Someone that makes wooden musical instruments."
"I love teaching. I really want to share the art of pyrography because not a lot of people know what it is or understand it. For me, it is a huge escape from a busy lifestyle.
Once I sit down with a burner (you do have to go a lot slower than you’d expect), it slows me down. It’s my form of meditation.
I want to share that with everyone and show them that you can ‘Zen-out’ and do some art. Time freezes for me; I burn away and then realize it is midnight."
"I usually teach on Saturdays; Lee Valley Tools is one place. I also teach private classes, sometimes at my place or I go and travel to other people’s places.
One is a freestyle class. I do ask the people ahead of time what they want, and some people do their own thing with my support and guidance.
Some people really enjoy having a kind of ‘paint-n-sip’ style where we do a predetermined image and I’ll guide them step-by-step throughout the whole process so that everyone has the same image, but in their own style."
"My favorite part about woodburning is definitely the meditation aspect I mentioned, but I also appreciate the fact that it can be sustainable. I try not to use any other materials that are unnatural.
My husband and his family own a shop [Heritage Finishes] and they not only let me use their tools and machines, but I also get all their offcuts. So, all those pieces that they can’t use for their kitchens – which would normally go to the dump – I make art with them.
If I need something very specific, I reach out to Walnut Hollow, which is also a sustainable company."