My name is Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) which means - the wind - in the Kwakwa'ka'wakw language. I find myself at home in many countries. I am an artist, photographer and avid traveler.
Photography provides me the opportunity to share how I see beauty in the world. I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first Canon power shot with 3.2 megapixels in 2004. I find immense joy in capturing the essence of the moment, and documenting beauty and movement in the spontaneity of life... which is why I love jumping photos!
Jump for joy photo contest – Photo sent in by Grace Lanuza
We did a little call out for your own Jump for Joy Photos. It was our first jump for joy photo contest call out and had some really sweet entries, I think we may do this again soon… this Jumping photo sent in all the way from Paris, France by Grace Lanuza was one of our picks.
Thanks for sending in your jumping joy photo and and sharing your inspiration with us. Have a wonderful day! :)
Name: Grace Lanuza (and friend Holly)
Photo Credit: My camera but a stranger in Paris took it for us! ;)
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Inspiration: This was taken in Paris with my friend Holly. Her and I have been friends for 25 years. I took her on this trip because it was her birthday and it was her first time in Europe ever! We were wearing hockey jerseys because our friend Anais who lives in Paris is a huge Canucks fan and this is a tribute to her.
We had so much fun looking at all the jumping photo entries and would love to see more, keep on sending in your jumping joy – extra points for artistic style and creativity!
It’s thanksgiving weekend in Canada. Don’t forget to jump for joy while you’re with your friends and family. Send us your awesome pictures today via email: email@example.com. Don’t forget to include your name, photo credit, where you’re from and a brief note of what inspires you.
Thanks to everyone who has let me know that there are some posters coming loose on the Wall of Joy. I appreciate you looking out for it :)
The weather is already starting to take its tole on the posters, much sooner than expected. I think the major storm we had that hit the wall, literally the day after I finished did more damage than I realized. Im guessing that the water sealant we had just finished applying had not cured yet when the storm hit.
I was able to do some of the most needed repairs in a couple of hours the morning of the mural opening but skipped a lot of the smaller ones due to time limits. What were small corners of posters lifting up are now starting to show and pieces are starting to peal.
I want this mural to last as long as possible so I am working on setting up a full day to do repairs in the next couple of weeks. It is a bit of a process and of course the costs (around $1200) to make it happen. One 24 hour day of repairs requires: insurance, a signed licence agreement between myself, Atira, BC Housing and Impark, rental of all the parking spots along the wall from Impark, 30 ft of fence rental (delivery and set up), lift rental (+delivery), repair materials (several gallons of contact cement), a volunteer to help me as time will be limited to get a lot done and of course, a beautiful sunny day so the wall is dry.
Hopefully this set of repairs will be the last ones that need to be done until next year.
Q.What was your experience doing the jumping photos?
A: Awesome, the sun peeked out from the Vancouver clouds just long enough for us to do our shoot. Felt just like a wonderful sunny day with an excuse (well you never really need one) to jump around!
Q: What inspiresyou in life?
A: Creation, everything creative and collaborative. There’s so much for me to still explore out there and that excites me.
Q: What is your greatest passion?
A: Art, creating, collaborating. I love to draw, write, dance, perform, paint, sculpt, model, everything!
Q: What is your driving force?
A: There has been an unnamed force pushing me towards something, and I suspect that force is curiosity. I feel so much drive and ambition, it’s definitely taking me somewhere but I’m not sure where exactly. I’m enjoying the ride!
Q: What is your philosophy?
A: If my heart can conceive it and my mind can believe it, it can be done.
Jump for Joy Photo Project is delighted and honoured to be included in this year’s Heart of the City festival. The 12th annual Downtown Eastside festival is a cultural and heritage event that celebrates the neighbourhood’s emerging artists, rich and diverse cultural heritage, and history.
The festival runs from October 28 to November 8, 2015 and features 12 days of music, dance, poetry readings, story-telling, theatre, film, gallery exhibitions, workshops, history walking tours, and much, much more. Our very own Eyoälha Baker will be hosting an Artist Talk at the Jump for Joy wall on November 1st at 11:00 am. Meet up at the southeast corner of West Pender and Abbott street ( beside Tinseltown).
It’s a beautiful day and the Jump for Joy photo project team would like to invite YOU to submit your best jump for joy photo of yourself, friends or family jumping for joy! We will choose 5 of our most favourite, creative, fun, inspired photos and feature you on all our social media channels ( Newsletter, blog, Facebook, and Twitter ) . We encourage creativity and weirdness so go for it :)
We are looking forward to seeing your photos! Have fun!
SUBMISSIONS: Send photo via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, photo credit, where you are from/where the photo is taken and a brief note about what inspires you to jump for joy with links to your social media/website. You can also post your photos directly to our FACEBOOK PAGE or TWITTER.
DEADLINE: Oct. 10, 2015
Selected photos will be shared on the Jump for Joy Photo Project website and our top 3 favourite jumping pics will be featured in our Newsletter between October 10-20th, 2015
Its been a few weeks since the opening event for the Wall of Joy mural. It was so nice to have Fiona Forbes stop by to join in on the fun. Fiona spoke with Janice Abbott and myself about the joy of creating the mural for On The Scene at Shaw TV. Fiona has always been a big supporter of the Jump for Joy Photo Project as well as many Charities and non-profits around the city such as Atira Womens Resource Society who partnered with me in the creation of this beautiful community project. Thank you Fiona and Shaw TV for sharing our experience with people who couldn’t make it out to our BBQ!
I love the kindness and support this project received. I love how many people, literally around the world, contributed to the creation of this public art installation. The joy is being felt, thank you everyone. It is an example that demonstrates that we are all capable of creating beautiful things together when motivated by the joy of uplifting each other.
Fantastic write up in the Gastown Gazette By Jill Plant. I love this article because Jill included several of the people who took part and help create the mural. Nice to have their experience and perspective shared.
Photo of Eyoalha Baker working on the Wall of Joy Mural by Alexandre Legere
The community BBQ in celebration of the Wall of Joy mural is tomorrow, september 9th between 4-6. Please stop by to say hello and meet some of the people jumping for joy on the wall and who helped make this fun project happen.
Wall of Joy – Community BBQ September 9th 4-6pm. The West wall of the Arco Hotel (facing Abbott St)
Come celebrate with us … Excited to bring all the people (well, most of the people, some will can’t make it and will be missed) together that helped create the Wall of Joy mural. This will be fun!
The mural, located on the West wall of Arco Hotel, an SRO (Single Room Occupancy) building located at 81 West Pender St. Vancouver, will set the scene for a community BBQ celebrating the completion of The Wall of Joy Mural.
“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” – Maya Angelou
We had a few days of intense rain and wind here in Vancouver over the weekend. The storm tore up trees and left many people without power for several days. Once things settled down I went out to check on the Wall of Joy mural and found that a couple of the posters mid way up on the side of the mural had started to come loose – they since have peeled down. The rest of the mural seems to have held up quite well through the storm :)
Im now in the process of arranging to replace these two posters. It’s a bit of a process as they are at least 30 ft high. I’ve already had the posters reprinted but also need to put them together and before I can put them up I will need good weather, to rent a scissor lift (they don’t deliver on the weekend), to get the ok from Impark (and maybe the City too.. checking into it) before I can do anything (I may also need to get insurance first). Im hoping to have this all arranged and the repairs done before the opening event next week.
The opening event will be a community BBQ at the mural (located at the corner of Abbott and West Pender Street). We will be there between 4-6pm. Stop by if you can and say hello.
Pretty excited to see all the instagram and twitter photos being posted of the Wall of Joy Mural – thank you everyone for sharing the joy :) .. I’ve been reposting a few of them. If you come across any pics of the mural on Instagram of twitter, please tag me and hashtag with #wallofjoy #jumpforjoymural so I can find them and re-share. Especially the ones with people jumping in front of the mural, those ones really make me smile and the wall becomes a fun interactive public art piece. Enjoy!
Here are a few images I found on Instagram:
VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker
So proud of my friend Ashley! This amazing woman just completed in the Ironman World Championship! This ironwoman ran in 41degree heat, came in 79th/145, is the 2nd Canadian in her category and finished with a time of 5:51. Way to go Ashley!! Jumping for joy :) Learn more about Ashley here: solegirls.org
Vancouver Sun Wall of Joy mural with video interview with Eyoalha Baker
Another wonderful write up, and video interview about the Wall of Joy mural in the Vancouver Sun. I was pretty exhausted as I had literally just finished the mural that day, so dont let my mellow demeanour fool you I was beaming with joy about sharing the mural with everyone. Thank you to everyone who is a part of it and helped make it happen :)
More news on the Wall of Joy Mural. I love that this article also shares the perspective of Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Womens Resource Society. Its thanks to her that this mural got the go ahead from the start. She is also responsible for raising more than half of the funding for the project! Forever grateful for the support I felt from everyone at Atira.
MetroNews Vancouver – detail photo of the mural by Emily Jackson for MetroNews Vancouver Aug. 25, 2015
Exciting week – The Wall of Joy Mural is finished and all over the news… I am overwhelmed by how beautiful the response has been to the mural. Im touched and humbled. I will post the news articles over the course of the day, there are a few. Love that the celebration of joy has been embraced so full heartedly. Happy, thank you everyone who has participated and contributed to create this work.
Follow this link to read the write up in the MetroNews Vancouver by Emily Jackson from Aug. 25, 2015
Now that the Wall of Joy mural is done, I’ve had the pleasure of chatting to passers by (and jumping for joy a lot – this video sent in by Barbara Burkholder) and sharing my excitement about the project with the media. I am exhausted and so happy :) I love this project and work. I am so grateful to everyone who has participated and contributed to make this Wall of Joy happen.
An opening event – Community BBQ is in the works for September 9th, from 4:00 – 6pm.. will post details once things are set. The Wall of Joy Mural is located on the corner of Abbott and West Pender St.
A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven
A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven Photographs and mural by Eyoalha Baker
How nice to be included in the – A Playful Path website – a collection of ideas and tools to help us bring our playfulness back into the open. When we find ourselves forgetting the life of the game or the game of life, the joy of form or the content, the play of brain or mind, body or spirit.
Art Series – Jump for Joy Photo Project – Tigress Magazine, August 25, 2015
Happy to have a little write up in Tigress Magazine for Girls. Tigress consists of creative work by girls from all over the world, with aim aim to give you a magazine filled with great stories, art, advice, and information in the hopes of leaving you feeling empowered, accepted, and worthy. Im happy to contribute by sharing a little bit of jumping joy.
Sekawnee is one of my amazingly wonderful and talented nephews :) It was a great pleasure to have him jump for joy and share his good vibes on the Wall of Joy… stop by and take a look at the mural, see if you can find him there.
Photos of Eyoalha putting up posters on wall of joy by Gregory Mullaly
This is it! Hope to get all the last touches done today (if my arms will hold out). I found a spot to add a couple more posters and I have to graffiti out the graffiti in my photos. I had no idea that having graffiti in my mural is illegal, the City of Vancouver has asked that I remove it. So, it ads another element to the mural. I will learn how to be an un-graffiti artist today :)
I’m very close to being done the Wall of Joy mural :) This has been such a great experience that part of me doesn’t want it to end, but i know that there will be more wonderful things and joy-filled creations to come.
Please stop by and take a look at the mural 81 West Pender Street (corner of Abbott and West Pender St). If you post your pics to social media, please tag me or hashtag: #jumpforjoymural. #eyomural #wallofjoy #jumpmural or #jumpforjoyphotomural so I can find your photos and share them.
Its Tao! Super woman jump for joy of the day :) MOre great energy for the Wall of Joy, come check out the Jump for Joy Photo Mural on the corner of Abbott and W Pender Street in vancouver BC Canada. Lots of good vibes.
A few more days and I think I should be done the Wall of Joy mural :) This has been fun. Today is going to be a big challenge as I need to get close to the wall to work, but there is a giant billboard sign in the way… this should be interesting. Wish me luck!
Avelon Mott and Leigh Cater #jumpforjoyphoto of the day!
A hot summer day, taking jumping photos of friends at the playground. These two are simply lovely. Happy to share their jumping joy.. look for them on the Wall of Joy at the corner of Abbott and West Pender Street, Vancouver BC Canada. :)
“The very basic core of a (wo)man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Christopher McCandless
Full starfish jump of joy, reminds us of what it feels like to be a kid again :) Wes was a featured Jumper a couple of weeks ago.. learn more about Wes here. Our jump shoot was by beautiful Trout Lake in East Van. You can find one of Rgans jump pics up on the Wall of Joy on the corner of Abbott and West Pender. Still a work in progress but should be finished by the end of the week, stop by and take a look!
“It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you’re wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be.” – Esther Abraham-Hicks
We called her jumps – air time! Satara was one of 4 that met up with me at Spanish Banks to share her jumping joy for the Wall of Joy.. the group jump photo will be going up on the wall sometime next week. Stop by and take a look – corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver, BC Canada.
“Be passionate, fall madly in love with life. Be passionate about some part of the natural and/or human worlds and take risks on its behalf, no matter how vulnerable they make you. No one ever died saying, “I’m sure glad for the self-centered, self-serving and self-protective life I lived.” Offer yourself to the world — your energies, your gifts, your visions, your heart — with open-hearted generosity. But understand that when you live that way you will soon learn how little you know and how easy it is to fail.” _ Parker Palmer
“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins
The lovely Andrea taking flight. Super jumping joy.. this will going up on the Wall of Joy in the next couple of days. Stop by and see if you can find her – the mural is located at the corner of Abbott and W Pender St, Vancouver BC Canada :)
Post your pics of the mural on social media with #WallfoJoy #jumpmural #jumpforjoymural
“So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.” – Meredith Grey
Thats me up there putting up posters. Photo by Alexandre Legere
First row of Jump for Joy posters up on the Wall of Joy
First day putting up posters for Wall of Joy corner of Abbott and West Pender St. Vancouver BC Canada
First day of putting up posters is complete! This was the hardest part, should go a bit more smoothly from here on. Lost 1.5 posters. One from the wind getting a little too playful and the other when I hit a patch of water repellant cement, the poster just wouldn’t stick and ended up too wet with glue to salvage. Need to sort something out with that.
My body is really feeling it today.. Im super sore and covered in bruises! Its all worth it though :) and will be out there again today again (its supposed to rain today at some point, so will have to hold up if it does. The posters need to be dry until I paste them to the wall).