Introducing the jumping joy of Edward Westerhuis aka Double cat! @corrugatedcut

Photo of Edward Westerhius aka Double Cat jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Photo of Edward Westerhius aka Double Cat jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Introducing the playful jumping joy of Edward Westerhuis aka Double cat!

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?

A:  When I put on my cat mask, I transform into a new character. It’s kind of like Being John Malkovich—a mix of the dream world and reality. It all comes with a rush of excitement that gets me hopping.

Q: Your experience doing the jumping photo shoot?
A:
 It kind of reminded me of wondering around parking lots and construction sites as a kid. My friends and I would make our own fun, filming each other doing different ridiculous tricks. It was kind of like a throwback to high school.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
 Joy is a rhythm that runs up my body, into my shoulders, and through my arms. I start to squirm, and when I get really excited I rub my hands together as fast as I can.


Q: Your greatest passion?
A:
 I love making art and sharing the experience of making art with other people. There is an indescribable energy released from that exchange that I find so addictive. It allows you to communicate and discover new things on the deepest of levels.

Q: Your driving force?
A: 
Knowing that there is always something new to see and experience in life. The world is a constant estuary of old and new. Keeps me on my toes.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:
 When I think about the cosmos and our role within it, I always consider how minuscule each of us are. I actually find this comforting because it reminds me that my job isn’t to change the world, but rather to live meaningfully with others. I am just a small little kitty.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
 I would be making art in a large studio with a team of other really great artists. I get to do this sometimes, here and there, but it’s hard to manifest. One way I am making this happen is working with the City of Surrey to launch a new Community Art Program which supports youth and activates public space to discover and share creativity.

Q: Working on?
A:
 I always have a lot of projects on the go. I just released my latest music video, featuring a dance battle between two giant cats. Check it out and share with your friends! www.doublecatvideo.com. I’m also working on a new sci-fi western cardboard puppet show, that integrates live video with puppet performance www.ramshackletheatre.ca. And I’m also currently experimenting with concrete and styrofoam to develop a new photo/sculptural series.

Q: Mini bio…
A:
 I am a multidisciplinary artist who makes art to spark conversation. My work moves between visual art, video, and performance–often collaborating with other artists and working within the community. I create imaginative worlds that play with an epic sense scale that form allegories for stories that shape the places we live. You can find all of my work on my website http://www.edward.gallery where you can also see my TEDx talk and here my recent interview with the podcast Your Creative Push. You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat with the handle @corrugatedcut.

Edward Westerhuis aka Double Cat jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Edward Westerhuis aka Double Cat jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Jumping for Joy opened hearts and unified communities – Eyoälha Baker speaking at TEDxEastVan

My TedXEastVan talk is online! The short version of how Jump for Joy photos opened my heart, turned into murals and brought people together in the DTES of Vancouver: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-MFCkjTEhY&feature=youtu.be

Photo by Michelle Hondl

Choosing to feel + share joy, the jump for joy journey so far @eyoalha @tedxeastvan

Eyoalha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project on the TedXEastVan stage. April 23, 2016

Eyoalha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project on the TedXEastVan stage. April 23, 2016

https://youtu.be/f-MFCkjTEhY

“Everything you do has an impact. Who you are – that you are – actually matters. In an interconnected world (the only kind we have), our actions and the actions of others are inextricably linked- we are always and forever in a dance of mutual influence with those with whom we directly and indirectly participate. It is the unavoidable reality of being social creatures, only magnified by an ever-increasingly complex and interwoven societal structure. We matter to each other.” – Paul Greiner

The decision to make feeling and sharing joy a priority in my life, has shown me just how interconnected we are. Last night I was honoured to share the TEDXEASTVAN stage with 12 amazing human beings who making an impact on the world by sharing who they are through their ideas.

What an amazing joy journey this has been so far… I am excited to turn the next page.

If you were not able to be at our live presentation last night, not to worry, it will be edited and ready to share in about a month 🙂

Thank you for following along. Here is the link to the TedXEastVan Talk

Have a wonderful day!!

Eyoalha

Founder of Jump for Joy Photo Project Speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

Eyoälha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

Eyoälha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

I’m excited to share that I will be one of the speakers at TedXEastVan on April 23rd, 2016!

“Dear Eyoalha –

Congratulations! TEDxEastVan would like to extend a formal invitation to you to speak at the event on April 23rd, 2016. We think that you have an idea worth spreading and would love for you to share it live on stage….” – TedXEastVan

It’s been an amazing learning experience, on many so many levels, creating and building the Jump for Joy photo project over that past few years. It all started out as a simple idea: To feel and share joy around the world with photos of people jumping for joy.

This simple intention has grown and morphed in ways I hadn’t even imagined when I set out on this journey. Creating images with people that touch others on an emotional level, creating massive mural projects that brought people from all walks of life together; all with the intention to uplift ourselves and others through the energy of joy, has been the most gratifying and heart opening experience of my life (so far).

In many ways I feel like I’m just at the beginning, at the tip of the ice burg and Im only now, after several years of jumping photos, starting to tap into the potential of what I can achieve with this project.

Many of you have been following along from the start and I appreciate your continued support. I’m honoured that I have the opportunity to share my experiences on the TedXEastVan stage and hope those of you who can, will join us to hear our ideas..

Have an amazing day!

Much love, Eyoälha

Self-portrait jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Self-portrait jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com