This bio is a bit of a work in progress. Lately, I’ve been asked for one a number of times, and I never know quite what to say. I figure that if I start working on one here, it’ll be a little less painful to come up with something the next time I’m asked for one. So here goes.
Misti Ko is an online alias that I use to hide from the nasty-bots. My real name is not a secret, and I happily share it with real people, all you have to do is ask.
Misti is an artist, writer and mother who spends most of her time in and around Vancouver Canada.
She was born in Sri Lanka and educated in the United Kingdom and Canada. Misti considers herself a global citizen and has traveled extensively in North America, Europe and Asia but has not yet ventured south of the Equator, or north of the Arctic Circle. She spent 10 years studying weaving with a master weaver and has completed the Fashion Arts Program at Vancouver Community College. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Misti is experienced with many artistic media – some of which may be considered “crafts” and she has been a potter, weaver and jewelery designer. Her interests in exploring themes of community and connections between artists led to her to the world of “mail art”. Through this informal network artists use the postal system as a vehicle to exchange art directly with each other, foregoing the formal juried gallery system. She regularly organizes and participates in mail art exchanges organized through various on-line groups. She uses mixed media techniques, including painting, drawing, collage and hand carved rubber stamps in her mail art. Much of her personal artwork involves cutting up pieces of fabric and cast off garments and reassembling them into something beautiful.
She is also active in her local area leading workshops and organizing community art projects with diverse population groups.
Misti’s writing most often takes the form of the personal essay – non fiction stories about her life experiences and adventures with her family. Her stories and writings have been published by “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and other anthologies as well as in non profit newsletters and magazines.