Anne’s experience from writing haiku has lead her to believe that haiku is a powerful tool for mindfulness that can provide healing as a daily stress reliever.Her purpose and passion is showing others how creativity, haiku, spirituality and living with more awareness all share a commonality of being in the moment. Mindfulness has brought wholeness into her life in the form of haiku which has led her to a lifestyle filled with endless benefits and possibilities.
Educated in graphic design, Anne has been working as a freelance designer for more than 20 years. Her focus is on publication design and page layout for print and web based projects. In the early ‘90s she began designing gift cards featuring her grandmother’s haiku poetry. In addition to designing the haiku cards she took several art classes, including paper making, collage and book binding. During this time she participated in several local high-end craft shows.
From 2004 to 2007 her work shifted slightly with a focus primarily on art pieces with a very strong Asian influence which she exhibited in Vancouver and Toronto galleries. Her collages are built in wooden shadow boxes with an interesting mix of Japanese papers, ink gestures mixed with painted textures using tea, rice and other man-made materials.
In 2006 her interest and studies in Zen Arts led her to learn more about haiku poetry and she began writing and hasn’t stopped since. She became involved with the Vancouver Haiku Group and learned as much as she could about haiku and how to refine her writing. This was when Everyday Haiku was created and she launched her business with a line of haiku stationery and gifts that included cards, bookmarks, fridge magnets, Christmas decorations, wall art and small hand bound books. She participated in high-end local craft shows and her product line was featured in boutique retail shops across Vancouver.
Anne’s haiku poetry has won honorable mentions and has been critiqued and reviewed by some of the best – and best known – haiku poets in Canada and the United States. Some of her haiku has been self-published and some has been featured in haiku anthologies, including Erotic Haiku. Her haiku poems have twice won honorable mention at Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival and she is a member of Haiku Canada.