ABOUT

Mission: To provide high-quality, fun & unique creative learning resources that inspire & empower children.

Vision: For people of all ages to find greater joy, authenticity & fulfillment through creativity & play.

What’s All this Nonsense About?

The best way for kids to learn is through explorative creativity and play (what we refer to as “Nonsense”!) which is essential to their healthy development. With this in mind, Kristy and her imaginary team of monsters created Art of Nonsense to provide an array of fun and accessible children’s creative learning resources. With this gaggle of goofy gigglers at the helm, your kids will be as thrilled about their learning as you are!

Our children’s learning resources encourage creativity, self-expression and imaginative play — all while building self-esteem, positive values, knowledge and skills that contribute to a happy, fulfilling life as children grow. Whether you’re shopping for age 3-12 kids or young-at-heart adults, we’re sure to have something to delight their inner monster!

Visit the online shop for whimsical children’s books; creative colouring & activity booklets; homemade puppets, toys & activity kits; inspiring art prints; and more! Everything is created by Kristy from her private Monster Studio in Victoria B.C. Canada. Feel free to Contact Kristy with questions, commissions or partnership ideas. 

Want to keep up with monsterly updates and creative inspiration? Follow Art of Nonsense on Facebook and Instagram or subscribe to the Monster Musings Blog  or bookmark all our links at LinkTree!

Follow your creativity…you never know what you’ll discover!

Biography

Kristy Fae, B.F.A., is an illustrator, writer, educator and monster-maker. She especially enjoys creating children’s books, character design, and both stop-motion puppets and hand-puppets and anything her creative mind can think of!

Biography

Kristy Anne Durst, B.F.A., is an illustrator, writer, educator and monster-maker. With an abundance of experience as an educator teaching individuals of varying abilities in creative children’s programs, she specializes in presenting educational material in fun and accessible ways. Kristy is known for her whimsical and unique characters, her light-hearted stories and rhymes, and her silly and outgoing nature. Art of Nonsense is a culmination of her skills, passions and personal learning, as shown below:

Picture Books

~ “Half-and-Half Pizza Math”, Tumbleweed Press Inc, illustrator, 2019
~ “What’s in a Seed?”, Nanaimo Community Gardens Society, writer/illustrator, 2009
~ “My Very Hairy Monster Friends”, writer/illustrator, release TBA
~ “Chakra Chums”, co-writer/illustrator, release TBA
~ “The Stikalo Monster”, writer/illustrator, release TBA

Relevant Work Experience

~ Early Childhood Care Assistant, Lambrick Park Preschool, 2017-2018
~ After-School Care Leader, Excel Program, Halifax Regional School Board, 2016-2017
~ Yoga Instructor & Studio Coordinator, Moksana Yoga, 2013-2016
~ Children’s Camp Leader & Coordinator, Byte Camp, 2010-2012
~ Assistant & Educator, Nanaimo Community Gardens Society, 2009
~ Videographer, The Canadian Institute of Forestry, 2007-2008

Education & Training

~ Painting with Watercolour, Vancouver Island School of Art, 2019
~ Human Development Course, 60Hrs College of the Rockies, 2018
~ Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training, Halifax Regional School Board, 2016
~ Fundamental Movement Skills Training, Halifax Regional School Board, 2016
~ High-Five Training, Halifax Regional School Board, 2016
~ Autism Training, Halifax Regional School Board, 2016
~ Entrepreneur’s Business Program, EntreActive, 2015
~ Painting with Gouache, Vancouver Island School of Art, 2014
~ Yoga Teacher Training, 250Hrs Moksana Yoga Centre, 2013
~ Illustration for Picture Books, Emily Carr University, 2012
~ Horticultural Technician Certificate, Vancouver Island University, 2009
~ Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production, Ryerson University, 2007

Community Partnerships

~ Developed & led children’s storytelling & art workshops for enhancing literacy skills with The Dartmouth Learning Network, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Halifax & the Take Action Committee Society, 2016
~ Presented puppet shows, story-time & games that taught literacy to children in the Sharing the Art of Reading program, 2016
~ Developed & led “Express Yourself” Club for Grade 5/6, exploring individuality, tolerance & self-acceptance through art projects, Shannon Park Elementary School, 2016

Film Awards & Festival Screenings

~ The Animated, Stop Motion. Animator, puppets & set construction, 2021
…Victoria Film Festival 2021

~ The Nastiworths, Stop Motion. Creator, animator, cinematographer, puppets, 2007
…The Natalie McDonald Award “for a filmmaker who shows courage & remarkable innovation in her work & who makes astonishing images & stories that sparkle” 2007
…Best Technical film at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2010
…Best of the Past 5 Years Retrospective Vancouver Island Short Film Festival 2011

~ Growth Rings: 100 Proud Years of Canadian Forestry, Feature Documentary. Director, cinematographer, editor, 2008
…International Forest Film Festival 2011
…Life Sciences Film Festival 2011

~ Miracle Hands, Documentary. Director, cinematographer, editor, 2007
…My Hero Film Festival 2007

~ Zombie Jesus, Fiction. Cinematographer, 2007
…YoungCuts Film Fest 2007
…Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2007
…DC Shorts Film Festival 2008
…A World of Shorts Film Festival 2009

~ Paradise Hotel, Stop Motion. Creator, animator, cinematographer, puppets & set, 2004
…National Exposure Film Festival 2006

~ Meeting Life, Fiction. Writer, director, 2004
…National Exposure Film Festival 2005
…Digifestival 2007

~ Additional Awards
…The Universal Studios Canada Scholarship in Filmmaking for highest academic standing & creative excellence 2004
…Cinematographer’s Society Award 2007

*Everything found on this website is copyright Kristina Durst© aka Kristy Fae and is not to be

copied or distributed unless otherwise specified. All Rights Reserved*

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