HOIBO

I have been a long time admirer of Sarra Tang's work. Her shop is always on my list of places to go whenever I am in Toronto. She makes the most beautiful handbags, relaxed clothing and limited edition jewelry. Every piece is meticulously made by hand in her Toronto studio using some of the most interesting materials like waxed cotton and Machine washable paper. Can you tell my favourite bag is her wet wax pleated purse? just look at the detail!! I could honestly go on and on about Sarra and her work. If you want to see more about Sarra you can watch a little about her process here

By the way her bags would make a perfect gift for yourself or that special someone so go check out Hoibo.

TRUSST

I few days ago I was just browsing on instagram and discovered Dynamic Montreal. It is a quarterly event series in Montréal, featuring talks by top creatives, leaders, & innovators from around the world Anddddddd it only cost $20! Out of pure curiosity and the need to be around like minded folks we decided to go. I am so happy we went even with the two hour drive in bad fog & being stuck in Montreal's 5k and hour traffic!

Tuesday's talk was about design duo's, they had Montreal based design duo Trusst as the opening talk and I really feel in love with them. As a matter of fact I had seen their work before.  Go check out some of the super cool projects they did for Cos & Oak and Fort.

Truly inspiring! you should go to Dynamic Montreal the next time you get a chance.

CHRISTIAN HEIKOOP

First of all I need to start out by saying that there is nothing about this series by Christian Heikoop that I do not love. The title of this project is called Normcore it is the designers study of a phenomena and its future perspective. Christian followed three basic principles raggedness, anonymity and all in one.

“Raggedness: normcores value seclusion making body observance impossible for others.
Anonymity: normcores like to keep to themselves and dress inconspicuous, therefore very private.
All-in-one: normcores don’t like to distinguish themselves by making a choice; reducing the amount of options.”

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PRINT SHOW

When I came back to Canada a few weeks ago I thought it would be a good idea to take a screen printing class as some type of distraction. Keeping busy all the time has really helped me and has been a huge part of my healing process. I also feel really close to my mom when I am making physical stuff, because she was so creative. The other thing is that I use to screen print all the time but I had stopped for years & was felling a little rusty & thought it was a good idea to brush up on my skills. I am also a strong believer in being a life long student, so every few years a take some type of art class.  

Having a larger space to work and experiment has made such a huge difference! I have been making larger prints & even started to experiment with a new colour palette! 

I am having a little print show at the goods shop this Saturday I hope you guys will pop in to say Hi! The store is located at 201 Dalhousie St. in Ottawa in the Byward Market. I will be introducing my new prints and showing my textile line too! 

SO YOON LYM

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I have to say that is has been a strange couple of weeks, hell the entire year has been strange. But like I said before this is our happy space and we will focus on the positive here.

My work has always been about the human experience and that we are more alike than we are different. There is another side to that thought also, it's about recognizing our differences and celebrating our them. This is what So Yoon Lym has done with these hyper realistic series that she titled Dreamtime. Just look at all the detail in her work.   

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NIENKE HOOGVLIET

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For many years I have been consumed with eco friendly and sustainable textiles and how to make them beautiful, it appears as if I am not alone. NIENKE HOOGVLIET is a Dutch designer who developed a line of sustainable textiles after doing a project on plastic waste in the oceans and the sustainable materials that the oceans has to offer (seen above).

I found the results from her research is truly fascinating! NIENKE came up with her own type of material and dyes! I am in love with every single part of this project, it completely stimulates the textile nerd in me. 

"After Nienke’s project SEA ME – a handmade rug knotted with seaweed yarn into an old discarded fishing net- she continued her research on how seaweed can contribute to a more sustainable textile industry. With funding from the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, she could research not only how this sustainable yarn can be used in the textile industry, but also in what other ways seaweed can be used. Nienke worked on creating a circular process to optimally use the seaweed. The waste of the one process is used for the other process, ending up with zero waste."

And!! drum roll .....  She has put it all in a book! and it's available here.

UPDATE

I know it's been a while and to be honest I wasn't even sure if I would be able to come back to "work as usual". A few years ago when I started this blog I knew I wanted it to be positive and to inspire people. And for that reason I was a bit apprehensive about sharing my current situation with you guys but since I've been away for such a long time I thought it only fair to let you know.

A few weeks ago my mom called me and said she wasn't feeling well and if I could come see her in Jamaica. Within days she was given a few weeks to live. I didn't want to believe it because my mom never got sick and I mean NEVER!  

I have to tell you that there is something about watching the life slowly leave someone you love that changes you forever. I am still in shock and every emotion brings tears. 

My trip was full of mixed feelings, I got to rekindle old relationships and even made some new ones. I also got to experience a section of Jamaica that I never did before, here are a few of those moments.  

    

PLUME

I am and have always been a techie and I love little gadgets, but for the past few years I haven't been really inspired to go out and get a new tech device until now. I have had the same internet package for years and it has been fine until a few months ago. Without getting into the story about my long telephone calls and frequent visits from my ISP technician, I think this may be the solution to my problem.  The Plume is a wifi extender that is drop dead gorgeous. Plume ensures that every room and every device in your house has a reliable and fast connection! Sounds kinda amazing to me!