I met Kristina a few years ago when she emailed requesting an interview & studio visit for her blog. Kristina is an Ottawa based architect and image maker with a love for cutting & pasting the old fashioned way. It has been so wonderful to watch her grow and express herself as an artist. Lately she has been doing some really cool mixed media collages, she combines her physical space, shadows and found images to create these magical pieces.
Every Fall we make all these elaborate plans to do a bunch of winter sports and that never happens & this past fall was no different. Needless to say we still don't own a pair of snow shoes and now that we are in the middle of winter all we want to do is hibernate.
Just a few says ago it was one of those warm foggy winter days that I just love! Whenever it's like that I always feel the urge to grab my camera and take picts of everything. Being out in the crips winter air is always so refreshing. The brown and blueish hues covered with that smokey grey makes the city scape magical.
I don't know if you guys are like this but It always takes me until the second week of January to get back to regular work/life mode. It was kinda nice to just hang out in my PJ's all day and watch movies. While I was cleaning up my studio space I found an old list of "things to do" that I had made for myself but forgot about. I unfolded it and stuck it up on my wall, I have to admit it's an ambitious one but I'm gonna go for even single line item. I don't know how I lost track but I'm going to stay focused.
The thing is everyone has dreams and sometimes we let other people convince us that it's not possible to achieve them and today I say to you that you should dump those people! if you can think of it, you can do it because everything starts out as dream.
I am not telling you to make a New Years Resolution cause thats not me I am more of I am going to change this about my life. I few months ago I decided that I am not going to consuming anymore meat and I stopped cold turkey and I've never looked back. It's something that I kept planning on doing and then I realized that there's not time like the present.
The list that I made is more of a longer process but I plan on breaking it down into smaller pieces to get through it. As much as this sounds like a bumper sticker, the reality is we only have one shot at this thing called life, so I'm gonna go for it & I think you should too!
Have a great week and I'll keep you posted.
First of all I would like that thank each and everyone of you who come visit my little piece of the internet. I haven't been posting as much as I usually do but you guys know why. Every day for me is new & the feeling of loosing a loved one never really leaves you, you just learn how to cope. This time of the year isn't feeling all that great but it's not horrible for me either, because there's always something to be thankful for.
I know that there are people out there are feeling really depressed & lonely, and for that I am truly sorry. I want to do me a favour, what if you try something new this year? If you usually stay in doors, go take a long walk make sure you go were there are lots of trees. If you are not the outdoor kind of person you could go volunteer are a homeless shelter for a day or two. If you are not feeling like any of that try doing something that you really love to do by yourself. We all have something, for its the movies. If you are broke you can do something small like binge watch your favourite series on netflix and order your favourite takeout.
A lot of time we get cause up in the season and what we should be doing because other people are talking about what they are doing. Don't get caught up with that just try to remember that it's just another day and you can make it as much fun as you like.
So Take care here are are few of my favourite series
Black Mirror, Stranger Things, I recently saw the OA that was good too, if you've seen a good one let me know.
Illustration by Jo
Many people say now is the best time to be an artist because we are more connected now than before, I am inclined to agree. There are a few downsides to be connected and living in these times too. It can be hard to feel original because everything has already been done. I can honestly say that sometimes I struggle with that too. Here is a perfect example of how one Montreal based design studio took that issue and used it to their advantage.
Lambert et Fils is a Montreal-based lighting design studio founded in 2010 by Samuel Lambert. The studio’s original and custom lamps for residential and commercial settings take cues from mid-century Modernism, the Industrial Age, and Lambert’s own minimalist aesthetic. The studio revisits iconic motifs across the range of these influences to create its own distinctive collections.
Above you can see the perfect example of how they solved that problem. The Bauhaus milk globe lighting inspiration very clear but you can also see Lambert's own vision and process by the use of material and added shapes brought a fresh approach, truly inspiring.
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.
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.
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.”
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!