CREATIVE CANADIAN

ALL ABOUT LAST NIGHT AT AXENEO 7

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A few months ago my friend Manon Labrosse asked me if was interested in attending a fashion show showcasing local artist in collaboration with Print All Over me at Axeneo 7 I yes immediately. Little did I know how cool the building is and how amazing the event would be! I couldn't believe that I didn't know about this really cool artsy spot! The show consisted of over 15 Ottawa - Gatineau based artist it was so refreshing couldn't put my camera down! I took so many pictures, I will create a two-part blog post. 

Above is the work of Caroline Monnet, Etienne Gelinas & Amd. I particularly loved how the black & white patterns translated on their garments. All the clothing will be for sale at Axeneo 7 for the next few weeks if you're interested in checking them out. 

LAMBERT AND FILS

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.

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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.

THIS ILK

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Look what I found! oooh this one's for all the jewelry lovers out there. This Ilk is a Montreal based jewelry company that was started by Tamara Bavdek an Industrial designer who wanted a pair of ear rings to go with her new look.  After have no luck finding something she made her own and today, This Ilk is a thriving business thats is now distributed in over 30 boutiques in Canada, the USA and around the world.

JOSLYN REID

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MORTAL AFTER ALL

Most of you know Joslyn for the  wonderful photography he's done for the blog but that's just a small part of what he can actually do. Joslyn is one of the best illustrators I know & I'm not just saying that. Not only is he super talented he's really versatile too - his work can go from crazy hyper realistic fine art drawing to super clean editorial illustrations.   

Joslyn just released his brand new website a few days ago titled Mortal after all . I really love the series he has done that dedicated to Jamaican Reggae & Dance hall artist. 1. Lee Scratch Perry 2. Bob Marley 3. Jimmy Cliff & 4. Shabba Ranks. Joslyn plans on doing a slew of illustrations and will be populating his portfolio on a weekly basis. I cant wait to see the rest, so go pay him a visit! website site | Instagram feed | twitter

If your looking for a photographer, Illustrator or a graphic designer, he's the man! 

INTO TO MY WORK

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If you visit me on a daily basis then you already know that I've been pretty busy designing and populating my personal website & shop. I've also been creating new work all at the same time please note that I don't advise this :). It's been quite the process because this time I really wanted to change things up and include ALL of my work. I've always had a website in the past but for some reason I've kept my fine art & design very separate from each other. While I was on a sabbatical I began to reflect on all the things that come natural to me and patterns are one of them. Above is a pattern that I recently made, it's inspired by shells & west african masks. Stay tuned for my shop & portfolio launch!

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SARAH BURWASH

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I've admired Sarah's work ever since the first time I saw her illustrations in a Kinfolk magazine. It wasn't until a few days ago I noticed her name in the credits of the magazine. Sarah is originally from British Columbia and currently residing in Nova Scotia . She currently works are a full time artist and illustrator.

"my practice encompasses a lifestyle that approaches all things with intention, creativity and a pioneer spirit " 

Not a bad mantra at all.