Sunday, December 29, 2013

Handmade Holiday

Handmade gifts are the best. They are also extremely time consuming and tons to work! Each year I try to make at least one gift by hand, this year I had time to make a few more:

The only christmas card I made this year - thanks to Lydia Nieuwenkamp's pronto plate workshop!

 H A N D  C R E A M 

My pal Melanie and I took on the challenge of making hand cream this holiday season and I'm happy to report that it was more successful than the time we made infused cooking oil. We ended up with two kinds of lotion: a tea tree hand salve and a lavender night cream.  The main ingredients for both were coconut oil, almond oil, beeswax and various essential oils.  I even drew up some nifty labels! 

Handmade hand salve 
Handmade lavender night cream
Gift set!
We even had time to sit by the fire when the hard work was over!

 S C R E E N P R I N T E D  T E A  T O W E L S

I've wanted to print tea towels for a while now and decided it was now or never. It was surprisingly difficult, mainly because my screen was slightly too small for the design which caused a few printing problems.  Sewing is also a bit of a challenge, especially when all I have is a 1950's Singer machine!  I also underestimated the amount of fabric I needed and ended up with only six towels.

 I drew out a design on vellum using a brush & ink
Measuring & cutting the fabric proved to be quite challenging... 
Weird plant/rock design


UFO's (detail)

K I T T Y  C O N S T E L L A T I O N  P A I N T I N G 

My dad likes cats and stars, in fact he has two cats and his very own telescope.  For those reasons, I decided to make a painting to reflect both of these interests.  I first looked into whether a cat constellation actually exists and to my surprise it does, or rather, did. It was created by french astronomer, Jerome Lalande in 1799 but is now obsolete. I had trouble finding the correct star pattern, so I took some liberties and created my own!

'Felis' - gouache on paper

Luckily the days are getting longer and spring is a mere 5 months away, but sometimes making stuff helps with those winter doldrums.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Christmas cards for Wyndham Art Supplies

I recently printed a run of Christmas cards for the local art store - aka my day job - Wyndham Art Supplies. They kindly asked me to design and hand print 200 cards to send out to some their most loyal customers.  I mixed up a frosty metallic teal colour and spent an afternoon cranking them out:

Getting ready to expose!
Freshly printed card
It may be time to invest in a proper drying rack...

Friday, November 29, 2013

Art Gives Good Gifts II

I will once again be showing a print in the AGGG show at Renann Isaacs Gallery, which opens tomorrow, November 30th. There are over 100 artists featured in the show and all the work will be hung salon style.  Her openings are usually pretty packed and I doubt tomorrow's will be any different!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CBC shout-out!

So pleased to hear that my cards were mentioned during an interview with Cherie Fawcett and Victoria Ford from Cambridge Galleries on the CBC's Morning Edition K-W yesterday!

Check out the interview here. (I'm mentioned at around the 2 minute mark)

Monday, November 11, 2013

* C A R D E D

Some of my screenprinted cards will be on display at Cambridge Galleries this month along with a whole slew of other Canadian card makers. Apparently I was one of 34 designers to be chosen out of 300 submissions! There will also be a pop-up shop at the gallery where you'll be able to buy many of the cards featured in the exhibit.  I have yet to visit Cambridge Galleries  and I'm hoping to make it out to the opening on November 26th. Check out the Facebook event page.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

IN THE ROUND at Graven Feather

The lovely ladies of Graven Feather in Toronto have organised an exciting group show involving over 100 artists and over 600 coasters, aptly called 'In The Round'.  Each participant was given 6 coasters to work on using any desired medium and all the completed tondo's will be displayed in the gallery for the month of November.  

Install shot - courtesy of Graven Feather
I decided to paint with acrylic on my coasters - and of course I had to include a few cats:

The opening is November 7th (I'm going to try and make it!) and each piece will be available to purchase for only $35!  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Wellington Brewery asked me to design a label for their most recent 'Welly One-Off' beers, Shadowplay.  This series of one-off's allows the brewery to make small batches of obscure, experimental beers and because there is a limited supply, they are only available directly from the brewery or at local bars and restaurants.  They're hoping to have most of the labels designed by local artists and my pals Michael Byers and Gregory Pepper have already taken part.  This was really fun to design and the beer tastes pretty good too!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Musagetes Guelph Café Design

Musagetes, a Guelph-based arts organization, recently commissioned me to design the visual campaign for their upcoming four day event, Musagetes Guelph Café.   The Café will feature debates, panel discussions, live music and walking tours of some of Guelph's social & cultural hubs.  I was responsible for creating a watermark for the event along with designing the program.  Check it out:

Below are a few other logo concepts I presented Musagetes for the Café:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Art On The Street 2013

This year's poster by Mariah Burton

This past weekend was Art On The Street in downtown Guelph and I'm happy to report that it went off without a hitch! I fashioned some new tent weights out of PVC piping for extra peace of mind, but luckily the weather behaved.  My biggest challenge was figuring out the table display, which usually looks like a bit of a disaster for the first hour of the show. 

Art on the Street 2013
Leading up to the sale I'm always worried that I won't have enough to show, so I frantically make new work and all standards of cleanliness and organization go out the window.

What mess?
This year I focused my energy on making new cards and wooden pins and even converted an old suitcase into a displace case for them:

DIY display
 I didn't really get much of a chance to look at other booths, but my pals Monika Hauck, Mariah Burton & Lydia Nieuwenkamp were also selling that day. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Lil' Weez & my freshly made PS Guelph book!
Publication Studio first set up shop in Portland (OR) and has since fostered nine 'sibling' locations, most recently in Guelph.  Here's a little blurb on what goes on there:

"We print books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. We don’t just produce books, but form new communities through the shared experience of reading. And every book is lovingly made by hand....Each studio has their own flavour, and the focus of PS Guelph is to promote the intersections of the local literary, music and art scenes."

 I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to create a logo for Guelph's location and really enjoyed the process of brainstorming and working with some of the members to tailor the design.


I tried to keep it as simple as possible knowing it was going to be turned into a stamp to be used on the freshly made books.  Here's the final design:

PS Guelph is located at Silence on Essex St. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Poster for Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People

Here is a poster I designed for Brampton musician Friendly Rich, who will be hosting a summer residency here in Guelph over a five month period.  Some of the acts include Ferenc Stenton, Run With The Kittens, and local boy genius Gregory Pepper!  Most of the shows will be happening at wonderful new venue in town called Silence, where organiser/owner Ben also roasts and brews his own coffee!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

DIPLOPIA - Screenprinted book

DIPLOPIA is a pint-sized, limited editioned screenprinted picture book.  It consists of four images (plus the cover image) and comes with a removable, wrap-around title banner.  The inspiration for this came from some small sketches I've been doing of overlapping objects; random artifacts found in my day to day life.
Each hand printed book has been signed & numbered and carefully folded & glued by me.  If you'd like, you can buy one here.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

KAZOO! Print Expo & Perpetual Motion Mousetrap

Poster by Gregory Pepper
 This Saturday, April 6th, I will be selling some prints at the Kazoo! Print Expo, including limited edition screenprinted versions of the Kazoo Fest poster!

There's an impressive list of vendors this year including Marc Bell, CAROUSEL & Koyama Press!  Should be lots of fun, so make sure you stop by!


I will also be participating in the "Perpetual Motion Mousetrap" drawing event (also part of Kazoo! Fest) on Friday April 5th at Silence Guelph under the moniker "The Original Group of $even".  It's made up of the same crew that participated in the Nuit Blanche drawing party last year.  All are welcome!


Here are some snaps from the 'Perpetual Motion Mousetrap' drawing event, courtesy of London based photographer Justin Langille: