Monday, May 31, 2010

Restoration Hardware

These bowls were apparently found in a Chinese shipwreck.

There were lots of big ropes and pulleys. Heavy and thick and old.

Bundled books.

Central Park flora and fauna

I'm in New York City for 5 days this week. Today I had a nice walk around Central Park. I saw some old men sitting on a bench with a portable radio to their ears listening to a baseball game and overheard a woman wonder aloud how they got such big rocks into the park. Later, while reading on a bench a man told me that only gays and liberal arts college students find David Sedaris funny.


Louise Bourgeois died today after suffering a heart attack. Oh, dear. I am really upset!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lauren DiCioccio

Jamie sent me the link to Lauren DiCioccio's work because it reminded her of some embroidered objects I had made. I love what she is doing with embroidery, re- imagining familiar objects and scenes in thread AND she leaves the loose threads dangling -yes!

GreenSpecific at QueenSpecific

Eliza and her work at 787 Queen Street W

Yesterday I went to my friend Eliza Plumley's opening at the Queen Specific window at 787 Queen St W in Toronto. Eliza works with discarded materials that she finds on the street or in the hotel where she works. She manipulates these bright, non-biodegradble cast-offs into fantastic crocheted objects - bags, and most recently flowers for this installation. Her work GreenSpecific will be on display until June 15. Go and see it!

A sneak peek...

Meghan - here is a sneak peeker at what you can expect in your mailbox sometime soon. One from my mom, and one from me...  

Garage Sales

Saturday morning, 7:30 am. I am woken by my mom letting the dog lick my face - time to garage sale. Good loot for $4, I think. Some people price things outrageously - there is no way I am spending more than 5 dollars on any item. Retail > Thrift > Garage Sales. Duh. 

Hand carved cigarette holders - amazing. All the little items came in the pink box for 2 bucks. Steal. 

Album covers

It is a secret passion of mine to gush over book, album, cd covers, etc. I am so intrigued by the use of design elements - I don't think I understand them in terms of what is scientifically pleasing to the eye (rule of thirds, etc.) but I understand them from a beauty point of view. I think to myself, Spot on, Mr. Designer Person. Great use of font. And then that subconsciously floats around in my brain until I myself make a layout of something. 

I've always been interested in creating page formats - when I was little, I used to cut clothing out of the Sears catalogue and make my own magazines; re-draw the bodies, headers, captions. I had a 200-page self-made magazine by the time I was 9.

Another thing I've always loved is poster design. More specifically, fliers for shows and bands. Some of them are fucking fantastic - I'd like to say I have a clean sense of design and enjoy modern, Scandinavian things, but I also love cramming as many delicious fonts and ornate decorations and photos into one 8.5 x 11. Which brings me to the point of this post - 

My dad has a huge collection of records. When he was younger, he was a huge music fan - somewhat of a cowboy - he used to wear the boots and the hat and the tight jeans and everything (probably why my mom loved him in the first place. She thinks Alan Jackson is hot - wtf.) Anyway, I digress. Now that I am living at home for possibly the last summer ever, I've taken over the basement, which was previously taken over by the records. The walls are lined with his favourites - Neil Young, The Byrds, Arlo Guthrie, etc. Some of the covers are amazing, and I'm happy to have them as a temporary wallpaper!

Friday, May 28, 2010

BLUE, 805

On July 9th, 10th and 11th I will be participating in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition - the largest juried outdoor art show in the city. There will be 500 vendors, approximately 100,000 visitors and happens rain or shine in Nathan Phillip's Square near City Hall. 

Over 13 media are represented, including glass, ceramics, fiber, mixed media, painting and more. A good friend of mine, Jesse Bromm, will be showing his innovative glass designs, that I find above and beyond most glass art I've seen. I am taking part in the fiber section in BOOTH 805 IN THE BLUE STUDENT SECTION. I would love to see all your happy, shiny faces there supporting handmade. 

Free Admission
Friday & Saturday - 10:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday - 10:30am - 6:30pm

Thursday, May 27, 2010

paper present

I am working on a paper cut surprise. I'm trying to work out the pop-up aspect of it.


Another book I enjoyed today is Naked. David Sedaris is very funny. I have read this book a few times and still have to stifle my laughter. Sedaris writes about growing up in suburban North Carolina with 5 siblings and parents who nap like housecats. Some of these stories can be heard on This American Life. They're even better when someone reads them to you.

Alexis Anne Mackenzie

Alexis Anne Mackenzie makes collages with images she meticulously cuts from collected books.


exploring Paris from Toronto

Jamie gives the best gifts. Today I spent the day in the sunshine sipping on V8 and reading a book that she gave me. Paris: Made by Hand by Pia Jane Biijkerk is a guide to every shop in Paris you'd ever want to visit. Umbrella makers, milliners, potters, notion collectors - all here in a book small enough to put in your bag.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Photos from The New Typography exhibit at the MoMA, and also a delicious blog about books, covers, and typography called A Journey Through My Skull. Lovely.

Jim Skull

Sorry for all the metal posts, haha. Maybe I'm feeling edgy down here in the basement. It's like Debbie's teabag work mixed with some metal Cameron.

JIM SKULL - total badass. 


Something about this is really bad ass!

"Listen To Metal While You Sleep!"
6' x 9'

Suzanne Lee - microbials

I first read about Suzanne Lee when my issue of Surface Design magazine arrived in the mail (all the way from Peacock Road in Hong Kong, isn't that beautiful? the stamps are worth saving). She makes garments out of 'microbial' um, stuff*. I'm not even entirely sure how the stuff is grown, or where, but once she has sheets of it, it can be used to wrap around forms and create shapes. 

I really liked the garments because of the translucency - they almost have a morbid, skin-like look to them. 

Her interesting blog is here:

* the article says the stuff is cellulosic fibres that can be grown into sheets of material, and when dry has the texture of tyvek or thick paper and can be cut, sewn, and dyed, and it's also biodegradable! 

I won't throw it all out

I can only bring the most important things to Halifax. My house is full of piles.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

costume collection

A few months ago my class was invited to a lecture at Seneca College by a man from Hand and Lock Embroidery. The real highlight of the trip was the college's collection of clothing that dates from the 1920's to the present. We were invited to walked the aisles of the storage room to take it all in. We couldn't touch anything and were told that the clothing is never worn, or handled really - just studied by Seneca fashion students. I think that is a shame.

more space or less stuff?

My sister has come to help me pack/throw out most of what I own. It is a sweaty job. I spent the weekend away at my cousins' cottage where special objects stay all through the year and are enjoyed in the warmer months. Maybe I need a house for everything I want to keep.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Hi. Mixtapes are something I've always used to bridge my inability to express my emotions and tell someone i really, really like them. So here is one for you, blog. Completely downloadable HERE. It's made for late summer nights, basements, moving out, and anything that feels bittersweet.

Track list:

Classic Noodlanding - Do Make Say Think
Messes of Men - mewithoutYou
Crying - Roy Orbison
A Little Bit Sometimes - Mum
Middle Harbour Road - The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up
I'm Totally Not Down With Rob's Alien - Minus The Bear
Unfinished - Mineral (this happens to be my favourite song for 7 years running)
Milk - Kings of Leon
Where Is My Mind - Pixies
Promises - Fugazi
A Baby for Pree - Neutral Milk Hotel
Two Blue Lights - Songs:Ohia

Saturday, May 22, 2010

hel-looks, and SHOES

 Note: I have been coveting the above beautiful black zip leather platform wedges from Need Supply Co for probably a year now. I NEED THEM - i also almost purchased these wedges (black wood sole, soft pink leather strapping) from Topshop, but I am a poor paulie so I couldn't make the dive. Also - Swedish Hasbeens? God damn it, I need all of these shoes to be happy. 

Below are my favourite looks from Hel-Looks from the past little while. The website seems to focus more on the crazy/trendy style than classic street style, but these two kill it. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Victoria Day Weekend

I am spending the holiday at my cousins' cottage where I will canoe, play lots of cards and have a chilly swim. Here are some royal-themed stamps in the spirit of Victoria Day Weekend.

Some gentler passion slide into my mind,
For I am soft and made of melting snow;
Or be more cruel, love, and so be kind.
Let me or float or sink, be high or low.
Or let me live with some more sweet content,
Or die and so forget what love ere meant.

from Queen Elizabeth I's poem On Monsieur's Departure


Meghan got me these flowering tea balls for my birthday from Pearl Island Co. in NYC. I only wish I had a glass teapot. It smells like Little Mermaid soap I had as a kid (jasmine I think) - and even though it was steeping for a long time, it wasn't too strong for me. Love!


New vintage finds for sale! Beautiful jewelry pieces and lots of lovely sweaters. Check it out!


Muji was the most memorable store we visited on our trip. Full of well-designed, simple, clean items for everyday living, the place provided people with an affordable lifestyle. Almost like Japanese Ikea. I ended up buying 5 notebooks, and a lovely metal pen for 6 dollars. Such a bargain. Check out the website to see how amazing Muji is.