Illustrator Clare Owen was recently asked to "team up" with one of her favorite authors, Jane Austen, and lend her beautiful visuals to the inspirational journal, 'Pour Your Heart Out'. Designed by Jessica Jenkins, Dana Li and Samira Iravani at Penguin Young Readers this journal invites its users to share their stories and aspirations with fun, thought provoking tasks.Read More
Clare Owen illustrated all things Parisian to form the handmade calligraphy for Paris on this greeting card. It features delightful icons which form the letters including a croissant, baguette, the Eiffel tower, a post lamp, champagne and a delicious café au lait. Beautifully produced by Papyrus, the special finishes bring Clare's art to life through the use of 3D tip-ons, foil stamping and glitter accents. Love the croissant pattern on the inside of the envelope--just one last delicious detail to make this card a perfect gem.
Want to see more? Visit Clare Owen's portfolio.
What could be more fun than a soirée Parisian style? Katy Dockrill's whimsical illustration style will help you set the stage perfectly. Designer Timothy Siciliano of Party Partners, asked Katy to create the Let's Celebrate mini cake decorating set to add to the already successful Make a Wish and Queen for a Day party kits.
Want to see more? Visit Katy Dockrill's portfolio.
The exhibition SEVEN: A Peformative Drawing Project at the Montserrat Gallery was a perfect opportunity for illustrator Mark Hoffmann to spread his creative wings even further. Mark, along with six other artists, put their creative process on display by executing a large mural on one of the gallery's walls in an open studio environment. The mural itself was meant to be the "residue of an artistic performance." We found both the process and the final product pretty spectacular.
Mark Hoffmann's 'Men of Mountains' Mural
Close up of Mark Hoffmann's lettering
We chatted with Mark Hoffmann after the show...
i2i Art: How were you approached with this project?
Mark: Leonie Bradbury (the gallery director at Montserrat College of Art, where I teach) contacted me in the fall to see if I had any interest. They usually try to get one faculty member involved and thought I would be a good fit with the other artists.
i2i Art: Was this your first mural?
Mark: Yes, and it was quite overwhelming.
i2i Art: Tell us about the piece. What was your inspiration?
Mark: I really wanted to paint a giant horse and started to research. Somehow I ended up reading about the early exploration of what would later become the first national park of the U.S., Yellowstone. In my research I found the story of the Cook, Folsom, Peterson expedition to explore and survey the land. I thought this might make a fun image with them, a horse, and geysers. I also had a previous color palette worked out that I wanted to apply to the piece.
i2i Art: What was it like working on that scale?
Mark: Difficult. It's hard to get a sense of the scale until it is right in front of you. I found that I had to stand back and look at it a lot, otherwise I wouldn't take the scale into full consideration.
i2i Art: The gallery was open while you were working on the piece, tell us about the atmosphere.
Mark: As I was working, quite a few folks stopped in to look, but very few chatted with me. They later told me they were afraid to interrupt. I must look deep in thought when I paint. It was nice to have the freedom to paint and explore at that scale and really knock people over with an image.
i2i Art: Do you have any tips, tricks or lessons learned you want to share?
Mark: I realized that some of the techniques I planned to use are hard on that scale and surface. Use a paint with primer in it (I used house paints) so you don't have to apply it twice to get good coverage. Bring plenty of Aleve and Tylenol, the work can be a little back breaking.
Hyperlapse: Watch Mark Hoffmann's mural come to life
On view through March 28, 2015 at the Montserrat Gallery.
Mark Hoffmann offers a playfulness to his americana, folk art style. View Mark's entire portfolio.
In response to the shrinking demand for snail mail, Canada Post has begun to phase in an expansion of it's Community Mailboxes (CMB's) vs door-to-door delivery. The process of developing the CMB's was carefully executed with a strategy that involved lots of consumer input through focus testing at various stages in the development. Canada Post was looking for the perfect CMB to take it's customers into the 21st Century. One of the key criteria for the new CMB's was to develop an art wrap that would hopefully work as an anti-graffiti barrier. This is where the call for Gary Alphonso's illustration talents came in.
Working with the team at Ove Brand | Design, headed up by creative director Peter Baker, Gary Alphonso was given an open creative brief as they embarked on an exploration of various abstract directions. The art evolved into a beautiful ethereal design that incorporated the maple leaf (a ubiquitous Canadian symbol), floating as if being carried by a gentle wind. The process was a real contest but in the end, we are proud to report that Gary Alphonso's floating leaf design was among the most popular in focus testing.
Gary Alphonso's illustration applied as a wrap to the mailboxes.
Here are some pics of the mailboxes in communities across the country.
These very cool images by Mark Hoffmann are now available in framed prints! Land of Nod invites you to "Give your walls a tune up with this automotive wall art. Each print features a classic vehicle exclusively illustrated for us by artist Mark Hoffman and is framed in a distressed wood frame for a vintage feel." So whether it's a little kid (or big), who would love to have these unique limited edition prints, visit Land of Nod's online store here to purchase them.
These images are a sample of the art created by Janice Kun that comprised the 'Card of Good Intentions' for HP. With audio design by Randy Knott, Janice's award winning art was animated to count the days of Good Intentions for HP throughout the month of December. An ode to the holiday season! To see more of Janice's ethereal art take a peek at her updated portfolio here.
Katy Dockrill illustrated the Make a Wish and Queen for a Day bunting kits that are as sweet as the cake they're designed to adorn! Art director Timothy Siciliano of Party Partners fell in love with Katy's work when he discovered her surface design patterns and prints. Her line work is absolutely flirtatious and brings such a fun touch, fit for a party at any age! To see more of Katy's illustration visit her updated portfolio here.
Uppercase's Special Surface Pattern Design Guide featuring a fabulous collection of surface designers, including Alanna Cavanagh, is now available! Alanna's designs have been featured on products by Lord & Taylor, TeNeues, One King's Lane, Hudson Bay Company and Crane & Co. To see more of Alanna's art check out her portfolio here.
When art director Lila Graham first contacted us to work on the new website she was designing for National Drapery, it was an exciting opportunity for Katy Dockrill to bring her flair for sewing and love of home decor to an illustration assignment! The new ND website was the inspirational vision of Natalie Hartman, who was a delight to work with. Visit the ND homepage and see how Lila and Katy literally brought Natalie's vision to life here.
The new website design also included a series of drawings to highlight the many custom products National Drapery offers. Katy adores creating for surface design, so when Natalie asked her to include an indication of patterns to depict various textiles and bring some flair to these more technical illustrations, she was happy to oblige. The result? These little gems...we've combined a few of our faves here:
Tracy Walker's gorgeous art is now available wholesale through McGaw Graphics, so keep your eyes open for prints from an extensive collection of her work that could be popping up in Museum stores (eg. MoMA, The Met Store), Barnes & Noble, CB2, Urban Outfitters, ZGallerie and more.
Birds in the Garden 1
Birds in the Garden 2
To see more of Tracy's art featured in the McGaw Graphics' catalogue go here.
In celebration of Amsterdam Brewery's 25th anniversary, this Toronto based brewing success story decided to relaunch their (416) wheat beer. Named after the Toronto telephone area-code…this beer honours all things Toronto!
Creeshla Hewitt, Creative Director with St. Joseph Content, approached me looking for an illustrator who does maps and she said, "The kicker is that we'd like them to understand toronto...as it is for hip toronto haunts.", so I shared with her a link to our Pinterest board called 'Maps'. From there she immediately saw the potential in Ian Phillips. I knew she had made a perfect choice in Ian (a master with maps, his love of Toronto and 'inside' knowledge of hip haunts)... just a couple of great reasons. She was also under a lot of pressure to deliver in a very tight time frame and I knew that Ian would never let her down!
The working relationship between Creeshla and Ian was a joy to observe as the art unfolded. To find out more about his process, take a look at this juicy post by Ian himself on his blog: http://ianphillipsillustration.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/coming-soon/
Here we are ready for day one!
Featuring prints and patterns from participating artists: Sarah Beetson, Alanna Cavanagh, Harvey Chan, Katy Dockrill, Betsy Everitt, phil, Mark Hoffmann, Monika Melnychuk, Ian Phillips, Thom Sevalrud, Tracy Walker and Tim Zeltner.
From left: Ian Phillips, me (Shelley Brown), Tracy Walker, Betsy Everitt and Alanna Cavanagh.
Our pillow and plate presentation drew a LOT of oohh's & aahh's! Thank you Ian Phillips, for doing such a fabulous job of designing our booth!
Ian holds up two of our custom pillows seated below our fabulous plates! We held a draw for the pillows and plates following the show.
Tina Roth Eisenberg aka Swiss miss checking out our artists' work for some Tattlys!
Me (Shelley Brown) with Arren Williams, Creative Director at the Hudson's Bay Company.
If you're attending SURTEX next week, we hope you'll come by say hello and meet the artists. You can get a tiny sneak peek here, but when you visit us in person, we'll share our newest collections! If you'd like to arrange to sit down and chat about your needs, we're happy to set aside some time for you. Just call or text Shelley Brown at 416-505-6847, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With SURTEX about a week away, we are delighted to share the post Print and Pattern (ultra popular surface design blog) featured on Tracy Walker. If you would like to meet Tracy and see more of her work please visit us at booth #340 at the Javits Center in NYC from May 19-21. We'd love to show you more of her work in person!
The perfect Mother's Day gift (just weeks away)! Alanna Cavanagh's spring capsule collection for Lord and Taylor is now available in Hudson's Bay stores across Canada. On the heels of the overwhelmingly successful Spring and Holiday limited edition tea towels in 2012, we're delighted to announce this spring 2013 launch. Special thanks to the Bay's Creative Director Private Brand Home, Lucia Kinghorn, for bringing this project to life and to Arren Williams, Creative Director Home Fashions for his vision, dedication to Canadian designers and undying enthusiasm for Alanna Cavanagh's work!The collection includes a gardening themed tea towel, canary canapé plates, butterfly mugs, as well as floral patterned apron and oven mitts.
Psst...the yellow bird on the canapé plates is inspired by Alanna's pet canary, Lord Percy.
The product development team at the Bay, headed by Pinakin Mistry, did a fabulous job on the packaging of the collection!
Tracy Walker worked with Working Format's Grace Partridge in creating the art for KOOSHOO's sustainably designed packaging. Vancouver based KOOSHOO recently launched their line of environmentally responsible yoga accessories and wanted to feature Tracy's natural elements along with diagrammatic illustrations to demonstrate the product's use on the packaging. The result, simply elegant packaging. Popular design blog The Dieline recently featured this beautiful new packaging.
Package design, branding, art direction & photography: Working Format.