Canzine 2015 Recap

Canzine is one of my favourite events to be a part of because I get to see so many familiar faces from around the art community in Toronto. This year was probably the biggest turnout ever, thanks to the prime location: the Art Gallery of Ontario. Pictured above is not even half the size of the event, the rest being a floor above in the upper part of the Weston Family Learning Center.

Also, pictured above are some goodies I picked up from some fellow friends and artists. Clockwise from top: a screen printed sketchbook by Chaitali Patel – the inside pages are also printed with a subtle pattern of triangles that matches the front cover, a sticker designed by Saydee Chandler, a group zine comprising of short, illustrated stories by Blank Collective, a tomato sticker also by Blank Collective, and ‘One Day in Tokyo’ zine by Justine Wong.

Montreal Day Trip 2015

Sometimes you just need to leave home.

Early in July, I hopped in a car with my brothers and a friend. We made our way to Montreal, just for a day. It was the perfect time to make our rounds to the Montreal staples: poutine, cat cafes, little boutique window shopping, and of course, Montreal smoked meat sandwiches. We ended the day wandering Old Montreal, watching the sun setting the horizon on fire before dimming into a dark blue gradient that was the night’s sky.

Thank you, Cate & Levi!

Today was my last day working at Cate & Levi. As of next week, I will be starting a new adventure pursuing full-time studies at Humber. I am immensely grateful to have met some of the most talented, hardworking people over the past two years and I am thankful to call them my friends. Pictured above is a very Cate & Levi specific thank you card, and if you are curious to know what each letter represents, here is a summary:

T – dies we use for cutting sweaters into shapes.
H – bands we cut off sweaters to make into puppet bands.
A – buttons we cut off sweaters.
N – Joey finger puppets that belong in the pocket of the Kangaroo puppet.
K – thread, and bandaids – basically a staple in the studio.

Y – a small zipper for the change purses.
O – the infamous Dust Donut – what collects in our industrial cutting machine’s fan, and also in our lungs.
U – embroidery floss to sew smiles on stuffed animals.

Goodbye, Cate & Levi!

This Time, Last Year

 

It’s the longest day of the year (15 hours, 26 minutes, and 35 seconds here in Toronto, Canada), and I can’t help thinking about where I was almost a year ago. These are few sketches of the places I visited last year on my trip to England. I would have loved to do some on-site sketching – but alas, there was no time. Luckily, I have plenty of photographs to colour my summer daydreams.

Happy first day of summer, everyone!

Scrappy Dog Sewing Kit for Cate & Levi

 

 

Scrappy Dog Sewing Kit for Cate & Levi Collection

Package design for Cate & Levi’s “be the maker” stuffed animal dog kit. Stickers were designed so that children can customize the packaging as a house for their completed stuffed animal.

Photography by Ali Short.

Cherry Blossoms

Work in Progress of a Cherry Blossoms card done for Justine’s birthday a while back.

Mini Bunny

 

Wishing one of my dearest friends the happiest of birthdays. Here’s a work in progress of a card I’ve been working on featuring “MiniBunny”. More to come later!

Canzine 2014: Booklents

This summer, Theresa Duong (jewellery aficionado, my partner in crime, succulent sister, fellow self-proclaimed “Grandma”) and I decided to turn our shared obsession with succulents and books into something creative and productive. Our collection of plants lining our bedroom window sills, and in my case overflowing on the coffee table, needed an outlet other than the obsessive drawings inside my sketchbook. We decided to team up and create jewellery and zines that combined our love for books and plants to debut at Canzine Toronto 2014.

New products that debuted yesterday were:
Theresa:

  • Succulent necklaces
  • Succulent earrings
  • Succulent pins
  • Succulent jewellery process zine

Elaine:

  • Q1 & Q2: 8-page photo zines of photographs taken at Kew Gardens in London, England
  • Affectionate Portraits: succulent colouring book featuring drawings of my family of plants
  • Woodcut Succulent Blossom Coasters
  • Woodcut Succulent Blossom Pin
  • Woodcut Airplants Pin

It was lovely to see all the friends that dropped by, and to meet so many fellow creatives and art appreciators!

Tilting Toward the Sun

 

It looks like my plants are also starting to miss the abundance of daylight as days are becoming shorter, darker, and colder. Many of my succulents start out as compact rosettes, but slowly stretch out toward the light of the window.

Canzine 2014 preparation is well underway, and these botanical drawings will be part of a black and white zine called Affectionate Portraits.

Fluorescent Pink and Ivy Green

Here is a little snippet of an illustration done for Cabin Journal‘s promotional zine (debuting at Canzine Toronto 2014)! This piece will be alongside the work of twelve talented artists and illustrators. I’m very excited to see everything finished as it will be printed in fluorescent pink and ivy green ink using a risograph printer.