I have just come back from an excellent time away visiting my Dad in Pemberton, British Columbia (a lovely little town just outside Whistler). I can’t possibly express how much I love this place, and now there is an excellent shop that makes me love it even more!
One Earth Collection is a wonderful cornucopia of ethical, eco and locally made merchandise, sooo up my alley! I spent so much time looping around, every time finding something new that caught my eye.
I unfortunately left empty handed (only because I just couldn’t decide what to bring home!) but here are some pieces I am considering telling my Dad to ship home to me:
Gorgeous hand crafted leather cinch belt by Love Jules Leather
Stunning earrings made out of real butterfly wing by Asterlea
Just about everything, especially the big totes by Twig Prints
The next time you travel to Whistler for a ski getaway or a mountain bike adventure, take a 30 minute car ride up highway 99 to Pemberton and visit this lovely store! Support local artists!
I found the greatest store while I was in Ottawa!
Trustfund, is the cutest store on the edge of the Byward Market at 493 Sussex Drive. The adorable squirrel sign, cheeky name and vibrant window display made it impossible for me to just pass it by without taking a peak.
This is so my kind of store! If I was to open my own store it would probably be a lot like like this.
Everything about this store demonstrates the art of balance. Modern and clean looks more laid back with rustic accents (but they don’t over do it, either) and the merchandise is very accessibly and well organized yet somehow still appears to be casually eclectic. I love how the women’s clothes were grouped to create a rainbow gradient along the rack!
Okay, so maybe I’m a bit crazy in pointing out all the fine details in the stores merchandising style, while most of you reading this are like, “Get on with it! What goodies can I get there?” Sorry I can’t help it, I’m in the industry and these things excite me, but I shall digress…
The clothes were soooo up my alley! Feminine but with guts (you saw all that colour in the photo?), so many fun prints, excellently flattering and easy wear silhouettes… Trustfund’s buyer has wicked taste! My favourite pieces were from Velvet, Gentle Fawn, Yumi Kim, and Plenty by Tracy Reese.
Other than clothes and denim for both women and men, the vast selection of accessories completed the whole package. I was so excited by the huge assortment of Matt & Nat bags (which are my favourite!), they have most if not all of the new collection!
So please, next time you find yourself in Ottawa, make a pit stop to Trustfund. I’m sure you’ll want to hang out all day.
This past weekend, my love and I celebrated our anniversary with a mini getaway to our nation’s capital.
We walked across The Interprovincial Bridge into Hull, Quebec to visit The Canadian Museum of Civilization…
The Canadian Museum of Civilization has an extensive selection of First Nations Peoples artifacts, my favourite and most ambitous exhibit is their collection of giant totem poles from the Pacific coastal tribes that are on display in The Grand Hall…
Later that night…
The 8th floor had been left in its original condition. Here I’m standing inside a single cell, just big enough to fit a bed and that’s it. I could barely breath while standing in there, I felt panicked and couldn’t wait to get out… this is the most haunted area of the building…
Death Row. The doorway at the end once had heavy metal double doors but were removed for safety reasons… they would violently slam shut on their own without warning, locking in or severely injuring hostel employees (someone actually lost a finger when the doors slammed on them!)… very creepy
The images are so striking! The colours and the subject matter are visually beautiful but with a very strong voice. Jill Greenberg is know for making a statement and making no apologies for it (which I love!) and this series is no exception. Inspired by a quote from Sandra Lee Bartky…
“The disciplinary project of femininity is a setup, it requires such radical and extensive bodily transformation, that a woman is destined in some degree to fail.”
… this thesis is demonstrated through the awkward movements captured of the synchronized swim troupe trying to do their routine while wearing heels. She is also making a bold statement about the objectification of women…
“‘Glass Ceiling’ marks for me the return to my explorations throughout the 90’s of the depiction of the female body as if directly channeled from the male psyche. In these images, the identities have become inconsequential as their heads are cut off, the sexualized bodies are the focus.” (excerpt from artist statement)
On my way to work the other day, I stumbled upon this pop up gallery in the middle of Brookfield Place. To my surprise it was a collection of beautiful and graphic prints made by Leonard Cohen. I knew Mr. Cohen to be a master music icon, but who knew he’s had his hand in visual arts as well! What a wonderful way to start my work day…
Here’s another Scotiabank CONTACT photography festival exhibition that blew me away!
Currently featured at the Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen St W, Toronto) Frames of the Visible is a series by artist Sanaz Mazinani, where she takes media images and collages them in a way to create the most stunning patterns, I can imagine them screen printed to make wonderful printed textiles…
Gorgeous, right? Then you step in closer to see the detail and are blown away by what you are really looking at…
This series has so much impact and undeniably thought provoking it really must be experienced in person, so make sure you add it to your CONTACT itinerary.
For the month of May, CONTACT Photography Festival turns the city of Toronto into a photo gallery, with photography exhibitions set up all over the city for people to visit for FREE! I love photography and find it inspires me a lot, so this is a fun event I will be visiting to spark my creativity.
My boy friend and I kicked off our CONTACT touring at The Gladstone Hotel (a landmark of Toronto’s arts community). I took some snapshots of some of the pieces that really stood out to me…
by: Chris Ironside
By: Alice Zilberberg
By: Anna Keenan
By: Genevieve Blais
by: Matthew Fung
Dreamy images created by taking photos of old cigarette cases from the 1920’s and 30’s through a multifaceted glass pendant.