February is over at last and our deluded, hopeful minds turn to thoughts of Spring (deluded in my part of the world anyway, we’ve got a few months of cold yet). I can’t help but be hopeful though… past 6pm and it’s not dark outside!
It’s not quite crocus and daffodil time in Ontario yet, but things are getting pretty colourful in my sketchbook. I just got a beautiful case of LYRA Rembrandt pencil crayons (colored pencils for you ‘Mericans out there) and have had a great time playing with them. (Thanks to Julie Delporte for the recommendation in this review!)
In other news, my first fest of the year will be the Kazoo Print Expo (formerly the Kazoo Zine & Comic Expo) in Guelph on April 6th. (I was at the OCAD U Zine Fair yesterday but I’m not counting it since I was the organizer and was more focused on running the show than selling).
I am SO excited for this show! My boyf and I had a really great time tabling at the expo last year and running around Guelph checking out bands before and after. We also met some great peeps from Toronto! The highlight for me was the acoustic breakfast show on Sunday which closed up the festival. Great tunes, little kids running around and chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes until you burst! And a gigantic Kazoo piñata which was too well-constructed for anyone to break open. Haha… I’m going to be telling my grandkids about that show! Anyway, if you’re in the Guelph area… or within busing distance… make your way to Kazoo! It’s not the biggest show but the vibe is great, the talent is awesome and the music is the extra icing on the cake. Also, I will have some new stuff for sale! Previews to come 🙂
I have been sorely neglecting my blog again, but not my art making… here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to!
I finally made a website for my art portfolio! Indexhibit is the best and after one harrowing evening of setting up a database on my web host I have a site I can be proud of. It is still quite basic and bare bones, but I hope to amp it up in the coming months.
If you are in Toronto, please consider checking out this show I am taking part in:
Curated by the wonderful Woman King Collective, this show brings together 10 Canadian female artists and designers to answer the question “What would you do if only once every four years you could break any rule for just one day alone?”. The exhibition runs from February 27th to March 10th at The Department, 1389 Dundas St. West. The opening reception is on February 29th (leap!). I will be participating in a panel discussion on Saturday March 3rd, 2-4pm, called “Breaking the Rules: The Mythology of Identity and Creating the Feminine.” There will also be a workshop the following weekend, which I unfortunately cannot attend (more on that below). All events are free. If you are considering coming but feel unsure, know that one of the pieces in the show invites the audience to smash stuff… hesitations out the window! Smash!
If Chicago is the place you call home, come out and visit my table at the Chicago Zine Fest!
I will be selling a variety of wares (zines, books, posters and prints). There are several events at the Fest but you can find me at the ZINE EXHIBITION, Conaway Center (1st & 8th Floor), Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash Ave, running from 11am to 6pm. I will be on the first floor with a few awesome Toronto peeps at my side.
Finally, on Wednesday March 14th, I will be celebrating the launch of Story of Our Lives, the third issue of Static Zine.
Static is a collective lifestyle and arts DIY magazine run out of Toronto. I have contributed a wee comic and I’m so excited to see what everyone else has come up with! The launch is happening at the Rivoli from 7pm to 1am and will feature some super bands, including the Ruby Spirit.
I am a very lucky lady in that people often give me things for free. Recently I received a sweet gift of handmade paper from Ashley Readings! I will be working through it over the next few months. The paper I used for these drawings is a kozo-type affair but I also have chunky colourful pieces which I will probably use for book covers. I wanted to show the beautiful texture and transparency of these pieces so I scanned them on a kraft paper background.
Here are two pieces I made for the Toronto Draws Tintin show coming up next month at the Steamwhistle Brewery Gallery. All works in the show will be auctioned at the end of November to raise some cash for the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, an organization that protects the rights of comic artists and comic lovers against censorship. Check out the CLLDF website for information about their most recent case. Make sure to come out to the closing reception and silent auction on November 27th to bid on awesome art made by your favourite local comics artists and support a great cause!
“TORONTO DRAWS TINTIN is a month long art show that will occur at Steamwhistle Brewery’s gallery space, with an exciting opening-night party on Wednesday November 2nd. The show will hang for the month of November, and then close out with a a jam-packed celebration of comics, illustration, and art on Sunday November 27th.”