Posts Tagged ‘canada’

Jillian Tamaki

Published May 27, 2010 by Molly


How do we love Jillian Tamaki? Let us count the ways. The Canada-born and Brooklyn-based illustrator/artist illustrates for a huge variety of publications (everything from The Atlantic to Esquire), produced Skim, a graphic novel co-created with her cousin, and updates a delightful process blog whenever the inspiration strikes, which is (thankfully) often.

We love spying on Tamaki’s projects as they develop, including the tiny paper quilts made of rainbow squares which mingle with her thoughts on color theory and her spectacular, surreal collages. Check out the process blog here and don’t come crying to us if you get inspired to start your own!

Genevieve DF Simms

Published April 27, 2010 by Molly

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Genevieve DF Simms is an illustrator and artist whose bold, swirling images we can’t get enough of. Her website assembles a bunch of her illustration work, as well as limited-edition silkscreened posters and prints available for purchase.

We’re also enamored of Genevieve’s blog, which collects her process sketches, adventures in Google image search and thoughts on the role of an artist/illustrator. “One of my favourite things about doing illustration assignments,” she writes, “is that one must often explore things that they may not otherwise investigate.” There are also photo studies and one-offs like this awesome inventory of Genevieve’s treasures, inspired by the A&E show Hoarders. Neat!

Jennilee Marigomen

Published November 27, 2009 by Graham


Sedate and reverent, Jennilee Marigomen floats toward scenes of scenic splendor. Reveling in the warm mysteries and cold carnality of natural light, her camera impossibly captures, in microscopic detail, the fleeting visceral feeling of each atmosphere its sly lens fixes upon. Whether or not people are physically present in Marigomen’s images, each one is marked by a ghostly trace of humanity. There is a very long rope invisibly tying these ethereal images back to a nameless group of compatriots. We only glimpse them through tree branches and fiery lens flares, but they always feel nearby, protecting us from the detached desolation of the Northwestern wild.


We Love: ecojot

Published October 9, 2009 by Molly

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The thing about Canadian stereotypes is that they’re all complimentary. Examples: Canadians are nice, they eat delicious foods such as poutine, and are a little weird (in a good way). They are also known to enjoy hockey and maple syrup. Frank Gehry is Canadian, as is Leonard Cohen. What’s not to love?

Fitting neatly into the overlapping categories of Awesome and Canadian is ecojot, a line of delightful paper goods made of recycled materials and biodegradable inks and glues. Like many Canadian exports, the products are slightly kooky in the best possible way. Our favorites, the notebooks, are sturdy and jumbo-sized––like kid’s sketchbooks–– and fronted with designs that look like nothing else in the art store. In the ecojot cosmos, dogs are hot dog-shaped and wear pinwheel caps, birds are peppermint-colored, and whales have freckles. It’s hard to know whether to use the books or cuddle with them. One point for Canada!

More Murals!

Published July 23, 2009 by Spike



From our Canadian distributor.