This year I completed a fairly intensive map piece called “Winnipeg Eats.” It showcases many cherished iconic food establishments and restaurants in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba. I grew up eating at many of these places and think it is wonderful they are still around for people to enjoy 🙂 All the logos are original hand-lettered and illustrated artwork, in fact every bit of lettering on here was done manually by me – even the street names! It was an interesting exercise in conceptualizing and creating lettering in multiple distinct styles in order to show a unique identity for each establishment. If you are ever in Winnipeg, I highly recommend you check these lovely places out!
For the final project of Bootcamp (July), we were given a brief that involved making a personal piece of artwork that we would like to put up in our kitchen and that utilized a beverage theme. I decided that I wanted to go the hand-lettered route so started out with sketching the names of beverages that I wanted to use and then added in smaller versions of the physical drinks afterwards. I had a bit of fun with texture and color as you can probably tell! I think this would go great in a kitchen 🙂
I recently developed a catering company brand identity concept! I came up with a few different ideas but this was the most effective design – It combines my illustrative style with more classic typography to create a unique but professional logo that would be a good representation for this type of brand. The icons within the logo are fun even on their own and can be used independently if needed 🙂
I am working on a new art series of geographical bodies of water – specifically lakes. The first one I’ve created is Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, a place a spent a lot of time visiting as I was growing up. It’s also one of the largest fresh water lakes in the entire world! All the text here is entirely hand-lettered and of my own design. I enjoyed researching all the different parts of the Lake to find the words I wanted to use to create the border of wording. I started with the names of the larger islands and bays, and also any areas that were of significance. After that I added in smaller areas and ones that had interesting names.
A little late to post this but two weeks ago I had the pleasure of being featured on Design Juices here! I did a bit of an interview and talked more in-depth about my creative processes and background 🙂 If you aren’t familiar with the website, I definitely recommend checking it out! So many interesting artists and designers to discover.
I recently submitted a concept for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival’s official t-shirt this year! Mine didn’t get chosen, but I still think the artwork reads as a strong representation of the theme. I decided to concentrate more on vintage aspects – old school tickets, film canisters and reels, and some retro looking food packaging! My design is called “Night at the Movies.”
I have created a collection of 4 coordinate surface patterns called “Perfectly Notional” for the Spoonflower fabric design competition this week. This week Spoonflower is collaborating with Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for the theme of sewing notions, objects that I am well acquainted with having come from a long line of proud sewists! Designers were to create a 4 pattern collection that would fit on a yard of fabric. Below you can see my individual designs from the collection to better view the detail – Buttons, Thread, Scissors, Needles.
Some exciting news – This week I was featured on the amazing Print & Pattern blog (here)! I am a huge fan and have been following it since the blog’s first year. I remember thinking even back then how amazing it would be to one day have my work chosen for showcase. And now, working for the first time under my name and in my own style, that has become a reality! I am full of wonder and gratefulness 🙂
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the website, you should definitely check it out! It’s *the* online resource for discovering the best of the best and all the new trends in print and pattern. Pretty big honor getting chosen to be featured among such revered artists and companies!
I don’t think there is anything that compares to how awesome it feels to see a design you’ve done out in the world! Someone who purchased my Sew, My Darling fabric off Spoonflower made a few of these bags, I even gifted one to me! So excited 🙂
Spoonflower has teamed up with the lovely people at Robert Kaufman Fabrics (a highly coveted company for quilters and aspiring textile designers alike!) for Fabric8 again this year. It’s an opportunity for surface pattern designers to get their work in front of the great minds of Robert Kaufman, who will pick their top 100 entries for the semi-finals. No easy feat as last I heard there were over 700 entries! Here is my entry for this years’ cosmic voyage theme, titled “Space Forest.” I didn’t make the semi-finals but I still really enjoyed creating this design!
I had a lot of fun imagining a universe where animals and creatures are not limited to gravity! (or earth realistic colorings haha)