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H.A.M.S. – The Holiday Arts Mail-order School

A Brief Timeline for H.A.M.S.

March 2008

FLY Gallery
Month long exhibit promoting the founding of H.A.M.S., the Holiday Arts Mail-order School.
A Correspondence Art Project by noted Hallowe’enologist Professor Derek McCormack, Ian Phillips, an artist, and Miss Candy Cackle of the Ladies Institute.

The launch of H.A.M.S. successfully enrolls painters, sculptors, authors and librarians into it’s Hallowe’en Arts program for the 1936-37 year.

Fly Window

H.A.M.S. recruitment window inviting passersby to sign-up for a correspondence course on the topic of Hallowe’en

 

H.A.M.S. promotion

H.A.M.S. promotion

 

YORK logo

October 2011

AGYU, The Art Gallery at York University presents:
the Holiday Art Mail-order School
at the Toronto International Arts Fair

Three years into our project, we invited the public into our open house at The Toronto International Arts Fair. Patrons experienced a replica of our haunted Peterborough classroom and were treated to a display of completed student projects and related ephemera.

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

 

H.A.M.S. Ouija Board

H.A.M.S. ouija board and planchette

 

Student projects at H.A.M.S.

Student projects in the H.A.M.S. haunted school house

 

Ectoplasmom at H.A.M.S.

Ectoplasmom in the entrance to the H.A.M.S. Haunted School House

 

H.A.M.S. souvenirs

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

 

H.A.M.S. student conduct

H.A.M.S. classroom

 

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

 

H.A.M.S. student awards and bone china Jack-o-Lantern clock by student Alexx Boisjoli

H.A.M.S. Haunter of The Year award and glow-in-the-dark bone china Jack-o-Lantern clock by student Alexx Boisjoli

 

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

2016

The H.A.M.S. correspondence course for the year 1937 is complete. We are very excited to announce the Fall 2016 launch of our H.A.M.S. yearbook,
The Jack o’ Lantern!

H.A.M.S. correspondence lesson books

H.A.M.S. correspondence lesson books

A number of events are planned just in time for Hallowe’en 2016, including a H.A.M.S. yearbook launch party and graduation ceremony. We are also working on plans to attend art book fairs in the Toronto and Peterborough region, where the public can obtain yearbooks and H.A.M.S. multiples. Here is a sneak peek at our soon to be released yearbook:

Faculty of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School, of Peterborough, Ont.

Faculty of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School, of Peterborough, Ont.

 

A sneak peek at our student gallery

A sneak peek at our student gallery

 

H.A.M.S. achievement awards

H.A.M.S. achievement awards

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Thank-you to everyone who helped us with H.A.M.S. Special thanks to Darryl Bank, Alexx Boisjoli, Emelie Chhangur, Joey Comeau, Grant Heaps, Jacob Korczynski, Michael Maranda, Jason McBride, Mr. and Mrs. McCormack of Peterborough, Ontario, Melissa McCormack, Philip Monk, Christopher Paulin, AGYU The Art Gallery at York University, and Fly Gallery. A very special thank-you to the graduates for all their enthusiasm and hard work — to you the upcoming edition of The Jack o’ Lantern is dedicated!
— Dr. Derek McCormack, Prof. Ian Phillips, Miss Candy Cackle


Freedom to Read Week

It’s Freedom to Read Week, so I thought I’d post my illustrated book cover series.

Probably one of the more famous of fictional books from the cinema

Probably one of the more famous of fictional books, appearing in Rosemary’s Baby. The central illustration is the tanis root pendant that Mia Farrow’s character dropped down a sewer

A fictional press for fictional books. I call it The Cinotext Library.

A Country Made of Ice Cream from The Way We Were

A Country Made of Ice Cream from The Way We Were

Each time I see one of these movies, I am reminded of this idea I’ve had to illustrate the covers of all the fictional books from movies that I like to watch. Here are a couple of pairings of books:

Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Night of The Iguana

Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Night of The Iguana. Of all of these books, Collected Verse Vol. 1, is the only title we don’t actually see in the film, and it’s only mentioned once.

I’ve always hesitated carrying out this project because there are a lot of artists and illustrators who paint and draw old book covers — Harland Miller and Anna Hoyle immediately come to mind. But I concluded my idea is unique enough, if I stick to the cinema. I’ve also really just wanted to do this for such a long time.

Manhattan and Deconstructing Harry

Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Deconstructing Harry

The design is based on old Pelican and Penguin classics, but I’ve changed a few things, notably the colours! These will all be available as limited edition prints, in my Esty shop, in just a few days, sans the 50-cent stickers (did that just for Instagram).


Pigeon Party!!!

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Pas de chance press presents a new book
by Chris Chambers!

PIGEON POEMS!

This Wednesday, at Supermarket
268 August Avenue, in Kensington Market

Doors 7
Reading 8
Drinks & Pigeon Tunes till 11

Chris Chambers is the author of Lake Where No One Swims, Wild Mouse (with Derek McCormack) and, to be published in 2015, Thrillows & Despairos.

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For more about pigeon collecting culture, visit The Wardens Today.


Pas de chance LAUNCH PARTY Nov 26th 7pm at Supermarket

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Wiggle Walkers Take Note

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This is a book cover and illustration I designed for a doctor back in my hometown.

Dr. Robson’s years of experience in chiropracty inspired him to write this useful guide to anyone who might be having issues with their back.

The “wiggle” can be a subtle thing, which is why I decided to make the type wiggle, rather than the model. It’s light and playful and the simple colour scheme makes each element pop.

This was a fun project, I think I probably drew about fifty pairs of shoes before I got the right look for this! Note the continued stripe pattern in the fabric folds at the knee, the pockets, and repeated on the bottom of the shoe and on her t-shirt. Adds a little playfulness.

I’ve cropped people off at the hips before, coincidentally on book covers. Usually it’s parents with toddlers, with the focus being on the toddler. For this book it makes total sense to focus on the person walking away from the reader, as it’s from behind you notice the wiggle, and the model is in a sense walking into the book, inviting the reader to follow!

 


Saturday Sale!

Saturday April 26th!

 

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11am-6pm
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor Street West
(one block West of Spadina)
Toronto, ON
$1
(Kids 12 & Under FREE)

Featuring handmade goods, vintage,
supplies, rummage, and more!

I’ll be sharing a table with rcboisjoli!

More details here!

Three More Old Favorites

“an exemplar of superior underground writing...” – Lynn Crosbie, How Poems Work column, The Globe and Mail

“An exemplar of superior underground writing…” – Lynn Crosbie, The Globe and Mail

Three more pas de chance titles are up on my Etsy Shop.

A mail art project catalogue

A mail art project catalogue

These are some of the more popular pas de chance titles.

Elissa’s experimental romance about the conquest of Mexico

Elissa’s experimental romance about the conquest of Mexico

Follow this blog to hear about new titles coming soon
from my press, pas de chance.

 


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