Category Archives: Ephemera

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


Mirvish Village Giveaway!

A nostalgic look at Mirvish Village

A nostalgic look at Mirvish Village

Here is the result of a recent commission to design and produce a three-colour silkscreen print based on two new exhibits now on display at Markham House. Tonight only, along with free hotdogs, they’re giving away 200 of these limited-editions away!

Anne Mirvish: The Artist in Her Studio
and Welcome to Yesterday:
Ephemera from Mirvish Village

Come take a look at Anne Mirvish’s art practice and her influence on the neighbourhood known as Mirvish Village. In addition check out the wonderful collection ephemera and memorabilia from the Mirvish Family archive, collected over the past 50+ years. Here you will discover the tale of the Onion Pot and the name of the first shop opened by Honest Ed Mirvish.

The shows run from May 28th to July 10th, 2016.

Markham House
610 Markham St. Toronto
Open daily from 12pm – 7pm
mirvish-village.com


Phil’s Shoe Box!

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I grew up in a place called Green Acres. When I was really small I would go to Phil’s Shoe Box at Green Acres Plaza for new shoes. I’ve named my series of shoe-themed prints after that place.

Gold foil shoe horn print, Empire Shoes!

Shiny gold foil shoe horn print, Empire Shoes!

Got a whole little shoe shop happening in my Etsy Shop!

There are a lot of extra steps when using gold foil. Black ink is applied last, and prints are set to dry.

There are a lot of extra steps when using gold foil. Black ink is applied last, and prints are set to dry

I printed the shoe horn as a companion piece to the shiny silver Brannock Device I printed last year:

My drawing of the classic Brannock Device. Silk screened in black ink and silver foil!

My drawing of the classic Brannock Device. Silk screened in black ink and silver foil!

Later on, I found myself walking down Yonge Street, and I spotted these abandoned shoes:

Y is for Yonge Street, the longest street in the world

Y is for Yonge Street, the longest street in the world

They gave me the inspiration to go home and draw a bunch of odd shoes for another print:

Found this great antique frame at a local thrift shop

This antique frame I found at a local thrift shop suits this vintage-style print pretty nicely!

One final mini-print, which I just finished yesterday:

Who doesn’t love a shoe sale?

Who doesn’t love a shoe sale?


Collecting: Vintage Toy Whistles

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I’ve been collecting toy whistles for a long time. They are so tiny! The Yellow Cab is only a couple of centimetres wide. Love it!

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It’s the lithographic printing that first attracted my eye, but it’s the cheap quality of these novelty candy prizes that really draws me to them.

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Toy whistles remind me of my grandparents house, I think I must have found a few of these in my father’s belongings when I was a kid.

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Not a whistle, but a harmonica, made of very thin bakelite! Love those colours.

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They were probably cereal premiums or candy box prizes.

Larger copies of these photos and more of the collection can be viewed in my Pinterest Collecting folder.


A Different Kind of Christmas Cactus

 

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If VV Boutique can stock holiday stuff this early, so can I!

I’ve always like Xmas cactus, and my favourite thing about the holiday season is all the tinsel! This must be the shiniest silver Xmas-tree-shaped cactus ever! Covered with prickly pears in all different colors, it looks just like a decorated tinsel Xmas tree!

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Photographing reflective silver foil is difficult. Best to show with different angles of light.

Getting the silver foil printed was a bit of a job – something I learned in school is that one should never assume your printer understands your instructions, even when you correspond specifically about special finishings. The first batch came back from the print shop sans silver foil! They gracefully accepted responsibility and re-printed them without delay.

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On the inside I took the opportunity to add a little twist to one of the most traditional holiday greetings:  A Very Merry Cactus and a Prickly New Pear!

Perfect to mail out to your cactus loving friends this coming holiday season!

Order early, limited supply! Available in packs of five, in my Etsy Shop.

 


Silver Milk Bottle Print

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Love those carnival milk bottle props!

I’ve always loved old milk bottles, have a few lying around my studio. It was about time I drew some! A few posts back I showed the milk bottle art I created for rcboisjoli’s cheese platter, and now I have released my own milk bottle print – in shiny reflective silver! and a very deep dark blue ink (almost black!). Looks nice in this old barn board frame, no? More milk bottle themed work to come! Stay tuned.

Several extra steps are involved when heat setting silver foil onto a print

Looks easy here, but several extra steps are involved when heat setting silver foil onto a print

Visit my Etsy Store for more photos.


Clothes Pins Print

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Clothes pins make me think of dress shirts and bed sheets, frozen in the shapes of a windy afternoon. Memories from years long gone.

I bought a box of them at an antique store on a recent visit to Winnipeg. I found the exaggerated textures of the wood attractive, similar to the frame in the above photo; the results of weathering and the passage of time. When I got home I obsessively began drawing pictures of them. I picked out my favourites and arranged them for a three colour way silk-screen print.

Now available in my Etsy Shop.

I pulled all the colours in one go – placing all three colours of ink on the screen and pulled them together. The result is that each print is unique – in most prints the inks blend together, while in some, the prints are single solid colours.

Clockwise from top left: exposing screen, applying ink, pulling the print, and the results

Clockwise from top left: exposing screen, applying ink, pulling the print, and the results

I love the variation in these prints, where the three colours of ink blend and merge into all three of the pins:

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