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.
610 Markham St. Toronto
Open daily from 12pm – 7pm
Gee, I’ve really been quiet on the blogging front, it’s been a busy year! Come see some of what’s kept me busy at the Queen West Art Crawl in Trinity Bellwoods, I’m in booth L-29!
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.
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
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!
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
They gave me the inspiration to go home and draw a bunch of odd shoes for another print:
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?
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.
Looks easy here, but several extra steps are involved when heat setting silver foil onto a print
Visit my Etsy Store for more photos.
Half Pint Cheese Platter from rcboisjoli
One of my milk bottle drawings adorns these new rustic cheese platters from rcboisjoli.
Hand pressed overglazed speckled stoneware
Lined with cork to protect your table tops and pierced with a large hanging hole so you can decorate your walls when not serving up some tasty goods.
These hand-made trays are totally food safe and knife resistant too
Perfect for all your local cheeses, homemade pickles and savoury charcuturie delights! Get yours!
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
I love the variation in these prints, where the three colours of ink blend and merge into all three of the pins:
Sweet Corn with matching corn pattern in the background
I love drawing tin cans and I love drawing food. Here are a few tinned food labels I designed:
Stacked tins from a series of illustrations I did for a food distribution editorial
My much coveted metallic silver tin can silk screen print shines just as bright as the real thing and it won’t clutter up your entire kitchen. Available from my Etsy shop: