Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Ghostbusters Anniversary – Scott C.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s here! It’s here! Just received my limited edition Scott C. poster from the 30th Anniversary Show from Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight. Oh Ghostbusters! I was too young when the first one came out, but I remember my dad taking us to see the 2nd one in a theatre and being hooked on the cartoon. I even made a ghost trap out of construction paper with a working, flap-opening, pipe cleaner mechanism. Sweet childhood memories embodied in a work of art. Now to work on finding a home so I can display this on my wall of wonders.

Ramen Party

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Check out the Ramen Party! A project to introduce preschool kids to food, music and fun! Come meet Mr. Ramen and his charming friends and join the party.

Learn more about the project here and check out their catchy music video.

Here’s my sweet Shoyu package for supporting their indiegogo. An awesome tote bag, signed print and stickers!

Red Snow and Kim’s Convenience

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I had the chance to see 2 great plays this week, both of Asian origin and on the themes of family, history, forgiveness and love.

Red Snow by Diana Tso is the haunting story of Isabel as she journeys to find what happened to her family during the holocaust in Nanjing during WWII. The play brings to light this horrible event in history, that is often overlooked, and the need for forgiveness and reconciliation.  You can see it at Theatre Passe Muraille till Jan. 28th. For show schedule check here.

Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi, is the funny and touching story of the Kim family and their Convenience Store in Regent Park. I could identify with a lot of the feelings of growing up in an immigrant family. Kim’s Convenience plays at the Young Centre in the Distillery District till Feb. 11th. Click here for schedule.

Knowing Diana and following her updates, and actually having been to one of the readings for the fu-Gen playwriting unit where a few scenes from Kim’s Convenience were performed many years ago  (though I don’t remember much), it’s so great to see the fruition of all their time and effort. Congratulations to both on their inspiring work!

** I also really enjoy the illustrations Brian Rea in the Soul Pepper program, like the one above for Kim’s Convenience. Check out his work here.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

It’s that time again! Arm yourselves with sunglasses and some water and check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square this weekend. It’s a scorcher out there! The show seems a bit smaller this year, perhaps due to the construction at city hall, and they’re not using the full lawn area, but still quite a bit to see. It’s on Fri. and Sat. from 10:30am – 7:30pm. and Sun. from 10:30am. – 6:30pm. I had the chance to run through quickly today and here are a few things that caught my eye (sorry, I gravitate towards the plush and sewn).

The Fierce Bunnies by Sonja Ahlers are incredibly cute,  handsewn bunnies made from deconstructed vintage sweaters. They go through an intricate process and nothing goes to waste! They seem calm and quiet, but somehow I feel I don’t want to wake these bunnies. You can see more of Sonja’s work on her website: http://www.sonjaahlers.com  I’ve also seen her work before at the Magic Pony shop and bunnies are also available on her etsy store.

I also liked the animal busts at the Felt Factory by Sabine Alpers. All the animals are all patiently needle felted from wool.

And one of our blog favourites, Amanda Ho of Denture Thief Productions is also at the show. She has many of the items we’ve featured previously plus new elephants! Love the embroidery details on all the elephants, making them each unique. She also has a new website so check out her stuff: www.denture-thief.com

Wish I had more time to spend at the show, but hope this little preview leads you to check out all the artists there! ~ Lurgs

Sunday Finds

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Stopped with some friends to pick up some coffee at Grinder on Gerrard. It’s a cosy little cafe with lots of tasty looking treats. Too bad I was already stuffed with a burger from the Great Burger Kitchen down the street, but these cool  animal trophies on the wall caught my eye.

After some googling, I believe they’re from Cardboard Safari, a company in Virginia that sells a variety of laser-cut pieces for assembly from recycled cardboard. Some nice eco-friendly wall art or free-standing sculptures  for any space.

It’s been a temperamental day with sunshine, yet chilly weather, sudden darkness and pelting hail that made my face sting. Just snapped a few shots of some joyful characters near the bridge at Gerrard and Carlaw that brightened the day.

Kim Welling’s Little Monsters

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

There are so many interesting things/people that I want to share! But I am forever slow in the game of life. Apologies for the very basic picture layout but my new laptop is without Photoshop currently so I can’t even experiment with you using my amateur skills.

ALAS. I found this illustrator on the front page of Etsy, well one of her amaaaazing “Instant Comfort Pocket Box” was there and I thought, “this is uber cute!” click. And the following clicks just lead to me developing a major girl crush. Her name is Kim Welling and I want to be her friend. Read her blog and see why. She has an awesome Etsy shop: Kim’s Little Monsters. And I’m having a hard time deciding on the boxes to get! How could you not fall in love with someone who creates such goodies as her?

The Instant Comfort Pocket Box

 

Portrait pins

 

cup and saucer "sleeping fox"

 

PHOTO CREDIT: all photos were taken from KIM WELLING’s Etsy shop.

Billy!

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

(photo from Urbanebloc)

Got the chance to see Billy Elliot the musical last night thanks to the OH and it was great! Very entertaining and touching.  Of course the young performers were all exceptional! Billy (last night played by Cesar Corrales) is such a multi-talented performer and so strong throughout the show. Another scene stealer was Dillon Stevens who played Billy’s friend Michael and was a delightful spark on stage. All in all, great show that’s well worth seeing.

I did miss A Town Called Malice and will always have a soft spot for Jamie Bell. (haha…I could only find a Spanish version to embed).

 

 

Also, Billy’s angry dance from the musical reminded me of Bret’s angry dance. I think everyone should have a non-destructive angry dance. No angry words or harsh reactions…Just dance it out people!

 

 

The World of Scott Morse

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I am no art expert, but I do know what I like and I’m loving Scott Morse. My bf put me onto him and I’m glad he did because this guy’s stuff is amazing. Now I don’t know a whole lot about him, in fact, I’m just reading on his blog right now to learn more about him as I type. He’s won awards…He has a son (who draws too!)…He makes films…check him out! I just had to share some of his work for now. I’m particularly in love with his tigers!

 

 

Monster Factory

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

YY and I have been fans of Monster Factory for years, seeing them at the One of a Kind Show and the Toronto Outdoor Art Show. They are Toronto-based monster designing dynamos. These awesome plush monsters each have unique characteristics and personalities. You get drawn in by their charms and then get a kick out of reading their accompanying bios. Here are two of our acquaintance:

Here’s Kyle who has “remarkable computational abilities and is a bit of a hypochondriac.”

And Royce, (which I got for YY’s brother, cause if he came from a Monster Factory, he’d be Royce).

I just discovered they made some Monster Factory films too!! What could be better??!?

 


More videos are available on the Monster Factory website.

The Ice Book

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

This is an ingenious use of paper cut-outs, light and projection! Check out this video about The Ice Book, by Davy and Kristin McGuire. More information can be found on their website.