Archive for May, 2010

The Moustache Effect

Monday, May 31st, 2010

There’s something about moustaches…Probably a year or so ago, there was this moustache necklace trend…but it didn’t seem to “blow up”. And what I mean by blow up, is seeing knock offs in chain stores. Or maybe it did, and I didn’t pay attention. I try not to think about Lindsey Lohan having a moustache necklace. Anyway, I like moustaches. Here are a collection of items that caught my eye. Enjoy.

~yy

P.S. For all those owl/deer haters. I can understand why you might not like moustaches because of their oversatuation…but I didn’t do this post to try to jump on the “trend” wagon…I just think they’re funny. So haha.

Tangible Worldwide's framed art

Paisley Magic's Retro Moustache tote

Paisley Magic's Retro Moustache tote

Uptown Avenue's Upcycled Modern Stacking Mustache Espresso Mugs

Avril Loreti's Moustache Hankies

Melanie Favreau's just under your nose...moustache necklace

Idle Hands Designs' whimsical moustache ring

Signs from San Francisco

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Had a great little trip to San Francisco earlier this month. Oh wonderful California sun! It’s a great city to wander in and I wish we had more time.

Here’s some interesting signs from the ferry building and around town. Highlights:

Had some delicious French Macarons from Miette Patisserie

In-N- Out Burger – a classic california burger joint

Love the Muni logo. Muni is the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The logo was designed by San Francisco-based graphic designer Walter Landor. The wormy look reminds me of the hilly streets of San Francisco.

~ Lurgs

TCAF 2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

In the beginning of May (sorry for the late post) we stopped by to check out the Toronto Comic Arts Festival at the reference library. TCAF has gotten bigger…I remember when it was in some tents behind the Beguiling. It was packed with great artists, publishers, and comic art connoisseurs.  Here’s a few artists’ tables we stopped at:

John Martz had some awesome prints at his table. Which were happily purchased. He’s an illustrator, comic book artist, and editor of the very informative www. drawn.ca.

Ninja Cowboy Bear is a great little book about one’s strengths and weaknesses and the best of friendships.  Designer and illustrator Hilary Leung was there showing off the book and some pins.  Lovely items purchase here too!

We also stopped and got some stickers from illustrator Hyein Lee.  I recognized her work from a showing at a local cafe. She has some great prints and comics featured. See more of her work here.

I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Karl Kerschl of the amazing Abominable Charles Christopher. He had an amazing print (THIS) and his first collection of Charles for sale (HERE). Sadly, I was broke-ass or would’ve bought them in a heartbeat. They’re definitely on my “to buy” list. Kerschl’s ability to bring nature to life in his charming drawings are wonderful beyond words.

It was a great turn out especially since last year, they didn’t have the whole upstairs open, which showcased new and indie artists. We have a feeling that this is  just going to get better and better each year! See you next year :)

Let’s Colour!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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Banksy Sighting!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

British artist Banksy hit up some Toronto streets this past weekend and we found one of his rats on our coffee break. Sadly, most of them have been painted over already.  Boo…why can’t we just let nature take it’s course like all the other street art? Here’s some shots of other Banksy works in TO.

~ Lurgs


DIY: airmail envelope card

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

My dad was a Canada Post mailman for 19 + years. He retired last fall and as part of his retirement gift, me and my siblings paid for his plane ticket to China. Since he’s there now, I only made him his retirement card recently, even though he retired awhile back. Just wanted to share it as I’m pretty proud of it. And I had fun doing it! I probably didn’t go about it the most efficient way, as it took me 1.5 hours to cut/paste the little bits of blue and red stripes. I love mixed collage and all sorts of stuff, so I used blue bristol board and red ribbon for the airmail stripes. The base is just a big white bristol board that I cut out into an envelope style.

I also made a fake cheque and put it in the card and we tried to convince my dad he could bring it to the bank :)

~yy