looking to july

As June comes to a close, the summer is halfway over for me. I will soon have to start thinking about school again, selecting courses for my second year and moving furniture into my new apartment.

June has been good to me, even though starting a business can sometimes be an emotional rollercoaster. For those who know me well, I am infamously a Type A personality — I don’t just work on a project, I attack it. And I expect it to be successful. Immediately.

And so I’m continuously learning, and cultivating patience: patience with my work, patience with myself, and patience with the universe in knowing things will always turn out all right.

I am grateful for the successes that I have accomplished this past month, and grateful for everyone who has been so supportive.

Alright, end the sappiness!

A piece of exciting news, which I had alluded to earlier: my prints will be available at Dots & Loops Handmade when they open this July!

I was lucky to be able to meet Melanie and Stephen, the lovely folks behind Dots & Loops, earlier this week when they were in Toronto for the Design Edge Awards. I handed them a stack of INK ! STOMP prints, and am excited about their journey to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia!

Prints for Dots & Loops!

Dots & Loops will be the first consignment I’ve done, and I’m very excited about it — especially about the wonderful location, and other talented artisans who will also be represented there. In fact, I hope to be able to visit later this summer, as a trip to the Maritimes is in the works! It’ll be my first time in the area, and I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures to post.

Well, that’s all from me now — Happy Canada Day!

courvoisier collective

I was contacted a few weeks ago, and sent a wonderful media kit by the folks behind the Courvoisier Collective.

Courvoisier is hosting an exciting competition for artists of all backgrounds and media, with the opportunity for their work to be displayed in at Gallery 1313 or — get this, on billboards around Toronto! If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is.

The competition’s theme is renewal, specifically looking at the revolutionary role of art. This can be interpreted two ways: 1) with respect to art’s capacity to revolutionize its own content and form; and/or 2) art’s potential to challenge the status quo. You can read the rest of their manifesto here.

The deadline is July 8th for consideration in the Billboard Showcase category, and July 15 for the Gallery Award category.

I may have even submitted something myself

Can’t wait to see the results of the competition!

All the very best,

 
 
 

P.S. My Ravelry page for the above project is here.

wholeheartedness

One of my favourite bloggers, Sarah Wilson, recently did a post about wholeheartedness. She shared the work of Brené Brown, whose TED talk I had previously watched.


Brown speaks about the necessity of vulnerability in fostering true connections, and true joy. She just exudes such authenticity.

“How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?”

As someone who is definitely a Type A personality, this is something I’ve been working on for some time.

And the journey continues…

no day but today

My business cards from Vistaprint arrived! (#57 on my list)

Yes, I really do like it simple and minimalist! I was very pleased with the print quality, as well as the paper thickness. The cards themselves were quite affordable, but the shipping fee in comparison was high…

I’ve also gotten some new print designs done; the new listings will be going up over the next few days.

No Day But Today

I printed almost 30 prints for four designs, and it was nice to be able to get the photography session and editing done in one day, instead of two long days for the first nine designs.

Here’s what I was munching on as I did some photo editing for the new listings —

Sweet potato fries sprinkled with seasoned salt, and a blend of garlic and herbs. YUM.

In other INK ! STOMP news, I’ve been approached with some lovely consignment opportunities. It’s exciting as I didn’t expect this to happen so soon. Will keep you updated!

miss malaprop

ETA: I now have a press page!

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I am so honoured to be featured today on Miss Malaprop. Mallory runs a wonderful blog, that is all about giving back to the indie handmade community, and there’s even a picture of her kissing a dolphin on her About page. Come on — how can’t you love that?

Thank you again to Mallory!

I am also going to be revamping the look and feel of this blog these few days. I’m not great with coding, so please bear with me if things look funny!