*Winnipeg, I do not hate you

Articles, Events, Fine Art

So after Joel and Alli’s wedding we spent some time with Trist’s mom and step-dad who had taken the liberty of driving up all the way up from Chicago to meet us in Winnipeg (thanks guys) ! Between numerous riveting rounds of Trivial Pursuit, exploring the supposedly haunted Fort Garry Hotel, and catching some rays on Grand Beach, we had a great time together. This was my first time in the ‘peg and I think we’ll be back.

The city has earned a positive reputation in my books purely on merit of it’s eclectic array of vintage and thrifting opportunities. If you know me, you are probably aware of my affinity for sifting through junky shops – be they antique, seedy second-hand, or otherwise. I’m a firm believer in the fact that one should’t judge a city until they’ve done a bit of scavenging in the area of thrifting. Although time was limited, and my budget tighter even than it usually is, I didn’t get to indulge to the degree that I had hoped. However, I did do a little damage in a terrific antique shop in Osbourne Village. The place turned out to be more like a haven of never-ending corridors full of vintage dresses than the dumpy antique furniture-retailer that it appeared to be from the outside. I can’t recall the name of the place…although I’m sure you wouldn’t miss it if you were looking for it. Also, as far as selection goes, Village Vintage (also in Osbourne Village) is packed with amazing things as well..If you are into hats and fascinators in particular, and happen to be going to Winnipeg – it is certainly a must visit. If you are wondering what I purchased at the antique place, I got a beautiful little leather cross-body satchel for $6. It’s in mint condition.

Oh, I almost forgot about food! We were really impressed with Boon Burger Cafe and Un-Burger ! Both are completely local and organic, and Boon is actually completely vegan. I am not vegan, so I wasn’t too eager..but we were both very satisfied with what we got portion-wise, and taste-wise. Bonus points for aesthetic. Both places were quite cute, but Un-Burger takes home the gold because they named a salad after Hal Johnson & Joanne McCleod. Right???

Finally, we got to check out the WAG which happened to be featuring a really interesting show entitled Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination. Could the title have been more compelling? One of my favorite works was by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini – whose work one could not have missed (refer to image of boy next to man-fish hybrid). Rather than make an attempt to describe her…I recommend you probably just do a bit of research on Piccinini’s work. It’s interesting. My other favorite piece had to have been the bronze sculpture Rapture by Kiki Smith. The entire show was pretty neat though. For a brief description, check out this little review from CBC’s Allison Gillmor








*What color are you, Pantone takes a closer look

Articles, Misc.

“Humanae” is an ongoing portrait-based project by artist and photographer Angelica Dass that matches colors to human skin tone, with the aid of the Pantone color system. The goal of the project is to record and catalog every possible human skin tone for posterity. Dass uses an 11 x 11 pixel of each model’s face and assigns the skin tone a Pantone value from it. She then creates a background in that very shade and shoots the subject in front of it. Considering that Pantone is the leading authority on color in the world, the result is a clinical chromatic inventory/art work that shows off how truly colorful we humans can be”…..

Yes, I would like to know my personal pantone swatch number.

Read the full article by Joe Berkowitz here (via fastcocreate.com)





Building your house around a tree

Articles, Design

House Bern Heim Beuk in Belgium might be the ultimate treehouse. Designed by Ghent studio Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, it has a giant tree plunging through the roof and lanky wooden slats criss-crossing the facade like a canopy of bare branches. It’s a literal treehouse that is also an abstract interpretation of a treehouse”….

(full article by Suzanne Labarre here via fastcodesign.com)




*Belle of the ballgowns, a guide to the V&A exhibition

Articles, Fashion

“From a blue-beaded evening dress made for the Queen Mother in 1953 to the silver satin worn by Beyoncé to Obama’s inauguration party – the meanings behind the frocks in the new V&A show”….
(full article via The Gaurdian)

See also the Victoria and Albert Museum’s official website for more gorgeous gowns! How I would love to take in this exhibition…


W Magazine interviews Urs Fischer


W – You’re known for changing the details of your shows up to the very last minute, but you’re covered in tattoos, which, of course, are permanent.
U – I stopped getting them 10 years ago. I don’t like the pain. But I don’t mind permanent. I think when tattoos are new and colorful, they look bad. But they look better the older and more bleached out they become. I love seeing tattoos on 60-year-olds who have had them for 40 years.

Click here to read the full article!


Motion Mapping

Articles, Fine Art, Uncategorized

“A part of the London 2012 Olympics, collaborators Quayola and Memo Akten have made Forms, a series of animations based on the motion of athletes”…. Read the full article by Tim Maly here (via fastcodesign)

Much like Norman Mclaren’s 1968 film Pas de Deux (below) the directors of this new film are making the motions of the athletes into a tangible pathway. I see the gesture of documenting the traces of a person’s movements both as evidence of a space that was occupied in certain way, as well as a signifier for a pathway that could be re-traced by another person or thing – a unique outline or framework that acts as a potencial vessel to contain the same movements again. I’m a bit obsessed with this seeming duality which is abstractly presented when an artist either purposefully, or involuntarily documents someone’s movements. I especially like this concept as explored by Norman Mclaren. If you havn’t watched Pas de Deux, do yourself a favour. It is a gorgeous piece that I have probably taken in two dozen times. I find myself going back to it every couple of months.




Tiny churches of Detroit

Articles, Misc.

“They’re everywhere: in old storefronts, former gas stations, strip malls, houses, and even garages behind houses. Some are deserted, many others still in use. “It seems that every structure has been a church, is a church, or will be one at some point,” Bauman tells Co.Design. “Just about anything can be used as a church. Sometimes a building will be used for successive churches, and will bear the names of both the current, and the former church”………. Read the full article by Suzanne Labarre here (via fastcodesign)