Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Style.

I found this bike over the weekend at Goodwill for $20. They had signs up advertising the store-wide half price sale that was to happen the very next day but I couldn't take the chance that it might get snapped up by someone else. I've never seen a bike with a checker-painted sprocket wheel like this plus white rims. I can't wait to start working on it. Bike makeover!

Friday, July 23, 2010

[Portfolio] Light Touch.

I love the look and feel of long, false lashes but since wearing them on your eyelids the conventional way is time-consuming, uncomfortable, and generally not a practical daily endeavour, I wanted to find another way to use them and this is what I came up with.

Even though the aggravation level for this project was at times sky-high, it was a lot of fun to make and I'm pretty happy with the final result. Seeing as how there are endless ways to modify the original design (lash and chain types, colour combinations, configuration, etc.), I'm anxious to try out some other ideas soon.

Monday, July 19, 2010

One Night of Love.

Mystery Jets are coming to Toronto on September 13th! The show was announced a few days back and because they're playing at Horseshoe (a fairly small venue) I literally felt ill at the thought that it might already be sold out. I actually asked if I could leave work for a bit to go get tickets and when I finally had them firmly within my grasp a giant wave of equal parts relief and glee washed over me. Sometimes, when you love something a lot you think everyone else must, too. Lucky for me I think they are still relatively unknown around here. I am so excited I can hardly stand it.

Young Love ft. Laura Marling - Mystery Jets

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond the Soviet Union. The Cahiers du cinéma consistently ranked his films on their top ten annual lists.

Shot between 1962 and 1986, Tarkovsky’s seven feature films often grapple with metaphysical and spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. Long takes, slow pacing and metaphorical imagery – they all figure into the archetypical Tarkovsky film.

The Russian director's complete filmography is now available for free from Open Culture.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Brightest Star.

Helvetica: 1983

A poster for the 50 Exhibition in the Design Museum in London. 50 designers and design companies were assigned a year at random and asked to create a poster that would be reproduced at 50 × 50 cm in an edition of 50. We were given the year 1983.

In 1983, D. Stempel AG redesigned Helvetica for the digital age, creating Neue Helvetica for Linotype. An uppercase letter ‘N’ from each weight is overlaid in a reference to the interpolation technique used to make the different weights. Reversing out of the letters is an image of the Lyra star system. Vega – the brightest star in the system – is 24 light years from Earth. So, when we look at Vega from 2007, we see it in 1983.

More information at designmuseum
For sale at blanka

Saturday, June 12, 2010

When I Was Young I Felt So Small.

Everything today has been
heavy and brown.
Bring me a Unicorn
to ride about the town.

A.M.L., 1926

Saturday, May 29, 2010

L'Impossible Amour.

Joey and I went to the annual St. Stephen's-on-the-Hill church garage sale over the weekend and he found this:

It was already love at first sight but then he instructed me to open it up. He watched as I slid the dust cover off and slowly lifted the front panel to reveal:


I had never heard of Mireille Mathieu before so as soon as I got home I gave it a listen. What a voice; think Edith Piaf as a pop star.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Tortuous Veil

While in NY, Sarah and I spent Sunday with our friend, Russ, in Williamsburg. His girlfriend, Erin, owns a beautiful boutique there called Sodafine which specializes in handmade and vintage clothing. It was there that I came across The Tortuous Veil/Sketchbook by artist Jessie Rose Vala. As always, I had hoped that on our excursion I would find but one treasure. On our last day before heading home, here it was.

The Rising Dawn, 2007, Graphite on Paper, 60" x 71"

The Changeling Sorcerer, 2007, Graphite on Paper, 41" x 60"

We Deserve to Know the Light, 2007, Graphite on Paper, 60" x 69"

You can purchase The Tortuous Veil/Sketchbook from Jessie's website for $30 PPD.

Monday, April 12, 2010

[Portfolio] Alice Was Here

Late last year I had the chance to work on my friend Fay Eagles' short film, Alice Was Here. It will be making its big screen debut as part of the Ryerson University Film Festival which takes place this year at the Royal Cinema, May 14-16. Please come out to see some of the great new work being created by the next generation of Canadian filmmakers. You can check out the official schedule here.

One of the style boards I did for wardrobe.

On set at the studio.

If You Are A Ghost, I'll Call Your Name.

Too Late - M83

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Sarah was in New York for a conference last week so we decided I should meet her there in order to bank some much needed best friend quality time. Archival documentation as follows:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

[Portfolio] Members Only

Some images from the very first shoot I styled for Geoffrey Knott last summer that I never got around to posting:

It was on location at an outdoor tennis club, very late, after dark. It got really cold and I recall feeling bad for our model who was changing in and out of an assortment of thin tops and short skirts. I don't remember her name but I do remember that she was a very good sport.

Somehow the park lights had either all burnt out or had been turned off. There might have been a curfew on account of the coyotes. The courts were right next to a playground and at one point, in between look changes, Sian, the makeup artist, and I stumbled around in the pitch to find the see-saw and some goofy fiberglass anthropomorphized animals on big springs that rock back and forth and all around.

Sian, atop a duck in a bowtie, slipped and got a Ked full of sand. Perched on the footholds of a frog in a top hat, I almost turned my ankle while attempting a mock showy dismount. We marveled at how bright the stars were without any man-made competition to drown them out or steal their thunder.

It was a good night and I remember it fondly. I haven't been on a see-saw since.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Love You More Than You Know.

One of my all-time favourite childhood pop idols by one of my all-time favourite illustrators.


Jenny Mortsell