Winter Craft: Gold Stippled Acre Napkin

Dec 20, 2014

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Want to get crafty this winter? Take our simple cotton Acre napkin and jazz it up for your next holiday family gathering or New Year’s Eve dinner party. With only a few supplies and some free time, you can fancy up your dinner setting without having to spend the big bucks.

 

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What you need:

-White Acre napkins

-Gold fabric paint (can be purchased at any craft store)

-Paintbrush(es)

 

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Use the end of a paintbrush to dip into fabric paint. Transfer onto your napkin multiple times to create a festive stippled pattern.

 

Tip: You can use different paintbrushes to create dots varying in size.

 

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You’re all done and ready to host the holiday party of the year!

 

Products featured: Acre Napkin, Ames Flatware, Jebel White Wine Glass, Wila Dinner Set

 

Animated GIFs

Dec 15, 2014

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In the 1990’s animated GIFs appeared on almost all personal webpages. They were in the form of explosions, spinning globes, envelopes sending mail, and of course spinning “under construction” signs. If you need a reminder of what the Internet looked like in the 1990’s, head over to DPGraph, a 1997 website for photorealistic graphing software.

 

More recently, though, the animated GIF has made a comeback as a niche art form. It’s become a new medium for illustrators to create endless loops, or comic strips with subtle animations. Photographers are also embracing the medium, dubbed the “Cinemagraph” by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg.

 

Here are a few of my favourite examples that illustrate how artists have embraced the medium, and help us forget the ridiculous dancing cat GIFs of the 1990’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Chestnut

Dec 12, 2014

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CONFETTI

 

Jill Sawatsky is one of those completely magnetic people. Spritelike with contagious enthusiasm, she projects happy vibes. She lives in Winnipeg where she designs *and makes* a collection of clothing which is sold under the moniker Tony Chestnut.

 

Tony Chestnut was born in Vancouver with its’ first incarnation being a “mini collection” of items presented as a part of Jill’s graduation project from Fashion School. After moving back to Winnipeg in 2006 the collection has grown into season after season of pretty / pretty perfect pieces.

 

Winnipeg girls are the luckiest (for many reasons) the most of which is that we have first dibs on Tony Chestnut wears (for those who don’t have proximity on their side, Tony Chestnut is online). Many of us take full advantage – Jill has a very loyal following of girls and women that buy out her pieces as fast as she can make them. The best part about Tony Chestnut is that every item just works – works for every shape, every age and every style.

 

TUNIC

 

Do you consciously try to present collections of items that can easily fold into any woman’s wardrobe? Or is it an almost meta result of the effortlessness of your aesthetic?

i definitely try to put clothes together that can be folded into an existing wardrobe! it’s no secret that i like layers, and so when i put together the styling for a new collection, i’m always thinking of different ways to wear an item… which jeans to wear underneath, which mens shirt’s collar to have popping out, etc. I think that i always design garments around piling them up with peoples’ classics that they can’t live without. i don’t want to change the way people dress, i think i just want to enhance it and give it some attitude and a silhouette.

 

Where do you draw your biggest influence?

my biggest influences are drawn from watching people go through life. i love to watch (women, primarily) taking on challenges, orchestrating their priorities, learning, failing, kicking ass, and just expressing themselves. that makes me do what i do. i feel like i want to kind of help women feel a sense of capability in their day-to-day lives, and giving them great clothes to wear is a tangible and exciting way for me to do that.

 

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Sheer Frock

 

Are there any fashion designers that you’re currently enamoured with? What about from the past? Anyone who has really influenced your work?

hmmm, fashion designers. here’s my favourites:

-marni for quirky textures/patterns
-anne demeulemeester for interesting shapes and silhouettes
-chloe for modest femininity
-alexander wang for classic androgynous sexy
-stella mccartney for being so damn smart

 

individual looks that i feel inspired by are the smart cosmopolitan women from the 70s that don’t wear makeup… the women in annie hall, manhattan (i guess most woody allen movies), but also my great aunts from that time. smart women.

 

i’m also incredibly inspired by old mennonite men and women. the uber modest colours and shapes mixed with the necessity for functionality just GETS me. i feel as though i’m always striving for ways to integrate those looks and the feeling of those people into something more high fashion and evolved. theres a humour in it for me, and i like a good dose of humour and irony in with my beauty :)

 

I have always been interested in fashion, because I truly believe that clothing has transformative properties. Do you feel this way or do you have a less weighty relationship to garments?

i definitely agree with your opinion of clothing having transformative properties. that is a well-put statement! i also think that i see the notion of fashion as a means of art inside a vehicle of necessity. it’s clothing! you have to wear it anyway, so treating it as a means of expression is just pragmatic. not many other mediums of art are also a basic necessity.

 

I love that the shapes you work with, for the most part, leave space between the garment and the body – what draws you to this silhouette?

i feel like there are lots of reasons why i make clothing with generous shape/volume. paramount, being that i just like how it looks. as i mentioned before, i love layers, and the look of textile falling off of a frame, creating movement, whether it’s rigid or fluid, equals beauty to me.

 

i also love the idea of a woman being able to wear a garment in a way that is only her own. it’s thrilling to me to see a garment really WORK on a size 0 woman, and then take on a different shape on a plus sized woman. fabric and volume allow this to happen. i like the idea of malleable clothing, and making a garment work in order to suit your body.

 

i have also come to terms with the fact that, although it seems brazenly cliche to say so, that i just like being able to prove that a woman can be dead sexy when she is covered up. women’s bodies have the most beautiful shape, and playing with the notion of showing parts of that shape, while hiding other parts underneath something beautiful– well, it goes back to what i said earlier about liking beauty with some irony.

 

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I must make it known that you have some of the cutest kids around. How has being a mother affected your work? Has it? Has your personal style evolved as you’ve grown up, had kids? Has Tony Chestnut evolved alongside?

my kids have changed everything about me! and that definitely includes my work and my personal style. as every mom will admit, when it comes to dressing yourself for a day with kids, functionality is key. pockets, easy fabrics, simple (forgiving) shapes, and easy care. really, these were all things that mattered to me before having children as well, but children have a way of amplifying EVERYTHING, including your daily dressing needs :)

 

so, as i design clothing, i have that in mind. whether your challenge that you’re considering in dressing for your day is children, or a rigorous commute, or a long and taxing day of work… whatever it is, i want to make clothing for these women. not just moms. women that work their asses off. and that definitely includes moms.

 

i have always had a very androgynous sense of style, and overall look, and actually think that I’ve veered even more that way since having kids. my body changed to become more feminine, and with that i almost fought harder to hold onto a boyish look.

 

Although I am sure you love it all, what is one piece from your most recent collection that you love to wear the most?

my favourite garment from the collection is definitely the sheer frock. i just think it’s the perfect marriage of quirky and impractical (a sheer, midi length, shift shaped romper? what?) and gloriously effortless. **EQ3 note – I too have this dress and wear it religiously – it’s fair to say every girl should own one**

 

the garment i’ve worn the most from this collection, however, would have to be the sweatsuit dress. the name says it all.

 

Do you prefer dinner, or dessert?

what is dinner without dessert?? you cannot have one without the other! just as i like my beauty with humour, i like my red meat with a healthy side of dark chocolate. xo.

 

For those living in Winnipeg make sure to check out Jill’s sale tomorrow!
Saturday, dec 13.
10am-5pm
In the luckygirl studio at 70 Albert st (above hoopers).

Music Library: Holiday Playlist

Dec 10, 2014

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PLAYLIST 12.10.2014

Just in time for the holidays, this mix of festive music pairs best with a nice big glass of egg nog and some holiday cheer. I hope ‘yule’ like it (sorry), happy holidays!

01. O Tannenbaum – Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas

02. What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder A Motown Christmas

03. Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers A Very Special Christmas 2

04. Here Comes Santa Claus – Ramsey Lewis Trio Sound of Christmas

05. The Christmas Song – Dexter Gordon The Panther

06. Jingle Bells – Booker T. & The M.G.’s Soul Christmas

07. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (ft. Straight No Chaser) – Cee Lo Green CeeLo’s Magic Moment

08. Greensleeves (1961 Village Vanguard) – John Coltrane Quartet The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (Live)

09. Hanukkah Blessings – Barenaked Ladies Barenaked for the Holidays

10. Father Christmas – The Kinks Christmas a Go-Go

11. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin The Very Best Christmas Selection – 50 All Time Seasonal Favourites

12. Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas

13. Frosty the Snowman – Jackson 5 A Motown Christmas

14. Last Christmas – Wham! Everything She Wants

15. Twelve Days of Christmas – Bob & Doug McKenzie Great White North

16. Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters White Christmas

17. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin Christmas With the Rat Pack

18. The Midnight Clear – Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold

19. Wonderful Christmastime – The Shins Holidays Rule

20. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey Merry Christmas

21. Auld Lang Syne (Live) – Jimi Hendrix Live At the Fillmore East

5 Questions with Edholm Ullenius

Dec 8, 2014

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Sissi Edholm and Lisa Ullenius are the women behind Edholm Ullenius, a Stockholm based studio of graphic design and illustration. Since 2002, Edholm Ullenius has worked with a wide range of clients and produced an exciting body of work including our Kayak dishes and napkins. They most recently took on the task of designing a line of mid-century inspired prints. The end result was a fun, cohesive collection with striking line work and bold colour blocking. The prints were carved into blocks which were then hand stamped directly onto recycled paper.

 

The Avenue collection is designed to fit perfectly within the new Edge Picture Frames. Working with Edholm Ullenius has always been a pleasure. We are super excited about the official launch of artwork at EQ3 to help complete your beautiful spaces! You can now find them in-stores or online here.

Lisa Ullenius + Sissi Edholm of Edholm Ullenius

 

Nina Quark: What was the defining point where you each knew you wanted to pursue design as a career?

 

Edholm Ullenius: It´s a feeling we both had since we were very young. Around the time we were graduating high school we both realized we actually could do this for a living, that was an amazing insight and we started planning how we best could make it happen. The way to where we are today has been long and winding, but we wouldn´t like to miss out on any of those experiences.

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NQ: At which stage of a project are you most excited?

 

EU: At the beginning and at the end. At the middle we usually get the feeling of having no clue what we are doing. It´s a rollercoaster ride which hopefully ends with the feeling of pushing ourselves to a new creative level. We love the saying: “Always give the client what they need, not always what they think they want”.

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NQ: Which method, or medium, do you find best portrays what you’re trying to communicate?

 

EU: We are very grateful that we get the chance to work with many different materials and products. All though we must say that textile is our favourite choice. The textile texture adds an extra touch and the possibilities to create what you want are endless.

AVENUE Print 1- 8" x 10"

NQ:  What was your inspiration behind the Avenue Block Prints?

 

EU: The inspiration came from the naive style of mid-century design (1950/1960s). It´s also the result of letting your imagination run free and creating something abstract, yet with a character.

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NQ: In the future, what is one project that you would love to take on – individual or duo?

 

EU: We would love to collaborate with architects and scale up our designs, as placed on the front of a house for example. We are both fascinated by science and must however say that our dream client is NASA.

AVENUE Print 11" x 14"

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