Design Library: Creative Block

Apr 11, 2014

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Design Library Volume 07: Creative Block

Year: 2014

Category: Art

Author: Danielle Krysa

Artworks + Photographs: by individual, featured artists (unless otherwise noted)

Publisher: Chronicle Books, LLC




There’s no shame in admitting that you have creative blocks. Everyone does, including Danielle Krysa, a Canadian artist, graphic designer and blogger living in Vancouver. She had a successful career as a graphic designer and creative director, but found herself lacking confidence as an artist. She would see others’ artwork, and quickly self-doubt and jealous comparisons would set in. 


In an effort to kick this creative block, Danielle started The Jealous Curator: an art blog that turns her jealous “I wish I thought of that” reaction into something positive. Each day, she shares a post about contemporary art that inspires her / makes her jealous (in a good way!), and now instead of being paralyzed by comparisons, Danielle is inspired to head to the studio herself!


For her first book, Creative Block (2014), Danielle interviewed 50 successful artists from around the world to find out how they handle their own creative hurdles.





Featured Artist / Author: Danielle Krysa



Featured Artist: Jen Gotch (Page 98 – 103)


The series of interviews that make up this 288 page paperback give an honest and authentic look at an industry that’s often known for outward egos and hidden insecurities. Creative Block presents a mix of internationally known artists and emerging talent, revealing how both established and new artists alike respond to questions about their art, self-worth and success. The featured artists open up about their own creative blocks, what they do when they’re feeling stuck, and how they handle criticism (both from themselves and from others).


The book combines contemporary art images with inspiring words, tips and advice for getting unstuck on artistic projects and discovering new ideas. Each interview concludes with a challenge from the artist – a Creative unBlock Project to help readers overcome creative blocks and get inspired.


If you’re at all creative (or admire those who are), then this book is for you!



Featured Artist: Arian Behzadi (Page 12 – 17)



Featured Artist: Amanda Happé (Page 108 – 113)



Featured Artist: Julia Pott (Page 256 – 261)



Featured Artist: Trey Speegle (Page 74 – 79)



Featured Artist: Ruan Hoffman (Page 120 – 125)



Featured Artist: Ashley Goldberg (Page 240 – 243)


Interviews to Check Out:


Lisa Golightly (Page 42 – 47), Anthony Zinonos (Page 48 – 53), Matthias Heiderich (Page 54 – 59), Amanda Happé (Page 108 – 113), Leah Giberson (Page 126 – 131), Hollie Chastain (Page 138 – 143), Julia Rothman (Page 144 – 149), Ashley Goldberg (Page 240 – 243), Julia Pott (Page 256 – 261)


Follow Danielle at for daily posts about the artwork she’s currently loving.

The Story Behind Marimekko’s Tablecloths + an In-store Event

Apr 9, 2014


When it comes to patterns and textiles, Marimekko is in a league of their own. Their highly coveted fashion and home goods are timeless – a constant in the design industry and instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the brand.


Take for example Unikko (poppy), Marimekko’s most iconic pattern. Designed in 1964 by Maija Isola, Unikko reflected an easy-going and positive attitude, and became an instant success. Its popularity has continued to climb over the past 50 years, and today Unikko’s graphic and distinctive design is so closely intertwined with the brand that it acts almost as a symbol of Marimekko.



© 2014 Marimekko


There is a lot of history wrapped up in Marimekko products, and this is especially true for their tablecloths. With proper care, they are meant to last for many years, to be passed down from one family member to another. In an effort to preserve a tablecloth’s design history as it changes hands, Marimekko traditionally hems the ends of their tablecloths, leaving the sides with a raw, un-hemmed edge. The white salvage left visible on each side notes the print designer’s name, name of the print, year it was designed, and material and care instructions. In this way, future generations will be able to know and celebrate the history of their tablecloth.


Check out EQ3′s curated selection of Marimekko fabrics at Fabrics are available in-store at EQ3 locations featuring a Marimekko shop in shop, and are sold by the metre, ready to be transformed into amazing accessories for the home. Don’t have time for sewing projects? That’s okay! Many of our shop in shops work with an in-house seamstress who will turn your fabric into drapery, toss cushions, tablecloths, or anything else you can dream up.


This Saturday, select EQ3 Marimekko shop in shops will be hosting a special in-store Tablecloth Event. Purchase your favorite Marimekko fabric by the meter and they’ll sew you a rectangle or square tablecloth for free! Tablecloths can be sewn in true Marimekko style (ie. leaving the two sides un-hemmed) or in more typical fashion (ie. all four sides hemmed).


Also, starting Thursday, save 25% off all Marimekko Fabric in the shop. Sale ends Monday, April 14th.






Event runs Saturday, April 12 from noon until 3pm local time.

Participating EQ3 Marimekko Shop in Shops: Toronto – Hanna, Toronto – King Street, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Emeryville CA.

Herman Miller’s Shell Shorts: A Concise History of the Eames Shell Chair

Apr 6, 2014


We’ve been loving the latest installments of WHY, the online essay series from EQ3+ partner Herman Miller exploring why they do what they do. WHY’s most recent essay, Shell Shorts, condenses 70 some years of Eames Shell Chair history into just a few short paragraphs.


It sounded like an impossible task, but they did it!




“The story of the Eames Plastic Shell Chair really began more than ten years prior to Charles and Ray’s 1950 debut of their now iconic design…”¹ says Amber Bravo in the opening paragraph of her essay Shell Shorts.


Bravo goes on to look at the Eameses initial attempts at shaping plywood, their work with fiberglass for the original Eames Shell Chair, and then their move to molded wood and polypropelene alternatives when the original fiberglass version was deemed unsafe to produce. Bravo brings the story full circle with mention of Herman Miller’s newly reintroduced and environmentally safe Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs, which were released last month.


A set of 12 Eames gifs (you’ve got to see these gifs!) accompany the post, offering a fun look at the fiberglass production process. The gifs act as movie trailers for a series of Instagram videos that Herman Miller released earlier this week. Follow @HermanMiller on Instagram to watch all 10 Shell Shorts.



1., WHY: Shell Shorts, written by Amber Bravo for Herman Miller.

Music Library: Thom’s Tunes

Apr 4, 2014


We’re always interested to learn how creative people go about their work. How do they get their creative juices flowing?


For many designers, music is a way of tuning out the world and finding inspiration. This certainly is the case for Thom, EQ3′s Creative Director. When he’s not in meetings or doing store visits, you can usually find Thom at his computer with ear buds in and the music playing.


Here’s 13 tracks that Thom’s currently listening to while he works. May they inspire your work day too!



PLAYLIST 04.04.2014




01. Under the Pressure | The War on Drugs

02. Blue Moon | Beck

03. Crime | Real Estate

04. Remember Our Days | Lotus Plaza

05. Hero of the War | Scott Walker

06. Heavy Stones | Cad VanGaalen

07. Queen Jane Approximately | Bob Dylan

08. Air Conditioning | DIIV

09. Black Rice | Women

10. Hospice Gates | Lower Dens

11. Out Getting Ribs | King Krule

12. Swept Inside | Future Islands

13. Before the Bridge | Future Islands


Album cover art by Alex, EQ3 Graphic Designer

Freebie: Printable April Planner

Apr 1, 2014


The April printable planner is now available! This month’s free printable features a close up of EQ3′s Eve Sofa (you can learn more about Eve here).


Click here to download and print the April Monthly Planner.




Feature Image: Eve Sofa detail


Note: This calendar is intended for personal use only. Print it, enjoy it and share it with your friends! However, commercial use and distribution of this calendar for profit is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.

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