I am so, so excited to be partnering with DreamCatcher Mentoring, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts to bring my community art project — The Love Lettering Project up to the north for a 3-city tour in May!
The countdown is ON!
Last August I went to Newfoundland (a research trip generously funded by Access Copyright Foundation!) to work on a novel about a woman who is in love with Amelia Earhart. It was one of the most prolific writing stretches I’ve ever had, and one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.
To my delight, a small piece of that writing has been published in The Varsity.
You can read “Harbour Grace” here!
I’m not sure why I’m surprised, but I am thoroughly gob-smacked by the generosity and goodness of my fellow Torontonians. I asked a week or so ago if anyone might want to send along a love letter to this city we live and man alive, people went above and beyond. Such beautiful, thoughtful, crafted love letters.
They’ll be going up in a digital exhibition in The PATH, a collaboration with Art In Transit for the month of February. That certainly is one way to beat these winter blues.
A few other get-through-winter-tricks:
*The Color/Colour project
* Being inspired to pull out the X-acto by this lovely creation
Oh, and remembering that I started the new year here. Sigh…
I do so love this time of year. Everything about it, really. The hunkering down, the endless crafting, the card writing, the card receiving, the hilarious fake newsletter writing (perhaps my favourite new tradition!), the ornament making, the tree decorating, Christmas cookie baking (Jeannette Ordas’ Christmas crack recipe is fitting after this year in Toronto!), the mulled wine sipping, the piling blankets with yet another pot of coffee writing, the marzipan eating, the falling snowflake watching, and this year, the paper snowflake making.
I used to work at a community centre when I was in high school and from November onwards would make hundreds and hundreds of these paper beauties. I’m not sure how I had forgotten about them until now, but now it’s all paper snowflakes all the time!
Tis the season of making! And this Saturday, I’ll have a table at the always-incredible, always-inspiring OCAD U Book Arts Fair. I’ll have a kadrillion cards – some winter-y, some birthday-y – and mini book ornaments, little love lettering envelope ornaments, TO brunch maps and of course hand-bound books!
Come on by if you can!
Celebrate OCAD U’s 29th Annual Book Arts Fair. This is an exhibition of the work of artists, printmakers, bookbinders, papermakers, and others involved in the creation of hand made books.
The only thing better than binding a book is making a mini book!
Join me for on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 at The Paper Place. (More info here!)
A while back, The Paper Place asked if I would come into their store in the wee hours before they open to make a pop-up birthday card with a lovely kid named Isaiah.
Of course, there were also a whole bunch of cameras there, too, amidst the sparkly paper.
And last week, the birthday card making episode of Scarlett and Isaiah aired on Treehouse TV.
Sometimes I need a reason to make books. Take an incredible trip to Newfoundland and add in an upcoming book fair at the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library and ta-da, these new creations were born!
To celebrate the small and fine press publishers represented in the current exhibition A Death Greatly Exaggerated (that I have a wee accordian book in), the Fisher Library is holding its first-ever small press fair.
The Fisher Small Press Fair: Saturday September 7, 2013
10 am-5 pm at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 120 St. George St. (corner of St. George and Harbord)
Me, the Lovebot and Matt
I am so, so honoured to have a Lovebot dedicated to me and this lil ol’ project! It lives outside of Wanda’s Pie in the Sky in one of my very favourite places in all of Toronto — Kensington Market.
Created by artist and designer, Matthew Del Degan, the Lovebot is “at the forefront of the movement called the Love Invasion, which aims to evoke a sense of wonder in the hearts and lives of people around the world, emanating from Lovebot’s home city of Toronto.”
How wonderful is that?!?
There will be 100 of these concrete love-filled statues around Toronto, each dedicated to an individual. The stories of these folks (including me! Blush!!) are up on the Lovebot site, along with a map of this Love Invasion!
And check out the news spot on CTV National news! Love lettering + Lovebots together in Kensington Market!