Check out this very cool time lapse video of the various rhythms of life in Toronto. Photographer Ryan Emond has found some fascinating vantage points and done an amazing job of capturing the essence of life in a big city using thousands of photographs. His editing is fantastic and he has created a beautiful homage to the city - makes me proud to live in Toronto!
First up is Avril Loreti, whose cheerful and bright display drew me over immediately. You may recognize the 2012 tea towel above from Covet Garden magazine - it was one of my few purchases this year (trying to be responsible and all...) Her paint chip linens are wonderful and would be a great addition to a modern monochrome table setting, and I love the donut bag (there was also a matching tea towel). The vintage hockey prints, especially the pillows, seemed to be quite popular. And just look how sweet Avril is! She is at booth W-07 and you should definitely stop by.
Coucou Salut booth, I felt like I had definitely seen her work before - and then I looked at my show guide (she was a featured artist). Her mom was manning the booth when I was there and also reminded my that one of her pillows had been in House & Home magazine, and I remembered it immediately. I love that her things are whimsical and playful, but could be just as fun in a 'grown up' space as they would in a kids room. The monsters are so cute, as is the moustached strong man. Coucou Salut is a featured "Rising Star" artist at H-43.
Danielle Hession's mixed media works also caught my eye - her photographs are beautifully layered and many of them had bright happy colours used in perfect quantities. She had smaller affordable pieces that would look great on their own or in a group, as well as some pretty ornaments. She has booth K-53.
This soothing ceramics display by Christopher Reid across the aisle was a study in contrasts! :) I loved his organic shapes and textures. Booth O-37.
Dave Murray are just done so well. The one below had a cool glossy resin finish that worked perfectly with the black background and white type. And he is super nice. :) Go say hi in booth R-23.
iDentity last year (and got one of the Canada t-shirts for my husband) and this year Meghan was back with her great T's and toques, but these fabulous pillows, blankets and plaid scarves. So Canadian, eh? The curling stone pillow made me super happy. Get yours at booth T-07.
Thomas J. Suh - I love the cup below with its subtle blue glaze. He also makes some pretty adorable characters, including these 3 little piggies. Booth T-22.
atelier b. do no justice to the clean lines and amazing craftsmanship of their pieces. This red dress was so beautifully cut, and I if I didn't 'work' at home, I would definitely have taken one of their high-waisted pencil skirts shown below. And the ladies were super-chic, and made a beautiful and inviting booth (V-38).
James Kennedy, with his laser cut steel works. They were so graphic and unique - there are so many spaces I would love to see this large work featured in. He also had others I didn't get photos of where he took the positive part of the cut-outs and places them on big chinks of wood from the area of the world their shape represented - i.e. the outline of asia was affixed to a big chunk of bamboo. It was quite stunning. Booth Y-38.
Frederique Bonmatin, who makes these colourful ceramics. These would be cool set to collect as every one is unique and ever-so-slightly different than the rest. They are warm and cheerful without being too attention-seeking (always good in a set of dishes). Find her in booth Z - 09.
I lust for from Bookhou, and of course they had a lovely display. This was the one other spot where I spent money, on another 2012 calendar. I am not sure what has me so keen on 2012! Booth O-07.
Margaret Rankin. I have always liked the look of traditional wood block prints, and these are rather traditional shapes and motifs with the bamboo and trees but printed with more modern colours. The one at the bottom is my favourite with all the detail - she explained that this is her Dad's wood-sided house in Cape Breton. She is in booth O-19.