Monday 10 September 2012


I recently had the pleasure of designing a poster for Drake's Polaris Prize nomination. Which is amazing, because I listen to this record a lot. Potion and elixer bottles and a cat head? Hell yeah fuckin' right. It's slightly tropical, pretty bright, and not really like the moody album art in any way. This guy will get the screen printing treatment by Kid Icarus too. Check out all the nominees and album posters on the Polaris site!

A funny thing happened while I was in the middle of making this poster. I went to a cottage with my pals, and 15 mins away Drake was playing a show. At a venue that roughly fits 800 people in the middle of Ontario cottage country. So a few of us went, because yolo, and it was pretty much the craziest party I've ever been to. A stage full of people getting wasted, hands in the air, and Drake charming the hell out of everyone while drinking champagne from the bottle, talking big about the 416, and shouting out to Muskoka. His pals got big cheers from the audience when they told us they went wakeboarding. It was all so weird! But also the best. Can you imagine going to see a band, but before that band performed they hung out onstage drinking with their friends, playing their favourite songs, singing along to those favourite songs, and generally milling about until they played? Bold. 

1. The show was at The Key To Bala, which has a stage decorated with wood paneling and huge Muskoka chairs. Naturally. The Canadiana vibe was thick. 2. This moose head (yikes) was in the cabin we were staying at. It was wearing a little baseball cap! Must have been a teen. 3. HANDS IN THE AIR. 4. Shots for the crowd. 

And lastly, one more summer photogrid before it's all over. This was the view from our very short weekend stay at the cottage. Don't worry, none of us big people tempted fate with the back deck. Fact: Ontario is a gorgeous wonderland and I want to move to a cottage forever. Also? We bought a ton of crazy fireworks at the most amazing fireworks and cigarettes store outside of Bala. This shoppers paradise is now officially a legend in our minds. Great prices, tons of selection, and home appliances too. Fireworks off the dock, ftw!


Last Tuesday, Falconwright released it's latest collection! Spent lots of time in the studio with my co-conspirator to put this collection together, and I'm really happy with how it all turned out. New prints, new bags, fun pics, etc! Here are a couple shots from our lookbook (you can see the whole thing here):

Behind the scenes time (lazy Instagram style, as per usual):

When we started to think about what to do for a lookbook, our first thought was to do something really simple. Because a) we are not pro photographers and b) we had a pretty small budget (so no tiger rentals, air balloons, or champagne towers). I showed Danielle a few pieces of paper I had painted, and this soon turned into "What if we made really huge versions of those? Into columns? And painted all the white paper in the universe with one million slightly wonky polka dots?" So we crossed our fingers and started painting, and thankfully it all worked out. Set designers must have fun. And of course, the set would have been nothing without that foxy lady I apparently talk about in every blog post lately, Caitlyn Murphy. Hi, girl ;) Cool illustrator, mega babe, good company - my kind of triple threat.

And here are a few other random moments: 1&2. Caitlyn and Danielle chilling out with Danielle's puppy Ollie after the photos. Recipe for stress relief and happiness: open one cold beer, unleash one cute puppy, feel good. 3. The two bags that Danielle and I adopted from our new collection. Her: baby blue. Me: bright raspberry. & 4. We sent out our orders from last week on Friday. Thank you SO MUCH to anyone who ordered from us - your support means so much. There is lots of stuff left in the shop if you wanna take a peek!

You know those what's in your bag posts you sometimes see on the web? And insides someones bag is a pretty collection of neat things? I kind of love them. Anyhow, if I dumped my pink bucket bag onto the floor right now, it would not be pretty. I keep a messy bag. I'd like to change this (if that's even possible...).