Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Winter Fling!

We are really excited to be doing one more show this holiday season! All the details about this can be found here and check out interviews with the vendors here!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Get yer cat cards!

Hey, so the kitty cats are up.
See here and also here.

These started off as a project to make holiday cards for people we know but before we knew it we were surrounded. Literally, cats everywhere. So now were selling them, but the original goal hasn't changed. If you're getting a card from us this year, try to act surprised.

Movies and Makers

We had a blast at the Movies and Makers show this past Saturday at the Fox Theatre. The show was in the theatre itself, so we had super cozy seats and nice warm lighting.
cutest sign evah
We debuted our holiday kitty cats at the show. These guys will be making an appearance on etsy later today. Here kitty kitty.
holiday kittens


The Fox concession stand was selling cupcakes! yum...

the girls
Wish we had taken photos of other tables, but we didn't. You'll have to check out the movie and makers blog to see some of the other vendors that were there.

We should mention how awesome the movie "Handmade Nation" was. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, go check it out, it just came out on DVD. It's a little on the shaky shaky side when it comes to camera control (carolyn had to close her eyes a lot), but it's really well done otherwise. It's encouraging to see the stories and studios of other incredible crafters and to have the diy movement be put in perspective.

Props to Lisa and Andy for putting this sweet show together and having us be a part of it.

We made some holiday cards

Kitty cats that you can display sitting up, looking at you, with little holiday greeting cards in their mouths. Give your friends cuteness in a card.

A few photos from Craft off the lot!

So this was our first indoor show. We didn't think we had everything we would need to put it together, but we're pretty happy with the result. People seemed to especially like our sign.

It was actually pretty awesome to have flat walls to put prints up. No more floppy clotheslines and windstorm disasters.

This is me digging into to some walnut cakes. yum.

These are new. We'll be putting them up on etsy soon.

A big thanks to the Cryptic Canvas crew and everyone that put together this show. It was great to be a part of it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Movies & Makers

Another show this weekend. This is a quickie, 10-4 at the Fox theater. We will have a little table there full of printed goodness, including some brand new stuff that is being made as I type! We, of course will not be alone, there will be a bunch of other talented crafters, see the full list here:

The best thing of this show, is that the crafty show part is followed by the film "Handmade Nation". Woo!

So, we'll see you on Saturday, m'kay?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Craft off the lot

The opening night party was last night and it was pretty rad. Lots to see and many lovely people to talk to. We will be there again tonight and through the weekend. Stop by and say hello or something.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shows, events, what's going on...

At last our new NEST soft sculptures are in the final stages of production. Above you will see these dolls in the window of a local shop, Bluebird Handmade. This series is an exploration of traditions; those that are learned in a particular cultural context and those that are learned in the home. It is about our relationship to our traditions and how this relationship and the traditions themselves can change over time, particularly in the context of migration. This piece is about both the comfort and burden of traditions when we find ourselves in new settings. Nesting is an ongoing process.

You can also see them in our etsy shop and in a few upcoming shows.

Craft off the Lot

Craft off the Lot is an indoor art and craft sale featuring artists from across Canada. The show is located in the vacant Chrysler building at 1030 King Street West (also home to LG Fashion Week) from November 12-15th.
Hours of operation: Thurs. 12th is opening night, 7- 11pm.
Fri. 13th (scary) and Sat.14th, 11am-8pm
Sun. 15th, 11am-6pm

Hard Twist: New Twist
The original edition of dolls that this NEST series is based on will be installed in the Gladestone Hotel's Hard Twist: New Twist. The opening reception is this Friday from 6pm -9pm on the hotel's third floor. Cover is free. The show runs until January 3rd with regular visiting hours between noon and 5pm daily.

Friday, October 30, 2009

NEST, your the best

Nestle up to this. Our Nest soft sculpts are starting to really materialize now. They'll soon be on etsy, really soon. They're already in a couple stores here in town and we'll be bringing them to a few upcoming shows. Details to come.

All alone.

The whole fam.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We are well on our way to super stardom

Super sweet interview with us on the Toronto Craft Alert today!

Read all about us here

On another note, keep your eyes open if you are in the vicinity of Bluebird Handmade on Bathurst or Love of Mine on Queen. A few sets of our NEST dolls have made their new homes there.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

wooden scarves

Aside from printing piles of dolls, we are still developing the wooden scarves as promised. We want them to be perfect and have been testing our floorboard print on a variety of fabrics. Today we'll be printing a brown on brown and a purple on green version.

Softest wooden scarves ever.


We've been working madly on these plush sculptures of nesting dolls. This is a sneak peak.

We're still in an engineering phase. All the dolls are printed on the front so far and we've done a few mock-ups of what the dolls will be like when they're sewn. They still need their labels printed on the back and then we'll be sewing-stuffing-sewing for days. More soon...


More photographs by Geoff

"The Hey Now" concert that we printed Louise the Dawn posters for was last weekend. The show was great. Heavy turnout. Even Louise was there in spirit- and posted at the front door. Bassist, James Reid, was wearing our handmade teeth buttons on his guitar strap. Okay, you can't see them very well here. Look closely. See those tiny white blurs? You can just imagine how hot they looked. Good job boys.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The makings of "Louise the Dawn"

So a few days back we posted a work in progress shot of a poster we were working away on. The project was inspired by the song "Louise the Dawn" by The Hey Now. Charming bass-player James Reid found us at the Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts fair back in September and commissioned us to do a poster for their CD release party. Well, after a couple of long days, it's all done. Like it?

This good lookin' poster will be on sale at the CD release party taking place this friday at the Central.
The Hey Now for details and some sweet tracks. See you there okay?

Also check out some of the progress shots. This is how the magic happens.

Top of the line exposure unit.

Edition of 70... no drying rack. You do what you gotta do.

Sneak Peak!!!

We are super excited about these floor board babies. They will be up in our etsy store soon... very soon.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lots of work is going on at the Beside Herself headquarters.

This is the very beginning of a whole series of wooden and floor inspired works.

And this is something that we're working on for some cool guys we know. More news to follow on this. Soon!

Also, we have fixed some weird error that was happening with our contact form on our website. Contact away!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nuit Blanche. Before and After.



Did you come across dolies on your night out? Do you have photos? Did you take one home with you? Let us know!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

nuit blanche tonight

Rain or no rain we will be there with doilies on.

c + a

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hello world

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