Toronto based photographer and jewelry designer.

Designer, Urban Gardener and Nature Photographer!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Filed Guide To Getting Hitched

I am a huge fan of well designed products that pay attention to all the small details, so it is not wonder that I love these wedding field guide invitations by urban influences.

These wedding invitations are fun and very unique. They also help to inform the viewer of the couples story and personality. The designer really did think outside of the box.

2 New Item In Store

I have recently added two new items into my store, just in time for the going back to school season. Stay tuned for more updates this coming week, as I will be adding more designs each day.
Below are a few photographs of the new pieces.

Friday, September 3, 2010

How Much Do You Accumulate?

Have you ever wondered how you have accumulated so much stuff? Well I have, and seeing these photos by photographer Huang Qingjun and Ma Hongjie, makes me wonder how much space I would need to display my possessions. These two photographers went around photographing Chinese families in front of their houses with all of their possessions displayed outside.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Shout Out To All The Shoppers and Crafters Out There

Coming up the One Of A Kind show in New York and Chicago, the perfect place to find unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. I would really love to go myself and check out all the wonderful designs and products, unfortunately I might not be able too.

It is on Nov 11-14 and the 18-21, just in time for the crazy Christmas shopping rush. If you are interested, I have included a link in this post for you to check out, and maybe you can plan a fun little road trip with your friends to one of the locations.

On that note, there is also another show coming up that sells fun and unique products, and it is located here in Toronto. The Fall 2010 Clothing Show— September 24,25,26.

I am going to keep my fingers crossed that I will be able to go to this one. :D

[Click the imgs to link to their sites]

Bright Pink and Beaming

Today is another incredibly hot and sweltering day in Toronto, but great for taking photos. So hopefully when I have made more pieces, I will be able to take some fun shots of them. As for this very random post, I have decided to show you guys a picture of a very interesting product I found on my discovery and learning the skills of metal work.

Here is a product called Kool Jool, it is an insanely bright goopy pink. It is designed to protect certain semi-precious stones during the soldering and heating process. I took a picture to post up for you guys when I was using it for the first time.

I was lucky enough the first time that I applied it properly and did not burn my stones, however I did fail on soldering the joint I wanted as I was being very cautious of the stones.

Note: The pink goop gets everywhere, and it is a very messy process. I however don’t mind getting a little down and dirty.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bring On The Treasuries

Today has been such a crazy day for me, crazy and exciting. I finally got my tools to start metal smithing and I am having a blast. So far I have managed to solder together a perfect jump ring—on my second go too, as the first time the oven lighter would not light.

But the main thing I have been trying to figure out, is how to properly ventilate the area I am working in. If any metal smiths out their can help me out that would be great.

But back to the main reason for this post, here are the next 5 great treasuries!

[Via Engelfelt]
[Via lonkoosh]
[Via amoronia]
[Via lonkoosh]

Designer Paper Effigies

I have to admit that these past few days I have been pretty bad with posting on my blog, but good news is today is the day I post the next 5 great treasuries. So stay tuned for that posting.

For now here is an interesting little story. Au Yeung Pin Chi a paper crafter who creates paper effigies in the shape of Gucci purses, Wayfarers and designer sneakers! These paper products are targeted to people who have died young, are fashion forward and brand obsessed.

Why create paper Gucci Purses?, Well incinerating paper symbols is part of the Chinese custom, to honor the dead and to deliver them to the deceased.

Making paper effigies of trend items makes death seem less frightening.

Au Yeung Ping Chi, paper effigy designer

Note: His first effigy was a dance machine

How interesting is it that we now create designer good for the dead? I have to admit I would want one of Au Yeungs paper effigies, as I cannot afford the real thing.

[Via cnngo]

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cleaner Science and Petri Dish Fun

These days I have been doing a lot of exploration within different groups and sites, which has been very inspirational, and has resulted in my discoveries of various talented craftsman.

To be honest, I am very excited to be part of such a creative community on etsy, and each day is a new adventure. On that note I thought I would bring forth a seller whose work I just fell in love with. It brought out the little nerd in me and shed a new light on what it means to be squeaky clean.

I present to you the Petri Dish Soaps!

These soaps come in all sorts of different colors and interesting textural patterns, not to mention a perfectly clean petri dish. If you have an appreciation for fun concept based products or you are looking for the perfect gift for an obsessively clean friend, then defiantly check this seller out.