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Furoshiki Gallery

Furoshiki: The art of cloth wrapping

Opening Reception: November 30th, 12-6pm
Gift wrapping with Furoshiki demo at 2pm
Gallery locationSAMARA Contemporary, 156 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market, Toronto. |

SAMARA Contemporary in collaboration with Kid Icarus, are pleased to announce Furoshiki, A group exhibition that will feature the works of 20 artists working with the theme: “Gifting”

Furoshiki wrap is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper.

Every holiday season more than 8 million tons of gift-wrap ends up in landfills. Disposable and chemically processed, this waste is destroying our environment. Furoshiki can be re-used, passed on from one gift receiver to the next.

Cloth wrapping has been used for over 1200 years in Japan. The word Furoshiki came about during the Edo period (1603-1868) when cloths were commonly used in bathhouses to wrap clothes or as bath matts. Today, Furoshiki can be used to wrap gifts, wine bottles, books, groceries, or just about anything! 

This year and onward present your special gift enveloped in beautiful art created by some of Canada’s top illustrators and artists! An environmentally ethical and unique option to gift giving!

Participating artists: Daniela Roessler, Dave Setrakian, Fiona Smyth, Flips, Jill Holmberg, Jimmy Chaile, June Kim, Justin Broadbent, Kendra Yee, Kirsten McCrea, Happy Sleepy, Marijke Bouchier, Mariko Paterson, Mike Ellis, Orbital Arts, Rachel Joanis, Santiago Paredes, Trio Magnus

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Holiday Gift Guide 2

Have a secret Santa, need some stocking stuffer gifts?
We’ve got some great ideas in store for you.
Most of our items are local, and handmade making them one of a kind treasures.
Prices are listed below.

Slip-On Canvas Pencil Case – $14
Ever wish you had a pencil but didn’t want to carry your huge pencil case?
These cases are sized for a couple items so you can always carry your essentials on you!

Horizon Needle Point 0.7 mm Pen – $15
This point knock ballpoint pen is very smooth with a thin application 0.7 point.

Art Genius Playing Cards – $15.50
Deck includes 52 playing cards featuring illustrations of all the big names in the art world. Beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Clarke.

Jackie Lee Astro Pup Enamel Pin – $12
Jackie Lee line of space themed prints, patches and pins are perfect for any stocking.

Tate Group White Concrete House Pen Holder – $9
Have a favourite pen you always misplace? Put it in this super cute pen holder.

Ellingwood Soap – $10
Their products have natural ingredients which makes it perfect for those with delicate skin!

Smitten Kitten Toronto The Good Keychain – $8
Re-designed to commemorate Turonno’s iconic neighbourhoods, “Toronto The Good” keychains are an adaptation of classic motel key chains from the 1950’s

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Holiday Gift Guide 1

Shopping for that nature lover or outdoor enthusiasts in your life? We have outdoor crafts and games as well as eco-friendly gift wrap. Stay tuned for our next Holiday Gift Guide!

Prices are listed below:

Eco friendly Furoshiki Gift Wrap – $45
We have several different designs by 20 local artists, Gift Wrap is 24”x24” and 100% cotton, this one is by artist Jenn Kitagawa

Send More Mail Vintage stamps – $6
Each pack is different. Stamp sizes, colours and graphics.

How to Eat in the Woods – $29
This portable guide includes essential information on how to track, trap, kill, and prepare various types of animals; select bait, land fish, and clean and cook the catch, as well as knowledge of recognize edible plants.

Light and Paper Wooden Ornaments – $14
Set of 2 lasercut birch wood holiday ornaments. Comes with red and white string to hang. Perfect for a holiday gift exchange or stocking stuffer.

Noted Eggling planter (Basil) – $16
Crack and grow your plant in a ceramic egg.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods – $29
Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this useful manual reveals time-tested outdoor skills, including how to catch game without a gun and what plants to eat.

Heirloom Wood Book – $31
A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls, Boards, and other Homewares. Heirloom Wood is a love letter to wood’s form and function through simple woodworking projects. Combining traditional techniques with contemporary design.

Le Loup 5 in 1 Wolf Key Chain, bottle opener, beard comb, box cutter, and pry. A haberdashery multi tool that looks as good as it works. Whats not to love! Available in 3 different materials listed below.
Stainless Steel – $25
Brass – $30
Titanium – $60

Great Outdoors Playing Cards – $24
These deluxe playing cards bring the beauty of the great outdoors to your fingertips. From the exquisitely detailed card backs to the four suits represented by growing trees, flowing water, every element in this illustrated deck depicts the wonder of nature.

Hatchet Made Organic Cotton Hemp Bento Bag – $23
This bento style bag is perfect to store anything from fruits and vegetables, packed lunches or snacks. Also a great bag to grab on the go! Kids with small toys & toiletries when traveling. Just place your goodies inside and tie a knot.

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OOAK 2019

Kid Icarus will be at the One of a Kind Winter Show 2019.
Come by and say hi at booth J21 November 24th to December 1st!
At Kid Icarus we take pride in representing locally made items with the highest quality standards. We specialize in screen printed paper products from posters to greeting cards. Each piece is designed and printed with quality in mind.

OOAK19 best booth competition
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Sparkle Collective Q + A

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sparkle Collective
Britt Saunders is the creator of Sparkle Collective. Based out of Toronto, Canada
Sparkle Collective is fuelled by donuts, and inspired by cats and magic.

Sparkle Collective Artist Q & A:

How did you start?
My background is in graphic design, but I’ve been drawing since I was a kid! I was always kind of shy and apprehensive about sharing my artwork with others, but back in early 2015, I stepped out of my comfort zone and created an Instagram account to post some of my illustrations online. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I ended up receiving so much encouragement that I decided to start selling stickers and handmade brooches just a couple of months later. Since then, I’ve expanded my product line to include enamel pins, patches, and apparel.

What is your process? What art tool could you not live without?
I usually sketch out all of my ideas on paper or my iPad, and then I refine and finish them in Adobe Illustrator. The art tool I probably couldn’t live without is my Apple Pencil!
I use it almost daily.

Where do you get your inspiration?
So many things! I’m continuously inspired by everything I loved when I was a kid, including rainbow colour palettes, outer space, and all things magical. My cat (and all of his cuteness/sassiness) also inspires me on a daily basis!

Is there anything you are currently working on that you are excited about?
I’m currently working on my upcoming fall collection, which I’m hoping to have available by early October. I’ll have lots of new pins as well as a few other fun surprises!

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Night Owl Festival 2019

Night Owl Festival 2019 is fast approaching!
These Night Owl Festival prints are designed by the talented illustrator Simon Berndt.
These 3 colour hand printed beauts can be purchased for $35 at the event or at our shop in Kensington.

The festival will be held on October 11th – October 14th in multiple venues across Toronto. For more information on the event, to view the lineup, or purchase tickets click here.

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Addelle McCauley is a Toronto based artist and screen printer. Her work explores the the relationships between corporeality and transcendental states of mind through the themes of ritual and ceremony.

Jackie Lee is a printmaker who specializes in screen printing and independent publications. As well as enamel pins and patches and other fun printed goodies. She also runs extremely fun inclusive/free/diy community arts newspaper called OCCASIONAL DISPATCH

CraftyPawws is a small DIY art works shop with a unique collection of various prints, patches, embroideries and upcycled apparel created by Lauren Eliza Boyko, a small multidisciplinary, freelance artist and musician.