Heritage Prize Poster Reveal

April 18, 2020Art Prints for Sale, Band Posters, Poster Prints, Posters, Print Department
Polaris Heritage Prize 2019 - DOA for album Hardcore 81 and The Oscar Peterson Trio for the album Night Train

The Polaris Heritage Prize for 2019 was announced on Thursday April 16th. 2 albums were recognized this year; D.O.A. for the album Hardcore 81, and The Oscar Peterson Trio for the album Night Train.

These screen printed posters were hand printed by us and designed by Paddy Duddy and Tom Froese. More information on the Polaris website.

These are limited edition prints! We only have a few prints available at the shop. If we are sold out please check out the Polaris website here to purchase.

Planner/Calendar SALE

February 22, 2020Storefront

All 2020 planners, agendas, & calendars are now 40% off the original price!
Trying to make a conscious effort to stay organized this year, complete goals, or just remember birthdays? Keep track with one of our many 2020 planner options.

Sale in stores only.

Family Day Hours

February 14, 2020Storefront

Hello Friends! We will be celebrating Family Day with our loved ones, meaning we will be closed Monday, February 17th but regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 18th. Regular store hours are 11am – 6pm everyday of the week.

Happy Valentines

February 8, 2020Storefront

Going on a double date, date or a self date this Valentine’s day? Whatever you’re up to we have a great selection of gift for that special someone/self 
We also have a large array of beautiful hand printed valentines cards.
Prices are listed below.

Knotted Nest Fabric Wallet – $30

Le Loup 5 in 1 Wolf Key Chain, bottle opener, beard comb, box cutter, and pry. In Brass – $30, In Titanium – $60

Red Sky Pearl Wave Earrings – $35, Double Pearl earring $28

Needling Plushy Big Bearling – $30, Plushy Little Minou Kitty – $16

Waste Not Paper Planner 2020 Mini Dot Booklet – originally $10 now $6.
*ALL 2020 Agendas are now %40 off*

Cards vary from $5 to $8

Hoglumps Q + A

December 25, 2019Storefront

Hoglumps is run by the talented Alex Brownell.
Lovely screen printed goods and textiles, handmade in Canada.
Check out our Hoglumps Artist Q + A!

How did you start?
I’ve been sewing since I was a child, I think I learned to sew in Brownies (the thing before Girl Scouts). I would make little plushies from socks, and alter clothing to my taste. My interest in sewing led me to the Craft & Design program for textiles at Sheridan College. There I learned more about dyeing and screen printing fabric. From there I started to make my own little projects on the side and sell at a few craft shows. And so Hoglumps slowly began.

What is your process? What art tool could you not live without?
My process starts with a rough sketch and notes of my idea. Then I create a more detailed drawing with colour choices. Next I usually source fabric and hardware and make a few prototypes. I then screen print my fabric and cut out the pattern pieces. Then, SEW! Lots of sewing. And ironing. 
One tool I could not live without is a nice sharp pair of fabric scissors. Oh and clear gridded rulers! They both make the process so much easier.  

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from a lot of things. Stuff that makes me laugh or smile, like comic books or my cat, flowers and bugs I see on a walk. I also get a lot of inspiration to continue making by watching my friends and mentors make a living from their work. Watching them succeed is awesome. 

Is there anything you are currently working on that you are excited about?
Recently I have been playing with the idea of making some clothes with my screen printed patterns. I also just opened an online shop on Etsy. 

For more info on Hoglumps:
Instagram: @hoglumps 
Website: hoglumps.com

Furoshiki Gallery

December 23, 2019Storefront

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. www.samaracontemporary.com | www.instagram.com/samara_contemporary

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

Holiday Hours

December 19, 2019Storefront

Check out this Years Holiday hours!
We will be open from 11am – 4pm December 24th for Christmas Eve.
December 25th – 27th we are closed.

December 31st we are open 11am – 4pm and closed January 1st to celebrate the New Years.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Holiday Gift Guide 2

December 17, 2019Storefront

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

Holiday Gift Guide 1

December 11, 2019Storefront

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.