OOAK 2019

November 16, 2019Storefront

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

Sparkle Collective Q + A

October 15, 2019Storefront

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!

PEDESTRIAN SUNDAY

September 25, 2019News & Events, Storefront

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.

Allison + Cam Q&A

August 26, 2019Storefront

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Allison Burda + Cam Gee,
Working collaboratively they make illustrations and animations as well as sell there own line of greeting cards. They create things in the spirit of colour and fun.

Allison + Cam Artist Q & A:

How did you start?
Neither of us went to art school but when we first started dating we realized we had an excellent creative dynamic. We made small comics, animations, and filled sketchbooks with little throwaway projects we made together. We got a lot of positive feedback from the people who saw our work so we started to post illustrations on a weekly blog and printed out some of our work to sell online. From there we were contacted by a few publishers and magazine art directors and started getting paid for our work. But it took years of taking on freelance projects and juggling 1 or 2 days jobs until we were able to make this our full-time gig.

What is your process? What art tool could you not live without?

One of us will mention an idea. If it’s digital work (like planning our cards and stickers), usually Cam will map it out; he’s amazing with rough sketching composition. Then one of us will flesh it out in Photoshop. I’m almost always in charge of colour. If we’re working with irl materials like clay, plaster, paint, wood then it’s kind of a free for all where we converge and diverge throughout the process until the project feels complete. Our work is always stronger when it’s a collaboration than
when we work separately

Where do you get your inspiration?

No one place. We love and collect children’s picture books, and we have a toddler who does bizarre baby stuff and his motions are often a jumping off point for animations. Usually ideas start in a sketchbook that seems to get the most action in the late evenings. Mostly we randomly put ideas on paper and then forget them for months at a time, then we revisit them and the idea feels stronger than it did in the beginning. If it makes us laugh when we come back
to it then it’s worth turning into something.

Is there anything you are currently working on that you are excited about?

We’ve been caught between some large and looming editorial contracts for the last 2 years which have all finished up for the moment so this is the first time in a while where we’ve been able to work on stuff that’s just for us. We’ve been working on plaster sculpture this summer and we’re in the middle of making everything we need to try out punch rug hooking. September is coming and our free time is almost up so we’re savouring this creative trial and error before the autumn
editorial rush picks up again.

PEDESTRIAN SUNDAY

August 22, 2019News & Events, Storefront

Stop by August 25th to see this months featured Pedestrian Sunday artists.
Vicky To, Alexandra Tustin, and Sidney Nielsen will be out in front of
Kid Icarus selling their beautiful merch!

Sidney Nielsen is a Toronto based illustrator and screen printer.
A lover of colour her pieces reflect this. Come see her works of curiosity and whimsy.

Vicky To is a Toronto based artist that specializes in Plastic Fabrication, Printmaking, and Illustration. She’s often hidden away in a shop or studio working away on a new experiment to
combine the three specialities together.

Alexandra Tustin is a freelance illustrator & designer whose work explores analogue media, texture, and digital synthesis. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Design, focused in Illustration, from OCAD University.

Smitten Kitten Q & A

July 20, 2019Greeting Cards, Storefront

We had the pleasure to converse with the owner of Smitten Kitten for our Artist Q & A.
Amy Kwong, the designer behind the brand, started Smitten Kitten in 2006 and
opened the I HAVE A CRUSH ON YOU Gift Shop in 2014.

How did you start?

I started Smitten Kitten in 2006 after I quit my career as a creative director for a giftware company.
I loved the design process and over-seeing the creation of a product from start to finish,
but my design sensibilities didn’t align with the company’s vision.
After butting heads with them one too many times,
I decided to quit working for someone else and start my own company, and Smitten Kitten was born.
Hard to believe that was 13 years ago.

What is your process? What art tool could you not live without?

Well it’s not really an art tool, but I can’t live without my notes app on my phone.
Sometimes ideas come so quick (and I can be very forgetful)
if I don’t jot it down right away, even a few words, I’d loose it forever.
Reading back my notes doesn’t always make sense though.
What’s “Honbre some umbra”?! Who the hell knows. Auto correct is the ducking wurst.
When it’s time to launch a collection, which is twice a year.
I’ll go through my notes to see if any of the ideas have legs.
Then it’s off to races with my trusty sketch book and sharpie where the doodling begins!

Where do you get your inspiration?

Hmmm…not a source of inspo but I find a nice long drive on the highway in
my Mini helps me focus and clears my head.
Also, falling down the social media rabbit hole helps me identify what’s missing in the marketplace.
I’m a bit of a pop culture junkie, so memes and articles that flash across my screens stick with me.
My friends are a brilliant funny bunch too, so we tend to come up with ideas when we hang.

Is there anything you are currently working on that you are excited about?

Yup! Currently working on my 2019 Christmas designs.
Dead celeb RIP Christmas cards and letterpress holiday cards will drop in August at the NY Gift trade show.

Summer Vibes

July 19, 2019Storefront

Did you know there is only 57 days left of summer?
Personalize your patio space with some summer decor,
or spend time enjoying some outdoor activities with these fun in the sun items!


Fabled Creative Silver Sword Pennant Flag – $30
Fiercely decorative pennant flag, stunning in any environment.

Xenia Taler Solar Coaster 4 Pack (3.5” diameter) – $38
Beautiful solar coaster set of porcelain and copper details.
Brighten up any table top.

Noted Basil Plant Rock, also comes in Cactus – $12 each
Are you ready to rock? Then rock a plant rock! Crafted to invoke nature.
Handmade ceramic planters are beautifully glazed to look and feel like a real rock.

Akai Ceramics Studio Incense Holder – $26
Each one of these uniquely made incense holders are roughly 4” x 4”
Because they are handmade no 2 are alike!

Great Outdoors Playing Cards with Wooden Case – $24
Bring the great outdoors to your finger tips!
From the exquisitely detailed illustrations on the deck to the lovely engraved wood case,
It perfectly depicts the wonder of nature.
delightful for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and card players alike.


Jordynn Mackenzie Donut Pillow – $15
Bon appetit! Curb your craving with a donut plushie.

Xenia Taler Ripple Incense Holder – $25
Each piece is handmade with emphasis on developing products
that reflect a love of quality and craftsmanship.

 

One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Journal – $25
This classic memory-keeper is the perfect way to track the ups and downs of life, day by day.
Perfect for someone starting a new journey in life.

Raincoast Unplug Every Day Book – $24
This inspiring journal offers 365 achievable ways to take small breaks from technology
with simple suggestions that encourage journalers to unplug from electronics and
appreciate their surroundings. Get your digital detox.

Rifle Paper Co. Farmers Market Shopping Pad with magnet – $12
Jot down your necessities and tear it off for your grocery run.
It comes with an attachable magnet if you want to put it on your fridge for easy access.

Canada Day Hours

June 26, 2019Storefront

Happy Canada Day from Kid Icarus!
We will be closed Monday July 1st for Canada Day.
Regular Hours will resume Tuesday July 2nd.
Enjoy the sun this long weekend!

Fabled Creative Q&A

June 19, 2019Storefront

Fabled Creative is run by power couple Indy & Ron Guyatt.
They both have a background in illustration and graphic design.
With their love of nature and art they Co-Founded Fabled Creative.
We had the pleasure of doing Q&A with the couple, heres what they had to say.

How did you start?
With $1.00 and access to the school’s printer

What is your process? What art tool could you not live without?
Everything starts as an idea. If it’s a subject that needs research then we start there before we start sketching.
If there was research then we make notes about important common factors,
if there was no research then we will usually make a list of things to consider including in the work.

From there one of us does the initial sketch, usually,
Ron does the refined version of the sketch, and potentially a colour test with markers.
Then Indy will render out the digital version usually in Adobe Illustrator,
it then is handed off to Ron to do final touches in Photoshop.

After all that, our screens are produced by Kid Icarus and then we screen print our art in our apartment.
I guess it could be said that we kind of hot potato our work haha.

As for the tool we couldn’t live without; we unanimously agreed upon the pencil.

Where do you get your inspiration?
In the past year or so we have been switching our gears and with that our inspirations have shifted.
Currently, we are a mix of things like space, science, nature, books.
That said inspiration comes from everywhere so it can sometimes be hard to nail down exactly
what it was that lead to the creation of a piece.

Is there anything you are currently working on that you are excited about?
We are always excited to be making new art,
recently we have started working on fabric which has been very exciting!