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Smitten Kitten Q & A

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.

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SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS! WEEK 2

This weeks Canadian Female Artists are:
Regional Assembly of Text, Stay Home Club, Smitten Kitten, Hinkleville, and Corey Moranis.

Stay Home Club is a “life style for people who have no life.”
Based out of Montreal in 2012, this one woman show has grown into
a successful business and studio.
Stay Home Club totes $26 each, and pins for $9 each.

Local Jewelry designer Corey Moranis plays with plastic to create lovely glitter and marble pieces.
Corey Moranis marble heart necklaces $75 each, the square marble necklaces $55 each,
and the glitter heart keychain $15 each

Local artist Smitten Kitten started in 2004 and has developed into a huge name with features in Elle, MTV and more!
You can get her cool keychains for $8 each or pick up her cards for $6 each.

Toronto based Artist Hinkleville designs all of her unique ceramics by hand. Pick up any of her whimsical pieces at the shop.
The planters go for $45 each, the mugs are $40 each, the small eye dish for $20 each, and the necklace for $40 each.

Regional Assembly of Text has a love for type that is clearly portrayed in there fun card designs.
This dynamic duo is based out of BC. Drop by and pick up a card for $6 each.

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*Smitten Kitten Celebrity Card Series*

Who doesn’t love a good celeb? SmittenKitten has designed a series of cards showcasing notable traits of chosen celebrity personalities. We’ve got a bunch of new famous pals and some classic favs hanging out at our Kensington location from the RIP series. Check ’em out!

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Up close n’ personal…

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~ $6 each ~

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The Great Outdoors!

Dreaming of Camping? Surround yourself with reminders of the great outdoors.

Bird Bingo $37.00, Graham Blair Cod Fish Print $35.00, Pidpenky toadstool plaque $50.00, Lee Meszaros merit badges $25.00, Regional Assemble of Text Button Packs $12.00, Smitten Kitten  Canadiana journals $19.00 , Vintage map coasters $24.00, Camping inspired letterpress cards $5.25-7.00, Animal paper clips 10.00, Squirrel tape dispenser $18.00, Twig coloured pencils $12.00

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OH CANADA!

Happy Canada Day! Here at Kid Icarus we have great Canadian-made, Canadian-themed, products! Smitten Kitten’s Canadianna line of notebook featuring the vintage wildlife photographs of the True North, or a Freshly Printed ‘Edible Invasive Species’ teatowel made the perfect thank you gift for whomever is hosting the Canada Day Festivities!

Want to show your Canadian pride? Outfit yourself and those in your posse with Canadian themed buttons from Vancouver’s Regional Assembly of Text, great year round!

Smitten Kitten Notebooks $19.00, Freshly Printed Edible Invasive Species Tea Towel $28.00,
The Regional Assembly of Text Button Pack $12.00, Kid Icarus Antler Greeting Card $5.00,
Kid Icarus You’re Great Postcard $3.00, Kid Icarus 3D Canadian Geese Gift wrap $5.00

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