What does your keychain say about you?

One day a few months ago I noticed my roommate's keychain (filled with mementos, trinkets, other people's housekeys, and inside jokes) and thought how appropriate it was; it was such a reflection of who she is. And so began my secret spying of other people's keychains to see if this was a common phenomenon. I learned two things: a) it's actually rare to see other people's keychains without literally asking to see them and b) results are inconclusive.  I'm still going to keep an eye out...

In the meantime, here's my thesis, in collage form:

Prepared?

Superstitious?

Utilitarian
Optimistic?

New series of prints: Toronto Libraries

Beaches Branch
 I'm continuing my love of illustrating Toronto buildings with these new prints of six public library branches here in the city.  I picked some because I live near them (ish), some because they're modern looking, some because they're not.  It wasn't until I started illustrating them that I realized the High Park and the Beaches branch were very nearly copies of each other.  And that the Palmerson Library looks like it's from space.

Most of all, I like that we have these buildings devoted to books.  And I'm happy that enough people in this city like them so much that they'll cause a fuss when certain mayors try to close them.

I'll update here on the blog when and where they'll be on sale!

Bloor Gladstone Branch

High Park Branch

Palmerston Branch

Pape / Danforth Branch

St. Jamestown Branch

HOMEbody


I worked on this poster for Toronto-based dance artist Shannon Litzenberger's new work.  The piece is an exploration of home, inspired by Litzenberger's Saskatchewan roots.  As she writes on her website:
“My generation has led the mass exodus from rural life over the past two decades. On the prairies, and in other parts of rural Canada, whole houses have been left behind, now decaying monuments that commemorate our pioneering roots. HOMEbody is both an intimate portrait of my childhood prairie home and a tribute to the importance of where we come from.”
In the brainstorming for this image, Shannon shared with me a number of gorgeous photographs of her trips back to Saskatchewan. I was completely inspired by the flatness, open sky, and abandoned homesteads, which led to this photo illustration. Shannon also requested the little gopher (which was drawn in pencil and scanned in separately) in order to add a little curiosity and hope for the future. In the end, the gopher became such a hit that, if you're planning on attending the Cabbagetown Festival this weekend, you just might see him on a tote bag...

You can watch the HOMEbody trailer and buy tickets on Shannon's website.  Performances are September 20 - 23 at the Winchester Street Theatre in Cabbagetown.