Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloweiner!

For those of you who missed the "Don't Look At Me, I'm A Monster" exhibit, I figured today would be a good time to post the work for you to check out. Apologies to all for the horrible photos... I just don't have what it takes to take 'em.

Artist Mimi Traillette with her "Cannibal Octopus"!

Mini Cyclops Octopi

"The Eerie Brothers" by Tristan Breeuwer

"Exorcise" by Alexei Vella

"Charlie's Skin Under Microscope" by Tyson Bodnarchuk

"Cloud" by La Puce A L'Agonie and "Windface" by Tyson Bodnarchuk

"Problematic" by Sean William Dawson

"Face Prison" by Scott Harber

"Filthy Youth" by Nicoz

"Zombie 1 & 2" by Natalie Reis

"The Iree Neighborhood" by Michelle Storey

"Mystical Ones Never Survive, The Ethereal Ones Remain" by Melissa Contreras

"Untitled" by Mark Unterberger

"Ghost Gang" by Lisa Marie Godfrey

"Saftey In Numbers" by Lisa Marie Godfrey

"Zombies" by Josh Taylor

"The Last Supper" by Josh Reames

"Little Monster" by Jesus Bejar

"Il N'ya Pas De Fumee Sans Feu" by Jen Storey
(p.s. she has a solo show this Saturday, Nov 1 @ HQ)

"Deep Purple Mandrake" by Jennifer Hamilton

"La Sainte Catherine" by Jason Cantoro

"Untitled" by Fred Casia

"Jenny Hanvier" by Eric Braun

"Frank" by Danielle Sayer

"The Return of Caprice" by Benjamin Deshaies

"Who Stole My Toothbrush?" by Benjamin Deshaies

"Visiting" by Aaron McConomy

Limited Edition pieces

So for those of you who read the blog regularly, a lot of you will know that I used to design for a line of clothing called Yarncraft. That line is no longer around, but I was able to scoop up some of the sample pieces from the last collection, which was supposed to be released this fall.

All of these pieces are designed by me, and I love them! I was super happy with this collection, and super sad that the line got cancelled, but now we have the designs in the store, and at a great discounted price as well. Since they are samples, they're all half the price (or even less) than what the regular price was going to be.

The quality of these pieces is amazing, so this is your chance to scoop of some great pieces at a really affordable price. Many pieces are made of amazing fabrics, like silk/linen blends, bambo/cotton blends, waxed linen, spandex blend satin and all sorts of other awesome things. I've attached pics of some of the items, but there's a lot more down at HQ. We only have 1 or 2 of most of these pieces, so if you see something you like don't delay!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jen Storey: Play With Fire, this Saturday!

We are SO excited to present the latest solo exhibition by Jen Storey (friend and YPFer) entitled "Play with Fire". Yes, we know that playing with fire is bad...BAD! But really, didn't all the interesting kids at school play with fire a little bit? Just a bit? All I know is that if you try to set mousse on fire (yes, hair mousse) it will burn purple. Just sayin'. I think I can write that here, we're all adults, I really don't think kids read the HQ blog. At least not the impressionable ones.

Anyways, this show is going to be super amazing, Jen has been working non-stop for months now, I seriously haven't seen the girl AT ALL in the past month, it's nuts. Jen's been working in quite a few mediums for this show including illustration, paint and collage, all wrapped up in a beautiful dreamy package. This is definitely a show NOT to miss! The opening goes from 7pm-11pm this Saturday (Nov. 1st) and the show runs for the entire month of November.

Play With Fire: A solo show by Jen Storey
7pm-11pm, Saturday Nov. 1/08
music by DJ Garry Vickers
drinks, snacks, some minor debauchery expected
boutique open all night, come for drunken shopping, it's the best!


M8N4 Jewelry

We love doing the Puces POP shows, not only because we love to sell our wares, but also because we love to meet the other crafters/designers and are always on the lookout for new goodies for the store. We first met Marie-Maude at last springs Puces POP and were blown away by her laser cut acrylic jewelry. We talked, we both got busy, and next thing we knew it was time for the fall Puces POP. Luckily our tables were right beside each other, so short of someone putting up an invisible force field between us, there was no way we were NOT getting the stuff for the store!

If you've never seen her stuff before, I'm betting you will become immediately enamoured with the cuckoo clock pieces, they're pretty hard to resist. Then again, maybe I'm especially susceptible to their charms, I grew up with a giant cuckoo clock pretty much being the main attraction at my grandparents house as a kid. My sister and I would literally SCREAM when that little bird popped out of his wee house and started up with the racket. It was probably the only time you could get a 7 year old and a 4 year old to stare at a clock for minutes on end, waiting for the bird. Come to think of it, maybe it was all a ploy by my parents and grandparents to get a few minutes of silence... Actually, scratch that, I don't think the few minutes of pre-bird silence could possibly be a fair trade for the screaming that followed the arrival of the cuckoo.

Anyways, back to the good stuff. We've now got a beautiful little section of M8N4 jewelry down at HQ (right above the Broundoor stuff, for all you regulars) We've got the cuckoo clock pendants as well as the brooches in black, white and mirror finish. We've got the cameo necklaces and brooches in black, white and mirror finish. We've also got the gorgeous lacy/drippy necklaces in black, frosted clear and the mirror finish. I'm in LOVE with the frosted clear, it's so amazing it freaks me out.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Around the Web...

A couple of my designs have been featured here and there lately so I thought I'd keep all you faithful readers in the mom gets mad when I don't keep her up to date here on the blog ;)

First off, Queen Michelle from Kingdom of Style put together a fabulous DIY elastic bandage style dress, and styled one of the outfits with my burnout velvet geometric leggings, awesome!

Secondly, Rumi from Fashion Toast was spotted in the "Zip it Up, Chain it Up" harness again, soooo nice! The main point of the post is the killer jacket she's wearing, by Quail, but I love how the harness has become such a versatile layering piece.

Lastly, Refinery 29 just did a post about the rising popularity of the zipper in the designer collections. Norwegian Wood was featured as one of the ways to "shop the trend", which sounds kind of futuristic to me, in a weird kind of way. Check out the post HERE.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Monster Invasion

If you're looking for something to do tonight, "Monster Invasion", the latest custom Munny show at Off The Hook. (1021A Sainte Catherine west- metro Peel) opens at 8pm. Music, drinks and vinyl awesomeness. Here's a sneak peek at my contribution.....

See you there,