Friday, June 26, 2009

Josiane Perron

Wow, summer is HERE in all its humid glory. When it's this hot and humid I go into a panic and can only think about what to do/wear to stay cool. Being a clothing designer I immediately think "COTTON. MUST. WEAR. COTTON" but perhaps many of you don't know/care about textiles, and are wondering what the heck I'm talking about....Well, for hot/humid weather cotton can rarely be beat (linen, silk and bamboo are pretty on par though, see a trend with the natural fibres?). You may think that cute little chiffon dress will be the coolest thing to wear when it's +30, but in reality the dress is probably polyester chiffon (perhaps you're lucky and it's silk?) and no matter how skimpy your little chiffon dress is, a cotton dress will always keep you cooler.

SO, on that note, I want to recommend the cute dresses and tops from Josiane Perron. This collection is full of preppy/feminine pieces that look great paired up with leather sandals/oxfords, vintage belts and summer hats. Josiane is also an incredible patternmaker, and all of her stuff fits amazingly well, and has great little thoughtfully placed pleats and tucks.

See you all this weekend!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy St. Jean!

L-R: Mike & Judy (aka Miju), Jen Storey, Shannon (aka coucousalut) & her man,
Garry (DJ Garry Vickers), Dan, Tyson, Spencer, Kev, Rich, moi, Marc (aka broundoor)

As any of you who have perhaps tried to come down to HQ today will notice, we're closed for St. Jean Baptiste! We hope you're enjoying an awesome day off too, ours will involve breakfast, biking (for Tyson, the pic above is from 2 weekends ago) and BBQing. The basic 3 Bs of holidaying.

Also, check out the article I did for The Storque (Etsy's blog) with pics of tons of local Quebec artists and goodies! For the full article, click HERE

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Anyone there? Bueller? Bueller?

Hey everyone! It's been awhile since I've blogged, so I have to say THANK YOU to Tyson for taking up the blogging responsibilities over the last while, it's been crazy around here to say the least. I can't spill the beans quite yet on ALL the exciting things that are about to happen with my line (Norwegian Wood) but I can spill on a few things so you'll know I'm not lying when I say I've been super busy!

-First of all the Norwegian Wood Black Elastic Harness will be available in US retailer Free People (big sister of Urban Outfitters) in the coming months, so stay tuned for more info soon!
-I've been collaborating with Marc Simard of Broundoor over the last few weeks, we've come up with a way to make a leather version of the cage skirt, so watch for that soon as well (see photo above)
- I'm working on a super limited edition set of harnesses and fringe necklaces for GORGEOUS online vintage shop Shrimpton Couture, stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks as well!
-For all you Winnipeggers I've got two things on the horizon:
First of all Marc (see above) and I will be heading out for the Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 8-12), so watch out for us there, we're a corner booth operating under the collective name "WeMade", stop by and say hi!
Secondly, I'm proud to announce that Norwegian Wood has its first Winnipeg stockist, The Urban Boutique! I'll be bringing down a bunch of fringe necklaces, fringe earrings and feather necklaces on the 7th of July, so now you know where to get your NW fix in the Peg.

So that's about it for now, I promise posting will be back up to par, I've got a whole bunch of designer profiles to put up in the next few weeks!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday Maurice Sendak!!!

One of my all time favorite illustrators and story tellers just turned 81 this month! (June 10) I am one of the hundreds of thousands of people who can say with out of doubt that "Where The Wild Things Are" has been a fave since the first time my Mother read it to me. Happy Birthday Mr. Sendak and thank you, thank you, thank you!

When I saw the trailer for the upcoming film, I was literally tearing up.

An original drawing that is going for $6500. (My birthday is February 2nd. In case you were wondering)

"In The Night Kitchen"

Friday, June 12, 2009

New 8 Track mixy-poo

A new random mix of older and newer stuff that I feel like listening too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Birds Of Ottawa

Well, the Birds Of Montreal show has migrated to Ottawa this month. Norml Gallery and The Birdwatchers of North America are proud to present "Birds of Ottawa". An exhibit of collaborative drawings featuring work by Tyson Bodnarchuk, Aya Kakeda & Garrett Van Winkle. The exhibit opens this Thursday, June 11th. If you're in town, please drop by and say hello.

You can also check out a little interview I did here:

See you there!
June 11, 2009
Norml Gallery
184 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON

Monday, June 08, 2009


Thanks to all who came out to celebrate our 3rd year! I dropped the ball and did not take a single picture. But artist Scott Ferry had his act together and snapped a few pics early in the evening.

Mimi & DJ Garry Vickers

Artist Valerie Sury

Scott Ferry and his work

Artist Mimi Traillette.

Sorry I don't have more to show you...... my bad.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

We Are 3! Tonight!

Tonight is the night. We are officially 3 years old. To commemorate the event, we teamed up with Furni creations to make a limited run of 22 cubes. They are laser etched, solid recycled wood from Pallets that came from South America. At $22. each be sure to secure yours ASAP. Hope to see you all out tonight. I love you.


Thursday, June 04, 2009

We Are 3! opens this Saturday!

Well, the show is finally hung and ready for this weekend! And I gotta say, there is some of the best work we've ever had in the gallery in this exhibit. Here's a sneak peek.....

Ink, Graphite & watercolor on tea stained paper
Stella Im Hultberg

Stella Im HUltberg

Stella Im HUltberg

Ink on paper
Frederic Noel

Birthday Dolls
Mimi Traillette
$120 each

Mixed media
Rupert Bottenberg

Lifestyle In A Bottle
Peru Dyer

An Albatross
Ink on canvas
Tim Barnard

mixed media
Tina Stewart

Gouache & pen on paper
Aaron McConomy

Gouache & pen on paper
Aaron McConomy

Lapin Somnanbules
La Puce a L'agonie
$82. & $78.

Mindful Consumption
Mixed media
Scott Harber

That's all I'm going to show you for now..... sorry. Hope to see you all this Saturday, June 6th here at HQ.