Friday, June 25, 2010

Last chance for En Masse

Hey everyone! This Saturday is your last chance to check out the En Masse Collectives installation at HQ!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Press Start!

Hi-yo! Some of you may not know this but HQ has reached another anniversary. That's right, as of June 1 we've been officially kicking since four years! I know it sounds cliche but it really has flown by.

Anyway, to celebrate we've teamed up with local artist Yanick Blanchet to bring you "Press Start" a group exhibition showcasing art inspired by old school video games.

Starting July 1st you will have the chance to enjoy once again the world of Mario Bros, Pac Man and Donkey Kong. It is time to celebrate the wonder years when Tetris was giving us headaches.

More than 30 artists from around the world revisited the most popular video games from our childhood.

On July 8th, we invite you to celebrate with us the launch of Press Start!. For the occasion, Toy Company's VJ/DJ Pocaille will mix the most famous 8 bits sounds from the past.

Press Start! at Headquarters Galerie & Boutique until July 31st.
We are expecting you, nobody’s Game Over yet!

Scott Campbell (États-Unis)
Nate Meltzer (États-Unis)
Lou Pimentel (États-Unis)
Tweedlebop (Angleterre)
Jim Plukart (Colombie)
mr. Schuster (Allemagne)
Sneaky Raccoon (Angleterre)
Po (Argentine)
Acet1 (France)
Bunka (France)
Sandra (France)
Dust (France)
Barbara Canepa (France)
Supacat (France)
Koa (France)
Frank Mysteryo (Mexico)
Chauskoskis (Mexico)
Meton (brésil)
Avive (Québec)
Jonathan Bergeron (Montréal)
Zombie Corp. (Montréal)
Frank Lam (Montréal)
Osmoze (Montréal)
Mélanie Baillairgé (Montréal)
Garrett Van Winkle (Montréal)
Fred Caron (Montréal)
Fred Casia (Montréal)
Scott Harber (Montréal)
Mimi Trailette (Montréal)
Josh Taylor (Montréal)
Toby Cayouette (Montréal)
Scott Ferry (Montréal)
Laura Berger (Montréal)
Rupert Bottenberg (Montréal)
Tyson Bodnarchuk (Montréal)
Lauren (Montréal)
Arno (Montréal)
Nima (Montréal)
Lénia mc farland (Montréal)
JF Groulx (Montréal)
Astro (Montréal)
Yanick Blanchet (Montréal)
Christine Daigle (Montréal)


Press Start!

Dès le 1er juillet, vous aurez la chance de vous replonger dans l'univers de Mario Bros, Pac Man et Donkey Kong. C'est le moment de célébrer l'epoque ou Tetris nous donnait tous des sueurs froides...

Plus de 30 artistes de partout dans le monde se sont donnés comme mission de célébrer les jeux vidéos les plus populaires de notre enfance.

Venez célébrer avec nous les quatre ans de la Gallerie-Boutique Headquarters, lors du vernissage de Press Start!, le 8 juillet prochain. Pour l’occasion, le VJ/DJ Pocailler de Toy Company mixera les grands succès 8 bits du passé.

Press Start! à la Gallerie-Boutique Headquarters jusqu'au 31 juillet.
On vous attend, personne est encore Game Over!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Vintage Mart summer edition opens tonight!

Only a few hours to go before the SDM teams summer edition of Vintage Mart begins.

Feel free to bring all of your friends to HQ this weekend for two days of vintage shopping, beer and good peeps.

Friday 6pm until 9 pm
Saturday 11 am until 6 pm

Thursday, June 17, 2010

En Masse Tee's

For those of you who still have yet to see the En Masse exhibit "The Dice Show" here at HQ, there is still time as the show will be up until the end of June. I decided to post some pictures of a colab project with Moniker Designs and the En Masse crew. The 11 shirts posted are all available for $80 each and are 100% washer safe. Thanks to Blank Apparel for the shirts.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vintage Mart sneak peek

Here's another sneak peek at some of the goods that will be here at SDM's "Vintage Mart" sale this Friday and Saturday....

There's lot's of stuff for the dudes so be sure to drag your boyfriend along...... oh and we'll also be selling beer and wine, so you can get blitzed while you shop.... just say'in.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Vintage Mart

This Friday, the Smart Design Mart team is hosting another two day vintage sale at HQ! The last one was a success and this one will not disappoint.
All the vendors have tonnes of vintage dresses, belts, swimsuits, jewelry and accessories.

Sale hours:
Friday, June 18 6pm - 9 pm
Saturday, June 19 11am-6pm

Hope to see you all out for drinks, music and shopping!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Simone's Rose

Hiyo! Just a heads up that we got a new design in from Simone's Rose (That's SIMONE"S ROSE, not Simon's Rose as some dumb asses say). The "Boho" Kimono, pictured above is made from vintage 60's print fabric, so quantities are limited. We also have the Kimono "Ninja" in black.

Forever yours,


Thursday, June 03, 2010

Craft Fair: The Do's and Don'ts

Well, it's that time of year again! It's the Summer craft sale season and Puces Pop craft fair opens this weekend. A bunch of HQ designers and artists will be selling their awesome stuff, as will Angie and I, so I thought this may be a good opportunity to offer some tips on how to make the sale an even better experience. Whether your and experienced craft sale veteran or this is your first time, follow some of these rules and it will be the most fun you've had all year....


DO: Bring cash with you. It's very rare that there is a cash machine in the venue or the seller has an Interac machine with them.

DON'T: Barter. This is the worst. Trust me, asking "Is this your best price?" not only ruffles feathers but 9 times out of 10 it IS their best price. This is not a fish market, so the product doesn't really have a shelf life or best before date. Waving a Loonie under their noses isn't going to make them drop the price.

DO: If you like something but it's out of your price range, feel free to take a business card. Some sellers will do commission work or have other products with a wide range or prices on their websites.

DON'T: Act like the seller is behind soundproof glass. I can't tell you how many times I've heard from vendors some of the rudest comments made about their products right in front of them! Some examples:

"I can make that!" (Maybe you can but you wont.)
"I saw something like this at H&M/Urban Outfitters/Simons/etc., for half the price"
"Nuts-o!" (that one was said upon seeing my paintings)
"My brother/sister/friend makes something like this but a little better"

DO: Make sure you check out all the tables. Sometimes a seller can get stuck in a bad spot, which is just the luck of the draw. So, it's always worth your while to see what everyone has to offer as it may be that one particular seller, situated behind a pillar and next to the washrooms that has the perfect thing for you.

DON'T: Stand directly in front of a sellers table and have a long conversation with friends. It blocks the table and can be kind of annoying. And it's boring for the seller... I've heard too many conversations about babies, new floors or office romances. Stop it!


DO: Have everything clearly priced. Some people can get a little scared to ask the price of something in fear of it being out of their budget (Me included).

DON'T: Forget to shower. It's a long day in some of those basements, so don't make it seem longer with bad hygiene. Seriously, I've had to be next to some pretty stinky people in the past and it makes for an unpleasant experience. The worst part.... I actually got used to the smell of armpit and garlic, so the fresh air outside seemed foreign to me.... I probably looked like Dracula, stepping out into the sun. "BLAH! Hissss"
DO: Be friendly and make sure you take time to grab a coffee and a snack before hand. Nothing makes people more irritable than being starved.

DON'T: If you're not having as many sales as you had hoped, don't put on a sulk. Nothing acts as Kryptonite to sales worse than someone who looks unapproachable and pissed. Even if you don't make any sales, think of it as a great way to network and advertise your work.

That's all I could come up with off the top of my head. I hope it's helpful.

Hope to see you all at Puces Pop
June 5, Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm
June 6, Sunday, 11am - 6pm
At the Ukrainian Federation 213 Hutchison