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It’s an urban takeover of the Toronto shoreline when artist Trevor Wheatley and TV host Liz Trinnear go below zero. Continuing Wheatley’s series of urban dictionary sculptures, the collaborators resurrect an icy monument, documenting its deterioration over an afternoon. We’re calling this our daily dose of creativity on the rocks. Best served chilled. Hold the glitter. Naturally something so chill/fancy/fresh is deserving of a high-fiving dog.
Because there’s no better time to upgrade your cool, we invited the effortlessly everything Cris Prosperi to the MTV FORA studio for a lesson in moving and shaking. What we learned was that copper sweats and graphic notes earn you A++. Oh and, cat ears are appropriate for every occasion (maybe?). No matter if you’re returning to the classroom or the workroom this fall we’re calling this one back 2 cool. Now follow our lead: jump kick, pow pow, backpack, wallet, pencils. BOOM.
Studio visit from our friend @legendsleague. Photo: @jacbeale
Locked & loaded. Photo: @jennifer_cee
On the road again with @thecreatorclass. Photo: @rosizzle
From a 200 sq. ft. trailer by the beach, self-professed maximalist @tyler_spangler opens up about everything from design to Counter-Strike (and lots more in between). Now on thisisfreeagency.com.
Say it twice for good measure- Ben Skinner’s got that win win method. All puns and wordplay for days his neon signs tell it like it is. Spoken in rounds, the phonetics from his mélange of traditional and nontraditional art supplies are loud and clear. Surprise surprise he’s a Vancouver creator. Don’t forget the mug shots of mugs and lit up maxims. For that- your table surface hogging is much encouraged if we get more art like “Twice on Sundays” out of the deal. That’s because in Ben Skinner’s world everyday is like Sunday and Morrissey lyrics read like an art piece.
In this interview Evan Prosofsky mentioned that he'd be stoked to meet the President, so I figured I’d get the ball rolling….
Obama, if you’re listening, this is one guy you want on your side. A friend to Grimes, an Arcade Fire favourite, he’s a certifiable lens mater flex. Creating away from traditional film hubs Evan brings that certain Canadian somethin’ somethin’ to cinematography. Before hitting the Alberta open-road the true north legend let us in on playing big serious games of pretend and his traveling toolkit.
We could go on and on about how Van City's Stephanie Le is the crème de la crème brûlée of food bloggers. Or about how her mouth-watering photography has earned her such accolades as Blog of The Year. We could even marvel at her ability to whip anything together with three basic tools: a knife, a cutting board, and a cast iron pan. But instead we'll just say “pumpkin ricotta pancakes” because girl, you had us at breakfast food.
If Winnie Truong ran the world the streets would be filled the candy-haired pedestrians taking 45 minutes each morning to enjoy the outdoors. We’d start our days with a cup of tea and braids + buns would be the mane attraction. If Winnie Troung ran the world our workdays would be fuelled by podcasts and comedians chats. We’d all sport flowing locks like Mariah Carey circa 1997. Most importantly though, if Winnie Truong ran the world we’d all have chill studios with a window seat just like her's.... hey, a girl can dream…
For Shantell Martin the writing’s on the wall. And under the table, on toy planes, across car windows, and all over her wardrobe. That’s the short list at least. The long list extends from fine print 0.05 pen lines in Tokyo to mammoth-sized murals at MIT. Though this Central Saint Martin’s grad has been mark making all over the world, she keeps her home base like a stark white canvas- save for one busy stickman. Dressed in her usual uniform of dress shirts splashed with existential questions, we caught up with Shantell for a virtual tour of her doodling HQ.
Based on his nomadic tendencies you might assume that Andrew Knapp uses the term “hometown” loosely. True, shaking the habitual comes easy when the bioluminescent Texan shoreline is calling your name. Plus, who needs Wall Street when you’ve got a workspace on wheels planted amongst the sandstone formations of the northern Verde Valley? Fact is- this hyper wanderer is a hardbent perveyor for smalltown pride. Of course that’s not to say he’s going home anytime soon. As the saying goes: home is where the pour-over Guatemalan medium roast is.
It’s easy to get lost in a Robert Storey set. When multihued graphics and surrealist sculptures play host to models and designer good alike, we’re often left questioning our state of consciousness: Pinch me, I must be dreaming? True the world of Robert Storey seems more seussian than Saks Fifth Ave., but snap back to reality and the real world implications are plain as day. With names like Kenzo, Victoria Beckham, Vogue, and Wallpaper* Magazine calling on the NYC creative you better believe he’s a set designing dream come true. Equally well-versed in pantone colour charts and artistic husteling, we couldn’t image a better toolkit to peep than one belonging to the craftsman (re: magician) himself. After chatting bucklists and recent travels, we’ve only got one thing left to ask you, Robert. Regarding your Nike Pop-Up display… Can we live here? Please?
Leta Sobierajski’s toolkit is filled with some v. serious stuff (googly eyes), she works with some extremely innovative materials (bacon), and she’s accustomed to the upmost phrases of sophistication (“feeling warm and fuzzy”).