I would agree with the general consensus was that 2016 was a challenging year for most people, myself included. I am so grateful for the support of friends, family and my community. As in previous years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), here is my annual recap of how my year unfolded.
In January, I started my most ambitious lettering project to date: Alphabet-a-day, where I set out to hand-letter one complete alphabet each weekday of 2016. I also had a small illustration of my favourite numeral published in UPPERCASE Magazine.
February was busy with client work, but I took time to release 4 free downloadable Valentine cards!
September was pretty epic! After months of preparation, I made my 2016/2017 collection live on my new online shop and Etsy store, including 16 prints, a clock and my perpetual Calendar, with its own fancy microsite. Thanks again to my talented developer, Chris Roberts, for his help!
In October, UPPERCASE issue 31 was released which featured not one, but TWO, articles about design for the performing arts. The first was with Ireland film graphic designer, Annie Atkins. And the other was with Toronto-based theatre set & costume designer, Michael Gianfrancesco.
In November, I eagerly attended RGD DesignThinkers conference as the roving reporter for UPPERCASE Magazine. You can check out my recaps here and here.
And then it was December! I co-instructed a Ligatures brush lettering at Klick Health, and then capped the year off with Toronto's best holiday market, City of Craft. It was so much fun - a great, celebratory culmination of the year.
This year wouldn't have been possible without the support of YOU – those who purchased a print from my shop, liked one of my Instagram photos, attended a workshop, or visited my booth at City of Craft. I am endlessly grateful to continue doing work that I love.
May 2017 bring you peace and happiness in this ever-changing world.
This 4-pack of festive, limited edition A2-size greeting cards were hand-lettered with brush and ink, scanned, and screen printed by hand in Toronto using water-based matte black and metallic gold ink on pure white 100% cotton archival paper. Matching gold envelopes included. Includes:
-Fa la la la la la la la la -Pa rum pa pum pum -Ring ting ting-a-ling -Thumpety thump thump
I'm thrilled to unveil not one but TWO exciting new projects. I had the pleasure I writing two stories in Issue 31 of UPPERCASE Magazine, which both centred around the concept dear to my heart: design for the performing arts.
The first was an interview with Dublin-based film graphic designer, Annie Atkins, who is most renowned for her meticulous design work on Wes Anderson's film, Grand Budapest Hotel.
My other story focussed on the talents of Michael Gianfrancesco, who designs sets and costumes for the theatre at stages across North America. He is one of Canada's most sought-after designers, and has worked at The Stratford Festival for 13 seasons.
Many thanks to Annie & Michael for generously donating their time, and to Janine for these great opportunities to showcase talent of this calibre.
Check out my previous UPPERCASE contributions here.