The original concept behind these multiple exposure was for my 52 Weeks Project last year where I took a self-portrait every week for a year. It was one of those moments where an idea just grabbed me and I spent an hour outside freezing trying to find the best angle and combination between my silhouette and a paper mask. I haven’t included the one I end up chosing in this set but you can check it out here.
Pick of the Week: Skullery
This week’s pick if faux taxidermy shop Scullery which sells necklaces and skull pieces cast out of resin. I have been following this shop for probably 4 years and just never bought a piece even after almost 2 years of having the same crow skull necklace in my basket. However I recently started following Scullery on Instagram and fell in love with what they’ve been doing recently with using multi-colored resin, glitter, even glow in the dark pieces and maybe soon color changing resin skulls. I was blown away by the newest unnatural skulls and was waiting on baited breath for the release of the pieces so I could find one to call my own. It arrived yesterday and I’m so in love with it, I didn’t even realize from the pictures online that my piece had glitter in it and it honestly looks and feels like a real skull to me and thankfully is not one. One thing I will mention is that even though they have an Etsy store it’s really only for their more tradition realistic pieces. If you like the unnatural skulls like my necklace you will want to check out their main website under Special Editions and follow them on Instagram because certain pieces are auctioned off and special additions are put up in bulk runs and usually the only updates are provided through Instagram. I actually missed the release of the past bundle of skulls by a few days (after waiting around 2 months for it). I still found a few pieces left that I could choose from and I was more than happy with my choice. However their skulls and crystals are limited and get bought the day of in droves so if you really want a certain piece I think it’s worth waiting around for. I can’t wait to see what else they do and am always excited to see what crystals they sell as well. I just adore my piece and if you are into taxidermy or bird skulls or know someone who is, I couldn’t recommend a better store worth checking out!
May Emerges is an electronic rock mixtape again like last month but this one is very much about uplifting music that energizes and gives spirit. Featuring heavily on the mixtape is this month’s artist inspiration Fischerspooner, along with Vitalic, Drake, Goldfrapp, Peaches to mention a few and even some old school 90s classics by Sneaker Pimps and Daft Punk.
The playlist is also on Youtube, and features a lot of the official videos so worth watching too.
Unlike the month before me and Victor have been doing a lot more thrifting than to vintage fairs so there is lot of random bits and bobs this month as there is nothing I love more than something useless under $5. I am a sucker for cheap, cute, pointless things, so much that sometimes for my birthday or Christmas Victor gets mad at me cos all I ask for is useless shit. It’s not my fault though (well…). April was a pretty good month overall for both vintage and thrift items but most of the time we barely found more than 1 thing at a place at a time. So I can’t wait to start biking and go to some stores I haven’t been since last Summer. Let’s see what we found in April!
I can’t even, like you have no idea. Thrifting and antiquing in Montreal is so hard because everyone here knows their shit. Unlike most blogs which seem to perpetuate that they find cool shit for $1, I usually buy pretty fair, high prices for the good things I picked up. This though is probably my biggest steal, me and Victor were tripping over ourselves at how lucky we got. It’s a beautiful Imperial “The Good Companion” typewriter from 1936, in working condition was $60. I know its hipster thing but I use to want to be writer when I was little and have always appreciated and wanted a nice antique typewriter. I always looked at them in passing but it’s so rare to find one that even works well enough that I normally don’t even bother looking these days. So I’ll totally concede and say Victor spotted this and made me look at it. I was delighted when we arrived home and besides having dry ribbon (which I fixed pretty quickly, thanks Amazon), there is nothing wrong with this beautiful creature. It’s stunning, and I had to resist and not share 700 photos of every detail of it (but I will surely do that in an upcoming Vintage Tuesday). Apparently it’s also pretty common to find newer models of this typewriter for over $250.
Antique photo albums are my newest thing I am on the hunt for. I have so many vintage photographs I feel like they need a proper home and I love the black paper albums with leather covers of old. I tell myself that some day I’ll fill hem up with the photos I have and then write fake stories of this pretend family and make some sort of art project out of them….some day.
We found this Jiffy camera in the most curated and hipster antqiue store ever, Victor spends a lot of time on Facebook finding obsture places for us to visit. It was pretty much a dud store that we will likely never go again but this cute Jiffy camera was a pretty good price of $20 even though it has a chip in the back.
Pick of the Week: Ree Artwork
This week’s artist is illustrator Ree from Venezuela and Florida who sells prints and originals. She posts videos as well on Youtube of her work and process which I enjoy since she uses Copic markers which I am trying to learn techniques for. Her gorgeous style really attracted me to her work and I just had to pick something up s0 I bought an original of a mermaid and a few prints that I adore. I’m really happy with her work and always looking forward to see what she does next. You can check out her blog, and her store for more of her work.
For some reasons these Vancouver sunset multiple exposure photographs remind me of the song “To the Moon and Back” by Savage Garden. They were taken last Summer during one of the many sunsets I managed to watch from my dear friend Nicole’s balcony of downtown. It’s interesting to see the progress of color as the sun gets further down. I haven’t seen any really great sunsets yet this year but here’s hoping…
Two different none double exposure shots so you can what the sunset really looked like The one below would have been such an amazing shot with the birds except they aren’t in focus. The last one you can really see the scale of how far away I was.
Pick of the Week: Soft Market
This weekend in Montreal is the second ever, Soft Market featuring a bunch of great local artists and artisans. This one is the Spring edition and I will be there as a seller with some of my colorful and cute bath products I’ve been making in the last few months. So if you see me there, come say hi! I am pretty excited to see how the reception is and I loved going to the last one so I am sure it will be a fun day. Below I thought I’d share what I picked up at the last Soft Market so you can get an idea of what type of things will be there.
One of the organizers is artist Starchild Stela, who I haven’t shared on the blog in awhile. I picked up the Bitter Feels zine, her Support Cuties sticker pack, a Cat Calls patch, and a Not Your Babe pin. I love the support stickers the most! Sarah Bourget is someone I always see at craft fairs and have to resist buying everything she has. Her custom stickers and mini prints are a dream.
The other organizer of the event is Lovestruck Prints who’s pastel stickers are adorable.
Swarm stickers, a zine by Kyoko and the business card of this great poetry maker Hea Ryung. I was so broke when I went I couldn’t buy a cup but I deeply regret it. Lastly SugarBones’ JustGirlyThings zine and matching pin, the artist wasn’t there but it’s in the same vibe so thought I’d share.
If you are coming on Saturday, I look forward to meeting you and I’m excited to check out all the artists and do some trades to add to my growing zine and huge sticker collection.
My musical inspiration for April is We Are Wolves, an indie band from Montreal, Canada that not only inspired me spiritually in art but also life. If you’ve ever wondered why a West Coast girl like me ended up in Quebec, well to be honestly I would have never thought of it myself without knowing this band and being intrigued enough to check out their hometown. When I started thinking about what specific record to share I decided to go with their 3rd release Invisible Violence from 2009 as it’s still feels very modern where the first two you can really tell were from that certain time in music history when electro was big and there was tons of other artists on the rock scene with that element to them, a bit more raw and of a certain time. My favourite album is actually their first one but Invisible Violence is such a solid record with so many great addicting songs on it, and it is probably the best gateway to their sound. The mix of multilingual on the record is also the best they’ve done, seamlessly going from English to Spanish in one breath and then into French for almost an entire song. That element of their band and their diverging musical interests has always made them stand out. I could go on but We are Wolves are simply put my favourite band since the moment I first heard them, when they opened up for Bad Religion (I was actually seeing the other opener The (International) Noise Conspiracy not BR). My life was changed that moment, and every time I’ve listened to them since I get chills. They are such a phenomenal band that is still to some extent not that well known outside of Quebec. Which boggles my mind. I can’t even describe what effect they have playing live, it’s just an out of body experience every time and the three original members had such a dynamic together. Much in the same vein as Fischerspooner when it comes to not just being a band with music, but also being living breathing art and incorporating that into their shows. Even if their music doesn’t hook you right away, I’d still say worth checking them out live just to live it once…I could go on and on but I think their music speaks for itself…
Listen to Invisible Violence:
My mixtapes now have their own post but if you missed it check out April Trances mixtape, here!
Today I wanted to share with you my newest addition to my vintage camera collection the Kodak No.0 Brownie made between 1928-1935. I bought this lovely and unique camera for $20 just a few weeks ago while antiquing shopping at a market. It uses 127 film, takes 6 x 4 cm exposures is made almost entirely out of cardboard and wood. Below I have a more detailed looked at the camera below because I just love it’s texture and details.
This is actually the backside of the camera, probably one of the only cameras I own where the back plate is much prettier and detailed than the front. The front side of the camera, and although it looks like glass should be there this camera original had none. You can also see the aperture is open like a photo is being taken.
The top side of the camera where you can find the metal clasp to opening the back of the camera, a viewfinder and the metal tap that gives you unlimited exposure. The side of the camera where you have the second viewfinder and the simple shutter. As well the lever/knob for advancing the film. Out of all my cameras this is probably the most decorative film advancement I’ve seen, it’s so cute. A peak inside the camera, which is made almost entirely out of wood and velvet.