Vintage Tuesday: Girly Thrift

girly thrift (3)When I’m thriting or at antique fairs I normally end up seeking out and buying mostly camera and photography related type items so today I thought I’d share some of my ‘girly thrift’. I know girly might be considered a stereotypical nonexclusive word but I was looking for a broad term that included all the little nick nacks I have around the house for no other reason than they are cute. Anyways, starting off are my retro kitty porcelain salt and pepper shakers and cat figure that I adore.

girly thrift (8)Hello Kitty phone that lights up bought for $1, I don’t know who uses a landline anymore but I use it as a book end.

girly thrift (6)Two vintage frames of mixed media art consisting of an oil painted background with the swans and doves  made with real feathers.

girly thrift (7)A retro Coke Cola wooden display, likely made in the 1970’s based of an older tin sign.

girly thrift (15)A retro My Little Pony missing it’s tail given as a trade.

retro my little pony (3)retro my little pony (2)Found at Puces St-Henri this last weekend, I rarely find My Litte Pony’s while at flea markets that are worth buying so I was excited. The price of $20 for all 3 was a bit much but I caved.

girly thrift (9)Vintage taxidermy keychain, I consider it my Pokemon.

girly thrift (12)Darling chocolate tin featuring a cat, unsure of year but probably after 1950s.

girly thriftA vintage Talc tin for Evening in Paris, likely 1920s era.

sailor moon (2)Not thrifted but had to include my desktop Sailor Scouts.

girly thrift (14)And lastly my grandmother’s perfume bottle, which has a delightful shape and color.

Happy Thrifting!


Featured Artist: Kendra Binney

Kendra BinneyFeatured Artist: Kendra Binney

Featured artist this week is painter Kendra Binney from Portland. I was really drawn to her work because of her overall esthetic and the hazy dream like quality of her paintings. Her work feels like you are glimpsing into a sinister snow globe with the mixture of nature and human influence.  The encroaching human touch into scenic landscapes is a common theme throughout her paintings.  This is really helped by her muted watercolor tone, which works wonderfully with her subject matter and creates these almost effortless scenes. Below is a few of her paintings and information on where to find her work.

Kendra Binney (website)
Etsy (prints + other items)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kendra Binney.


Featured Artist: Agnes-Cecile


Featured Artist: Agnes-Cecile

This week I wanted to share the work of Italian painter Silvia Pelissero who goes by the name of Anges-Cecile. She is a self-taught painter that creates wonderful water color portraits. To be honest I’ve never been super fond of water color paintings until recently and she is one of the painters that have really changed my mind on the medium. I love how she uses it in her paintings epically the delicate dripping. Her technique is just so sublime and the results really speak for themselves. Evocative female portraits are a very common subject for painters but her work feels very modern and of this time which I enjoy. Her work also reminds me of the new fade of getting tattoos that look water colored with her very subtle ‘coloring outside the lines’. I could easy see her work hanging in an art gallery or a skate shop and I think this versatility will serve her well. Not to mention her color pallet, I especially enjoy her pieces that have just an absolute rainbow of colors. Check out some of her work below as well as links on where you can find her!

Agnes-Cecile (website)
Society6 (prints)
Bigcartel (originals)
Facebook (updates)
DeviantArt (blog)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Silvia Pelissero


Pick of the Week: Liza Corbett

liza corbett

Pick of the Week: Liza Corbett

This week’s pick is the Etsy store “The Summer-Land” by artist Liza Corbett who sells otherworldly original illustrations & sketches, prints, dolls, and embroidery. If I remember correctly I first found her work while trying to find artists who make paper dolls and I fell in love with her fabric dolls. I have never seen an artist before that takes original illustrations and transferred them onto canvas and then made the canvas into a pillow style doll. I absolutely love the idea and wish I could have a whole collection her dolls around my house. Since then I’ve been following her store and when I was looking last month to see if there was anything new I fell in love with this original sketch that I just had to have. I am a big sucker for the right color combination and honestly although it’s a sketch I find it very magical. I was on my rent paycheck and had my Toronto trip coming up so I asked if she could reserve it for a few weeks and she was happy to do so and was so great about it. I also although it was super difficult to decide picked up one of the dolls (hopefully the first in many I will acquire). She packed the sketch with such care I was so surprised the amount of effort and detail she went to make sure it arrived safe (it was in an art tube and in a massive box which was great) and everything was wrapped up in ribbon which really made me smile as it felt like a present. She also very kindly gave me a few pins and mini-prints. Honestly her work is breathtaking and I love the unashamed morbidness of the pieces. Her work feels very genuine and doesn’t rely on the motifs that have become popular in art in the last few years. I really hope I start seeing her work around more and perhaps even an exhibit in Montreal (I can dream, can’t I?). Below are photos of what I picked up and for more information about Liza Corbett check out her website!

liza corbett (3)The original sketch I bought, I haven’t decided where to hang it in my office yet so it’s on the empty wall. It  doesn’t look very large since the wall is blank but it’s 18×24 in which makes it the largest piece of artwork I own.

liza corbett (4) A closer look at the sketch and the amazing colors.

liza corbett (5)The stuffed doll called Louisa V – An Excursionist.

liza corbett (1)I have my doll on the art wall for right now. I love how well it goes with the other pieces.

liza corbett (2)The mini prints she gave me and pins, I cannot wait to frame/wear these. She wrote a really nice note on the back of the one on the right (love that about Etsy store owners).

a few of my favourite items from her shop:


Featured Artist: Ruben Ireland

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Featured Artist: Ruben Ireland

Ruben Ireland is an illustrator from London England that you may recognize as his work right now is everywhere. I’ve been interested in his work ever since I found it random on Society6 last year and even picked up some prints for my best friend’s birthday present.  His work is mostly in the form of digital illustrations and the subject matter varies from haunting female silhouettes to totem like animal imagery borrowed from native culture, and doll like portraits. His older work is a different style to the work he has been putting out for the last year or so however they all share a dark undertone. His female characters are shown as very stoic and still figures almost like they are trapped. He uses feathers, antlers, and other native symbols that are used commonly by hipster culture nowadays throughout his work. I find his work viewed as a whole comes across disjointing and you may find yourself not a fan of all aspects of it but I find that way he explores his subjects is captivating and I really enjoy his dark tone silhouette style pieces. He is defiantly worth checking out and I enjoy stepping into his world. It will be interest to see where he goes in the next few years, he is definitely breaking out.

Ruben Ireland (website)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints for purchase)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ruben Ireland


Paint by the Numbers

selfportraitIf only I could paint by the numbers….this week’s self portrait is me from 4 years ago shortly after I had moved from Vancouver to Montreal. There isn’t much to say about this one, except I wish I did this more. Living with my boyfriend for the last 3 years has really cramped my spur of the moment photoshoots, god only knows what he’d think if he saw me do this on the balcony one day.

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Saturday Review: Tara McPherson “Lonely Heart”

lonelyheartsLonely Heart by Tara McPherson

Tara Mcpherson’s first book “Lonely Heart” from 2006 shows us her illustrations, comics, silkscreen posters, and personal art. The hardcover 119 page book captures her beautiful artwork which explores the idea of sexuality, emotions and relationships. The one thing I love most about her illustrations is that she is always fearless and bold and isn’t afraid of showing us confident and strong women. Her work often explores relationships and frequently she uses the image of women/men with their heart removed in a very creative way of an actual shape of heart being removed from their body. I find her use of this imagery as very effective and grapping. Her pieces are very captivating to look at and her use of sketch paper to show her outlines of her illustrations is very innovative. I love the inclusion of this type of material in her art book. Lonely Heart also shows a lot of her silkscreen posters that she has made for a number of rock and indie bands like Green Day, Beck, Liars and others. I absolutely love her posters and I was introduced to her work by them. They are probably my favourite tour posters I have come across. I would be delighted if I could find one to hang on my wall (having the book must do sadly as they usually are for shows in the US) and it helps that she makes them for really great bands. Her work is very modern and feels at home with current surrealist and lowbrow artists, with its mixture of dark and sweet (slightly gothic approach). It’s definitely a good book to flip through and out of her 3 current books it is my favourite. Good for fans or anyone who likes their art with a bit of darkness and bubble gum sweet.


 Click below of images of the book: