Things That Make Me Smile

One thing I’ve noticed while putting together this month’s Things That Make Me Smile post was how little I’ve apparently left my house. At least that’s what my folder for September photography is telling me. Another reason the most likely one is I’ve upgraded my phone to a Samsung 5, and my previous phone (was ANCIENT according to everyone but me) had a photo quality that left much to be desired so I’ve been taking a lot more photos on my phone instead of lugging around my actually camera.  So what I’ve done is decided to share some of my phone photos which I normally never do because when you own a camera like mine it just seems shame but thought I’d test it out. So on with the random photos from September that made me smile…

things that make me smile things that make me smile (8)Happy Birthday Butter! She turned 8 years old this month.

things that make me smile (7)My best friend Ana gave me the best assortment of random things for my birthday. She spent a month in South Korea and Japan just a month before I came to Vancouver to visit so most of the things here are from her travels. I am in love with everything of course, she always gets me things I’d love but don’t expect to receive.

things that make me smile bow town (5) things that make me smile bow town (4) things that make me smile bow town (3) things that make me smile bow town (2)This past week I had a chance to go to Bow Town which was amazing, if you are in the Montreal area and wanted to go check out it’s Facebook Event here.

things that make me smile (6)The found objects from my summer travels around Vancouver Island and Vancouver. Seashells from every beach I visited, sea glass from Newcastle Island, stones with quartz, a gemstone from my friend Nicole’s alleyway, just mementos of my travels.

things that make me smile (8)Flower patterns for the win, hehe.

things that make me smile (9)Suprises from Ana, while in Korea she went to an abandoned hotel with a few friends and brought back for me a few pieces of a fancy chandelier in the main room of hotel and film (sadly not exposed but still cool).

things that make me smileTroll doll! When I was a kid I use to collect trolls,  oh the 90’s. This pink hair guy is actually one of my old ones. My father contacted me and asked if I wanted him to send some and of course I said yes so he sent me a bunch in the mail along with some other childhood toys. I might do a post about them since I have no idea what else to do with them at the moment, it’s very nostalgic to have them again.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (3)Finding a great placement for a crane.

things that make me smile (10)We went to Poutinefest this weekend in Vieux-Port and the poutine was incredible. Don’t worry all the poutines I am about to show you weren’t consumed on one day or even by me. I had the chance to go with Victor and sample as many as we could afford. We tried the following poutine flavors: Butter Chicken, General Tao,  Lobster, Duck, Canadian (maple syrup gravy, bacon, ground beef, onions and mushrooms) and my personal favourite – dessert.

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#mtlcrane – The 90’s

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Introducing the 2nd year of #mtlcrane, this time dubbed The 90’s which you can follow on Instagram, Flickr and Twitter. I haven’t been talking about it much on here as I’ve been hard at work making all those cranes and didn’t really find the time to go through the photos I’ve already compiled for this year but it’s better late than never (right?). This year is the same concept of last year’s except instead I am leaving unique cranes (meaning their origami pattern paper is 100% unique per each 300+ cranes I will be putting up) with 90’s song lyrics from Ace of Base to Ol’ Dirt’ Bastard and everything else in-between. The big change for this year is I am geotagging each crane so you can actually find them if you are currently in Montreal and follow on Instagram. I usually post their location the same day or next. It’s kind of my version of geocaching and scavenger hunt combined! Sadly due to the weather and being out of town for most of the summer I haven’t been doing it the last two months but I have just started up again and will be doing them over the next few months until the weather prevents me. As well it will carry into next year spring and summer because I’d love to cover at much of Montreal as possible and there are just too many 90’s classic songs to choose from. Like last year I am also doing a selection of Halloween themed cranes that will be done for each day in October with spooky lyrics as a separate thing from the 90’s because I can’t resist celebrating my favourite holiday. I am even in the process of putting together a zine of last year’s 80s crane so I hope to finish that soon and be able to share that. Let me know in the comments what you think about #mtlcane and be sure to check it out, I’ve included some of my favourite photos and locations of the 90’s below!

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More #mtlcrane on:

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Side note: my other crane project involving 3,000 cranes has been shelved at the moment until next year. Although I have completed almost the entire amount of cranes I needed there just wasn’t enough good weather the last two seasons to permit a week long or even a half week long outside installation so I halted my work on it until next year as the second part of the project (taking the cranes and stringing them into rows and chains) is very space consuming for my small living space so I need to have an exact installation day to precede. Will talk about it more when I have that date setup in 2016.

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#mtlcrane

This week I am wrapping up on the first part of my #mtlcrane project where I placed origami cranes around Montreal with 80s song lyrics attached.  The final crane will be placed sometime this week and will mark 204 cranes placed (all viewable here).  The moment is almost bittersweet but still no rest for me just yet this year as  mtlcrane is not over.  I will be placing more cranes just like I did in October for Halloween but this time for the Christmas season featuring oh so delightful Christmas songs around Montreal, avoiding the snow of course. I am hoping to get up to 250 cranes to finish off the year and I’m also happy to announce mtlcrane will be back next year with 90’s lyrics but I’ll tell you more about that when it starts to get a bit warmer here in the Spring. I had a few ideas I wanted to do this year for the project but didn’t so I’m excited to get the chance next year and plan to do even more cranes than 2014. Thanks to all the people who have shared photos of the cranes or tweeted/Facebooked about it – I hope some of the cranes found homes and a smile was shared. I can honestly say I’ve never found it more fun to go for walks in this city, and hope the landscape was slightly improved by my silly cranes…I’ve shared a few photos of my project before here, but to end the year I wanted to share a few more from over the last 4 months….

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#mtlcrane

Today I want to share with you my first street project #mtlcrane.  I love street art and the various ways people engage with their surrounds and have wanted to contribute in some way for years. It came about when I was making crane chains for the installation in my living room. I was wondered what to do with the box of cranes I had left and I realized I should share my cranes with others as cranes always make me smile and feel hope. So I spent about a month making more cranes and also creating single chain out of them in my spare time so they could be hanged around the city. I also knew I wanted to create an interactive element to the project so people could participate in if they found a crane. So I created a label for them with the hashtag, the crane’s name and a unique 80’s song lyric on it without the artist or song information so anyone who found might get a laugh at the frequently ridiculous song lyrics (and perhaps remember the song or video) but also be able to find out the artist and song information when they searched online using the hashtag #mtlcrane. What I do is hang a crane somewhere obvious to walkers by around the city in the hope someone takes it home or engages with it on some level.  I then take a photo of the crane before I leave and then post it on Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr with the name and sometimes the artist & song information. It’s been so fun bring cranes with me on my daily trips around Montreal to hang up or even heading out on my bike with my camera and cranes on the hunt for perfect spots.  I’ve been doing it since July and am about 1/4th of the way through the cranes. Some people have used the hashtag to post their own photos on Instagram and one person has actually stopped me while I was hanging it to ask me about the project. It’s really fun and I feel like I may continue the project even after I run out of cranes next year. I’m trying to do about 4 cranes a day now as it’s getting into the rainy season so if you live in Montreal have a look around, I leave them in all areas of town and if you’ve found one, enjoy the crane!

Here are some of my favourite locations so far: mtlcrane (19)mtlcrane (8)mtlcrane (10)mtlcrane (15)mtlcrane (18)mtlcrane (13)mtlcrane (1)mtlcrane (14)mtlcrane (5)behind the scenes (14)mtlcrane (9)mtlcrane (12)mtlcrane (16)mtlcrane (6)mtlcrane (4)(one of the first cranes I hung was a ‘rickroll’ because you cannot resist Rick Astley)

Behind the scene photos:

I always take a photo of the name tag before I hang it up so I can match the location with the crane’s name and song later on and I’ve ended up with really fun photos of  the name tags right as I found the perfect spot to hang them.

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If you want to check out all of the cranes I have an album on Flickr with each one I’ve done so far: here!

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Jem and the Holograms by Starchild Stela

jem and the holograms graffiti  (58)A month ago  I was able to go along with Montreal artist Starchild Stela to document her creating a Jem graffiti piece.   She’s audition for the Jem and the Holograms live action movie that was announced last month. They currently have a Tumblr page setup for all fan submissions to help create the movie. I’ve actually been browsing the submissions all week for fun and it’s really cool seeing people’s work, I might be a little bias but I think Starchild Stela’s work stands out. She even looks like Jem! I don’t know about you but I can’t remember Jem and the Holograms show at all, I think it’s only of the only 80’s cartoons I don’t have a big soft spot for. Apperently I have a new cartoon show to watch when I’m bored….We met up at the metro and travelled by bus to an abandoned car park to find a wall for the piece. When she found the perfect wall and after she finished setting up, I started taking videos and photos for her to use for her audition. It’s my first time watching a graffiti piece being completed from start to finish and it takes a lot of work.I thought it’d be fun to show you the complete process and some fun after shots. We must have been there for 3 hours, I was so fucking cold by the end of it and my feet were wet. It was definelty worth it but it made me long for summer. I was glad I didn’t fall and hurt myself as almost the whole place was covered in ice  (I slipped a few times while holding my Nikon and was just crossing my fingers that I wasn’t going to fall). I’ve manged to grab lots of interesting shots of the process so today is more about Jem piece but I’ll likely have more in the future of the other graffiti artists who were with us.

I’ll link you to her Store, Tumblr, and Facebook if you want to check out more of her work.

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Artists For Animals

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I think I’ll have to change what I post on Friday’s soon, as this is never just ‘a’ picture, and with my 365 project underway on Tumblr it seems repetitive. Next week I have a few announcements about some small changes, if I think of an idea I like before maybe a revamp of Friday will be included. :)

This week’s photos are care of Sunday when I went to the Artists for Animals fundraiser that toke place a few blocks away from my old house! They are a group art show that is taking place in May, for more information about the artists and the charity involved check out their website! I am excited to check out the show and pick up some more artwork for my office and help support the shelter.

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Saturday Review “Stickerbomb”

Every Saturday I will be reviewing art books, and everything inbetween.
This Saturday I thought I’d start with my favourite thing in the world…stickers. lol.

STICKER BOMB, STICKER BOMB2, and STICKER BOMB MONSTERS.

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This is a series of sticker books put out by Studio Rarekwai, retailing around $15 each and with 250 stickers in each. The hook is stickers made by artists, and boy do they not kid. The stickers in these books are amazing and the talent contained in them is mind blowing. These books are not limited to ‘street artists’ and the range is vast in the artwork. The books are well put together and great quality, each page as well is individual, no double-sided pages in any of the books meaning you can cut stickers out and have no fear of wrecking the back side. There is no way to go through the whole book and not find something you like. The alternative of course is that there is stuff you don’t like at all, which is fine. Unless you don’t like art at all you will probably enjoy these stickers. In terms of which book does it better the answer is clear to me. Stickerbomb2 is superior, being the follow up to the first one you can see the artists are better, the range is better, and the stickers are better. I love nearly everything in Stickerbomb2, where there are a lot in the first book I laminated to myself are “give away stickers” to friends where in the predecessor I would be a little heartbroken to give away. My favourite though goes to Stickbomb Monsters….the stickers are just exceptional and centred around the idea of monsters (can you really go wrong with monsters?) nearly everything is a feast for the eyes. The one downside to Stickerbomb Monster and why it isn’t the best, is that although it contains the same amount of stickers, its half the size. So if you want to start with one, go for Stickerbomb2, unless you love monsters.

If you’re a sticker collector, or want to do a project like cover you bathroom/table/wall in stickers, or you just want to sticker bomb your city these books will serve you well. For a better look at each individual book there is galleries below for each.

 

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