Pick of the Week: Soft Market


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.

soft market (1)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!  soft market (3) soft market (2) soft market (4) soft market (11)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.  soft market (7)soft market (8) soft market (9) soft market (6)
The other organizer of the event is Lovestruck Prints who’s pastel stickers are adorable.soft market (5)
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. soft market (12)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.

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Zine of the Month: Shimotsuma

April’s zine of the month is Shimotsuma produced by Stray Gang with various artists like Jane Mai, Punimelt, Jean Liang, Koyamori, and more. It’s a 40 paged limited edition illustration zine that is based of the story Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls). I’ve never read the book or seen the movie but I fell in love with the zine the moment I saw it a Expozine last year. The colors and great combination of various types of illustrations work really well. There is comics sections, typography, and silk screening to name a few. Not to mention Shimotsuma is really well editted and put together beautifully. You can pick up the zine through Fan Grrlz and have a look below.

Shimotsuma by Various Artists

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Zine of the Month: Simon Fortin

This month’s zine pick is Burbles by Montreal artist Simon Fortin. Burbles is a 30 paged illustrative zine containing the character Burbles in a variety of cute and adorable costumes. I love this zine so much and Fortin’s work is always very colorful and playful and this is face meltingly cute. One of my favourite zines I picked up in the last year. If you want to pick up the zine for yourself check out Fortin’s store here  and for more artwork check out  Tumblr. Below I’ve included a look at the zine and one of the stickers packs (Sailor Moon!).

Burbles by Simon Fortin

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Zine of the Month: Love Spells

What better zine of the month for February than Love Spells by Lillian Cuda. Love Spells is a 20 paged zine about spells and rituals from lost love to self-love. I love how there is a form of love in there for anyone, no matter what your situation currently. I mainly bought it because I loved the drawings; they are bright and colorful and make me happy. Not to mention it’s very well put together and great attention to detail with the hand writing,  makes the zine stand out. She also makes a variety of zines all of which I’ve enjoyed so if spells aren’t your thing…
If you want to pick up the zine you can, here and here or check out her blog for more of her work.

Love Spells by Lillian Cuda

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Things That Make Me Smile

The last Things That Make Me Smile post until 2016! As I always say this is one of my favourite posts to put together and this one was no different.  November has been very quiet for me so there is not a lot of photos this month but December will be the usual bit of chaos making sure I get everything mailed to Vancouver on time for my friends to enjoy their presents, and celebrating not only my best friend’s birthday but also Victor’s. Right now I am currently working hard to get my holiday cards ready to mail out and just recently setup my Christmas tree.  Not to mention it’ll soon be me and Victor’s 6th anniversary and we are currently planning on getting tattooed together. We are just finalizing everything for it now and I am pretty excited about doing it although a bit nervous as I haven’t gotten tattooed in years. Lots of planning it seems, anyways this month’s selection of things that make me smile…

things that make me smile (6) things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (4)This year’s Christmas cards are really cute. I usually don’t go for juvenile style cards but I get to color them and they pop up? What is not to love about them?

lindsay campbel (2)lindsay campbel (1)Lindsay Campbell has a set of the cutest stickers I’ve seen in awhile, I can’t help but be cheered up when looking at them. Link to her store!

things that make me smile (8) things that make me smile (3)My coffee table has turned into coloring central. This is actually the first time I am using my Copic markers, which is proably a waste of really expensive markers but since my friend Zara gave them I haven’t had a reason to use them (as I can’t draw).

things that make me smile (2)I convinced Victor to buy crazy socks, after 6 years of being together I’ve finally rubbed off on him. I don’t know if it was the posh Top Shop that convinced him but he bought pepper and pineapple socks while I bought ice cream ones.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smile (2)Who could resist a Twin Peaks zine?

things that make me smile (28)A Santa troll, from my troll collection (really need to do a post on being reunited with my childhood trolls). I had a bunch of My Little Ponies and troll dolls that were themed for every holiday.

things that make me smile james jeanMy signed limited edition James Jean Xenograph art book , I almost didn’t buy it.

things that make me smile hmFinding awesome Halloween goodies even after it’s over from H&M. Glow in the dark too just makes me day. I’ve been amassing quite a bit of their sweaters over the last year, I didn’t even really own many before last winter.

things that make me smile (29) things that make me smile (30)Getting together all the little bits and pieces I need for my chandelier.

things that make me smile (11) things that make me smile (10)When it’s your best friend’s birthday, you go all out.

things that make me smile (31)things that make me smile (32) things that make me smile (21)Some last moments of autumn, the vines on my balcony are all twigs now. Not to mention my little vintage container of Gin Pills that we found thrifting in October.

inkkas (10)I love this photo of Victor and his Inkka shoes, I just did a review on them on Monday.

And that is the last Things that Make Me Smile of the year, hope you enjoyed!

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Expozine

expozine (1)This past weekend I had a chance to check out this year’s Expozine here in Montreal, it’s an event dedicated to independent zines, comic books, and small press that gets Canadian wide artists attending. The event is normally packed so I never take photos at the event itself but I thought like last year I’d share what I picked up and enjoyed from Expozine.

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Zine of the Month: Fur, Hide and Bone

This month’s zine is Fur, Hide and Bone by Erika Harada with featured contributors from the Tumblr community of the same name.  I’m intrigued by taxidermy and bones as much as I am the collectors of it, although I myself do not collect. This zine was a great way to learn about each contributor’s treasured piece and about why they collect or what they enjoy most about it. The personal stories behind how they obtained or found the pieces was very interesting. I find skulls particularly fascinating and this zine did not disappoint. The artwork throughout was really nice and it was all put together nicely. It’s really a zine about collecting and I really enjoyed that aspect. Sadly this zine sold out this summer but you can check out the posting for it, here in case it gets reprint in the future and below I have a sampe of it. I also thought I’d show my singular skull that I found two summers ago on a road trip to Ontario. The bird skull was just lying on the beach already down to the bone, a lonely beautiful object in a pretty desperate polluted beach. I picked it up and took it home and cleaned it up carefully, without really knowing why.

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Fur, Hide and Bone

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Fall Zine Guide

Back again with another zine guide. This time for the Fall season, whether it’s illustrations, photogaphy or mini zines  I love finding a great zine to pick up and be introduced to a new artist or support an artist I love. All zines ranging from a few dollars to $20 and you can simply click the image or the name to be directed to more information/purchasing. You can also check out my previous guides here: Spring/Summer Zine Guide and Fall Zine Guide 2015.

Photography Zines


Metal Goat #3


400 ISO Patience


Haiku & Holga


Oaxaca


Now’N’Then

Artist Zines

Sticks & Stones


Oh You Yearbook


Fatal Flower Garden


Plantagen


Twin Peaks

Packaged Zines


Elegant Parts, Trains & The Letter

Collective Zines


Sweet Treats


Bow Town

Mini Zines

Tea Grumps


The Six Month Letter & PPP


Town Hall Lawn


Haunted

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Zine of the Month: Soup

October’s zine of the month is Soup by Ally Burke which showcases some of her sketchbooks between 2012-2014. It’s a 28 paged zine that features black and white sketches as well as some colored ones on 5×8 glossy paper. The reason I choose it over all the others she’s done in the past is partially because it’s still available, and I feel like lately I’ve featured a lot of zines that aren’t in production anymore. It also happens to be a great zine with a high production value and Ally’s sketches are just as ghoulishly delightful as her other work. Her tumblr is filled with snippets of her sketchbooks and every time she shares a bit it makes me want to just flip through them all. So it’s a great way to have a part of that. Soup is available to purchase here, along with a ton of stickers, originals and other goodies (the shop is closing temporarily in a few days so best to look now). She also has a coloring book zine of monster girls that is pretty awesome too, here and you can also check out her Instagram where she’s doing Inktober this month!

Soup

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Zine of the Month: They Come At Night

They Come at Night is an illustration zine by artist Deth P. Sun of his frequently used cat character whose name remains a mystery.  The 20 paged zine is a pure illustrative story of the adventurer and the things that come out at night. I love this zine and have a few others of Deth’s and enjoy them all equally.  He always has a high quality to his work and it shows in this beautiful zine. The larger format works well with the illustrations and story is cohesive and flows nicely along. His minimal style of illustrations looks great in zine format and it is worth checking any one of his current zines.  Below is a closer look at They Come at Night which you can buy hereand if you’re curious about other things he offered I’ve done a review, here as well.

They Come At Night

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