Weekly news: June 23, 2021

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(This is a news letter I sent out. If you’d like to receive fresh news every week, sign up here! The full newsletter contains surprises and is delivered once a week to your mailbox. Et elle est également en français!)

I hope you are all doing well!

This week I finished my Wheel of the Year series with the August 1st celebration: Lughnasadh or Lammas. I had such a good time researching each of these holidays and their folklore. It is truly fascinating, and I learned so much! So much so, that I decided to turn the entire series into a booklet or zine (I told you I’d be making more!). I’m sharing the cover here with you! The book will be composed of the 8 holiday illustrations and of 8 recipes. Each holiday has its own related seasonal recipe. I sent the proof to the printer this morning, and I really cannot wait to share the zine with you when it arrives!

Outside the atelier, I’ve been enjoying the garden a lot. As we speak, I’m making an elder flower syrup that will be scrumptious in sparkling water and on pancakes! It’s exciting to be making things directly from the garden!

Oh and I almost forgot this! I’m experimenting with different products that I want to ass to the shop. I received this pouch this week, and I like it a lot! It feels unreal to see my illustrations like this! I really like this pouch because it’s the perfect size for pencils and a sketchbook… or for a good book and a chocolate bar! I think I’ll order a few more soon!

Let me know what you think and if you’d like a specific design printed out!

New in store

Here it is! The last illustration to complete the Wheel of the Year series!

Inspiration

I enjoyed this book so much! I was sad when I came to the last page. I hope you will enjoy it too!
I thought I’d share a zine with you this week from a fellow Canadian illustrator!

Head over to the blog for more details!

A small treat…

It’s like a storybook come true!

Weekly news: June 16, 2021

weekly news

(This is a news letter I sent out. If you’d like to receive fresh news every week, sign up here! The full newsletter contains surprises and is delivered once a week to your mailbox. Et elle est également en français!)

I hope you are all doing well!

After finishing my little three painting series on indigenous flowers of Canada last week, I wanted to try something a bit different. I went outside and took a few pictures of interesting plants in my garden and decided to create a nature journal spread. It was really difficult to select the plants and flowers as they all seemed interesting! It was so wonderful to research and identify some plants that are beautiful but for which I had no names. I mixed detailed illustrations with more loose ones because I thought it made the eye wander more around the piece and gave it more of a journal feel. After I was done, I decided that it’d make to cutest zine, so I gave that a go!

A zine is a small, self-edited magazine. Some people say zines started with the Punk movement in the 80s were fans would create little magazines dedicated to their favourite bands. Other say that pamphlets were the real ancestors of the modern zine. Whatever the case, zines are so fun because they are a simple way to share idea and art. Most zines are simply photocopied and folded up to make little booklets. I decided on this too, because my zine is not only a little booklet: it can also be used as a small poster when unfolded! I had so much fun creating this zine, I think I’ll do it again in the future! Please check out the zine listing as there’s a little video showing you how it works 🙂

If you want more details, head over to my portfolio for more on this piece!

New in store

As mentioned above, my painting is available as a zine but also as an art print.

I also added some new bookmarks!

Inspiration

I enjoyed this book so much! I was sad when I came to the last page. I hope you will enjoy it too!

Head over to the blog for more details!

A small treat…

What incredible skill! I wonder how long each model takes to complete… (turn on the subtitles!)

Book review: A Cluster of Cats, by Sheena Swirlz

Book Reviews

(Par ici en français!)

Today, I thought I’d mix things up a bit, and share the first zine I ever bought with you. I first met Sheena Swirlz when I was in university. I really loved to study in the greenhouses situated on the roof of one of the downtown buildings, and as she was the coordinator at the time, I got to talk to her a few times. She is a very active community organizer, and it was always very interesting to talk with her. She also created many zines, and I thought I’d share A Cluster of Cats today!

I love this zine so much! It was my first encounter with this format, and it got me hooked! Sheena presents different groups of animals with their names. English is not my first language, and as a learner I remember being astonished to learn expressions like: “a bike of ants”, “a troop of baboons”, or “an army of frogs”. I thought the words used to describe groups of animals were strange and comical. In this cute zine, Sheena demonstrates just this by drawing the different animal formations.

I really like this zine because I got to discover many expressions I didn’t know. Sheena’s drawings are also very funny and accurate which makes it a pleasure to flip through. I also love how diverse her choice of animals is. This zine is intended as a colouring book, but I haven’t jumped on that yet. In true zine fashion, this little booklet is photocopied and stapled. I love the DIY feel of this booklet!

Overall, I think this was the perfect introductory zine to get to know this format. I remember feeling so happy after bringing it home, and it is still one that I come back to often when I’m in need of inspiration and comfort. The simplicity and richness of this little booklet always cheers me up and makes me want to grab my pencils and start drawing. I think kids, ESL learners and adults alike will find this little book funny and instructive. It really sparks curiosity! I’m not sure what events Sheena is now organizing, but she left her information on available zines on her blog. I also leave this link to one of her blog posts that is so inspiring and motivating too!

A Cluster of Cats, by Sheena Swirlz


 

Book review: A Cluster of Cats, par Sheena Swirls

(Ce petit zine est seulement disponible en anglais, mais il est très amusant pour tous ceux et toutes celles qui connaissent un peu l’anglais!)

Aujourd’hui, j’ai pensé que je pourrais varier un peu les plaisirs et partager avec vous le premier zine que j’ai acheté. J’ai rencontré Sheena Swirlz pour la première fois lorsque j’étais à l’université. J’aimais beaucoup étudier dans les serres situées sur le toit d’un des bâtiments du centre-ville, et comme elle était la coordinatrice à l’époque, j’ai pu lui parler à quelques reprises. Elle est une organisatrice communautaire très active, et il était toujours très intéressant de parler avec elle. Elle a également créé de nombreux zines, et j’ai pensé partager A Cluster of Cats aujourd’hui !

J’aime tellement ce zine ! C’était ma première rencontre avec ce format, et il m’a rendu accro ! Sheena présente différents groupes d’animaux avec leurs noms. L’anglais n’est pas ma première langue, et en tant qu’apprenante, je me souviens avoir été étonnée d’apprendre des expressions comme : “un vélo de fourmis”, “une troupe de babouins”, ou “une armée de grenouilles”. Je trouvais que les mots utilisés pour décrire des groupes d’animaux étaient étranges et comiques. Dans ce joli zine, Sheena en fait la démonstration en dessinant les différentes formations d’animaux.

J’aime beaucoup ce zine car j’ai pu y découvrir de nombreuses expressions que je ne connaissais pas. Les dessins de Sheena sont également très drôles et précis, ce qui fait que c’est un plaisir de le feuilleter. J’aime aussi la diversité de son choix d’animaux. Ce zine est conçu comme un livre de coloriage, mais je n’ai pas encore sauté sur l’occasion. Dans la plus pure tradition des zines, ce petit livret est photocopié et agrafé. J’adore l’aspect DIY de ce livret !

Dans l’ensemble, je pense que c’était le zine d’introduction parfait pour apprendre à connaître ce format. Je me souviens m’être sentie si heureuse après l’avoir ramené chez moi, et c’est toujours un zine auquel je reviens lorsque j’ai besoin d’inspiration et de réconfort. La simplicité et la richesse de ce petit livret me remontent toujours le moral et me donnent envie de prendre mes crayons et de commencer à dessiner. Je pense que les enfants, les élèves d’anglais langue seconde et les adultes trouveront ce petit livre drôle et instructif. Il suscite vraiment la curiosité ! Je ne suis pas sûre des événements que Sheena organise actuellement, mais elle a laissé ses informations sur les zines disponibles sur son blog. Je vous laisse également ce lien vers l’un de ses articles de blog qui est aussi très inspirant et motivant !

A Cluster of Cats, by Sheena Swirlz