New Designs & 2016 Wholesale Catalogue week!

Hey everyone!

I’ve been decidedly absent from the blog as of late. But not without good reason.  I’ve been working on expanding the paper line and building our 2016 wholesale catalogue.  It’s been a lot of work producing the art, sourcing the perfect papers, printers, graphic designer to build the catalogue all while tending to my flu riddled children.

But a little hustle goes a long way, the kids are starting to feel better and I am so pleased to be bringing these products to market next week.  I’m super excited to share some sneak peeks with you here and will continue to add new stockists was the prints and cards arrive in shops.  If you’re interested in receiving a wholesale catalogue, please contact me at brit@offyougopaperco.com

In the meanwhile, check out these new cards designs and tell us which one is your favourite!

 

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A few of the proofs that will be coming off the press this week.  I’ll post these and more in the shop over the next couple of days so please stay tuned.

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A  couple of page samples from our 2016 catalogue which features almost 60 products.  Thanks Designer Megan!

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Click here for a better look at all we have to offer at the Off You Go Paper Co.

Cheers,

Brittanny

Celebrating the Pantone Colours of 2016!

Untitled-1.jpgToday Pantone unveiled their colours of the year.  I’m excited about them for a couple of reasons.

From a design standpoint,  I love that they choose diverse shades that offer a broad spectrum appeal — these powdery hues transition seamlessly from a Victorian tea parlour, to modern wedding scene to the California cool graffiti murals used to promote the shades on social media this week. (Checkout more of these beautiful photos on the  Pantone Twitter feed. )

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I’m sure fashion forward brands from all over the planet will be launching into these shades soon enough.  In fact, Kichen Aid is already on it, launching counter top appliances in the colours that are sure to be great sellers.  Check out the full details on these new products here.

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Beyond the aesthetic,   I truly love the nod to gender equality and neutrality in design and fashion.  Engaging gender equality in the everyday is how we will move to a better place as a society on whole.  It’s all about the love people!  Kudos Pantone.

Off You Go paper Co. Custom sizing and Pantone matching to Interior Designers

Off You Go paper Co. prints are customizable for designers.  We can work on size and pantone matching to suit your needs.  Off You Go custom artworks are already used by Vancovuer designers to stage display and designer show homes.  Our service is fast and affordable.  Have a peruse of the inventory  here .  Reach  out to brit@offyougopaperco.com for more information and detailed quotes.

 

 

 

Find Off You Go Paper Co. on Granville Island

It’s Official!

I’m so excited to announce that Off You Go Paper Co. cards are now available at Delish General Store on Granville Island.

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Pop into this great shop for these and so many more amazing finds. Or check out their instagram feed here

Off You Go Paper Co. is now wholesaling to retail locations around Vancouver so stay tuned for more announcements as our stockist grows.   Can’t wait? Then check out the full inventory of prints, cards and home decore items available from Off You Go Paper Co. here.

Thanks  to Delish General Store owner Tamara for including us in your awesome shop!

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Get Carded this Holiday

Holiday cards are launching this week, along with several other greeting card designs.  I’m so excited to be (finally) launching this component of the Off You Go Paper Co. brand.  Our greeting cards feature original Off You Go designs, hand painted with love.  This picture was snapped as I was putting together the original work that would become our Petal Pusher Print & Merci Card.  

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Designs are printed on 100% cotton watercolour paper, ensuring that the card maintains the lux look and feel of the original.  Cards measure 4×5.5 inches and are paired with premium envelopes.

Here is a little diddy I cooked up because, sometimes you need to show a little love with your thanks

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And, of course, the holiday season is upon us, so, in the spirit of Merry and Bright…

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Click on over to the Off Yo Go Paper Co. Shop & check out our other designs.  As always, I would love your feedback on any and all.

xob

Fall Collection: New Prints, Cards & Paper

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It’s been a crazy busy fall at Off You Go.  This business is getting busy, and I am so grateful for the support!  Thank you!

In between processing new orders and managing social media, I have, in fact, found my way to creating.  There are several new works up in the shop now that I am super excited about…This bright blue number is one of them.  Please visit the site to check out what’s new.  You’ll notice I have added to the black & white collection as well and have added the first of a series of nudes…

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Side note: Those birds are super curious!

Greeting cards are coming soon!

I just received my first print run of my first card design and I have to confess…I’m super excited about it.  Art prints re where the core of my paper business lives and I am so excited to be painting on a smaller scale and bringing my art to a new medium.  I’m currently sourcing high quality envelopes, and as soon as I land on that, I will be launching them on the site & stocking them in local retailers.

Notes on Paper

A few weeks ago I received a criticism of my work.  Which I appreciate because understanding art and creativity involves getting everyone’s opinion and knowing how it affects them.  This particular critic, did not have many nice things to say, but only one of the points stung…he (or she) accused me of using photocopy paper!  ACCCKK!  I will not tolerate it 🙂 Just kidding, but it did give me the idea that I should share a little about the paper choices I make outer here at Off You Go and how they impact the final product.

In defence of copy paper, many of the worlds largest moments have been recorded, printed, created and shared on copy paper.  J.K. Rowling printed her manuscripts on it, leaders of countries use it to draft laws and my kids print their homework on it. Copy paper is, in fact, the stuff of everyday operations around the world, but I do not use it for my art or prints.

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I paint my watercolours on heavy weight, cotton rag, because I love the way the paint folds over itself, the way the absorption rate works with colour overlays and the depth of texture. I also love the way it works with my brushes and that it will hold onto brush strokes. I use a lot of water when I paint the washes and the heavy weight paper is block moulded so it doesn’t warp.

When I paint with India Ink, I use the same heavy paper as with watercolours, but with graphite, charcoal & pencil, I use a smoother art paper with a brighter finish that lends itself to blending and smudging and letting the light through in darker areas. When I make my prints, and now cards, I want them to look as much as possible like the original — scanning and paper choice make all the difference here.

I use a professional scanner to create my digital images, then have them professionally printed on Epson Hot Press Bright Fine Art Paper. This paper is heavyweight, archival, and lightly textured so your print looks as much as possible like the original.  You can actually see and feel the quality of this paper, even from behind a glass frame. Using this paper cuts deep into my business margins, but it is very worth it to be sending out a product that meets the highest standards of quality possible.

Thanks for checking in,

xob

Art Prints, Turkish Towels & More Home Decor

The Off You Go Paper Co. shop has some new items on the menu!

In addition to our colourful Print Shop, we now have Home Decor Shop.  I’ll be adding items to this sections slowly, as I discover the perfect, colourful, high quality, fantastically designed items that I can support and be proud to sell.   In the meanwhile, our inventory is limited but awesome. I am so excited to selling these amazing Turkish towels.

illusion 4You know that thing that you find when you travel that you absolutely fall in love with and then can’t find it when you get back home? Well, for me that thing I found is Turkish Towels. I first discovered them while traveling in the south of France, where they are common, and for good reason.  We were guests at a lux private club buried in the hills behind Aix.  While lounging on the grassy poolside we noticed that every person there (aside from ourselves) was using one of these beautiful towels.  I immediately fell in love with the aesthetic, and later with the functionality.

Turkish towels, or peshtemals,  are extra-large (70″x40″), 100% cotton towels. They’re light weight, quick to dry, easy to wash, and very versatile. In Europe they are used as towels for home, beach and pool, throws, wraps, and even tied as a sarong when the event calls for it.  Turkish towels traditionally feature a striped pattern woven into neutral ecru shades.  Today they are available in a vast array of patterns and colours.  I bought three towels at a market in Aix-en-Provence and two more in Paris.  Not all towels are created equal, of course, the towels bought in Aix have survived years of frequent washes and use at chlorine pools, but the Paris variety did not hold up so well.  Even still, after  using them for several months, found myself wishing I had bought a lifetime supply.

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I began to search for them in Vancouver only to find that they were very hard to come by, and when I did find them, they were very expensive (I’m not OK with paying $100 for a towel!)  I can be quite determined when I want something, so I sourced the towels from Turkey, tested several makers products to see if they met the quality of those I found in Aix, and am pleased to have finally found a product that fits the bill.  I’ve imported them for sale in the shop (at a much more reasonable $35 CAD). These towels are excellent for the home and great for travel.  They look beautiful and are incredibly durable, believe me, I gave them a good run through! I snapped this image at Kits pool this summer…mid-point quality test! IMG_6770

A few testing discoveries:

  1. They don’t collect sand! (YAY)  Unlike a terry towel, the fibers do not retain sand, one shake and the sand stays with the surf, not in your car or beach bag
  2. They dry fast and don’t get too heavy when they are wet,
  3. They roll up very small to fit in a pack ( I could easily fit three in my shoulder bag & still had room for snacks for the kids)
  4. The cotton becomes softer and more absorbent with each wash.
  5. They are large enough to wrap around your body for private poolside changing (a skill I learned from the French mamas)

The Off You Go decor shop carries Turkish towels in an array of fun and modern colours as well as the traditional three stripe pattern that’s popular with the luxury spa crowd.  We’ve added hand towels, bath mats and these fantastic robes too:

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In the near future, I plan to add more home decor items, but they have to be things that I am madly deeply, head-over-heals, in favour of.  So I am going to take my time, and do it right.  Have a peek at the selection & let me know what colour is your favourite in the comments.

Cheers,

Britt

2 Design Finds Found on the Internet This Week

  1. Molly Hatch Designs for Chasing Paper
    Chasing Paper is a New York based company founded by Elizabeth Rees.  The company makes fantastic removable (peel & stick & peel!) wallpapers.  Their business has grown remarkably fast for good reason.  The designs are contemporary, colourful, bold, the product is great quality and easy to use.  Not to mention that it makes changing up your home style remarkably easy.

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    Bright Star, Molly Hatch design for Chasing Paper
    Bright Star, Molly Hatch design for Chasing Paper

    They have also recruited the fabulous talents of Molly Hatch, artist and ceramist.  Ms. hatch has designed for major brands, exhibited one of a kind art pieces at design shows and museums on a global level, and has cracked the mainstream with lines in major retailers like Anthropologie. Here are a couple of the designs she put together for Chasing Paper.  Click here for her full Chasing Paper product catalogue.

  2. Alma Gémea Homeware. I first stumbled on Alma Gémea’s ultra modern home wares at the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology store.  I was extra pleased to find them in Portugal as well.  Portugal is known for its colourful ceramics and cork is one of the countries major exports.  Alma Gémea’s marriage of the countries tradition and industry is seamless and beautiful.  In addition to looking super cool, they are well thought out and functional, the cork bottoms are easily removed for washing and the crockery is dishwasher safe. get them soon at   Cork & Co.
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    And of course, on www.offyougopaper.com we are highlighting this favorite print. Check it out in detail here:  Basket Weave, Blue #1

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Herman Miller Picnic Posters, Colourful Ceramics, Great Food: 3 things I found on the internet this week

  1. The Herman Miller Summer Picnic Poster Collection

    Well, it’s Herman Miller.  International design icon and maker of awesome things.  But, did you know that one of Steve Frykholm’s (now the VP of Creative Design) first tasks as a designer for Herman Miller was to create a poster for the company picnic?  And that this collection of event posters has grown to epic proportions.  Check out the amazing visuals and link to the fantastic interview by Amber Bravo below.  WHY_PicnicPosters_08WHY_PicnicPosters_03Link back to the Herman Miller Why blog here

  2. Heather Braun Dahl, Dahlhausart.com

    Perhaps you’ll recognize the artwork of Heather Braun Dahl, Vancouver based ceramics artist, and painter.  I’ve loved and gifted her 2009 Poppy themed vases several times over.Dahlhaus Ceramics and ArtworkBut it’s her colourful new designs that are currently pulling at my purse strings. Like these…

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    and these… Big+dot+mug Check out more at www.dahlhausart.com 

  3. Food 52

    Aside from the jaw-dropping, hunger-inducing visuals this site offers a plethora of recipes, has an amazing shop full of well designed products, and has a mission that appeals to foodies, planet lovers and hungry people everywhere:

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    “…to bring cooks together from all over to exchange recipes and ideas and to support each other in the kitchen. We wanted to create a buzzing place for others who do what we do all day long: talk about food!…We believe that if you want to eat better, and you want to help change our food system, you need to cook. Maybe not all the time, but some. You don’t have to eat local foods every day; you don’t have to shop at the farmers market every week. But it’s good to try. We’re not extremists in a cult of purity, slow-foodness, or locavorosity. We’re realists who believe in applying the best aspects of those food movements to our everyday lives.” – Food52 The Food52 community submits recipes, like this tomato tart  by Phyllis Grant  which I will be sure to cook up this week while the tomatoes are at the peak of season on the west coast. 5bff8be5-76a6-49d5-bd2f-1f17f829524e--tomatocheesetart1
    Regardless of where you live or how you eat, these is something for everyone on this site.

    Bon Apetite!

Art is Everywhere – Portugal

Walking the streets in Porto,  Portugal on a beautiful June morning it seems as though every surface has served, at some point in history, as a canvas for painters, ceramic artists and story tellers. Vibrance and colour are simply everywhere.  This is in large part due to the ages old practice of using hand painted, ceramic tiles as exterior covering for their buildings.

Tile adorn the store fronts and facades in Old Porto, Portugal
Tiles adorn the store fronts and facades in Porto, Portugal

The Portuguese initially adopted ceramic tiles for the exterior of their buildings because they offer inexpensive and effective insulation.  The colour is really the icing on top of functionality.  Many of the tiles are hand painted in unique floral or geometric patterns, and are almost always in bright hues.

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Despite an astronomical economic crisis that has left many buildings abandoned and dilapidated, with broken windows and collapsed ceilings, these colourful tiles reflect  the optimistic nature of the Portuguese people.  Part of my trip was spent participating in a Habitat for Humanity build in Braga, located about 40 minutes drive north of Porto.

Braga is a beautiful village, with remarkable residents, who, like the rest of the country, are working hard to restore their livelihood.  My days there were spent on the worksite and the evenings visiting traditional restaurants and listening to live music while sipping port at one of the many sidewalk cafes.

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This tiled mural, that reflects the towns folklore and history, hangs on the exterior of church in Barcelo.

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Modern sceptre in the harbour in Viana do Castelo. Portugal

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Sometimes it’s just the little things, like these window boxes, overflowing with flowers and stung with paper decorations celebrating a recent religious procession.

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And even where there are no tiles, there is art.  I spotted this striking stencilled art on a side street in Viana do Castelo. I’m looking forward to dedicating some serious studio time to creating some Portuguese inspired prints in the meanwhile, if you’d like to bring a little bright into your everyday, check out this colourful collection.

Obrigada Portugal!