So, this feels pretty good…

Well, I’m not gonna lie, it feels pretty darn good to walk into a shop that you’ve admired for over a decade and see that they have dedicated an entire wall to your art.

Voila! The Off You Go Paper Co. wall at Zing Paperie in Park Royal Village.  (West Vancovuer)

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Amazeballs, right?!?  I love the bright, modern and cheery vibe that Greg and Tiffany have achieved with this amazing stationary and design shop, and I am thrilled to be included in their product line.

Not to be outdone,  look for Off You Go Paper Co. cards on the spinner front and centre!

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I’m definitely slotting this one in to the small business victory column.  But the hustle continues, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Can’t get to West Van?  No problem!

Click here to see where you can get Off You Go Paper Co products in Vancouver & Victoria, and here to view the full collection in the online shop.

Cheers,

Brittanny

 

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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.

    Molly Hatch designs for Chasing Paper
    Molly Hatch designs for Chasing Paper
    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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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!

Be Bright

So, remember those fantastic watercolours I was geeking out over a few weeks back?  I’ve found the time to create some  bright images that I am pleased to make available on the shop today.   I love how these bold hues practically jump into the room.  Click here for more details.

The Summer Collection
The Summer Collection

Summer collection

For some more inspiration on how to add bright to your home design, check out the always dapper Will Taylor AKA Mr. Bazaar of Bright Bazaar.  This blog is full of fantastic imagery and endless inspiration for colourful living.

Picture perfect.

It’s photoshoot time!  So pleased to be working with Leanne Liakos Photography on the staging and imaging of my paintings for the Off You Go Paper Co. Shop.  There are a few shots here but check out the full product line at http://offyougopaperco.com/collections/all   Can’t wait to put our curated collections up next.

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One Time, In Villefranch-Sur-Mer. Watercolour.
These Are Not Dots.  Watercolour. Reproduced on 100% Cotton Rag, Archival Paper
These Are Not Dots. Watercolour. Reproduced on 100% cotton rag, archival paper

You can view Leanne’s full portfolio here

Black Cursive. India ink.  Reproduced on 100% cotton rag, archival paper. Visit www.offyougopaperco.com for pricing and details.
Black Cursive. India ink. Reproduced on 100% cotton rag, archival paper.
Visit http://www.offyougopaperco.com for pricing and details.

OPEN! WAHOO!

Ok, so maybe that Wahoo! is a little exaggerated — the shop is only open in beta and only half of the inventory is up — but it’s open none the less and I am thrilled.  Please feel free to pay us a visit www.offyougopaperco.com and let us know what you think!

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Room with a view?

Vancouver is surrounded by the sea, you’d think that every house would have an ocean view.  Perhaps that’s just wishful thinking.

In any event, this house has a front row seat.  We are getting ever closer to having the shop up and running, target date is the last day of February.

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Inverted blue house  10″x10″ Watercolor