I just came across something that I almost refuse to believe. If you’re a creative person or basically anyone who gets insanely frustrated or confused by Microsoft Excel (yeah, yeah, I know….it’s a very powerful and useful tool) then you will be blown away by this.  As I read on DesignTAXI today, an artist that goes by the name MysteryGuitarMan has created a stop motion music video of himself dancing to Cuban Pete.

You’re like “what?, how’s that even possible?”. I have no idea but take a look for yourself. It’s amazing! So simple, yet I’m sure mind-boggling complicated and time consuming yet so entertaining and well done.

Oh and if you really just NEED to know how he did it, here’s the behind the scene video:


{30 Days of Beauty}

Just a little update on what I’ve been working on during my 9-5pm. Based on the success of last year’s 30 Days of Beauty campaign, Shoppers decided to bring it back this year. The overall look remained the same but the colours and faces were updated.

I just loved working on these beauty shoots. The models were incredible. We had a hard time choosing which shots to use…so much so that we ended up using the stunning red head twice!

It was really nice to see the faces so big in-store, which was a new addition from last year. I also was able experiment with a new print media by designing a Glamma Wrap for the Toronto Star newspaper. It was pretty cool to see my work take over the cover & back of a national newspaper. Here’s a few samples of the print & in-store work as well as a few behind the scenes shots from the shoot.

Go get beautiful at your local Shoppers Drug Mart!

Photography: John van der Shilden
Make up: Anna Nenoiu
Hair: Vittorio Masecchia
Models: Elmer Olsen, Elite, Next

{skate phone}

I saw this maple iPhone case today on ShareSomeCandy and it went directly on my ‘want’ list. Taking a closer look I realized there’s more to it than a pretty case. These iPhone cases are made from the throw away bits from a skateboard manufacturing company. Check out the video to see what I’m talking about. 

I love when recycling looks so great!

{tin plate face}

I admit that I haven’t taken many pictures for art’s sake for awhile.  It’s been a busy summer but I’m also loving the my quick Instagram snaps from my antique iPhone 3. As much as we’ve all embraced our fun new digital photo toys it’s kinda nice to re-visit some older photography techniques. I came across this (new to me) old photo style of tin plate photography being done by Photobooth in San Fran. The video below does a much better job of explaining the process but it goes back to the idea of light exposure & dark rooms. The end result is a unique image on an aluminum plate, in the tradition of 19th century photography. There is no negative so there is just one photo produced.  I just love the contrast and details that show up in the image. Stunning.  I also like that Photobooth is an actual store that you can walk in off the street. It takes away the intimidation & exclusivity of a gallery or photo studio. Most of the photos are just regular people that came in off the street. 

It’s so interesting that as technology is advancing we are craving & embracing the old ways. We love the convenience of our instant digital photos and being able to print dozens and manipulate them but there’s definitely something lost in the actual process and the anticipation of the end result. I love the idea, as mentioned in the video, that you end up walking away with an actual object – a souvenir, one-of-a-kind, un-retouched piece of art.