Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kempton Jones – Made in Canada Series

One thing we know about Michelle is that she is one majorly creative lady. Over the past year she's come to us with a wide range of variety: owlies, children tees, racoons, and now tea towels! No matter what the product is, she always comes up with a clever way to present and contextualize her merchandise. Her owlies are named after small towns and cities, while her racoons bear the names of city streets. Her son is her ultimate inspiration: she includes his drawings and the funny things he says on her children tees & aprons. And her tea towels... well, you can read all about them and learn a bit about her below!

Striving to live a creative life – that’s what I do. I have always been interested in making and dabbled with pottery, knitting and sewing but didn’t allow myself to fully explore this until just a few years ago. I took some screen printing classes and was immediately hooked!

Life’s Soundtrack grew out of a bigger project I’m working on. It’s a print project that involves all of the five senses. I took the hearing component and captured some intriguing sounds for the tea towels.

Life’s Soundtrack – slurping coffee, boisterous bullfrogs, tapping typewriter
great for wrapping gifts a la Japanese furoshiki style
My creative life starts around 9pm. This is when dinner is done, things are cleaned up, my five year old son is asleep and I have a few hours to make! I’ve monopolized the dining room for far too long now so we’re hoping to put up a wall in the bedroom and carve out a small work space. I think it will be about 40 square feet, but 40 glorious square feet it will be! I live in the Danforth and work as a studio manager at a graphic design company.
Some of my favourite things.
Owlies of Ontario have been a passion project. These plush art owls are named after small towns in Ontario; names like Varna, Oxley or Duntroon. I have a huge stash of fabric and these cute little owlies are a perfect match! Meet Zorra, Duntroon, Carling, Varna and Monsell:

My inspiration for the Is It A Weekend Day Today? t shirt

I want to say how happy I am to be a part of the Freedom family. The collective is an amazing group of talented makers. Big thanks to Jelena, Karen, and Marsya for supporting and promoting local and handmade!

Keep in touch on Facebook and follow my creative life at www.kemptonjones.blogspot.com.

Bye for now!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tomorrow: Support Japanese Paper Place and Lizz Aston

From 2 p.m. onwards, drop by the Japanese Paper Place to celebrate their 30th birthday. Yes,  30th!!! There will be tons of things to see and do at their warehouse (on 77 Brock Ave.), concluding with a birthday cake in the evening. The JPP is opening their warehouse from 2 pm to 9:30 pm. 

Congratulations JPP for a successful 30 years and cheers to many more years of inspiring Toronto artists and makers!

After a slice of the birthday cake, come out for live music and dancing at The Piston, where a fundraiser for Lizz Aston will be held. Lizz is trying to recover the money she spent on legal fees after being wrongfully accused by the police. (Read the full story here and the update here.) It's not a celebration,  but Lizz is turning this experience into an arts-positive event, so put on your dancing shoes and support her!

Falsely Accused via Facebook: A Legal Fee Fundraiser for Lizz Aston       Thursday June 7th at The Piston Bar
A night of music, dancing and fun! In support of helping out a friend.

PWYC w/ a suggested donation of $7
Hosted by Jordan Kern of Yacht Rock!
at 10 pm - The Whirly Birds
at 11 pm - Persian Rugs
at 12 am – Hollow Earth

Hope we'll see you tomorrow!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer outfits

In case you don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter here are some stunning outfits we have at Freedom perfect for this amazing sunny weather! 

Of course there are many many more but these are just a fun sampling :)