Monday, December 8, 2014

Thanks to everyone who came to my Open House

Photos here soon.
In meantime ... you can check my instagram.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New cozy winter illustration


Holiday cards at TYPE books and SWIPE books + design

In Toronto my holiday cards are now available at two of my favourite bookstores: TYPE books on Queen West and SWIPE books and design at 401 Richmond.
They're also available in my on line shop. 






Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Sketch: Happy fella in Canada Goose coat


This is tonight...

My friend Marjorie Campbell is having her first opening at Alison Milne Gallery tonight.
I met Marjorie many years ago as we were both members of the Cabbagetown craft circle. :-)
She makes beautiful felt sculptures and is a very sweet person. Added bonus! Cocktails from the Martini Club.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mark your Calendars...

It's that time of the year again:
My Annual Holiday Open House and Sale. 

There'll be lots of Artist's Proofs at greatly reduced prices (ooh ahh)
plus prints, greetings cards, cider and nibblies
and ofcourse a chance for a peek inside my loft!

Please RSVP to 
alanna.cavanagh(at)gmail.com

Maria Bamford

My world improved today. I discovered Maria Bamford.
#smart # funny #brave #comedy #humour #mentalillness #bipolar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Inspiration: Isabella Blow + Fashion Blows show

Last week I went to the fantastic Fashion Blows show at The Room at The Hudson's Bay.
With her very quirky looks and incredible fashion sense I was immediately inspired to do some sketches of her.


 Isabella in fantastic hat by Philip Treacy.

My Sketch.

Loved Loved that wild Mouth "head piece" also by Philip Treacy and her helmet in the video.

Another sketch.

Thanksgiving

 Some photos from a very warm and cozy Thanksgiving.

Many hands and plates for a big Turkey dinner at the cottage.
Is there anything better?
 Bliss - reading on the cottage's screened in porch.

 Beautiful fall foliage in Kazubazua, Quebec.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Surreal Wallpaper pattern


Close up: Ochre + Grey colourway

Full pattern: Ochre + Grey
 

Pink + Grey colourway

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nora Young Panel with Tech Start ups tonight

 MaRS Discovery District | 101 College Street, Toronto
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Doors open at 6 p.m. | Panel begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Cocktail reception to follow
Last minute tickets available for $25

You can buy tickets here. http://www.torontolife.com/cityseries/technology/

See you there. :-)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Kitchen reno - Before and After!

My kitchen has been finished for a few months now. Finally found some time to post some photos.
The design and all work was done by my friends Calder + Kevin of Creative Integrity.
Can't say enough about these guys - their ideas, skills and attention to details is stellar.
Just thrilled with their work.

BEFORE

Problemos
1. Sad + ugly cupboards + counter
2. No counter space
3. Wasted space above
4. Ugly appliances
5. No lighting
6. No back splash

AFTER!
 Changes

1. Switched out cupboard doors for glossy white IKEA ones and counter for IKEA butcher block
2. Installed microwave above oven to double the counter space
3. Built storage above
4. Switched out appliances for new stainless steel ones
5. Installed potlights and 2 pendant lights
6. Installed white subway tile backsplash


Another angle

Calder suggested I continue the subway tile on the right side wall - and so glad he did.
Love how it looks!
The lights were a gift from my friends Sasha + Al and were salvaged from the Brooklyn Shipyards! I think the rust on them matches well with the old timey feel of the subway tile and warms up the glossy white.

This next Before and After shows a good view of the storage above

BEFORE

AFTER

Here are some process shots

The storage half built

 The talented Calder +Kevin  of Creative Integrity hard at work
Calder doing a very precise job of the subway tile

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Brooks Brothers in London

The sweet customer from London who purchased my Brooks brothers suit print last week sent me this photo from the framing shop.
I love the weights they use to hold the paper down. Tres elegant. Thanks Simon. xox

Inuit Art Quarterly Launch

Last week I attended the relaunch of Inuit Art Quarterly: 
a fabulous magazine which is published by The Inuit Art Foundation.
I love Inuit art so for me the entire magazine is delicious!
I especially enjoyed Patricia Feheley's article on the genesis of the Modern Inuit Art market.
 
Above is the Editor Nancy Campbell along with some of the members of the Advisory board.
Click here for more info on the magazine.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My brother Shawn's watch

 
In my thoughts always and dearly missed every day.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Please come pick up your framed Eloise print!

Hello!
To whoever purchased my framed Eloise print at the Cabbagetown Festival....
please email me so we can arrange a pick up or delivery. Thank you!