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Love at First Flight (2 of 3)

Go back to 1: Intro, Overall Theme, Invitations & Logo
Skip ahead to 3: Ceremony, Wedding Favours, Attire, Passport Station & Entertainment

Venue

We chose the Market Kitchen located inside the St Lawrence Market; one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. Shaun and I shop at the market nearly every weekend and had no idea it existed.

It’s a gorgeous venue with a lot character; equipped with high ceilings, exposed brick, wine barrels and giant arched windows that overlook downtown Toronto. It was the perfect space to accommodate our theme.

(e)Motion Sickness Bags

Right before the start of the ceremony, I thought it would be fun to hand out airsickness bags filled with facial tissue. You know, in case of any (e)motion sickness. Har har.

Food

Shaun is a nutritionist, so he was very particular about what we served. Most of the food was gluten and dairy free.

Originally, we envisioned simple grazing stations; however, as the theme evolved, we asked the catering company, Daniel et Daniel, if it was possible to serve ‘in-flight meals’ packaged in kraft paper boxes.

We sealed each box with an MVD>SSR sticker. These were handed out to all the guests by the caterers at the beginning of the evening.

My sister, Jaime, decorated our cupcakes with little handcrafted airplanes.

Decorations

For a relatively inexpensive alternative to wedding flowers (that shit ain’t cheap!), we opted for simple greenery. We bought various types of plants and cacti from IKEA, and repotted them in mason jars.

We stacked vintage suitcases and crates throughout the venue, which we rented from various antique stores, and dressed them up with vintage cameras, globes and books.

My mom handcrafted paper flowers made out of old street maps, which we scattered throughout the decorations.

I designed a number of posters with old photographs, facts and personality insights of Shaun, myself and our wedding party, that were mounted on foamcore and displayed throughout the venue.

For a relatively easy and inexpensive way of branding everything in sight, I had a couple custom stamps made.

Next up: Ceremony, Wedding Favours, Attire, Passport Station, Entertainment & End Result.

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Love at First Flight (1 of 3)

March 9th, 2013. The day I married Shaun was the best day of my life. Honestly, I can’t put into words how perfect everything turned out. It was incredible.

Although, I can’t say the planning happened overnight; there was a lot of work involved. But come on, what designer wouldn’t love branding their own event!? I thought I would share our overall vision, including all the fun designy projects we made to create a unique, memorable and affordable event.

We had just a little over two months to bring everything together; invitations, decor, venue, attire, entertainment, food; the list goes on and on. Neither one of us planned such a big event before, so we were more than intimidated of how and where to get started. From the get-go, about all we knew was that we wanted to keep it small and intimate.

I have to give serious props to our close friends, Muqu, Preeti, Ryan and Tyler. We were lucky to have a wedding party that all helped tremendously in different ways. As well as dozens of other friends & family members we tapped in to for help along the way. They all made it possible to make all my dumb ideas come to life.

Overall Theme

True story: five years ago, Shaun and I met at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) on Christmas Eve. This is an excerpt from our invitations:

Unlike most love at first sight tales, ours began at an airport one Xmas eve. We each were traveling alone, set to see our families. We shared a few glances. An introduction. Then somewhere between poor weather conditions, fate and a cancelled flight, we found ourselves seated side-by-side as the plane took off. And that’s how we plan to stay.

Thus, the perfect theme was born: Love at First Flight.

Invitations

Unfortunately, because time wasn’t on our side, there was no save the date. We just sent an email to our guests that said, well, just that. It was fast and it was cheap. Why do it any other way? Instead, I designed the invitations into two pieces and sent them out together; a postcard and an airline ticket.

Both the postcard and ticket were packaged together in an A4 kraft paper envelope.

On the front of the postcard, I drew Shaun and I when we met at the airport. On the back, was an introduction to our story (excerpted above).

As an ode to my collectible poster designs, the silkscreened postcards acted as mini limited edition art pieces; both hand numbered and signed.

Postcard Specs:
Colours: 3/1
Paper: 100% cotton 245gsm Wheat
Qty: 90
Printed by: Kid Icarus

We wanted the evening to come across as laid back, natural and unrehearsed. The copy on the ticket reflected just that; from the suggested start time, “7:30-8:00 pm ‘ISH’”, to the cheeky footnotes reminding guests not to bring randos. A true reflection of our quirky relationship.

Ticket Specs:
Colours: 1/0
Paper: 35 Pt. Chipboard
Qty: 90
Printed by: Lunar Caustic Press

Logo

The MVD>SSR graphic; our initials made into airport codes; ended up becoming the logo for the event crossing all platforms/materials.

Next up: Venue, (e)Motion Sickness Bags, Food & Decorations.

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Art Spring Cleaning

I finally made time to go through the monstrosity that took over my closet (that was once for my clothes). Each box contained unopened artist proofs from various shows/galleries from 2012. I need to make room if I want to create new art, so here are the last remaining copies that I have been selfishly hoarding.

Please note, the prices reflect the extremely limited quantities I have in my possession. This is it folks! The rest are sold out and selling for much more on ebay (if you can find them).

The sale starts Friday, March 22nd at 12:00pm EST on my SHOPippo.

Ok, here’s what I found.

FFOX Standard

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Standard (AP)
Only 5 available • $60

FFOX NYCC

Fantastic Mr. Fox: NYCC Exclusive (AP)
Only 5 available • $80

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Standard (AP)
14 available • $60

GP Variant

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Variant (AP)
9 available • $100

Hair-Raising Hare

“Hair-Raising Hare” (AP)
Only 4 available • $60

Zoot: Saxophone (AP)
Only 3 available • $150

Floyd: Bass (AP)
Only 3 available • $150

Janice: Guitar (AP)
Only 3 available • $150

Dr. Teeth: Keyboards (AP)
Only 3 available • $200

Electric Mayhem: Complete Set of 5 (AP’s)
Only 3 sets available • $850

Applied Arts March 2013

The March/April issue of Applied Arts magazine is finally hitting magazine stands! I am thrilled to be featured as the winner of the 2012 Illustration Applied Arts AACE Award.

You can read the full interview below (click on images to view larger).

 

Applied Arts AACE Award

Last Thursday evening, Applied Arts held their first annual AACE Awards in Toronto. I was nominated (and won!) the Illustration category for my Muppets Electric Mayhem series.

The AACE Awards will highlight the very best of the best in each discipline. All entries will be judged as usual by our panels of experienced professionals, with the winners beautifully reproduced in the various Applied Arts Awards Annuals. But at the same time, the judges will vote on the overall winner of each program. Their scores will be discreetly tabulated and kept under wraps until the gala AACE Awards Ceremony.

Applied Arts AACE Venue

The event was held at the beautiful venue of Artscape Wychwood Barns, which was neatly decorated with all the winning entries from all six of their 2012 Awards: Photography & Illustration, Design, Advertising, Interactive and Student.

I was able to snap a few crappy pics. See below.

AACE Finalists

I didn’t realize I was a finalist until I showed up at the event; I thought everyone that was published throughout the year was a nominee!? So needless to say, I was both shocked and honored to win. Thanks Applied Arts!

AACE Award

BTW, Along a Long Road by Frank Viva is beautiful. I own it myself. If you haven’t seen this awesome book, check it out.

I Finally Have A Shop!

I know, I know. No big deal, right? I mean, every artist under the sun has a place where you can purchase their art. I fully admit that I’ve been procrastinating on building a shop for months. But my packing supplies are stocked up, and I have an adequate amount of art to sell (with more to come), so my SHOPippo is finally open!

For those interested, I am still waiting to receive my artist proofs of my Brave poster; as soon as I do I will announce it on Twitter. In future, I will also be putting a few full sets of my Muppet posters up for sale.

Be sure to check back for updates!

Bad Dads: Fantastic Mr. Fox

25.10.13 Update: You can purchase the print here.

11.10.13 Original Post: When Ken Harman asked me to participate in Spoke Art’s annual Bad Dads show, a tribute to the films of Wes Anderson, I knew immediately I was going to create something for one of my favorite movies, Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The official Bad Dads show opens up on Halloween weekend at Spoke Arts San Francisco space, but they will be debuting a collection of exclusive prints this weekend at New York Comic Con.

I’m beyond excited and honoured to be included in this years lineup of artist signings at NYCC, alongside Tim Doyle, Joshua Budich, Dave Perillo and more! I’m scheduled to make an appearance on Sunday, October 14th at 2pm at booth #3220. Please come say hi!

Fantastic Mr. Fox: NYCC Exclusive
24″x18″ screen print, 2 colors (metallic copper), 50 copies

FFOX NYCC

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Standard
24″x18″ screen print, 2 colors, 100 copies
FFOX Standard

The standard edition of my poster is bright orange, and the variant (NYCC exclusive) is printed in metallic copper. I haven’t seen them yet in person, but I was told that the variant turned out a bit more brown than copper. I think it still looks great though. See below.

FFOX Photo

Exhibition dates:
October 11th – October 14th / New York Comic Con
October 26th – November 24th / Spoke Art San Francisco