Ciara Phelan is an illustrator and textile designer based out of East London, UK. Her mix of textile, digital and analog based media showcases something reminiscent of traditional collages, but with a modern twist. Paying specific attention to composition, texture and colour, Phelan is able to create eye-catching artwork that is used in advertising as well as her own personal illustrations.
For the past eight months, we’ve been working with Hamilton Community Foundation to revamp their brand and build excitement around their 60th anniversary celebrations. In a coming blog post, we’ll explore the re-branding process of an integral organization in our city but for now we are excited to share some exciting news! We are proud to help the Foundation commemorate their many years of community commitment by sponsoring their citywide celebrations.
For me, this is the season of antiquing. I love visiting outdoor flea markets and searching for my next special vintage piece. Whether it’s for my home or something I wear, I enjoy the hunt for something rare and unique. The popularity of all things vintage has integrated into the creation of new and one of a kind products, which I find interesting as this relates to our creative process here at KITESTRING. When appropriate, we like to draw inspiration from the past from which we create something completely new.
It is very interesting when an artist works mostly digital in their process, but creates effects that mimic a more tactical and hand done technique. Every artist has a different process and way of coming up with a certain style to their work and I find Eiko Ojala’s process fascinating.
One day after school, I was invited to stay for supper at my best friend Joel's house. We had spent lots of afternoons playing in his basement but, since he lived about 50 feet from my front door, I had always gone home for dinner. I’m fairly certain this was the one and only time I ate over because I distinctly remember sitting at their small kitchen table and tasting a delicacy completely foreign in my household. This was the one and only time in my life that I ate Hamburger Helper and it was delicious.
Photo: Semmick Photo & Shutterstock
What do you bring your lunch in? Well, if you are my mother’s child you brought every condiment, every sandwich, every slice of cheese in burping, bright-coloured Tupperware.
The holy-grail of plastic, re-usable and now BPA free dishware was originally developed in 1948 by Earl Silas Tupper. While Mr. Tupper created the air-tight containers, it was one of his sales representatives who really brought the product-line to life.
Most of you may think this is an unlikely choice for an artist spotlight, but there are many creative individuals that do not use the typical paintbrush and canvas for their craft.
Everyday, we interact with hundreds of brands but rarely give our attention to more than a few. This month, I look into the origin stories of the brands we hardly even notice anymore– starting with breakfast.
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