Wednesday
Oct222014

Pompon Party DIY

[Jessica, Lynda and Rhonda at Anthropologie]

The Covet Garden team recently held a DIY workshop at Anthropologie at The Shops at Don Mills. We had an excellent turnout, met many cool people (both attendees and Anthropologie staffers) and basically had a great evening making pompon necklaces. 

We wanted to share the good times with everybody. Here’s our DIY pompon tutorial so you can to create your own ball of fun!

What you need:
• a large serving fork with four tines
• a small pair of sharp scissors
• yarn
• 6 inches of strong string (we used waxed string)

Directions
1.
Start by wrapping your yarn around the fork about 30 to 35 times.

2.  Slip the yarn up the center of the fork, and using the string, thread one end through the middle gap in the fork tines at the bottom and bring the end up and through the middle gap in the tines at the top.

3. Tie a tight knot in the middle of your fork with the string. This is what holds your pompon together. 

4. Slide yarn off the fork.

5.  Use scissors to snip the loops at both ends of your yarn ball ensuring that you get them all as they are layered from wrapping around the fork. Then trim the pompon until you get the perfect shape and size.

Note:  Don’t cut the string tails! This allows you to use them to tie your pompons onto other things like a present or a length of chain to make a necklace.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Best of Etsy: Material World

[Japanese Kokka Fabric from Miss Matatabi]

The entire Covet Garden team has fabric hoarding tendancies. This is one of the reasons we love Grant's place in the current issue so very much: Touring his home gave us the chance to luxuriate in textiles. It also inspired us to make things with our own stashes of material. Jessica made dresses. Lynda crafted a carrying bag for her pup Lily. And Rhonda recovered her couch cushions.

[Blue Bird Dress from Leah Goren]

[Curls print fabric from Stitch In Dye]

[Vintage George Snowden for Memphis fabric from Merit and Worth]

Now that we've reignited our passion for fashioning things out of cloth, we've turned to Etsy to find handmade and vintage supplies (and new project inspiration). If you are looking for fab fabric finds, we've made a curated list called Fabric Hoarding to help you start or add to your collection. As always, we will keep adding to our treasuries as we uncover more amazing materials, so follow our boards for updates!

[Marimekko Kanteleen Kutsu fabric from Otto Bag]

 

Wednesday
Oct082014

Art's Generation Next

Recently, the Covet Garden team visited the EQ3 store in Liberty Village for the launch of the Winnipeg-based company’s second Generation Art capsule collection. Created in partnership with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation (fmjf.com), the line not only raises money to help fund arts programming for youth across Canada, it also features the designs of seven artists from across the country. 

Over 200 artists submitted designs for the collection, which consists of décor accessories including pillows, bean bags, ottomans, napkins, mugs and serving platters. The youngest, Andrew Lee, is only 11 years old.

“I really believe that art can save lives,” says Jean-Daniel Lafond, who is co-founder and co-chair of the Foundation alongside his wife, The Right Hon. Jean. “I was born in France at the end of the war. "During the rebuilding, when I was between 12 and 14, I believed that I had no future. What saved me at age 14 was that I joined a small theatre company. I studied the texts and learned the importance of culture. And although I went to school for philosophy, I paid for my studies making art.”

“Today I could say that what my wife and I are doing is repaying the gift of culture,” says Lafond. “It is the best treasure we could give.”

This year, artists were asked for designs that celebrated diversity. We were especially taken by the pastel kaleidoscope patterns by Toronto’s Selina Wong and the bold black and white unity circle design by Winnipeg’s Melanie Kane.

Peter Teilman, EQ3’s president and CEO adds that working on Generation Art also gives the company a chance to acknowledge both young and established artists. All proceeds from sales of the Generation Art collection also go directly to Foundation. Basically, it’s a gift that keeps on giving, says Teilman.  “We invite you to purchase products with meaning for the gift giving season.”

Friday
Oct032014

October Giveaway: Sandra Dionisi Immortals Print

[Sandra in her living room from Issue 11, photography by Donna Griffith]

We like to stay in touch with the folks whose homes we have featured in past issues of Covet Garden. And this month we wanted to share an update on illustrator Sandra Dionisi.

When we featured Sandra, husband James and son Luka’s house back in Issue 11 (June 2011), she told us about a collaboration she was working on with the glass artist Jeff Goodman. At the time she could only hint at the project, but the plan was to etch Sandra’s images from classical Greek mythology onto glass vessels. 

Although Goodman passed away in 2012, Sandra continued to work on the series, eventually creating 12 amazing silkscreens depicting the gods of Olympus with finely etched details and carefully observed symbolism. “Because I come from the editorial world I want the images to have some meaning,” she says.

She calls this series The Immortals. “It took a couple of years to create,” says Sandra. “I had never done anything like it. The technical part of etching is similar to silkscreening in that you have to create positive and negative images. I spent a lot of time talking with Jeff and the people who worked with the studio and I discovered that I could do more than what I thought I could do. I liked the results that came from the remove between the first generation [the drawings] and third generation [the printing].”

We love them too! Currently, you can buy the prints from Sandra’s online shop. She also has work at the Lucky Penny Café on Shaw Street and will be taking part in a group show at MADE in November.

We’re also thrilled to announce that Sandra is also giving one Covet Garden reader a print from this series. Visit Sandra’s shop and check out the collection. Then tell us which immortal you’d like in your home at contest @ covetgarden. com for a chance to win a limited edition silkscreen. One winner will be selected at random. Contest is open to Canadian residents only. All entries must be received by October 31st at 11pm EST.

Wednesday
Oct012014

Issue 50 is Now Live!

[cover photo by Ashley Capp]

Last month Covet Garden celebrated its fourth anniversary. This month we're going to keep the party going with our 50th issue and specifically, textile artist Grant's amazing abode. Anyone who loves fabrics as much as we do won't be able to resist the colours, patterns and tactile wonders of this Little Portugal home, the way he has assembled his treasures has also taught about the true meaning of that over-used word "curation." His collections have context which creates a dialogue between the objects in the room, which in turn tells a story about history, the house and the man who put it all togther.

As always, we took inspiration from Grant's space to bring you projects and inspiration to help you tell your own story. This month, we've got a fun graphic chain stitched cushion cover DIY, A honey-sweetened beverage and fantastic, fabric-influenced fashion and decor finds.

Step inside discover your own favourite places in Grant's space.