Wednesday
Mar272013

For Your Easter Basket

Why should the Easter Bunny just bring treats for kids? Here are a few of our favourite symbols of spring and renewal (and one chocolate Badger for good measure):

1.Illustrator Masako Kubo's rabbit tea towel for Terrain, $28

2. Betty's Chocolate Badger, £20

3. French glass chick egg cup from Rouliier White, £10 for a set of four

4. "Warren" tile by Xenia Taler, $32

5. Bunny cupboard knob from Monty's Vintage Shop, £15

6. Magpie British Wildlife Plate from Hurn & Hurn, £20 for a set of four

Monday
Mar252013

Supporting aWEARness

We here at Covet Garden love creative and collaborative explorations. Which is why we are as pleased as puch to be one of the sponsors of aWEARness — an annual multimedia performance and fundraiser put on by the Visual Merchandising Arts students at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ont.

This year, aWEARness is inspired by the 10 earthly elements of the earth (our former intern Sarah is one of the participants and will be representing wood with a dress inspired by the birch tree) and will be represented through costume, theatre, music and film. These costume providde a sneak peek at some of the costumes that will come to life at the aWEARness show.

There are two performances — Wednesday April 3rd and Thursday April 4th. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will be donated to the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.

Friday
Mar222013

February Blog Contest Winners!

Friday
Mar222013

Do-Ho Suh at the AGO

[image: Jessica Reid]

On a recent trip to the AGO, we came across this piece by Korean sculptor and installation artist, Do-Ho Suh called 348 West 22nd St., Apt A, New York, NY 10011 (Bathroom), and it got us thinking about personal spaces and our attachment to them.

The installation is a full-scale replica of the bathroom from his own apartment (a view of the entire apartment piece can be seen above). Because Suh splits his time between New York and Seoul (and spent some time in Berlin), it leaves him longing for the space he is not currently in. The project of re-creating these spaces began when he moved to New York and had trouble sleeping because all of the noise and activity, he tried to remember the last time he had had a good night's sleep and remembered his parents' home in Seoul. He then went about re-creating that home in a full-scale fabric model that he could essentially fold up and carry with him. "I wanted to be able to carry my home on my back, like a snail."

[Seoul Home/L.A. Home/New York Home/Baltimore Home/London Home/Seattle Home/L.A. Home, 1999]

The process of creating these homes in exacting detail further strengthened his attachment to the spaces. "I was able to discover so many things when I was measuring and that was a very personal and emotional experience. You often find all of the little marks that you did when you were a kid and that brings all the memories of your childhood [back]. When you do that, your house becomes a part of you."

[Specimen Series: New York City Apartment: 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 (detail), 2011]

[Specimen Series: Wieland Strasse, 18, Berlin, Germany, Doorknobs, 2011]

Images via Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Find out more about Suh and his fascinating work in this PBS video.

Wednesday
Mar202013

February Landfill Designs Contest Winners!

And thanks to Landfill Designs for the fantastic prizes!