One of my list goals was to get some cool new art for our apartment because we’ve been living there for almost two years and the walls were practically bare.
Originally, I was going to wait until either the Summer Art Show in Nathan Phillips Square or the Fall Art Walk in Trinity Bellwoods Park, but when I saw the stuff they were offering at TCAF, I changed my mind. It was fun, it was funky and best of all it was cheap!
So Boy and I decided to each get three pieces to enjoy.
Check ’em out!
This was the first piece that caught Boy’s eye. I do not know the name of it but it is by John Martz who is a Toronto based artist. You can’t see that well in the photograph of the print, but the whole strip features the main character spouting “seize the day” type platitudes, only to go outside, see that it’s raining and retreat inside to play video games. Since Boy and I often spend part of our weekend inside watching movies or playing video games, this is all too relatable.
This was my first purchase of the day and a very hard one to make . . . Peter Chan and Bobby Chiu collaborated on so many cute prints I wanted them all! However, at the end of the day, I knew I had to go home with “Midnight Swim” because it was so goofy and adorable.
The Boy’s next purchase. Tom Fowler was a super friendly guy and, in addition to signing the print, he drew a small custom Monster sketch for Boy in the corner. Awesome!
I didn’t end up meeting artist Alana McCarthy since she had apparently just had a baby (Congratulations!), but I love the bold lines and colours of her prints. Plus, I am a girl of simple tastes – show me a picture of a Ninja Cat fighting a Robot and I am sold!
Before going to TCAF, we had absolutely no idea that the creators of one of Boy’s favourite comic strips were going to be there. But, before we knew it, we were face to face with Emily Horne and Joey Comeau, creators of A Softer World. In keeping with his dark sense of humour, Boy picked the bleakest strip they had.
I have made no secret on this blog that I love Scott Pilgrim so, naturally, I had to buy the show exclusive print of Ramona Flowers*.
After we bought all of the prints, we were really excited to hang them. So, after a quick measuring session and a stop at one of our favourite burger places to regain our strength, we hit Black’s Photography, picked up six simple black frames and spent the afternoon strategizing how to hang thing. This is what we decided:
We still had our old Silver Snail print, so we decided to keep it in play by having four pieces of the new art flank it. As for the John Martz print, we loved it but wanted people to be able to stop and read it, so we place it over the phone station. And as for the Softer World print . . .
We briefly considered hanging it over the television, but because of it’s size, we changed our minds and decided to have it on the wall facing into the dining room. After all, since Boy and I are pretty vigourous eaters, its sentiment kind of works with the gluttony that accompanies our usual meal time. 😛
It might have taken us a little while, but I’ve got to say, I’m happy with the way everything’s come together. Who knew such small changes would help everything feel so homey? 🙂
*Funnily enough, I actually ended up getting a call back for the Scott Pilgrim movie but was unable to participate in the shoot since one of my coworkers is currently on a three week trip to Europe.