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Carded: Remarkable Greeting Cards by Canadian artists, illustrators and designers

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November 26, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Wendy Tancock. Pure Maple Syrup: Canadian Heroes Series, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.
Wendy Tancock. Pure Maple Syrup: Canadian Heroes Series, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Design at Riverside
7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
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BEAUTIFUL. COMPELLING. QUIRKY. INNOVATIVE. EVOCATIVE.

Hundreds of one-off, limited edition, and production cards for different occasions. Plus two special feature displays from the Canadian Heroes Series by illustrator and graphic designer Wendy Tancock and the Doug’s Garage Calendar Collection by artist Doug Guildford.

CARDED includes card designs by:
Robert Achtemichuk | Jackie Besteman | Carrier Budge Card Co. | Kate Carder-Thompson | Laural Carr - Impagination | Joanna Close | Coffee Stain Designs| Creepy Christine Paper Products | Designwerke Inc. | Emily Filler | Rick Filler | Flakes Paperie | Laura Friedland | Erella Ganon | Claire Gaulin-Brown | Doug Guildford | Hambley & Woolley | Sabina Hill | In Paper Dreams | Jeff Jackson | Khalil Jamal | Jonesy | Tracey Lawko |   Raegan Little | Monica Lima | Katherine Morley | Victor Nowicki | Carol Outram | Kelly Panacci | Dorie Preston | Andrew James Smith | Bill Schwarz | Sinking Ship Design | Talia Shipman | Xenia Taler Design | Wendy Tancock

Opening: November 26, 6:30pm

Robert Achtemichuk
Robert Achtemichuk was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Manitoba and further studies in France and Mexico. He has been the Executive Director...

Robert Achtemichuk was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Manitoba and further studies in France and Mexico. He has been the Executive Director of several organizations including Open Studio, the Waterloo Regional Arts Council and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. He recently received artist grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund to develop and exhibit new paintings at Homer Watson Art Gallery, the Glenhyrst Art Callery, Art Barrage, and Agnes Jamieson in Minden. He received the Award of Excellence from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2012.

"I am curious about visual phenomena happening from my own back yard. The views from my window and from the back door into the yard and beyond have become locations of contemplation and receptivity. I am mostly receptive to colour. It fascinates me. Like Moriandi, I recycle the same elements, referencing the ever-changing possiblilities in this limited subject matter. My interest has grown from the full moon in the sky, the trees and the buildings, to include effects of the moon, the city lights and the atmosphere."

Jackie Bestman
Jackie was born in Canada and raised in South Africa and Holland. She fell madly in love with the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee in high school in Pretoria. Drawing ballerinas was a natural outcome....

Jackie was born in Canada and raised in South Africa and Holland. She fell madly in love with the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee in high school in Pretoria. Drawing ballerinas was a natural outcome. After graduating from the The Ontario College of Art & Design, she became a freelance illustrator and has been commissioned by many publications in North America. She is equally inspired by the work of Edward Hopper and Fiona Hewitt.

"My whole career has been in pursuit of making more beautiful and meaningful work and I have enjoyed the journey very much."

Carrier Budge Card Company (Holly Main)
Carrier Budge Card Company is a small Toronto-based greeting card company that focuses on lovable characters and funny, light-hearted designs. Each design is hand drawn in pen and ink then coloured...

Carrier Budge Card Company is a small Toronto-based greeting card company that focuses on lovable characters and funny, light-hearted designs. Each design is hand drawn in pen and ink then coloured and formatted digitally. Carrier Budge offers a range of seasonal and everyday cards that cover a variety of subject matter.

Kate Carder-Thompson
My husband and I moved to Haliburton, Ontario in July, 2013. Having made my living as an arts educator for fifteen years, I of course am now unemployed and am therefore writing a blog and attempting...

My husband and I moved to Haliburton, Ontario in July, 2013. Having made my living as an arts educator for fifteen years, I of course am now unemployed and am therefore writing a blog and attempting to make art every day.

Laural Carr
Laural Carr graduated with a BFA from Queen's University. As one of the first graphic artists trained in desktop publishing, she became a technical consultant and a teacher at the Nova Scotia...

Laural Carr graduated with a BFA from Queen's University. As one of the first graphic artists trained in desktop publishing, she became a technical consultant and a teacher at the Nova Scotia College of Art, as well as a graphic designer.

Laural Carr is the owner of Impagination Inc. "The name was perfect because beside the technical play on "pagination" (a printing term), it said 'thinking and imagining beyond the page' ... and that's what we've always been about." Impagination recently celebrated 25 years of business. Looking back, Laural clearly sees the transitions her company has made as her client list and project size grew, and technology evolved. This growth has allowed her to let go of the technical responsibilities and take on a directing and strategic focus.

Laural's achievements have been acknowledged over the years with numerous awards and recognition, including recent Creative and Marketing Effectiveness Awards for Credentials Package, Holiday Promotion, Corporate Identity, Direct Mail and Invitation.

Joanna Close
Joanna studied textiles at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Textiles in 2004. She continued to study and completed a Master of Arts...

Joanna studied textiles at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Textiles in 2004. She continued to study and completed a Master of Arts degree in Textile and Fibre Art at the Winchester School of Art in the United Kingdom in 2006. Since 2006, she has worked as a textile artist and illustrator in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and in the Yukon. Joanna is a regular part time instructor at NSCAD University in the Textiles department.

Joanna's work involves exploring landscape images through textiles and illustration, using rural spaces between urban centres as an inspiration. She currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and much of her work addresses the landscape of southern New Brunswick, where she is from and visits often.

Coffee Stained Cards (Trisha Cook)
Trisha Cook is the founder of Coffee Stained Cards, a boutique greeting card company. CSC is devoted to keeping an age-old sentiment alive by offering a modern twist to the traditional. Handmade,...

Trisha Cook is the founder of Coffee Stained Cards, a boutique greeting card company. CSC is devoted to keeping an age-old sentiment alive by offering a modern twist to the traditional. Handmade, premium cards with photos inspried by contemporary indie culture with classic quotes.

Our company is devoted to being eco-friendly and honours the earth by employing "green" production practices. Whether it be a custom made card or a Coffee Stained creation, each card is unique and individually hand crafted. The result: sincere, connected, crafty geeting cards. There are different series of cards that are included in this submission. Handmade guitar pic cards, button cards, Wear Yer Word, button cards and Polaroid, cards with pictures by Trisha Cook.

Creepy Christine Paper Products (Christine Stait-Gardner)
Christine attended art college, has a diploma in Merchandising and a degree in Business Administration. Her day job is in finance, but over the last several years she has rediscovered the love of art...

Christine attended art college, has a diploma in Merchandising and a degree in Business Administration. Her day job is in finance, but over the last several years she has rediscovered the love of art she had, and for various reasons, suppressed. She works feverishly whenever she can in her home studio on her quirky, darkly humorous paper products, framed art and shadowboxes. She feels she is only just getting started on her creative work and still plans on being a full time artist when she grows up (or retires from the pesky day job).

Christine's work has been shown and sold at The One of a Kind Show, Word on the Street, The Festival of Fear, The Small Press Book Fair, The Bazaar of the Bizarre and the AWOL gallery. Her book "SB and Associates" was purchased by Toronto Public Library Special Collections. Freelance illustration work includes: digital scrapbooks, snowboards, magazines and private commissions.

Designwerke (Stephen Boake)
Designwerke is a communications design company that was founded in 1981. Understanding our client's business, goals and market environment have allowed us to forge strong partnerships with many...

Designwerke is a communications design company that was founded in 1981. Understanding our client's business, goals and market environment have allowed us to forge strong partnerships with many noteworthy organizations. Our compelling and focused messaging builds strong, vital relationships with their market opportunities.

Stephen Boake is the principal of Designwerke Inc., which he founded in 1981. His strengths are managing all aspects of the project from client interface and research to design and production. Stephen studied at the University of Toronto and OCAD. He has sat on the OCAD Board for 6 years and OCAD committees for over 20 years. He continues to serve on juried design competitions and present at industry seminars. Stephen is a member of RGD Ontario. He was recently asked to be a member of the editorial board for a Canadian design publication.

Emily Filler
Emily Filler was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1982. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from Queen's University in 2005. She started to draw and paint at an early age and was greatly...

Emily Filler was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1982. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from Queen's University in 2005. She started to draw and paint at an early age and was greatly influenced as a child by her frequent visits to her father's gallery in Ottawa.

Emily's work has been exhibited in Toronto, ON; Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Calgary, AB; Moncton, NB; Kelowna, BC and Baie-St-Paul, QC.  Her work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, House and Home Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, and the Queen's Alumni Magazine. Her paintings have also been featured on a variety of television programs including Cityline and in the movie Man of the Year with Robin Williams.

Emily is now painting in Toronto at her studio in The Distillery District.

Rick Filler
Rick Filler was born in Montreal in 1951. He now lives and works in Ottawa. His career in photography began immediately after graduating from Concordia University in 1972. He and his brother began...

Rick Filler was born in Montreal in 1951. He now lives and works in Ottawa. His career in photography began immediately after graduating from Concordia University in 1972.

He and his brother began a commercial photographic studio in Montreal serving customers such as Gulf Oil, Sun Oil, RCA and Capital Records. After 8 years, they decided to take a different direction, and opened a gallery devoted exclusively to prints and graphics, which kept them involved in fine art for over 10 years. "Being exposed to so many other artists' work on a continual basis was wonderfully educational and strongly influenced my work."

A gardener for over 45 years, and a former trail guide to some of Canada's most remote regions, he now incorporates both of these interests into his fine art photography.

Flakes Paperie (Ashley Coulson)
Ashley Coulson is a printmaker, designer and the owner of Flakes Paperie, a handprinted stationery business from Cambridge, Ontario. Ashley received her BFA Degree from Queen's University with a...

Ashley Coulson is a printmaker, designer and the owner of Flakes Paperie, a handprinted stationery business from Cambridge, Ontario. Ashley received her BFA Degree from Queen's University with a major in stone lithography and screen-printing. Utilizing the drawing and printmaking skills acquired while completeing her degree, Ashley established Flakes Paperie in 2006 with a focus on handprinted greeting cards and custom wedding stationery. Ashley's stationery features her original illustrations, often witty and nostalgic imagery, screen-printed using vibrant, hand-mixed ink. Flakes Paperie stationery can be found in a growing number of independent shops throughout Canada and annually at the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale in Toronto.
 

Laura Friedland
Laura Friedland was born in New York City. She credits receiving the ‘Most Artistic’ award in kindergarten as setting the direction for her life. She originally studied Art and Dance,...

Laura Friedland was born in New York City. She credits receiving the ‘Most Artistic’ award in kindergarten as setting the direction for her life. She originally studied Art and Dance, receiving a B.A. from Connecticut College, followed by studies in Textile Design from Parson’s School of Design and a degree in Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she specialized in knit fabric design. She worked for many years in the apparel industry in New York and was a recipient of the Design America Award sponsored by the National Knitwear and Sportswear Association of New York. She moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1994, and started her own knit studio in 1995.

Moose Mountain Company and Laura Friedland Design

In 1995, Laura Friedland was a working as a contract designer at Jantzen Sportwear in Vancouver when Jantzen U.S. decided to close and sell off its’ Vancouver manufacturing operation. Laura purchased a number of machines intending to develop her own line of apparel. Her focus quickly changed after receiving a significant retail commission for specialty lap warmers favoured by Japanese tourists.  Moose Mountain Company was formed to design and manufacture high-end Canadiana textiles—luxurious Merino wool Moose, Bears, and Maple Leaves with a modern twist. It was at Moose Mountain that Laura developed the unique brushed Merino Fabric that she and the company would become known for. The Moose Mountain Line expanded and was soon available at resorts, museum shops, and specialty stores across Canada and the U.S.

In 2000, a new line of throws and pillows was launched under the Laura Friedland label. These new designs were modern and featured a bold use of colour. Defying economic pressure to shift production abroad, Moose Mountain and Laura Friedland designs were proudly manufactured in Canada.  Tragically, the manufacturing facility was destroyed by fire, and while alternative solutions were found in the short term, it was deemed that it was ultimately not financially viable to rebuild and production ceased in 2009.  Laura Friedland is currently exploring various design opportunities.

Erella Ganon
I have become an expert on my life. It is about the only thing I know. My drawings are an expression of what I have experienced, so far. I have been making illustrated diaries/sketch books of my...

I have become an expert on my life. It is about the only thing I know. My drawings are an expression of what I have experienced, so far. I have been making illustrated diaries/sketch books of my travels and as a reminder of what I have learned. I love to share these things. In the mid-1980's I started to pool the money and shopping time that I would normally put into Christmas gifts and put that into making little books that I distributed to friends and collectors. As reproducing these things became more affordable, I made post cards and a variety of other artist cards to mail abroad. I love seeing a photo of a friend at their home far away with one of my  cards or books that inhabits their world. Even though I cannot travel as much as I would like, I am glad my images can always make it. Hearing stories of how these things impact others is exciting for me. I guess this is where zines come in. Storytelling has become more important and distributing these with my art is the most efficient way to get the message across.

In 1998, I had the first of three brain surgeries to remove brain tumours. I posted details about my brain journey online and in a series of little cards and books I distributed in person. The No Brainer project was conceived because of the extraordinary online repsonse to this work. Eventually, the images will be collected and will be assembled into an actual book, with the intention of it helping others that find themselves in similar medical odysseys.

Claire Gaulin-Brown
Claire Gaulin-Brown is a current student at McGill University, and a freelance artist. Claire's cards are sold through Cobble Card Works, featuring custom-made cards for private business and...

Claire Gaulin-Brown is a current student at McGill University, and a freelance artist.

Claire's cards are sold through Cobble Card Works, featuring custom-made cards for private business and special occasions. Claire began painting handcrafted cards as an outlet for her love and care for art, that through the medium of the cards, can be accessed by many, so that in turn, this love may be passed on to others.

Doug Guildford
For 21 consecutive years (1986-2006), I designed and produced a suite of 13 hand-pulled screen prints in the form of a calendar under the imprint of Doug's Garage. My edition size ranged from 400...

For 21 consecutive years (1986-2006), I designed and produced a suite of 13 hand-pulled screen prints in the form of a calendar under the imprint of Doug's Garage. My edition size ranged from 400 at the outset, down to 200 as the years passed. The price for my calendar was $17 for the first year and crept up to $90 for the last couple of years. I relied on an extensive personal postal mailing to spread the word and sold it, along with assorted hand-carved rubber stamps, greeting cards and ephemera, at an annual one day sale at the Garage each December. It grew out of my love for mail art. It expressed a joie de vivre and offered a celebratory pagan sensibility. It was an epic marathon of printing and piece work, but it was a labour of love. The proceeds got me through the winter allowing me to focus on more esoteric and conceptually-based work.

I thank Open Studio for offering production facilities and collegiality for many of the years that I printed my calendars.

Hambley & Woolley (Bob Hambley)
Educated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Bob Hambley's curious mind and knack for personal service set the tone for the H&W team. Overseeing operations and administration for H...

Educated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Bob Hambley's curious mind and knack for personal service set the tone for the H&W team. Overseeing operations and administration for H&W, Bob ensures all projects are developed and executed with a strategic eye, fresh perspective and meticulous craftsmanship. Bob also directs all brand development projects for H&W, working with clients such as Quadrangle Architects, Peel District School Board and Harry Rosen. As an artist and illustrator, Bob has been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Time Magazine and Martha Stewart Living Magazine, and his artwork - assemblages and collages - hang in private collections across Canada. He is a sought after lecturer and speaker - recent engagements include speaking at IIDEX (Canada's National Design + Architecture Exposition) and delivering the keynote address at the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob is Vice President of Comunications for the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and sits on Professional Advisory Committees for both Sheridan and George Brown College.

Sabina Hill
Sabina graduated in architecture and founded her studio in 1993. Born in Vancouver, BC, Hill is inspired by the ocean and forest culture of the Pacific Northwest. As she sought to create works with a...

Sabina graduated in architecture and founded her studio in 1993. Born in Vancouver, BC, Hill is inspired by the ocean and forest culture of the Pacific Northwest. As she sought to create works with a distinctly regional design aesthetic, envisioning a collaboration with those who have been bringing the spirit of the land to surface through art for thousands of years, she began to connect professionally with First Nations artists in 2000.

Best known for her original custom furniture, art and installations, Hill merges the rich mythology of West Coast Aboriginal culture with a contemproary design esthetic. Working in collaboration with Aboriginal artists, her work celebrates the convergence of two distinct design cultures. Imbued with the spirit of our shared Pacific Northwest culture, Hill's work showcases First Nations motifs, extending their cross-culrutal appeal, and demonstrating a powerful and poignant legacy of cooperation between two cultures.

In Paper Dreams
Jen Van Overbeeke and Danielle Hyde are the artists behind In Paper Dreams, creators of handmade, papercut greeting cards. Wielding craft knifes and a portfolio of simple, elegant designs, Jen and...

Jen Van Overbeeke and Danielle Hyde are the artists behind In Paper Dreams, creators of handmade, papercut greeting cards. Wielding craft knifes and a portfolio of simple, elegant designs, Jen and Danielle have fun with colour and patterns so as to make each card stand alone. They have been working together since January 2013 and first launched their Etsy store in March. All of their designs are original.

Jen majored in Environment and Resource Studies, minored in Peace and Conflict Studies, and has always wanted to be an artist. She crafted her way through undergrad, and is now lucky to share some of her art with the world through In Paper Dreams while exploring her interests in the environment with a small enviornmental non-profit.

Danielle always had a passion for crafting but never envisioned becoing an artist. With a major in Environment and Business, she foresaw a career as a consultant. A large number of her courses steered her towards entrepreneurship and she is thrilled to be building her own business.

Jeff Jackson
Jeff Jackson attended the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo and the Ontario College of Art. His love of drawing, design, and architecture has always been the foundation of his career. He...

Jeff Jackson attended the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo and the Ontario College of Art. His love of drawing, design, and architecture has always been the foundation of his career. He has worked internationally as an editorial illustrator. Beyond magazines, his illustrations have been featured on posters and postage stamps, published in annual reports and advertising campaigns. He has been the recipient of many illustration awards and has frequently been featured in both American and Canadian graphic arts annuals.

Jeff's work as an artist has appeared in many places. He has exhibited his drawings and paintings in galleries in Toronto, New York, Paris and Tokyo. His designs have been used on ceramics, textiles and rugs. He has executed public and corporate commissions for murals. Jeff lives and works in Toronto.

Khalil Jamal
Khalil Jamal, a Toronto based Vancouver expat, is an industrial designer with experience in public art and architectural products. He experiments with new and old materials using envelope-pushing...

Khalil Jamal, a Toronto based Vancouver expat, is an industrial designer with experience in public art and architectural products. He experiments with new and old materials using envelope-pushing fabrication processes to create housewares, hardware and large-scale sculpture.

Jonesy (Nina Jones)
Jonesy strives to provide you with quality stationery that gets you excited about writing a note, proud to announce your news and thrilled to be throwing a party. Founded in late 2005 by Toronto...

Jonesy strives to provide you with quality stationery that gets you excited about writing a note, proud to announce your news and thrilled to be throwing a party.

Founded in late 2005 by Toronto Graphic Designer Nina Jones, Jonesy began with high quality custom stationery for clients including personal stationery, wedding invitations and corporate correspondence. Branching into the Retail Market in late 2006 was an exciting move for Jonesy, allowing people to enjoy Jonesy designs through both custom and retail means.

Nina Jones has a background in Anthropology, Fine Art and Graphic Design. Portrayed in her work are the objects around us, our place in the world, and its surroundings. Finding complete happiness in Jonesy allows her love of simplicity and vibrance to translate into the designs.

Tracey Lawko
Tracey Lawko is an award winning quilter, embroiderer, longarmer and textile artist. She is best known for her densely stitched landscapes of the Ontario countryside and her stitched dimensional...

Tracey Lawko is an award winning quilter, embroiderer, longarmer and textile artist. She is best known for her densely stitched landscapes of the Ontario countryside and her stitched dimensional still lifes. The Gift Pocket Cards provide a seasonal interlude from the intensity of her artwork. Tracey's work is available through David Kaye Gallery in Toronto and the Guild Shop in Yorkville.

Reagan Little
After completing an LLB and a JD, Little practiced law in Kitchener for a few years. She left law to start her now busy family, and has never looked back. When asked what she "does", she is...

After completing an LLB and a JD, Little practiced law in Kitchener for a few years. She left law to start her now busy family, and has never looked back. When asked what she "does", she is always hesitant (and then excited) to answer, "I am a photographer". Little loves taking photos. Almost as much as she loves sangria and her children.

Little lives with her family in Waterloo and has been taking photos since she was a child. Remember the Kodak Disc camera? She has displayed and sold her work both privately and in a variety of local shows and exhibits, including the Box 11 Art Show and Sale, the Box 12 Art Show and Sale, the Box 13 Art Show and Sale, the Encore exhibits hosted at Walter Fedy, and the Nurture exhibit at The Button Factory.

Monica Lima
Monica Lima is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and Business with a specialization in Drawing and Painting and...

Monica Lima is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and Business with a specialization in Drawing and Painting and a certificae in Digital Imaging. She works mostly with acrylic paint on canvas of architecture and simplifies them to geometric forms or abstracts.

Katherine Morley
Katherine Morley is a Toronto-based designer, artist, curator. She is the co-founder and producer of Capacity, an annual design event showcasing Canadian women in Design. She is also one of the co-...

Katherine Morley is a Toronto-based designer, artist, curator. She is the co-founder and producer of Capacity, an annual design event showcasing Canadian women in Design. She is also one of the co-founders of The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (www.todesignoffsite.com), now in its 4th year and growing!

She has published an illustrated children's book called "Hanna", and is an accomplished musician. When not working in her studio, she creates visual stories on one of the largest canvases in Toronto: the windows of William Ashley on Bloor Street.

Victor Nowicki
Victor N Nowicki was born in Europe, and came to Canada when he was five. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, he is a self taught artist and wood worker living in Vancouver, BC. His...

Victor N Nowicki was born in Europe, and came to Canada when he was five.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, he is a self taught artist and wood worker living in Vancouver, BC. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the following: The Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC, The Walk Is Gallery, Vancouver, BC and the Jem Gallery, Vancouver, BC. His paintings have been included in the Art Collection of Sophie's Restaurant, Vancouver, along with artist Ken Lum, Sonny Assu, David Herzog and Eric Metcalfe.

Carol Outram
Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Carol Outram is an independant consultant assisting small craft and design businesses as well as individuals and groups, (particulary women in remote...

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Carol Outram is an independant consultant assisting small craft and design businesses as well as individuals and groups, (particulary women in remote communities), with research, product development, strategic planning/implementation, marketing, sales and export project management. Outram's design studio and office is located in Hudson, Quebec and is available for one-on-one projects and consultations.

To name a few of her successes, Carol is the Program Director for Fashion Arts at Seneca College in Toronto, is the Founding Director of the 'Fashion Incubator', Co-founder and Director of the Toronto Ready-to-Wear Canadian Designer Collections, the General Manager for the Canadian Aboriginal Designer Trading Group.

Kelly Panacci
Kelly is an artist, illustrator and founder of an art licensing company that she runs with her biggest fan and best friend Mario. Together they have three grown kids, manage a small business and take...

Kelly is an artist, illustrator and founder of an art licensing company that she runs with her biggest fan and best friend Mario. Together they have three grown kids, manage a small business and take the roads less traveled seeking art and music wherever they can find it, and sometimes that takes them to unexpected places.

Kelly's art career started when she graduated from George Brown College in Toronto as a graphic designer and happily worked at a busy ad agency until her kids came along and changed her work/lifestyle dynamic. For a few years she juggled being a Mom with various crafty ventures that produced one-of-a-kind items, ranging from air brushed garments and jewelry to intricate custom home portraits. Once the kids were at school all day, Kelly traded her art supplies for a Mac computer and retrained herself to draw with a mouse.

Soon she was creating award winning designs as an in-house artist for Sandylion Sticker Designs (Markham, ON) and it was there that Kelly discovered the emerging Scrapbook industry and the world of art licensing. Sandylion was the first to license Kelly's signature collections to the Craft and Hobby industry under the brand Kelly Panacci Inc.  Since 2004, that brand has grown to 300+ products available in more than 30 countries worldwide. Kelly's art is now on fabrics, scrapbook collections, rubber stamps and home decor accents with partner brands K&Company, Hampton Art, Northcott Fabrics and Riley Blake Designs.

Dorrie Preston
Dorrie Preston is currently working as an educator at Lululemon Athletica. Previously she worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian for over three decades. She has taught Visual Arts...

Dorrie Preston is currently working as an educator at Lululemon Athletica. Previously she worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian for over three decades. She has taught Visual Arts workshops to certified teachers as well as to pre-service teachers, with the emphasis on EcoArt/Environmental Art.

Dorrie has maintained a life-long interest in the Arts. She practices yoga, sewing, knitting and printmaking. Her cards can be used for a variety of occasions.

Andrew James Smith
Andrew James Smith was born in United States. In 1964, he studied Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu and completed studies in painting at California College of the Arts in...

Andrew James Smith was born in United States. In 1964, he studied Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu and completed studies in painting at California College of the Arts in 1968. A visual artist, he is known for his oil paintings, in particular an almost life size portrait of the Pope, papermaking, pulp and paper painting, art installations, designs, contemporary quilts, teaching, as well as the use of mixed media. He has been a recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Toyota International Association Exchange, and the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications. His work has been exhibited solo across Ontario and in Japan, and in group shows in Ontario, Alberta, Germany, Brazil and California. Smith’s work and can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada, the Instituto Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Sao Paulo, the Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and many others. His work articles have been featured in Maclean's magazine, the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, as well as Fashion TV. He currently resides and works in Cambridge, Ontario and is self-represented.

In 2016 Andrew James Smith was one of two Canadian artists showcased at the Bridges Math and Art Conference as part of a Joint Mathematics Art Exhibit in Seattle, Washington.

Bill Schwarz
Bill Schwarz is a lawyer carrying on an active law practice n Cambridge, Ontario with Pettitt Schwarz Hills [PSH Lawyers]. He graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Toronto...

Bill Schwarz is a lawyer carrying on an active law practice n Cambridge, Ontario with Pettitt Schwarz Hills [PSH Lawyers]. He graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Toronto in 1966 and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1968. Born and raised for the first seventeen years of his life in Regina and Tyvan, Saskatchewan, he won his first colouring contest at the age of five! This burst of glory was interrupted for fifty years by school and his law practice. However, genious can never be suppressed!

His smouldering interest in art was re-kindled in 1997 when his wife, Nancy, suggested they take an art course. In the pursuit of excellence his artistic skills continue to be developed at the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Dundas Valley School of Art, the Homer Watson House & Gallery, Cambridge Libraries and Galleries, the Georgian Bay School of Art, the Fallbrook School of Art, and by attending artists' workshops and painting trips in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Sinking Ship Design (Gillian Wilson)
Gillian Wilson received her BFA from Concordia University and is currently living in Guelph, ON. Working mostly with ink & brush and serigraphy, her style draws from 20th century folk art and...

Gillian Wilson received her BFA from Concordia University and is currently living in Guelph, ON. Working mostly with ink & brush and serigraphy, her style draws from 20th century folk art and scary feelings.

Talia Shipman
Talia Shipman is a photo-based interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Toronto and New York City. Her technique is a mix of analogue and digital, often blurring the boundaries between the two...

Talia Shipman is a photo-based interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Toronto and New York City. Her technique is a mix of analogue and digital, often blurring the boundaries between the two. Her work focuses on issues of identity surrounding cultural and social conventions and traditons, human choices and responsibility, sexuality, environment, technoloy and colour. After receiving her BFA from Ryerson University in 2007, she has garnered numerous awards including Best in Show at Ryerson University's graduation Exhibition (2007) and Emerging Photographer from Canada, US and UK - Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation (2006 and 2008). Shipman has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the US, as well as being published for feature reviews of her work, and as an arts critic and writer. She is also the creative director of CART, a collective dedicated to supporting and promoting Canadian artist working abroad.

Xenia Taler Design Inc
Xenia Taler Design Inc., founded in 1996, is based in Toronto, ON. Partners Xenia Taler and Steven Koblinsky collaborate on projects; Xenia designs the images and Steven crafts the tiles. Xenia...

Xenia Taler Design Inc., founded in 1996, is based in Toronto, ON. Partners Xenia Taler and Steven Koblinsky collaborate on projects; Xenia designs the images and Steven crafts the tiles.

Xenia and Steven's tiles have been sold and collected for over 15 years and are available in shops across North America. Their work has been documented in various media and has been featured in four books, the most recent being, Print and Pattern by Marie Perkins, Laurence King Publishing, 2010, and Olivier Dupon's The New Artisans, Thames & Hudson, 2011. Their distinctive images have been licensed to create various products for companies such as Barnes & Noble and Urban Outfitters.

Xenia has worked with Aid to Artisans, collaborating with artisans from El Salvador and Egypt, and translating the appeal of their charming wares for a modern market.

Wendy Tancock
Wendy Tancock is an award winning graphic designer and illustrator who thinks it's time to celebrate Canada from sea to sea to sea! Celebrating all things Canadian ... from the province of...

Wendy Tancock is an award winning graphic designer and illustrator who thinks it's time to celebrate Canada from sea to sea to sea! Celebrating all things Canadian ... from the province of Saskatchewan: easiest province to draw! Also home of Big Beaver, Climax, Dummer and Moose Jaw, to the Canadian Flag: hardest flag to draw!

Wendy lives and works in Toronto ... also known as the Centre of the Universe!  She sells her line of products across Canada.



  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
  • Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross
    Carded (installation), 2013. Photo: Peter Ross

Curatorial Writing

Carded by Esther E. Shipman, Curator. The idea of hosting an exhibition on greeting cards was sparked by a small exhibition of mid-century artist cards mounted by the West Vancouver Museum a number...

Carded
by Esther E. Shipman, Curator.

The idea of hosting an exhibition on greeting cards was sparked by a small exhibition of mid-century artist cards mounted by the West Vancouver Museum a number of years ago.  These ideas take time to percolate and as I developed the concept further, I reflected on how long it has been since I had given up making custom cards myself and come to rely heavily on, as well as going to great lengths to acquire, creative, beautiful, smart greeting cards for special occasions. It has become a bit of an obsession. I have also come to understand I am not alone in my quest.

CARDED presents a rare opportunity to celebrate the greeting card within a professional gallery setting.  It encourages us to lift the genre off the drug and department store shelf and revisit this creative format with a renewed appreciation.  The juried exhibition approach was taken as a means of ‘discovering’ a broad range of work by Canadian card designers from coast to coast and providing them with a platform for their work. I want to thank Scott Chung Lee, an award winning graphic designer based in Kitchener, Ontario for joining me in selecting the works for CARDED.  The gallery received over three hundred submissions, the final selection was narrowed to 231 cards by 34 designers.

In addition to hundreds of cards, CARDED features two special displays by graphic designer and illustrator Wendy Tancock (Canadian Heroes Series) and artist Doug Guildford (Selections from the hand-printed Doug’s Garage Calendars). While their approaches vary, Wendy and Doug are each established and respected artists who have spent decades exploring and utilizing small scale print projects and various aspects of limited edition and large scale production in their work. These two displays are a tribute to their significant creative contributions, and highlight the importance of both hand and commercial printing to the field to card design.




Related Programming

Carded. Curator's Tea and Exhibition Tour
Idea Exchange, Design at Riverside
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 2:00-4:00pm
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CARDED Pop-Up Shop
Idea Exchange, Design at Riverside
November 26, 2013 - January 12, 2014
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Funders

City of Cambridge Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts CouncilWaterloo Architecture