Posts Tagged ‘surface design’

Tracy Walker for Kooshoo

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


Tracy Walker worked with Working Format’s Grace Partridge in creating the art for KOOSHOO’s sustainably designed packaging.  Vancouver based KOOSHOO recently launched their line of environmentally responsible yoga accessories and wanted to feature Tracy’s natural elements along with diagrammatic illustrations to demonstrate the product’s use on the packaging.  The result, simply elegant packaging.  Popular design blog The Dieline recently featured this beautiful new packaging.



Package design, branding, art direction & photography: Working Format.

Alanna Cavanagh’s Christmas Pudding!

Friday, December 21st, 2012


At this time of year it’s all about sharing the season’s delicious treats with our friends and family.  This lovely fresh image created by Alanna Cavanagh for her holiday surface design collection, was chosen by designer, Margaret Dyer (who has such good taste), of Austen Eliot Communications.  It was sent out to her clients as part of a limited edition gift basket presentation.  Printed on a  beautiful matt stock, the colour just pops!


Wouldn’t you just love to send this greeting card out next year?  In 2013, i2i art will be exhibiting at SURTEX and one of our stationery clients is sure to snap this image up for their holiday line, so stay tuned.

Tracy Walker: Holiday Sale in Uxbridge

Friday, December 14th, 2012


If you’re looking to pick up something really special for that naughty or nice someone on your list, why not take a drive to the country and shop at your leisure in the lovely little town of Uxbridge, where you’ll find treasures that you won’t find anywhere else!

Tracy Walker will be selling her prints and textile goodies at the Handmade sale in Uxbridge, running from Saturday December 15th – Monday the 24th.  Don’t miss the opening event this Saturday Dec 15th 2-5pm at Blue Heron Studio.


We share with you the delightful poster Tracy designed and illustrated for the show…


Happy Howlidays from Monika Melnychuk!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012


After illustrating the Dogbook app, Monika Melnychuk was asked by Geoffrey Roche, of Poolhouse Enterprises, to dress up the dogs for the ‘howlidays’!  Monika had tons of fun doing the illustrations (cards designed by Poolhouse).  To check out the poodle sporting a string of holiday bling to the mischievous gift ripping duo, and the adorable Chiuaua aka”Rudolph’s brother from another mother”, click here to get to visit the Dogbook Facebook page (and while you’re there go ahead and send a free e-card to your favorite ‘pet’!).

Tracy Walker: Holiday Sale at NOOK!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012


Don’t miss the annual Holiday Sale at Nook in Kensington Market, Toronto, this weekend–Saturday Dec 8th 1-8pm, and Sunday Dec 9th, 12-6pm.  Tracy Walker and a handful of other top Toronto illustrators will sell their original art and crafts at NOOK in Kensington Market.  Last year I did most of my Christmas shopping there and family and friends were delighted with their ‘one-ish-of-a-kind’ gifts!  Tracy will have some lovely new tea towels, greeting cards, buttons, prints and shadowboxes for sale (for a sneak peep see samples below).

Prints of this stunning new image will be available.

These are two of Tracy’s latest surface designs–featured on beautiful linen tea towels.


Alanna Cavanagh: Another Hudson’s Bay Exclusive

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012


Alanna’s limited edition Spring ’12 tea towel was such a run-away success that The Bay commissioned her to create another design for their Holiday ’12 Season.  The beautiful 100% linen tea towels are produced by Ulster Weavers, who have the Royal Warrant to Queen Elizabeth II for Kitchen Textiles.  By the way, they look stunning framed, (if you can’t bring yourself to get yours dirty)!

The Bay, in their press material says:  “A talented Canadian illustrator and printmaker, Cavanagh’s witty and playful point of view has caught the eye of magazines like Canadian House & Home and Style at Home, and influential online sources, such as Remodelista and Apartment Therapy.”  We think “witty and playful” says it all!

To see more of the Bay’s exciting Holiday and Signature Collections, and to meet the fabulous visionary behind all this juicy stuff, Arren Williams, Creative Director of Home Fashions, check out this great post on Design Maze.

If you want to get your limited edition tea towel now, you can make your purchase without having to go any further right here.

i2i Artists Support LGBT Youth Line

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

i2i artists Thom Sevalrud, Ian Phillips and John Webster are 3 of 20 artists and designers commissioned by Shaun Moore of MADE  to create custom auction paddles for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Youth Line‘s upcoming yearly Line Art Auction taking place November 6th at the Neubacher Shor Gallery.

Ian Phillips’ paddles inspired by his beloved dog and muse, Fancy Polanski, RIP.

John Webster’s paddles, everything Webster wonderful…do I hear bling, bling?

Thom Sevalrud says, “The concept for my paddles was influenced by Semaphore signalling flags. I used the Semaphore alphabet to create the word YOUTH. Then I took liberties with the designs by ‘complicating’ them with flamboyant and crazy patterns that I made myself. The overlaying word QUEER is meant to complete the visual statement to go along with the symbolic representations to form the words QUEER YOUTH. Defiant, colorful and individual!”.

Who’s growing a new stache for MOVEMBER?

Friday, September 21st, 2012

About a month from now, men from around the globe will be sharpening their shaving tools of choice, to clear way for a fresh Movember canvas.  Mo Bros., with the support of their Mo Sistas, work towards a well groomed stache to prompt private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.  Looking for some stache ideas?  The surface design pattern below, by Ian Phillips was created with fabric and wallpaper in mind, but it may inspire the perfect design for you.  All the fun aside Bros., we hope to inspire you to get your pledge machines fired up and grow for the cause.

Monika Melnychuk for Dogbook iPhone App.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Monika says, “I have been a dog geek forever.  When I was a teenager I drew x-mas and birthday cards with dogs.  Then I worked dogs into any assignment I could.  For example in first year illustration we had to design a shopping bag and mine of course, was all dogs. Before I became an illustrator I tried being a dog portrait artist.  Wow, I am a nerd, but I just love dogs!”  Fast forward… Geoffrey Roche, partner at Poolhouse, saw some of Monika’s dog drawings and he had to have her illustrate the landing page for the new Dogbook iPhone App.  Can you spot *your* dog?  If you’re looking to connect with like minded doggie lovers get the free app here.

Also below, see a recent piece on the theme, created for surface design applications.

We think it would make a cool wallpaper or fabric for your favorite dog house.

Monika and her dog Boogaloo share a breathtaking moment in their beautiful world.

John Webster in Covet Garden Magazine

Monday, September 10th, 2012

John and his friend Stephanie Power were recently featured in the lovely Covet Garden decor magazine.  Their spaces are perfectly aligned with Covet’s interest in environments that have not been styled by  interior decorators.  Both John and Stephanie’s artistic esthetic is reflected to a ‘tea’ in their uniquely delightful homes.  John says, “The best part of the house is that for the first time, my apartment feels like a collage–my art and way of living have become one.”  Look at John’s portfolio here and see if you can find some of his “curious curios” living in his art.

Photos courtesy of Covet Garden, photographer Ashley Capp.

John in his delicious kitchen!