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Art Show Opening Night!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

 

Come see my work at the Trio Lounge!

When: Sunday, May 4th, 5pm

Where: 307 Richmond Rd Ottawa

Have some cocktails, delicious food, take in the cozy atmosphere and take a look at some of my old and new digital art + paintings! Everyone is welcome!

Hope to see you there!

 

 
 

Zok

Monday, January 06, 2014

A character from one of my favourite children's books: Zoki and Bada.

 

 
 

My Puffer Fish

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Meet Huffy: my 2 year old puffer fish that I took with me on my 5day RV trip from Calgary to Ottawa. He is 11" long and his teeth never stop growing. I hope he does not grow any more because I will have to give him away: there is just no way for me to fit a 100lb aquarium at my place.

 

 
 

3 Days of sketching

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Sketches from Jan 2, 3 and 4th, 2014. Imaginary landscape, dancing gypsy and Polina.

 

 

 
 

The Daily Sketch 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

It has been over a year since I deliberately picked up a pencil or any sort of medium purely because I wanted to draw something for the sake of drawing. Unrelated to my work requests from clients etc.

So for 2014, I am promising myself that I will draw something every day until the new year. Even if it is just a little chicken scratch. I will scan the results and post them on my blog and in my art gallery. Hopefully the fact that this post is out in the public domain will help me keep my word.

Sketches will take anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes and will be using the media I have around the house: pencils, pens, markers (and if I will feel like getting fancy, watercolours and acrylics). Here goes my first one, January 1st, 2014!

 

 
 

Art Spark 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This Saturday, May 26th I will be selling my artwork and painted glassware as part of the ArtSpark event in the Parkdale park in Ottawa!

The event showcasing many artists and crafts people will be held outdoors, from 10am to 5pm. Celebrate the warm weather and get some cool things for yourself or your friends!

Here is a sneak peek at some new glassware I will be selling at ArtSpark. Hope to you see you there!

 
 

DIY

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY book - Do It Yourself, Design It Yourself featuring Art Shot Glassware is done!

 

Several months ago I was contacted by Artpower International Publishing, they were interested in my hand painter glassware pieces. I gave them some photos and here it is! A gorgeous book featuring artists from all over the world! I am very grateful for the work Artpower International Publishing did on the book and for the publicity my humble work has been given.

I am particularly happy that some of my work featured in this book already belongs to my friends! 

The book will be up for sale soon, but for now you can check out some previous work by this publishing agency here.

I have many summer plans for festivals and shows, so stay tuned for my schedule.

 
 

Swatch Art Rules Trophy Design

Friday, March 16, 2012

Check out my concept design for the TTR World Snowboard Tour Trophy!

Please spread the word and share on Facebook!

You can find the original entries here:

Morph I

Morph II

 
 

Grass and Muntains News

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I am pleased to announce that my Grass and Mountains watercolours, currently displayed in the Calgary Tower lobby, was given an honorable mention at the Light Space and Time Online Gallery! The theme of the latest exhibition is "Landscapes", click here to see the beautiful artwork at this exhibition.

 

 
 

Latest Side Project: Goober

Friday, February 17, 2012

This guy, called Goober was made from sketch into a 3D sculpture with the help of Jeremy Labelle and Streamline Automation. I think he looks pretty cool!

Here is a small picture gallery of the process. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

First sketchInitial digital sketchFinal illustration
3D model (ArtCam)CNC cutting on a Frog3D machineCNC cutting results
Polystyrene foam figure had to be sanded, primed and paintedFinal 3D GooberGoober detail
 

 
 

Got My New Sketchbook!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

 

Here it is! I am stoked to start working on this limited edition sketchbook project! For more information on this project click here.

My theme this time is The Secret and How to Tell It. The book is due by the 30th of April, I will do my best not to submit at the last moment this time!

I will be posting some progress pictures, so check back often.

Cheers!

 
 

The Sketchbook Project 2012 World Tour

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

 

I have finally finished my entry for the Sketchbook Project 2012 World Tour.

In short, this project is about people all over the world filling up a small sketchbook, which will then go on a world tour and end up on permanent display in the Brooklyn Art Library. Many of the sketchbooks will be also available for viewing online too. The artists could choose several themes for their work. I stuck with the open theme of "This is a Sketchbook".

You can check out my sketchbook here.

Although I started out in watercolour and acrylic, I soon switched to ballpoint pen as I realized I wanted the sketchbook to have lots of line drawings and just mainly black and white work. Since the theme was so open, it was tough to start drawing right away as I simply did not know where to begin. A trip to Hawaii over Christmas definitely helped though! Almost every place there is worth capturing on paper or camera! I then continued with sketching places that were inspirational to me in the last few years. Some from memory, some with the helps of photographs I have taken during some of my trips. 

One of the main things I liked about this project is that is made me sit down, pick up a pen and draw for a while, concentrating on just this task and putting all the everyday things aside. I liked this project so much that I signed up for the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition too. There are still 354 spots left on the project, so if you feel like showing your sketches to the world, I highly recommend signing up.

 

 
 

Interview with Karl Magi from Suite 101

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yana Klimava is an artist who works in watercolour and acrylic. She creates images that capture light and landscapes in her work.

Yana Klimava explores the visual world through her watercolours and acrylic works. Klimava grew up in Belarus where she attended the Minsk Lycaeum of Visual Arts. She finished high school in Canada and went on to Carleton University's School of Industrial Design. She's been living and working in Calgary for three years and I talked with her about her artistic practice and the intersection of art and design.

During our conversation we talked about what has inspired Klimava as an artist. She says, "One of the most influential things in my life comes from my early childhood. It was a small art class where kids were given all the freedom they wanted and no one ever assumed anything and no one judged. I do actually keep in touch with my teacher from that class. He definitely erased the fear of the white paper and helped me along with expression and not being afraid of what the result will be."

Another major influence, Klimava tells me, was her formal artistic training. She says, "My opinion is that in order to be able to do stylized work you need to have a foundation of classical training, You can always fall back on it. It gives you an understanding of the world and you can make it your own. By no means have I excelled at being a classical painter yet. Its just something you constantly have to be working at."

 Read the entire article at Suite 101: Click here

 
 

Sol Gets Special Recognition

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I am pleased to announce that one of my most recent watercolour works has received special recognition from the Light Space and Time online gallery in a juried exhibition with a theme "Seascapes"!

Click here to see the exhibition, there are truly beautiful works of art here!

 

 
 

Art Central First Thursday

Friday, November 04, 2011

Thanks to everyone who came to see me at my watercolour demo table at Art Central this Thursday! And Happy Birthday to the Art Central itself! I have never seen it this full of people. 

A special thank you goes to Arts Astray and Rachel Nickerson, who made my demo possible and contributed to the overall energetic atmosphere of the First Thursday. If you have not yet had a chance to visit the Arts Astray gallery, do it soon - it is full of beautiful original pieces by many talented local fine artists.

For those of you who were not able to attend, here are some pictures of the results of the watercolour demonstration: four paintings named Sol, Giba Landscape, Pink Flowers and Barrier.
 

 
 

Watercolour Demo at Art Central

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I am pleased to announce that I was chosen by the Arts Astray team to give a live watercolour demonstration at the Art Central at the First Thursday Event on November 3rd.

You will be able to find me on the upper level from 6pm to 8pm. I will be painting at least two pieces.

Art Central is located at 100, 7th Avenue SW in Calgary; it is home to numerous art galleries and unique shops that together strive to promote new ideas, creativity and enhancing the community's perception of art.

First Thursdays at Art Central are especially fun because they are filled with mini events and deals at almost every shop and gallery. It is a great opportunity to come out, explore the Calgary art scene and meet some new people passionate about arts and crafts.

 
 

Sketchbook Project 2012!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Super-excited: I got my Sketchbook Project 2012 Sketchbook today!

This is part of a world-wide project where artists and designers sign up to get one blank sketchbook, work on them for 3 months and send the results back to become part of a traveling exhibition, which later on becomes part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library.

 I must say I am a bit intimidated by the first blank page of this sketchbook, but I love this idea and I want to make my sketchbook something very unique. Each artist can pick a theme for the sketchbook online, before ordering it. I played it safe by picking "This is a Sketchbook" as the main theme, just because I am very happy with the fact that I actually have a sketchbook again!

If you are interested in this project, go to The Sketchbook Project Website and register: anyone can be part of it and you have until Oct. 31, 2011 for the registration. I highly recommend it as a fun outlet for some creativity and a way to let the world know about your talent.

 
 

Art Shot Online Store

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

 

Hand-painted glassware online store is up and running! Check it out here! These are just a few items. I am currently working on several wine and champagne glass sets, bowls and plates too. I am also taking custom orders and making several limited edition Christmas sets, which I will be selling online and at various Calgary Christmas fares.

 Stay tuned for more Art Shot!

 
 

New Shop Feature

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Art Shot Glassware will soon be available online!

Here is a chance for those of you who were not able to visit my booth at summer festivals to get a custom-painted vase, a glass set, a candle holder and much more.

Check out the Art Shot gallery for a preview of the merchandise and contact me if you would like to reserve a piece right away!

 

 
 

Upcoming events

Monday, September 12, 2011

While the Salsa Fest was great, the summer is unfortunately over.

I am now on the lookout for some Christmas festivals in the Calgary area, schedule and locations coming next week!

 
 

Salsa Fest Tomorrow!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The time has finally come! This is my favourite summer festival in Calgary. Follow this link to find out the details. Come over on July 24th between 11am and 5pm, taste some great salsa (or may be do a little salsa dancing?) and drop by the booth with this sign:

Here is a sneak peek at the products I will be selling at the festival:




 
 

Art Up Calgary: Photos

Saturday, July 23, 2011

industrial designer artistWhat a great show! I thoroughly enjoyed the music, the food, the company and of course THE ART! More of this please!
Here is a link to a quick photo recap of the event. If you weren't able to make it to the opening night, all the work will be on display in the lobby and the Observation Deck of the Calgary Tower until the end of August.

 
 

Art Up Calgary

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I am pleased to announce that my watercolour landscape paintings have been chosen to take part in a very cool event called Art Up Calgary, opening night taking place at the Calgary Tower, on July 21, 2011.

This is an event that celebrates Calgary's journey of becoming more in-tune with the artistic scene and promoting local artists. It s happening because of the amazing work of the ladies at Arts Astray, for which I am extremely grateful.

My work will be up in the Calgary Tower  for several weeks, so if you want to take a look at it as well as check out a lot of talented artists and the beautiful view, you should definitely pay a visit!  If you can make it to the opening night, follow this free RSVP link to register.

I hope to see you there!

 
 

Fine Tec Watercolurs

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I went to an art art store and bought one thing we have never used before to learn something new.

Although I am quite familiar with watercolours, this Fine Tec set really intrigued me as I have never seen iridescent sparkly watercolours and had no idea how they would look on paper. So I bought the set and started thinking about the subject of my next painting that could showcase this medium.


This is Malvina. She is a character in an old Russian movie for kids, based on Pinocchio. I thought that a portrait of her would be quite suitable for the medium.  I wanted to make her almost doll-like and cute, but with a coldness and sadness about her that leaves the viewer uneasy.



Verdict about the Fine Tec iridescent watercolours: very nice although not readily noticeable effect that works best over dark/saturated colours. It was nice to see that the six iridescent colours were indeed quite different from each other when applied on paper.

Next, I would like to try to paint a winter landscape I think that those colours would look great on a subject like that.

 
 

Shirts are in!

Friday, July 01, 2011


Peas and Carrots shirts have been printed! Excitement! I will be sending them out to those who ordered them through my website shortly, I am quite pleased with the results!

If you haven't yet ordered a shirt, do that soon, because I have only a limited quantity available. You can do it in the Shirt section of my store or by clicking here.

Cheers!

 
 

Latest Art Shot Glasses

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Some of the hand painted shot glasses I sold at the Lilac Fest this year. I am going to be working on some wine glass sets soon, those should look pretty interesting too!

Enjoy!

















 
 

Market Collective this Weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Come check out my booth at the 3rd annual Market Collective! Sharing the space with the fabulous Ola Birch from Fay Moose Art, I know the two days will be a lot of fun!

When: June 25th & 26th
Where: 148 - 10 St. NW

Some stuff I'll be featuring:
• Watercolours
• Post cards
• Painted glassware

Check out the Market Collective website for more details and show up to support your local artists!

 
 

Lilac Fest Merchandise Sneak Peek

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I though you might find it interesting to see what I will be featuring at the Lilac Festival on the 29th of May this year, so here is a sneak preview!
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This time I will not have a lot of flat artwork. Instead, I decided to give glass painting a shot, which is very fun and offers a lot of creative possibilities.

All my designs are hand painted and are dish washer safe. I also take requests for custom painting.

There will be lots of glassware for sale, from shot glasses to decorative plates, so come by the booth and check it out for yourself! Look for the Art Shot sign, I hope to see you there!
custom glassware

Yana

 
 

Lilac Fest 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011



Come check out my booth at the Lilac Fest on May 29th! I am proud to be sharing my booth with Ola Birch and her art creations this year and I cannot wait to show you some new art and ideas I have been working on.

Visit the Lilac Fest website for more details on the time and place of the event. I hope to see you there!

 
 

Door Handle Sketches

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Here are some door handle sketches I did with a white pencil on black paper, just to change things up. I would like to pick three out of therse and make 3D models. Stay tuned for updates!

door handle design

 
 

Oriental Girl Sketch

Saturday, April 02, 2011

I recently got Autodesk Sketchbok Pro, which was something I stopped using since university. With all the new features and a great intuitive interface, this program is a pleasure to use. The sketch below is the first one I made with this program. Of course, I still need to get used to the program and get efficient at using all of its features, but so far, it is a great experience and it's tough switching my attention to something else.

 
 

Beach Watercolour

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Needed to paint today. Dug up some photos of Spanish beaches, got inspired and made this. Enjoy!
By the way, if you really like it, I am putting this panting up in my online store, here is a direct link.

 
 

New Product Idea: FROG-O

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Here is my entry to the Henkel Adhesive Packaging Design Contest.






FROG-O is A small, fun glue stick for kids! The frog sits on a water lily, which serves as a cap. The body of the frog contains a small replaceable glue stick that gets slowly pushed out by turning the frog's head.

Description of main benefits:
- This design combines gluing with play, adding another fun character to a kid's crafting adventures.
- Rounded shape of the head with lots of grip for small hands.
- The legs of the frog have a wing nut shape to aid with turning and dispensing glue.
- Large water lily cap has a big lip, which easy to take off. At the same time the lily is a great visual clue as to where the frog's "home" is.
- The size of the glue stick is smaller, so that even if it dries out, not as much product is wasted.
- Glue sticks can be replaced when the glue runs out.
- The glue goes on green to show which area has been glued and then dries to become transparent.

If you like it, please vote for my design here.

 
 

ArtsASTRAY Membership

Sunday, February 20, 2011

 
 
 

I am proud to announce that I am now a member of ArtsASTRAY: a Calgary-based company that promotes local artists. Their mission is to focus attention on creating a variety of opportunities to assist with the exhibition and sale of their original art pieces.

Take a look at their website here, there are numerous amazing artists! You can also like ArtsASTRAY on Facebook to spread awareness about new visual arts talent in Calgary.

My work will soon be online on the ArtsASTRAY catalog, and some of it is already up for sale in their downtown shop in Art Central (second floor).

Cheers!

 
 

Love Art Show

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thanks to everyone who came by to check out the Art Spot group show and the amazing artwork on display! There were lots of guests and a big thank you goes to the organizer of the show: Emma.

Below are a couple of images I took from the show, there is more to come from Art Spot, so stay tuned!



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Group Art Show Calgary - Love

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Presenting more of my watercolour and digital work this Saturday, Feb. 12, from 8pm-1am!

This is going to be a fun event, so make sure to drop by, check out some love-themed art pieces by several local artists and make new friends! For more info, visit the Art Spot website here.

 
 

Watercolour Blots

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My right hand hasn't  been feeling so great these past days, most likely due to the overload of computer/mouse-related projects. I figured I should probably stay away from anything digital for this next entry. Looking around my room, I found a brand new Moleskine (yet another Christmas gift).

I wanted to do a watercolour to break into this new book, so I got my palette, glad to be almost ready to go and realized that I should probably wash it before commencing a new painting. But people often say that a colour palette, which has some leftover colour from previous work is actually better to work with than a sparkling clean one. I like this theory.

My used watercolour palette

I mixed some colours together and randomly spread them over one page of the Moleskine. I then closed it and pressed hard, getting this result.

Watercolour blots on the Moleskine

Now for the most fun part: seeing things within the randomness of colour. In this case, I saw a mysterious girl getting away in a carriage.

Mysterious Lady

 
 

Artists Wanted 2010

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I just entered this competition and I would really appreciate your support. Please vote for my portfolio!

You Can do it by clicking here.

About AW 2010:

Artists Wanted is a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent. They have experienced first hand the difficulties in breaking into the professional art world and it is their mission to make this process more welcoming, dynamic and open-ended. Via AW

 
 

Design Aerobics by Designboom

Friday, January 21, 2011

Yesterday I signed up for Designboom's Design Aerobics, and I could not be more excited! Over the course of the year, I will participate in several design projects that include:

• Self Promotion
• Packaging
• Sport
• Food
• Tech Gadgets
• Paper

Take a look at these links, they are great courses if you want to do some design work at your own pace, meet new people and polish your skills.

 
 

Lime Green Ink!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I have hinted to friends and family that if they don't know what to get me for Christmas, to just get art supplies. So this year I got some cool Daler Rowney liquid acrylic in Genesis Green.
It is closer to ink in consistency and since I haven't worked in ink for a long time, I thought it would be a good idea to bust out some colour paper and see what this sparkly green acrylic has to offer.


30 minutes later and with a bit of Photoshop tweaking, here is what I had. The ink did not look as green on paper as it did in the bottle, which was a bit disappointing, but overall, the metallic shining effect was very nice. I think next time I'll try black paper instead of purple.

 
 

Together Like Peas and Carrots

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My new Threadless T-shirt design for the latest Threadless Design Challenge: Love.
Together Like Peas and Carrots is inspired by the movie "Forrest Gump", and the simple, pure love one can have for someone. Designed together with Jeremy Labelle.

Score this design: "Together Like Peas and Carrots," to help it get printed on Threadless!

 
 

5 Minute Doodle

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Found a cool drawing app online and made this. More to come!

 
 

My Design Up on Hugo Create

Monday, December 13, 2010

Please vote for my design for Hugo Boss 2011 Christmas campaign. The essence of my idea is capturing the holiday spirit while subtly connecting it to the iconic Hugo Boss Cologne bottle.

Thanks for your support!


 
 

New Portfolio Up on Behance

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Check out some of my latest work and doodles on this great design and art community website! Some amazing professionals here, lost of inspiring work!

http://www.behance.net/yanaklimava/frame

 
 

Some New Work

Monday, December 06, 2010

1975 Dodge Challenger and a cute girl with a fancy swim cap!

 
 

TikTok+LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits

Friday, November 19, 2010

Amazing. I would love one of these!

 
 

Kensington Craft Fair

Monday, November 08, 2010



Join me on November 27th and December 4th at the annual Kensington Craft Fair!
The chow will be held at the Carpenter's Hall at 301 10th St. NW 11am to 5pm.
Many great artists to check out and unique Christmas gifts to buy!

I will be featuring some of my latest miniature watercolours, postcards and bookmarks, and I would be glad to see you there!

 
 

How to Fold the Gift Wrap Shirt

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Hi all!
For those of you who are wondering how to properly wrap a gift with the Gift Wrap Shirt, I put together a simple set of instructions. Check them out below, it's super-easy! Oh, and vote for my shirt too please.
Cheers!

 
 

Gift Wrap Shirt Idea up on Threadless!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Score this design: "Gift-Wrap-Shirt," to help it get printed on Threadless!

 
 

My Work at the Alberta Tattoo Festival!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Come check out some of my latest work in Calgary at the Alberta Tattoo Festival, October 15 - 17.
The Festival is a prestigious event taking place at the BMO Centre with several famous tattoo artists in attendance.

This possibility of exhibiting was offered to me by the Gypsy Rose Tattoo Shop. My work will be displayed and sold at its booth. Thank you very much for the opportunity! You can take a look at the Gypsy Rose website here: www.gypsyrosetattoo.com

If you feel like checking out my work or just going to the Tattoo Convention, take a look at its website for the opening times and ticket prices.

 
 

Sardinian Beach: SOLD!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The painting sold for full price a couple of weeks ago and it was sent out yesterday.

While the generous buyer of the painting preferred to remain anonymous and they do not even know Mat personally, we are extremely thankful and wishing them all the best things in life. Your help in this cause is very much appreciated. Thank you for being an example of generosity, understanding and compassion.

May the good things you do for others come back to you a thousand times!

 
 

Raising Money to Help Mat Rochette!

Monday, September 06, 2010

This is my biggest painting to date and I am selling it to raise funds for Mat Rochette to help him in his battle against cancer.

About the painting: 

2' x 4', original acrylic finger-painting of a beach scene on Sardinia (Italy).

Title: Sardinian Beach

Price: $350

Major credit cards, Paypal and cheques made in the name of Marcelle Labelle are accepted. Feel free to contact me personally if you would like purchase it via cheque or cash: info@yanaklimava.com

All proceeds will go towards Mat's treatment.

If you would like to find out more about Mat and his story, take a look at this blog:

http://matfightscancer.blogspot.com




 
 

Sneak Peek

Monday, August 30, 2010

Some of the work I will be showing and selling at the Tattoo Convention this year. More work and more details about the show are coming soon!






 
 

Artful Agenda Yearly Planners

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Some of my recent work was published in these useful art-packed planners by Artful Agenda!

These planners were a collaboration between several artists from all over the world. Every page of the planner has different bits of art, from ink monsters to portraits to abstract pieces! A percentage of the profits from the sales of the agendas are given to public schools, giving this project a purpose other than organizing your daily life.

I got two of these planners and I have to tell you: they are a work of art themselves! And it feels good to know that some people in need will benefit from this project too.

You can purchase your agenda on the Artful Agenda Website.







 
 

My Work in Applied Arts Magazine

Sunday, August 01, 2010

This post is a bit late as the issue of the magazine came out in the mid June, but it is still available for purchase at any Chapters or Indigo store!

Ink Visions is a series of illustrations that were inspired by the unique patterns of ink droplets in water. The illustrations were completed using a digital drawing tablet. Ink Visions celebrate the wonderful discoveries we may encounter if we let our imagination loose!

These works are available in my online store as bookmarks, postcards or posters.





 
 

Back from Italy with New Ispiration!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Yes, I am back and I am eager to produce more artwork! My inspiration trip consisted of traveling around Sardinia, an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. I have never seen such beautiful beaches, mountains and skies. Take a look at just a couple of images I captured during the trip. Oh, and stay tuned for new work!


 
 

Yet another Virtuo link

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ah, it is so frustrating to see people liking this idea, but never being able to actually make it a reality. Take a look at the link below. Virtuo is in a top 5 list of incredible ideas that never made it to market?
The problem is that it was a student project, thoroughly worked out and tested but lacking the funds to take it to the next level.

Why can't I get the funds? Everyone wants to see a working prototype. While I do have a partially working visual model, it does not have all the functions Virtuo would have when produced at a mass scale. It is quote understandable since the time and money available for this project during university was very limited. However, this idea has thorough research and user testing backing it up. I worked with leading specialists in the field of design, electrical engineering and user experience to develop this concept.

This product was entered in several competitions and the reason it never it went further was once again the absence of a fully working prototype. I would love to make one, but with the level of complexity of this project and being just one person, it is practically impossible to do it without  the help from others.

So it is a vicious circle: in order to get any money support to develop this project, I need to show a working prototype. But in order to make a fully working prototype I need money. Therefore this project is still a concept, awaiting someone who is interested enough to take a small risk and help me in this struggle.

If anyone has any thoughts on this or can help, please contact me here. I would very much appreciate any advice.

Thank you.

 
 

New Work!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Some new watercolours I made in the last few months. Available for purchase in the Online Shop. You can also view them in the Art Gallery.
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Lilac Fest: Review

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Thank you everyone who was able to visit Lacey and I at our booth at the Lilac Fest! It was cold and it was fun! Looking forward to more festivals this year!

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Lilac Fest Booth on May 30!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Come see my booth at the Lilac Fest this year! In just two days I will be participating in this event by showing and selling bookmarks, posters, cards and original paintings at a discounted rate!

This year you will also have a chance to purchase some fun jewelry and posters from Lacey - she will be collaborating with me during the Festival. Check out her blog: laceyhaskell.blogspot.com
We hope to see you there! For more info on the festival, click here.

 
 

Virtuo in Use

Friday, April 02, 2010

Check out the working prototype of Virtuo Digital Art Tool Set below! After a worldwide response to this concept product, I would love to team up with an interested partner to develop this product.

 
 

Retro Girl, Blushing and Fire Girl win Applied Arts Magazine Conceptual Illustration Award!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Included in a series named "Ink Visions", these works will be published in the June edition of Applied Arts Magazine, posted on the magazine website and included in the Year End Show in Toronto. I am extremely grateful for this recognition and excited to visit Toronto at the end of 2010!


 

 
 

Website Re-branded!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

New website, re-designed with added functionality! Now you can view my work more easily and purchase art pieces directly from the website! It is fast, safe and secure. Take a look around!

 
 

New Watercolour Paintings in the Shop Section!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Click on the picture above to take a look at some of my newest work! I was finally able to get back into watercolours - my favourite medium that I did not touch for too many years. I am currently taking a very inspiring watercolour class so you can count on more paintings in the near future.

 I am not selling these paintings on Etsy: drop me a line if you are interested to purchase any of my watercolours.

 
 

New Threadless Submission to help raise money for Perspective Gallery

Sunday, January 31, 2010

This t-shirt design is made of 100 ink spatters turned into different characters to celebrate Threadless' 10th anniversary. The 100th spatter is left blank so that the person who buys the shirt can turn it into their own creation using black and white permanent markers.

If this design wins, 10% of winnings will be donated to keep Perspective Gallery open. Please vote for this design below!

10 x 10  Inkies - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

 
 

Thank you Perspective Gallery for Putting On a Great Show!

Friday, January 15, 2010

My work is up for 11 more days, if you have a chance come by and check it out!

 
 

Art Show Grand Opening at Perspective Gallery

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Come by for the show opening on January 7th to see some of my latest work! All is for sale! The show continues until January 27th, 2010.

 
 

Some More Threadless T-Shirt Designs to Check Out

Monday, September 14, 2009

Puke Bunny - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

01001001 01100110 (If) - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Blush - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

 
 

Riflessi - Working Prototype

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Riflessi is a light fixture that utilizes mirrors and light emitting fabric. This concept has been featured on several websites (if you are intersted, they are listed at the bottom). I was able to source all the needed parts and make this conceptual product a reality!

Featured in: The Design Blog, Trends Updates, Design Launches, Ecofriend, Solar Feeds and others.

 
 

Sun Fest Inglewood

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Many thanks to everyone who helped out with my booth and supported my work!

 
 

Virtuo Prototype on YouTube

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A project I am currently working on and actively seeking sponsors for. Virtuo has received a wordwide recognition and I would love it if one day it would become something everyone could use!

Watch the video here.

 
 

New Threadless Submission

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Vote for my T-shirt design!

Ink Vision - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

 
 

Salsa Festival!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thanks to everyone who came to visit my booth at the Calgary Salsa Festival! The weather was perfect and it was lots of fun! I am looking forward to doing it again next year.

 
 

My design wins the 1 Hour Design Challenge on Core77!

Saturday, May 02, 2009


Read the article here.