Time for new business cards, so it was off for a visit with David Clifford at Black Stone Press. While there, he let us geek out on all the beautiful presses (one dating back to 1846!) we also got a peek at some of the drawers full of vintage letter blocks. So beautiful.
It’s the last weekend to catch Doug Coupland’s tour de force at the Vancouver Art Gallery. While I was looking at this fantastic sculpture, the 6 year old boy beside me informed his Grandma that Doug had “built the whole thing without instructions!”
A tug boat plying the Fraser River pulling the organized chaos of an enormous log boom. I took this photo a few months back while riding across the Canada Line bike bridge.
We are currently prototyping a number of new lights that, like our Mycologic Light, use LED’s as a light source. About once a month or so we make a trip up Main Street to Lee’s Electronics for parts and occassionally, advice. Lee’s staff are super friendly and knowledgable and always willing to help solve problems. This is the go-to shop for local artists and designers in need of electronic components.
The shop’s walls are lined with tens of thousands small parts, each bagged in plastic, tagged with a code like a can of soup in an old grocery store and hung on a hook with a hand-written card that tells it’s story. I like the tightly organized chaos of this store, the analogue inventory system and the endless possibilities on offer for making new things.
The former Burrard Iron Works at the foot of Vancouver’s Main Street is one of my favourite warehouse buildings in the Downtown East Side. The building’s owner has faithfully restored the original painted company sign on the west side of the building. To my eye it is one of the most beautiful pieces of large scale typography in our city.
We bought this ancient Delta lathe a number of years back. After replacing a few missing parts, Pam and Sebastian fired it up today for a session of Thursday afternoon prototyping. The chisels need a bit of sharpening and our skills need a bit of honing but the lathe works beautifully.
New Propellor pieces soon to follow … hot off the lathe.
I like the roughness of Vancouver’s back alleys. People will paint on anything in a back alley. You never know what you’ll find.
A Saturday at the old Britannia Mine. One highlight was a trip through two of the surviving “core sheds”, where decades (and thousands of feet) of core samples are laid out in countless rows and columns of ageing wooden trays.
bike tour of vancouver 1974
We had another spin around the NEON VANCOUVER UGLY VANCOUVER exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver last week. It was well worth a second look. It’s a tight show packed with brilliant signs, Vancouver history and the intense hum of neon. Our friends Kirsti and Darren from Resolve, designers of a number of great shows for the MOV and VAG in the past few years, have done another fine job here. Their bold typography fits the subject matter like a glove. Nice work Resolve and MOV.