Checked out the Junction Flea market this Sunday and it was GREAT!
I'm a very happy chap when I find a lot of things I like in one place - vintage, artisans, great coffee/treats, and good vibes. This is just the kind of community driven event that Toronto needs more of.
damn, I wish I bought this..
I love these little jars with plants, rocks and lichen in them
Didn't mean to get the dude on the right in the pic but it's perfect!
You can even get your fortune read, in a gypsy caravan :)
wanted to try Manual Labour's coffee but the machine was temporarily down :(
They also served tea through this neat filtering thingie, cool or what!
Although I visit a few blogs/websites on men's fashion I haven't really been inspired by much of anything lately. That is till I read this post on the fab blog A Continuous Lean on Venice based men's clothing company Barena. Simple, uncomplicated, refined Italian fashion, now that I can get into. Something I very much respond to is that the pieces can be combined to create effortlessly stylish looks by men of any age. I might not be able to afford Barena but they have inspired this Canadian to think in Italian.
I still manage and maintain my parent's garden in the suburbs. I've been doing it for over 15 years and every time I visit I see new and wonderful things! So far this year robins and cardinals have nested, and a wild bunny seems to have taken up residence as well. It's kinda neat to know that something that started off as a boring suburban patch of grass has turned into a little 'garden of earthly delights'. I often feel like I don't participate enough in creative endeavours but when I see this little garden it makes me feel like I do alright.
Robin's nest. All babies have hatched and have long flown the coupe.
Cardinal's nest, we're currently waiting for these eggs to hatch, any day now I think.
I checked out this great series of ball point pen drawings by artist Shauna Born at Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto this past weekend. There are a lot of elements that I like in this work. The fact that there are so many portraits to look at, the diversity yet commonality in the aesthetic, and the love of drawing that comes through. The works are unframed which makes them personal yet somehow the subjects are impersonal, that's interesting to me. There is also something worthwhile about exploring the objectification (and idealization) of young men e.g. teen idols. There is an androgyny to the features that I find amusing because I think that a lot of what these young girls (or most likely commerce makes them) respond to is a weird projection of ideals of both the masculine and the feminine.
"This series of intimate, delicately rendered portraits explore issues of desire and mortality through the idealization of beautiful male types. Working from a variety of sources, Born shifts the context in which these images exist—the screen and magazine—to re-imagine them as poetic dandies and romantic heroes, steeped in classic pictorial tradition."
My favourite building development in Toronto is hands down the Toronto-Dominion Centre. It was designed by the great modernist architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I love it when architecture (or art for that matter) can speak for itself. What we see as ordinary office buildings did not exist 100 years ago. Pioneers in modern design like Mies conceived and developed the aesthetic that we take for granted today. However I'm not sure how we went from buildings of such minimalist detail, constraint, and elegant design to many of the ugly condo developments that have been popping up all over this city of mine. C'mon already Toronto! put a little thought into it. It's time to get back to good design practice again.
My summer staycation is almost over. The weather has been so great, it's been hot without the humidity. I got to do the things I treasure most.. loiter around my city, spend time with friends, check out some art, read, do a bit of gardening, and I even managed a trip to a friend's cottage. It's been great! but I've still got the weekend and it's my birthday so YAY! I'm gonna make the most of it!