OOAK Toronto Favourites: OTRA Design

I thought I would share some of my favourite shops from OOAK. I will start with a fellow Canadian, out of Montreal, Otra Design. You can find them this weekend in the Canadian section at OOAK.
I remember seeing Otra’s lamps from about fifty feet away, and having to stop mid-conversation because I was so distracted by how beautiful they where.
Made from recycled cardboard and reversible, these lamps are one of my favourite items. I bought the turquoise one, and I look forward to hanging it in my living room!
So check out Otra design on their website or at OOAK 2013 Spring Show.



One of a Kind Show

I just got back from the One of a Kind show in Toronto and wow was is packed with excellent stuff. If you are in the market for a one of a kind gift for yourself or someone else you should make your way to the Direct Energy Centre. I will follow up with posts about my favorite booths and artists. http://www.oneofakindshow.com/toronto/index.php

Getting to know me…

I have a few great loves in my life and they are infused throughout everything I do.  Colour is a must. A world without colour would be less alive, less real. My house, my clothes, my art, all must be rich with colour.

Unless of course we are talking about photography because then black and white become magical.  In a past life I was a cinematographer and for me, it was all about light, shadow and composition. I left the film industry in search of something else and have become and an artist to fulfill all my passions. My love of travel, history, photography, reading, colour, light and composition can all be explored.  My favourite aspect of all of this is that I get to create and learn and be surrounded by beauty everyday.

Here are some of my favourite things:

Movies – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind dir. George Clooney

Book – The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Nieffenger

Song – One by U2

Artists – Caravaggio

Please share your favourites with me.


And thus it begins…

ImageMy name is Courtney and this is the beginning of my blogging experience.  I am former filmmaker, come artist/photographer. I am learning all this as I go, so patience grasshopper. I am a newcomer to the world of handmade sales and have just begun selling my own artwork. I create beautiful custom pencil portraits and have been giving them as gifts for years. After being told over a dozen times that I need to sell my art I have finally begun. This blog will document my process, both entrepreneurial and artistic. Image