Maker to Making a Living

Maker to Making a Living is a workshop series designed to guide crafts-people through the process of under-standing, designing and building their individual businesses. CraftSmarts are the Ontario Crafts Council’s year-round series of professional development workshops. The program focuses on fostering the skills required to be successful as a small business owner, as an exhibitor, and overall, as a maker that needs to ‘make it’ in the greater cultural community.
Led by maker and award winning business leader Jacqueline Sava, attendees will be guided through an eight-part series of lectures, exercises and activities focused on the development of their own craft-based business practices.
For OCTOBER 2012 dates, please visit:

If it’s ugly, it’s probably not well done

One of the basic principles of engineering and design is: if it’s ugly, it’s probably no good from the engineering point of view either.
The new AGO building      already sprung a leak. QED.

A new blog on photography

My friend Alex Gridenko, a photographer and graphic designer, who also restored photographs of Prokudin-Gorsky (and who is responsible for the header photo of my blog), now blogs in English.
Check out his blog for great photos and design insights.
Alex Gridenko – Graphic design, photography and image restoration

The new AGO is a usability nightmare

I visited the new AGO today. And yesterday I started reading “Why we buy“, a wonderful book by Paco Underhill. One would think there is no connection between the book on shopper’s psychology and an art gallery visit. However, today when I approached the gallery and then roamed its vast rooms, I thought about the book more and more. Why?

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Merry Christmas (Old style)

Two cartoons illustrating Gaza problem

Stephen Pastis, “Pearls Before Swine”

Animated history of Latvia

Another nice cartoon

Animated cartoon, 1924

About interplanetary revolution and bad capitalists who drink proletarian blood. The good guys win. You have been warned.

Tinku Gallery – William Oldacre Opening reception Dec.4

William Oldacre
Coloured City: Limited Edition Photographs

December 3rd – 24th, 2008

Opening reception: December 4th, 6-9 pm

The city is a complex environment of discordant sight and sound. Each element competes with its neighbour for our attention. Despite this clash, there is a subtle river of connection. This work is part of my quest to connect with beauty in the urban world.

I am driven to find harmony within my surroundings. Music is part of my process; the rhythms subconsciously influence my work. By blurring the scene, an underlying harmonic form and colour are revealed. Coloured City simplifies the rhythm and pattern of our urban existence.

–William Oldacre, Toronto.

William Oldacre

Thinking About Shapes and Colour
18″ x 24″
archival pigment ink on archival paper

tinku gallery | 437 roncesvalles ave. | toronto canada

How do you make your blog stand out?

How do you make your blog stand out from a million of similar blogs?
I don’t know.

Pearls before swine - Pig the Blogger

(Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis)