Custom lettering and illustration chalk wall for the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, part of Simon Fraser University’s downtown Harbour Centre campus.
The office required a useable wall space for communicating and keeping track of events for the space, but in an organized, designed, and functional way. I worked collaboratively with the team’s feedback in regards to needs and must-haves, including the calendar space (empty grid), events listing (line list), and idea (speech bubbles/paper airplanes) and photo (blank) space, that was both accessible and functional for every day use. With the Centre’s focus on open, respective and thoughtful discussions and conversation, and serving as “a hub for dialogue and engagement initiatives,” we also worked together to decide on the words and illustrations that would form the illustrative and decorative top and bottom parts of the wall which were inaccessible and impractical for everyday use, but presented a branded space that visually announced their missions and objectives.
Sketched, drawn and lettered with chalk and chalk paint pens on chalkboard painted wall.
Watch the timelapse here!
Using all classic pizza ingredients including dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, green peppers, red onions, mushrooms, black olives and salami, “You Want a Pizza Me” came to life on a real pizza canvas in both a punny and literal way.
Film stills via Eric Sanderson/Sanderson Films and CBC.
Wall mural artwork for the launch of Wize Monkey’s Wize Threadz Apparel line. The design concept was sketched and then outlines executed freehand at full size, approximately 7’ x 7’ with Sharpie on paper. It was mounted and used as a photo op wall, as well as live art colouring event piece during the launch party.
Following the initial Toronto event model, this event was run in Vancouver. Recreated existing brand elements including graphics, illustrations, and lettering by projecting onto the wall and tracing prior to, and then painting live during the event surrounding the pre-applied vinyl “Experimental Series.”
Pencil sketch and latex interior house paint.
Series of chalks for Second Beach Concession in Stanley Park. Acrylic paint pens on chalkboard painted sandwich boards. Watch the process videos here!
Fun mini series for a dumpling themed Valentine’s Day x Chinese New Year crossover! Food lettering materials include: Napa cabbage, dumpling filling (ground pork, ginger, garlic), green onions, dumpling wrappers, black sesame seeds, wood ear mushrooms, and shrimp.
FOOD VIBES ONLY // an ongoing punny lettering project. Using a variety of food-based materials including: all the makings for nachos and dip, dried loose leaf tea, and festive holiday treats.
Watch the timelapse on Instagram.
Custom script and lettering for local brand Supported Soul. “Support Your Soul” script as yoga mat and apparel design; “Obsessed With The West” script for apparel and social media launch. Working with founder Nicole, we sought to create script that was organic, abstract, dynamic and free to play into the feel of her brand.
Brush scripted with ink and digitized for print.
See more of the collection in action here!
From 36 Days of Type:
36 Days of Type is a project that invites Designers, Illustrators and Graphic Artists to express their particular view on letters and numbers of our alphabet.
36 days of restless creativity, where participants are challenged to design a letter or number each day, resulting an outcome of the ability to represent the same symbol from many different perspectives.
A project that aims to be a space for creation around typography and its endless graphic possibilities.
For this project, my goal was to improve and develop new lettering skills with pen and ink, but also expand on types of letterforms and see new perspectives by crafting them from various found objects and materials. To give some theme and direction, the letterforms are inspired by objects that begin or have to do with that letter or number.
Check out the project's individual descriptions on Instagram!
Chalks created while working as Store Graphic Artist for Whole Foods Market, majority of which were for the Kitsilano store in Vancouver, BC; along with some from store openings in Victoria, BC and Toronto, Ontario. These are a selection of the pieces — all hand lettered with chalk markers for a variety of campaigns, in a range of styles, shapes, and sizes, and sometimes surfaces, following Whole Foods Market brand standards.
Growing New Roots: the Cheungs’ Journey to Canada 1918–1967 is the story of how the Cheung family uplifted their roots in China and Hong Kong and eventually put new ones in Canada, calling Vancouver home. Inspired by a text written by the Cheung grandparents and the style of Wong Family Feast by Joanna Claire Wong, the seventy-page book compiles narratives and accounts of various family members, and historical facts and timeline (written by Gretchen Cheung), and a collection of old photographs documenting their journey to Canada.
Layout and aesthetic for the book were determined much by the people and purpose of the book — keeping things practical as possible and maintaining tradition while modernizing for a new home and future generations. Texts are set with a clean minimalist font, with Chinese character font selected to complement, and calligraphy hand done with brush pen by Susan Keung. It makes use of a minimal palette employing traditional Chinese colours such as red and gold, while incorporating colour and liveliness through Chinese watercolour style paintings. The layering of stories and its purpose as a family legacy is emphasized by the textures, photographs, and hand painted artwork and calligraphy.
Special thanks to various family members for their support and contributions; this project was truly a labour of love.
Brick & Mortar Living is a homeware and gift shop in New Westminster, BC. Hosting a pop-up show in their sister art gallery space, these are my submission (Holiday Eats) and final (Winter Wonderland) pieces for the Holiday Chalk Art Show.
Both are completed in full chalk; Holiday Eats on classic chalkboard measuring 16" x 20" and Winter Wonderland on chalk painted board measuring 24" x 36".
The Winter Wonderland chalk was later used for holiday greeting cards.
Custom lettered and printed invitations for a special couple and their intimate garden party wedding.
Custom designed and constructed photo background based off Paper Moon style vintage photograph tradition. Three-part (for assembly) painted plywood moon piece and separate bench; final piece measures approximately 6' wide by 7' tall, including bench height.
Special thanks to Jessica Nickel and the family for assistance with design and structural considerations and construction.
Custom lettered logo and branding for locally-based designer and jeweller Lia Hood.
Lia Hood Jewellery creates pieces that are handcrafted with natural stones and metals that are bold and industrial but with a vintage and art deco feel. Seeking to bring elements of her work into the branding, the organic logotype was created with a ruling pen, grounded with stone textures, and an earthy colour scheme.
Find Lia’s work at her shop, Good Omen.