Practice Studies visits the studios
of makers & doers to learn and share
the beauty of the creative process.
This Toronto artist's paintings are created organically, composed like collages. Emily adds and subtracts, paints a layer or scratches it off just to later cover part of it with a silkscreened image, random color patches and patterns. She likes to have fun with art and it shows in her pieces.
If you ever doubt that Chicago has great coffee, visit Ryan at Sawada Coffee. His military latte is not only the most visually stunning combination of matcha and espresso, but it also consistently tastes amazing. He creates liquid art in a cup that you'll be reluctant to ruin with a sip.
Elizabeth is a florist and the owner of Asrai Garden - a special gem in Bucktown Chicago that's not your average flower shop. She has a unique talent to combine whimsical, seductive and mystical in an unpretentious way. Her carefully curated shop is always a favorite place to visit.
Norma moved from Mexico to Montreal and started her design brand - Cara Carmina. She's managed very quickly to create her own language with her unique characters, using thread and fabric as her favorite illustrative tools. She's best known for her series of one of a kind dolls inspired by Frida Kahlo, with characteristic "bicycle eyes", bursting with vibrant colors and bold patterns.
When you look at Chelli's meticulous creations, it's hard to believe she crafts each one of them by hand at her Chicago studio. Her luxurious leather bags are elegant but edgy, minimal but so rich in beautifully finished details. She's a founder of CHC - a leather goods brand, a giving company, focused on conscious consumerism.
Jean is a French illustrator living in London. His work is minimal, witty, humorous and usually a brilliant commentary on everyday issues. Most importantly, Jean is his work: personable, funny, and curious. His honest depiction of the world is hard to resist.