Jul 052014


Thank you to everyone who contributed and came out to Prints & Inks 2014 last month!

We had such an awesome time putting the show together, sharing the work and profiles of amazing  visual artists and designers from across Canada, and creating a space that celebrated the fields of graphic arts and print. We only wish that the show could have lasted longer!

Here’s our recap in photos:


Prints & Inks 2014 featured a  selection of over 30 exciting Canadian talent in print, illustration and design, curated by Spins & Needles co-founder and creative director Melanie Yugo. Alongside the show was a pop-up shop, hands-on print activities, and a late-night art party. The work of Spins & Needles Silkscreening 101 Workshop alumni was also on display. It took place during the weekend of June 20-22, at the multidisciplinary collaboration venue, IdeaSpace in Ottawa.



Our first installment in 2012 focused on silkscreening as a medium. We expanded this second installment to focus on the diverse field of graphic arts and print in Canada, including illlustration and all forms of printmaking. We felt the work of Canadian talent in these fields needed to be highlighted, particularly in Ottawa’s art scene. We also wanted to continue to offer a show where original artwork, limited edition prints, and other print-related items could be purchased at an affordable price.




A few themes from the works emerged: reintepreted Canadian symbols, institutions and landscapes, experiments in typography and shape, the deconstruction of historical events to otherworldly motifs. Various techniques were used, such as silkscreen, lithograph, risograph, monotype, letterpress and ink and pen illustration.





Opening night was a blast – thanks to everyone who came out! Beats were provided by co-founder and resident Spins & Needles DJ Jason Skilz. The print lab, featuring artists Amery Sandford from Halifax and Stephanie St-Jean Aubre from Gatineau/Montreal, was where gallery-goers could silkscreen their own show poster. Several artists in the show were in attendance, including many from out-of-town.


We had so much fun putting the show together. It was an honour to share the work of such an amazing group. We got the chance to peek into their creative worlds through the artist profiles and through studio visits. The artist profiles were a hit, so we’re going to continue doing them over the next few months. Watch for them in this space!

A big big thank you goes out to those who helped with so many aspects of the show, particularly Diane Bond . Thank you to Ewald Friesen and IdeaSpace for hosting us.

Canadian artists, illustrators and designers in the capital.

To find out more about the show:

  • You can check out more photos on our Facebook page, and through our Instagram and Twitter feed using #PrintsandInks.
  • Read profiles of participating artists, from how they got started to their inspirations to perspectives on where they live to their future projects. More profiles will be posted over the next several weeks.
  • We’re also in the process of creating a downloadable zine for the show, which we’ll post this summer.

We are already thinking about our next installment…in the meantime, stay tuned for updates on upcoming events, workshops and productions! Sign up for our mailing list here.

Photo credits: Opening night photos by Travis Boisvenue

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