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Wow – it’s hard to believe we’re celebrating 10 years in 2015.

We’re throwing a summer party to celebrate on Saturday July 11 in Ottawa at Galerie SAW Gallery.

Won’t you join us?

Advance tickets here.

What: Spins & Needles 10-Year Anniversary Party
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Galerie SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas Street), Ottawa
Tickets: $10 + tax in advance (+ $1 processing fee). Buy them online here (more info below). Or $15 at the door.
Cash bar, 19+

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Jun 162014


Next up in our Prints & Inks profiles is Jenn Kitagawa, a Toronto-based graphic designer and illustrator. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art & Design and Grant MacEwan University, she blends deceptively simple shapes and colours to construct complex new patterns and images. Much of her work has been created for independent projects or publications, such as Wyrd DistroUppercase MagazinePolaris Music Prize, Market Collective and the Sled Island Music Festival.  Currently she is a graphic designer for the record label Arts & Crafts, but Jenn also pursues painting, freelance design and illustration, and collaborates on projects with other local artists.

Here’s what she had to say about her work: Continue reading »

Jun 132014


Next up in our Prints & Inks artist profiles is screenprinter Sophie Joubarne, owner of UNIK Printshop based in Montreal. Founded in 2009, she offers a variety of services under the UNIK banner, including small-to-medium print runs, screenprinting workshops, and her own line of nature-inspired screen printed products. Some of her clients include institutions such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the NDP, and many other well-known local artists and businesses. Her studio is housed in the historic Cadbury chocolate factory in the eastern part of the city.

Here’s what she had to say about her work: Continue reading »

Jun 122014


Next up in our Prints & Inks artist profile series is Kiva Stimac, a Montreal-based printmaker. As owner of Popolo Press, a studio and printshop, she designs and handprints posters, stationery and other ephemera. This includes creating posters for many events at Casa del Popolo and La Sala Rossa, which she owns with her husband bassist Mauro Pezzente of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and which has hosted emerging and well-known music acts.

Located  right above Casa, Popolo Press houses letterpress, relief printing, screen-printing, die cutting, bookbinding and foil-stamping facilities (see photos of her studio here and how she got her 2,000 lb. Vandercook press to her second-floor studio here). Her handprinted posters can be found on the streets of Montreal, particularly in Mile End, the neighbourhood where her studio and performance venues are located. As she says on her website: “I believe in the right to freedom of speech through public postering. Posters can make our city beautiful and say what needs to be said.”

Here’s what she had to say about her work: Continue reading »

Jun 112014


Next up in our Prints & Inks artist profile series is Josh Holinaty, an Edmonton-based illustrator and graphic designer. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, his drawings have appeared in Wired, Owl Magazine, The Globe and Mail and maisonneuve. Along with Luke Ramsey (also a featured artist at Prints & Inks), their collaborative public mural, Transition, won an award of excellence from The City of Edmonton and a National Urban Design Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. When not creating, he plays drums for the band Camembert, and teaches at Guru Digital Arts College, encouraging the next generation of illustrators and comic book artists to make cool stuff.

Here’s what he had to say about his work: Continue reading »

Jun 102014


Our next Prints & Inks profile features British Columbia-based  illustrator Luke Ramsey. His practice includes collaboration, design, public art projects, and detailed freehand drawing. Luke’s collaborative public mural, Transition, with Josh Holinaty (also a featured artist at Prints & Inks) won an award of excellence from The City of Edmonton and a National Urban Design Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. His latest creation is a public mural at The Drake Hotel in Toronto. Luke is also co-founder of Islands Fold, which was an online gallery, zine publisher, and artists’ residency on Pender Island, British Columbia.

Here’s what he had to say about his work: Continue reading »

Jun 092014


Next up in our Prints & Inks profile is Toronto-based artist Alicia Nauta. Her practice falls under what she likes to call Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppecollage, screenprinting, installation, bookworks, occasionally weird papier maché, and a growing collection of found oddities. Right now you can find her screenprinted wallpaper all around the city, such as at the independent shop Likely General, in the lobby of The Drake Hotel, and in the staircase of DIY art/music venue Double Double Land.

As an OCAD student, she established the OCAD University Zine Library in 2007 (read more how and why she did so here). Currently, Alicia works as a Programmer at artist-run centre Xpace Cultural Centre, where she co-established the new Library, including a zine Library, mix tape library and curated library. She is a member of Punchclock print studio.

Here’s what she had to say about her work: Continue reading »

Jun 062014


Next up in our Prints & Inks profiles is Kid Icarus, a Toronto-based screen print studio and retail shop with a focus on independent contemporary craft, particularly print and paper. Run by husband-and-wife duo Michael Viglione (master screenprinter) and Bianca Bickmore (graphic designer), the origins of the space started in 1999 as Studio Number Nineteen with a simple DIY silkscreening setup and business through word-of-mouth. In 2006, the studio transitioned into retail, showcasing the work of locally-produced merchandise in a 400 square foot space. Today, Kid Icarus is a spacious multi-use storefront, where they now also offer workshops, business talks and other events.

Here’s what they had to say about their work: Continue reading »

Jun 042014


As part of Prints & Inks, we’ll be profiling some of the amazing creative talent from across Canada who are participating in the show.

First up we start with self-taught illustrator, artist and musician, Raymond Biesinger who is based in Montreal. His “minimalist maximalist” illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Guardian, Time and WIRED. Originally from Edmonton, he holds a degree in History and Politics, founded the Royal Bison Fair, and is also one-half of the garage rock duo The Famines.

Here’s what he had to say about his work: Continue reading »

Jun 042014


We’ve announced the amazing Canadian artists, illustrators, printmakers and designers who are taking part in Prints & Inks this month.


Featuring 30 selected artists, illustrators and designers from the capital and other Canadian cities working in the diverse field of print and graphic arts. A mix of emerging and established talent, many of whom are showing in Ottawa for the first time. Curated by Melanie Yugo, Spins & Needles Creative Director.

Raymond Biesinger (Montreal)
Andrew Benson (Edmonton)
Diane Bond (Ottawa)
Gregory Brunet (Montreal)
Julia Dickens (Toronto)
Michael Haddad (Ottawa)
Merle Harley (Halifax)
Josh Holinaty (Edmonton)
Danny Hussey (Ottawa)
Kid Icarus (Toronto)
JP King (Toronto)
Jenn Kitagawa (Toronto)
Jadyn Klassen (Winnipeg)
Eunice Luk (Toronto)
Kirsten McCrea (Toronto)
Drew Mosley (Ottawa)
Elyse Moir (Halifax)
Alicia Nauta (Toronto)
Le Pire Shirt du Monde (Montreal)
Popolo Press (Montreal)
Ross Proulx (Ottawa)
Luke Ramsey (Pender Island, BC)
Marta Ryczko (Toronto)
Amery Sandford (Halifax)
Stephanie St-Jean Aubre (Gatineau/Montreal)
Jill Stanton (Edmonton)
Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa)
Anne Tessier (Ottawa)
UNIK Print Shop (Montreal)
whatisadam (Montreal)
Colin White (Ottawa)

You can find the list and event details here.

Plus look out for our rad handprinted posters around town. Printing up propaganda the old school way.