Large Scale Metal Mural Project for Henriquez Partners Architects

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And finally, here’s our wrap up video for our KGMS Large scale mural project for Henriquez Partners Architects in Vancouver that we finished a few months ago. This was definitely one of the biggest and hardest mural projects we’ve worked on to date but also equally as rewarding. With happy clients and work we’re proud of, we’d love to share the final video here on our site.

We’d also love to give a big shout out to Kenji and Joanna for assisting us for the few days before their trip to Japan, Edwin Cheng and Sophia Tong for priming the panels and Bertrand Joyal for all your advice. This was a commissioned mural project by Henriquez Partners Architects for the Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School in North Vancouver. The project took over 200 hours to finish 15 4′ x 8′ aluminum panels. We used Montana Gold spray paint, 1Shot enamels, DTM primers and paint, KRINK and Molotow markers to create the final artwork all by hand.

Photo credit: Albert Law Photography

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We’re featured in the latest Applied Arts Magazine.

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We’re extremely happy and honoured to have been featured in the latest issue of Applied Arts. We’ve always been a big fan of this publication for well over a decade. We still remember flipping page after page of brilliant creativity, art and design and being completely inspired by all the work in the book back when we were just students. Slowly over the years we began to have our work featured in Applied Arts but to have an editorial piece written about our studio is just absolutely fantastic! Click here for the full article story.

Big thanks to Elizabeth Eames for making the trek out to our studio that day and spending the time to interview us and taking the time to learn about our journey to making it out on our own. Read More »

Falcon over man’s head on ice-cream with sprinkles of bunnies.

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Personal illustration. From a silly afternoon doodle, I wanted to see it finished with colour and cleaner lines. Digital, May 2014.
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Duality, an art experiment at The East Van Studios art show.

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The words I interpreted from Louise Burns for my Duality art show piece “Your lungs reverberate like a gunshot from a conquistador straight tween’ your death valley eyes”. Had a great time chatting about music with the talented Louise Burns and hope to watch her perform at one of her future shows soon!

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We’re proud to have been part of this amazing show called Duality, An Art Experiment project by the talented photographer, Shannyn Higgins and designer Erica Wilk. The show opened last night at the East Van Studios and continues on today. The show consists of 25 artists and interpreting words from 25 writers, poets and songwriters. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces under one roof celebrating art and culture. We need more events like this in Vancouver! Big ups to the girls Shannyn Higgins and Erica Wilk for pulling off such a successful show.

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Wrapping up the metal mural project. One panel at a time.

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After 180+ hours of studio time and 25+ hours of prep work (Thanks Freshbooks!), our KGMS large scale mural project with Henriquez Partners Architects is finally wrapping up. We’ve spent the past few days packaging all 15 panels up for final art delivery for Tuesday morning. We’ve got exactly 5 more panels to package up for tomorrow but we’re excited that it’s finally finished. This project was a bigger undertaking than we originally thought and have learned a ton from working with such large scale metal panels along with using enamel paints and in combination with KRINK markers and spray paint (KRINK and MOLOTOW markers apparently don’t work well on spray painted surfaces. Who knew!). We’ll be sure to post more photos up once it’s installed at the Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School location. We’re also very thankful to have had Albert Law document the whole project which we’ll post on this site soon.

For now, check out some of the panels in the studio and them getting packaged. A video will also be available to show our production process. Read More »

A month in the making and still going.

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We’ve been busy painting each giant metal panel by hand for the past month and we’re making progress in finishing all 15 panels as there only a few left. The whole process has taken a lot longer than we thought due to the enamel paints we’ve been using. Enamel is what old sign painters used to use and although it takes forever for this stuff to dry it is still worth the extra effort since they’re made to last for a very long time outdoors.

We’re also really excited to have Albert Law come in to document the whole behind the scenes process. Check out his photography work at albertlaw.ca

This is a project with Henriquez Partners Architects in Vancouver | http://henriquezpartners.com/

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We got good ink on the Vancouver Sun today.

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We’re very proud and happy to be featured on the Vancouver Sun (Under breaking news A3 to be exact) today. As small business owners, we really appreciate every piece of exposure we get from the media.

To extend the story of the article, we really love Vancouver despite what other people think. Quite often, we hear people say “yeah, Vancouver is beautiful but it’s too sleepy and too small…blah blah blah” but we beg to differ.

This city is humming with entrepreneurial energy and if you look beyond the surface (of just beautiful mountains and oceans) you’ll find a very engaged and innovative community that are building world class brands and products. From innovative bike helmets to tech companies like Hootsuite, we have it all. We’re really proud to be part of this community of creative tinkerers and entrepreneurs. We’re in for the long haul and we’re not going to stop innovating, building and playing in this city we call home. Big thanks again to the Vancouver Sun for interviewing us and giving us the shine on our small business.

For the full article visit: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Acclaimed+Vancouver+illustrator+makes+mark+worldwide+with+photos/9665690/story.html

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