JOURNAL

that which inspires patriciagrace . . . . 

Rei Kawakubo, a Japanese designer who began her label, Comme des Garçons, in 1969, was someone whose work and clothes felt outside my understanding, that of someone growing up in Winnipeg at that time. In the 80’s, a time of fluorescent colours and triangular shapes with shoulder pads, she presented widows weeds on the runway. Her sartorial ideas were statements, not entirely comfortable or safe. I was intrigued, but didn’t have the access or vocabulary to have a conversation, let alone see or experience firsthand the feelings her clothes might express. This past spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduced an exhibition of Kawakubo’s work, the first show of a living fashion designer since an Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in 1983, bringing together 40 years of her designs for an extraordinary parade . . . . click here to read more on the journal.

 

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Jennifer Stewart #theewanikawoman

With a degree in Art History specializing in 20th century European art, Jennifer Stewart has always had an eye for beautiful things. An early interest in the arts led to a fascination with acting, story-telling and film. After over a decade of working at CBC, lastly as Executive Director of Feature Films, she transitioned several years ago and took on the position of Director of Partnerships at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Living in close proximity to EWANIKA . . . . . click here to read more on the journal.

 

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I had never been to Mexico. Not one for sun bathing, or the sun in general, I had not made it a priority to visit. But I am already thinking about a way to travel there again, my main impetus being my visit to the Coqui Coqui Perfumery, Residence and Spa in Valladolid. Built in the 16th century, a secluded one-room retreat sits atop their flagship perfumery, and it inspired me in a way that surprised me . . . . . click here to read more on the journal.

 

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Nicole Campbell #theewanikawoman

Nicole Campbell is fiercely intelligent, charming and witty. She has piercing green eyes that come alive with purpose and narrow with intensity: when you talk to Nicole she really listens. She also really answers. Her extensive background of professional pursuits (various high-level sports, clinical psychology research, along with wine-making, tasting and buying across multiple continents) provide a wealth of stories and knowledge that are all somehow interrelated. . . . . . . . click here to read more on the journal.

 

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Rachel Low  #theewanikawoman  

If you’ve ever spoken to someone who is in the thick of producing something that inspires them, you’ll understand how contagious that feeling can be. The excitement flowing from Rachel Low stemmed from her upcoming festival, Eatable, a four-day film showcase that pairs food and movies for a truly fulfilling multi-sensory experience. Though still in its infancy, Eatable’s second year of existence is far from amateur. Rachel as Executive Director and her team have drawn upon their network to bring in some of the most prominent names in Toronto’s food scene. . . . . click here to read more on the journal.

 

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Joy Walker  #theewanikawoman

Upon entering the studio of artist Joy Walker, there is an intangible sensation of feeling enveloped. The airy white cube, which she has inhabited for 13 years boasts a lofted ceiling with a skylight that rotates a playful square of light around her studio like a sundial. (She has previously compared the studio space to the feeling of being in a James Turrell artwork, it’s easy to understand why.) The walls are dabbled with her works alongside sketches of a more physical dimension. . . click here to read more on the journal.

 

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Our inaugural invitation for #theewanikawoman series featuring an illustration by Joy Walker. A limited edition poster is available for sale at the boutique.