Art reference

Fashion, decoration, art and more

Sarah Power knows Canadian designers. As the founder of Inland, Power has created a market filled with exceptional local clothing and accessories. Lesley Hampton, Hilary MacMillan and Cat Janiga are just a few of the dozens of top designers available on the site. But Power is more than a retailer, it’s a tireless champion of Canadian fashion talent. (More info here.) We asked Power to share the 10 Canadian plays she’s most excited about right now. His list is so good, a winding path of creative discovery in the fields of fashion, decoration and art.

Bramble Lee Pryde’s Zero Waste Wall Hangings

Bramble Lee PrydeBramble Lee Pryde Dreamscape Wall Art, $210-$1,850,
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Multidisciplinary artist Bramble Lee Pryde, based in Treaty 7 territory of Mohkinstsis (Calgary), is a creative goddess. Blurring the lines between art, craft and fashion, her work has evolved from jewelry, ceramics and illustration to her most recent collection of surrealist-inspired tufted decors. I love how these playful pieces – handmade to order – encourage you to pause and lose yourself in a dreamscape. Made from wool or acrylic – an option added by Bramble after discovering that many people suffer from wool allergies – the remaining fibers are reused or donated, making them zero-waste creations.

Christina Sicoli’s big dream rings

Christina SicoliChristina Sicoli rings, $65,

While dainty jewelry is always in style, I’ll always have a soft spot for chunky ’90s dream-pop inspired adornments, which now seem more futuristic than nostalgic. My jewelry box is a juicy rainbow of resin, lucite, and enamel that I like to mix in unexpected and messy ways. Vancouver-based Christina Sicoli’s No Drama ring collection is a charming example of such bold jewelry. Each piece is hand-poured and then layered with color and non-toxic materials – a little gold leaf, perhaps – to create a decadent, one-of-a-kind palette.

The whimsical vases of Misbah Ahmed

Ninth editionsMisbah Ahmed Vase, $450,

Mia Nielsen, my dear friend and director of Art Toronto and artist project, is my reference for discovering new local artists. She recently introduced me to the ninth edition, which I now frequent for inspiration. One of my favorite artists at the moment is Misbah Ahmed, Pakistani-Canadian artist and designer based in Toronto. Primarily with oil paint and ceramic sculpture, her work “examines duality, shifting cultural landscapes, and everyday human experience”. I love his series of porcelain clay vases for their rawness and whimsy.

The elegant recycled light from Studio Botté

booted studiolighting studio botté, price on request,

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Circular design is an extremely important movement, which is why I’m such a fan of the Montreal studio botté, founded by Philippe Charlebois Gomez. Botté specializes in recycled lighting using donated and found objects, such as fan guards and Venetian blinds to reinvent interior sculpture. The process takes a lot of love, energy and ingenuity, from the collection process to cleaning, designing, customizing, cutting, bending, sanding, assembly and painting. Since prototyping is not an option with rare materials, Philippe uses 3D modeling software to realize his breathtaking vision. So innovative!

The sculptural chair by Curves

Curves by Sean BrownSean Brown Curves Chair, $330,
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Sean Brown is a Canadian creative treasure: he’s a fashion designer, musical collaborator and multi-hyphenate designer for his home and lifestyle brand Curves. I love everything from her past and present collections, but especially the Archway chair, a contemporary take on the African birthing chair. The chair is made in Canada from two pieces of birch plywood with a melamine finish. Sculptural yet functional, contemporary yet retro, minimalist yet elaborate, this chair is a magnificent work of art.

The Perfect Tote from Partoem

PartoemPartoem tote, $500,

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Even though working from home means I rarely have the opportunity to carry a handbag, I continue to collect pieces that bring me pure happiness. Handmade in Montreal by designer Madeleine Beaulieu for Partoem, the Domus tote is created from vegetable-tanned leather and signature hardware with an origami-inspired technique without glue or seams. The name of the brand is inspired by the French saying “by yourself”, which means “all alone”. It fits perfectly with all my daily essentials and always grabs attention.

Yaw Tony’s clever scarves

Made inlandLLiM scarf by Yaw Tony, $250,

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Whether on the cover of Design lines magazine or launching a new concept collection at the recent DesignTO Festival, Toronto artist and designer Yaw Tony is full of color and surprises. Everything is expressed through his brand LLiM (Life Liveth in Me). Her wearable art scarves reflect a blend of sophisticated African sayings with Western influences. All designs, patterns and details are first hand drawn and then digitally printed or screen printed on 100% silk. I could watch his work for hours.

Jennifer Glasgow’s excellent sweatshirt

Made inlandJennifer Glasgow sweater, $128,

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I’ll admit I’ve been a little sick of wearing sweats and loungewear almost exclusively for the past few years, so when Montreal designer Jennifer Glasgow launched her Caol sweatshirt earlier this season, I immediately fell in love. This elevated yet ultra-comfy piece has dreamy smocked forearm sleeves, and it’s made from organic cotton and Tencel, one of the most eco-friendly fibers, with a touch of Spandex. , which is always welcome.

Eliza Faulkner’s power dress

Made inlandEliza Faulkner dress, $234,

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A dress is never just a dress. A symbol of social and cultural identity on many levels, a dress, or anything we put on for that matter, reveals something intimate about the wearer. Montreal designer Eliza Faulkner’s Pippa dress resembles a contemporary take on “power dressing,” a term born in the 1970s whose origins can be found in the Chanel suit of the 1920s, said to be a fashion style that “allows women to establish their authority in a professional environment traditionally dominated by men” (thanks, Wikipedia). The way we dress, express and articulate gender has thankfully evolved, but I always appreciate a vintage fashion reference, especially if it’s a peephole bow neckline with bright green stitching.

Eye-catching earrings from Lo’bat Accessories

Made inlandLo’bat earrings, $125,

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Papier-mache isn’t a material you’d expect to wear, but when Toronto-based friends and co-creators Golnar Ahmadian and Hediyeh Maadi Tehrani decided to use low-impact recycled materials for their jewelry line , Lo’bat Accessories, they took a bolder approach than most. The result, as you can see, is stunning. Their work is playful, thoughtful and incredibly eye-catching. I love the romance behind each piece and how they contrast softness with bold strength.