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WOOHOO! I WON GOLD!! Thanks so much to everyone who voted me as one of the top Graphic Designers in Hamilton! I LOVE YOU! Here’s to another award under my belt and another great year – I couldn’t achieve this without my incredibly amazing clients. And congrats to all the other lovely winners all across this city, your efforts are well-deserved! ❤️ CHEERS!! 💪😎🏆🎉

Click here to check out all the winners –> https://readerschoice.thespec.com

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Canadian sculpture artist Calvin Nicholls has a penchant for getting down to basics and working with paper and scissors to create incredibly detailed bas relief sculptures of wildlife and landscapes. He’s been perfecting his craft since the mid-1980’s and has created a large body of work that has been used in advertising campaigns, institutions, book publishing, corporate gift companies, galleries, and private collections. He started out in the world of graphic design, studying at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and after running his own freelance design studio in Toronto, eventually made the switch to working entirely with paper sculpture. One of his most prolific collections is located in McHenry, Illinois for the Follett Library Resources and includes over 75 pieces.

As an artist for conservation and a Canadian naturalist, Nicholls carefully creates his pieces using only white and off-white shades of archival paper (occasionally dipping into a few sedate colour palettes for effect), cutting and scoring each tiny piece through a series of techniques that he’s devised with the use of scalpels, scissors and X-acto knives. Working slowly and applying the tiniest amounts of glue on the ends of toothpicks, he avoids creating any ripples in the paper, working the layers up from the bottom, like shingles on a roof. The result is nothing short of amazing.

To view more of his work, and to learn more about Nicholls’ methods, visit his website.

 

Recently I’ve been looking to get inspired so I can set to work on re-tooling my portfolio, both for web and in print and I stumbled across some interesting advice on the subject of printed portfolios on Nubby Twiglet’s website. Aside from her extensive clientele and gorgeous eye for design and style, she also has a wonderfully simple and fresh take on graphic design and shares her ideas and expertise via her extensive blogging. As a budding designer, I strongly recommend taking a peep at what she has to offer. 

Check out more of her work here

Henry is great. He used to be a scientist who researched drugs for cancer, but he enjoyed graphic design so much that now he is happier travelling the world and inspiring others. For more quirkiness from Henry Hadlow, visit his portfolio site. To find out more about him, visit his online profile.

Alicia Peck has created these beautiful prints for her cards and stationary, found in specialty stores around the world. Her main sources of inspiration come from antique images and a wry sense of humor. I love the simple, elegant, craftiness they evoke. 


Check out her website and her Urban Alphabet Set (which I would LOVE to have).

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