April Meetup: Childhood drawings

Since the March Meetup was cancelled due to stormy weather, we’re holding the same theme again this April! The theme is a light-hearted celebration of our childhood selves. Bring your old drawings, stories, or crafts from your youth to share and have a laugh. Don’t have your own? Bring a child relatives masterpiece!

Note that our regular home, The Foggy Goggle, will be closed to move to their new location so we’re going to get cozy with the fine folks over at Niche Lounge (1505 Barrington Street).

..Face it, you knew that *perfect* stegosaurus drawing would be useful one day, didn’t you?

$2. 19+ RSVP on Facebook

October Meetup: Art Book Night

Aint nothing finer than sitting down to stacks and stacks of art books. Bring along your favourites so that others can pour over them. Art books, coffee table books, instruction books, rare books. Anything that inspires you will surely inspire others.

$2.00 to hang in this makeshift ‘readbrary’.  Stay the whole night or just drop by to say ‘hi’. RSVP on Facebook

Farting Into A Jar: My First Hackathon

Hello, my name is Alison and I’m a web designer that spent my entire Saturday coding various web items around the central theme of farting in a jar.

Now hear me out – this was for my first hackathon. For those not in the know, a hackathon is an event in which programmers, developers and designers come together to collaborate intensively on a software project. Generally from scratch, and often in teams of complete strangers.

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Doors Open Policy

 

I love history. As a creative artist, history inspires me. I love spending the time to learn with the stories that made Halifax the city we know today. Throughout its history, Halifax has been an important naval port and a centre of commerce. There are remnants of the city’s history and plenty of culture around us. With varying architectural styles along Barrington Street, historic buildings have survived years of peace, prosperity and turmoil. (more…)

The Beauty of Hand-drawn Typography

The first hand-lettering artists were sign painters. They were hired to paint shop signs, posters, and paint information on shop windows to encourage customers to shop within the store. This art form required skill, craftsmanship and the only way to learn was to practice. Not much about it has changed over the years except that the finishing touches of hand-lettering are now done within an Adobe software product. (more…)

Creative Design Inspiration

We all get creative inspiration from different people and places. Some of us love to go to galleries and museums while others are lovers of magazines or stick strictly to online sources. I often get inspired by things I see on the street, an in store display, billboards, bus shelters, and lots from magazines and books. It’s important to keep inspirational fodder close at hand so you can tap into those resources when you’re not feeling so creative. In this article, I’ll share where I like to find some of my creative inspiration and hopefully be able to inspire you. (more…)