I love to buy gifts for my friends that I can source. Etsy is fantastic resource for all things handmade and local, and I’ve made great use of it this summer since I’m at that age (late twenties, early thirties) where many a summer weekend is spent at bridal or baby showers.
Here is a list of some made-in-Canada gifts to shower the Mom-to-be in your life.
|Sleep sack, flock of bird sage or plum, via poidsplume
In celebration of an iconic Canadian Artist.
Colville’s silent images are static. Yet practically all of them tell a story, in a brief, concise plot that does not always have a resolution. Fundamental human situations are their both simple and complex themes: loneliness, isolation, parting, work, leisure, estrangement, love. The only subliminally dramatic, often melancholy laconism of content corresponds to the absolute precision of form by which it is conveyed. Like hardly another artist, Colville maintains the difficult balance between imagination and sober calculation, formal interest and social commitment. Behind the realistic surface of his imagery lurks the surreal – but a surreal that lacks every trace of theatrical staging or borrowing from psychoanalysis, whose new myths Colville deeply mistrusts. via alexcolville.ca
Colville’s images managed to elicit feelings of both contemplation and angst through the pairing of incongruous elements such as a languid nude with a gun or a blond toddler next to a large black dog with prominent claws.
Even his most serene compositions were infused with a sense of unease.
“I see life as inherently dangerous. I have an essentially dark view of the world and human affairs,” Colville once said. “Anxiety is the normality of our age.” via The Toronto Star