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Friday Features - 10/11/19

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s what we’ve been featuring this week on social media!

Bloomwolf Studio, Yeppie Paper, Idlewild Handmade Cards
Halloween cards have arrived! These three are a few of the selection we now have in stock! Featured here are Bloomwolf Studio’s Potions Card, Yeppie Paper’s Howl-O-Ween Card, and an adorable bat Halloween Card by Idlewild Co! Feel free to check out the full spooky selection in store.

oyster tea towel by The Neighborgoods
To salute Halifax Oyster Fest, we featured yet another punny tea towel by Jodi Kostelnik of The Neighborgoods. Perfect for the oyster lover, or just someone who can enjoy a playful pun. All tea towels by The Neighborgoods are screen-printed by hand, machine washable, and made from 100% flour sack cotton.

Fantasy Birthday Card Meaghan Smith
We’re super excited to announce the arrival of work from local artist Meaghan Smith! Meaghan’s whimsical illustration style is paired perfectly with cheerful and heartfelt wording. Some cards, including the one featured here, are even accompanied by a tiny tune you can listen to on her website or sing aloud to the recipient with the lyrics on the back!

Stewiacke north pole equator sign magnet by Inkwell Originals
Last but not least! Our own product line, Inkwell Originals, released a new design this week - This limited edition magnet of the Stewiacke sign!
Anyone familiar with travel on HWY 102 will recognize this memorable Exit 11 sign that was in use until its removal 1-2 years ago. The magnets can now be found in store or in our online store.

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Nocturne Halifax - Monumental Signage ✨

Nocturne Halifax 2019

Nocturne is Saturday, October 19th!

Nocturne: Art at Night is a free event that showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Now in its 12th year, the festival brings art and energy to the streets between 6pm - midnight on Saturday, October 19th.



Come crank the wheel on our antique letterpress and print your own keepsake! This year’s theme is SCAFFOLD and we’ll reveal the design that visitors will be printing closer to the day of the event. This year’s project will truly commemorate the night and all ages are welcome!



Here is our exhibit description:

Downtown Halifax is in a state of flux. Almost everywhere you turn there is scaffolding staged to help build new or improve existing structures. Halifax once had illuminated scaffold signage in its downtown core too. For one night, participants can mix the old with the new and print by hand a Nocturne sign keepsake using a century-old letterpress.

Keep your eyes peeled for the guide to plan your route. We look forward to seeing you out! Until then, check out the post that Nocturne has put together to Have the Best Nocturne Ever!

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Friday Feature - 10/04/19

Happy Friday everyone! This week we've featured a bunch of new releases of designs and collections by some of our longtime artists.

Vena Carr, Rigel Stuhmiller, Emma Fitzgerald
Since the autumn weather has continued to inspire us, we couldn't help but post a few of the autumn-themed cards that are now in store! Here we have some scenic nature-focused cards by artists Rigel Stuhmiller (top left), Vena Carr (top right), and Emma Fitzgerald (Bottom).

Wildlife of Nova Scotia by Alex MacAskill
Have you seen Alex MacAskill's, of Midnight Oil, latest art print highlighting the Wildlife of Nova Scotia? This 16"x20" art print features hand-drawn illustrations of the unique and beautiful mammals we share this land with. It is the first of a future series to also include birds, insects, flowers, and marine life. This print could be a great addition to any nursery or children's room, and remains relevant for all ages!

Keephouse Studio Tea Towels
We're so pleased to be carrying the brand new tea textile collection by Alissa Kloet of Keephouse Studio. "Cut/Paste/Print" features an assortment of new designs and colours all focused around the central theme of mark making and the artist's original process. Along with fresh new designs and colours, Alissa continues to move toward increasingly ethical and sustainable textile manufacturing process - Alissa is now pairing her GOTS (global organic textile standard) certified inks with Oeko-Tex certified fabric that is a smoother, softer, and more luxurious linen than before!

Jacob Rolfe, Floating World Screenprints
We're also super excited to announce the return of work from Jacob Rolfe of Floating World Studio. Jacob's work is the perfect combination of whimsical yet intricately detailed. His 9"x12" shop local print featured here is available in a variety of colours.

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Friday Features - 09/27/19

Happy Friday Everyone! This week we’ve been feeling inspired by the autumn weather! Here are a few cozy items that we’ve featured on social media.

Marla Benton Fish Mugs
Local ceramic artist, Marla Benton, has dropped off her newest design of mug and we couldn’t be more enamoured with them! These beautiful handmade fish mugs are perfect for your favourite Autumn-themed hot beverage.

The Neighborgoods Autumn Tea Towel
Jodi Kostelnik of The Neighborgoods continues to make us laugh with her punny food themed tea towels. Her gourd family design is a fantastic way to welcome Autumn into your home! It also works well as an incredibly fitting gift for a Thanksgiving dinner host. All tea towels by The Neighborgoods are screen-printed by hand, machine washable, and made from 100% flour sack cotton.

Robin Jensen Hand-painted Earrings
Robin Jensen of HelloCrow Designs has brought in a wide variety of her stunning one of a kind jewelry. Each piece is hand painted on thin wood veneer, resulting in an end product that is both colourful and intricately detailed. Continue reading

Friday Features - 09/20/19

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s what we’ve been featuring on Inkwell's social media this past week! 

Casey D Sibley Travel Pouches

Just because the final weeks of summer are approaching, doesn’t mean you can’t travel in style with these beautiful pouches by Casey D. Sibley! We’ve got a selection of 3 different patterns and 2 different sizes of these sturdy lined travel pouches.

gradient mug by tessaramics
We’re still smitten over Tessa Reed’s ceramics! These wide brimmed latte mugs compliment chilly autumn mornings perfectly. Available in store in pink, cobalt, and black.

felt catnip cat toy by mini tiger designs
These organic catnip toys from Jenna Park, of Mini Tiger Designs, have been incredibly popular with the feline friends of Inkwell. These adorable high quality felt toys are filled with very strong certified organic catnip - they are sure to provide entertainment for cat & human alike! Continue reading

Friday Features - 09/13/19

Happy Friday everyone! This week we decided to show off some new arrivals and new designs from a few of our longstanding artists!


true crime birthday card
Just arriving to the store, we have one of the many new cards from Yeppie Paper. We thought this card in particular would be a perfect fit for any true crime podcast listener in your life! We also have it available in our online store if you need it shipped!


pirate t-rex
We always welcome new designs of the ever growing T-Rex collection from local illustrator, Patrick Bezanson of Tyrannosaurus Press. New to our selection are T-Rex prints including trikes, roller skates, pirates, and even a T-Rex dressed as a unicorn ballet dancer!


lobster embroidery
Also super grateful to showcase the newest embroidery design by the talented Katiebette! Katie’s embroideries are a lovely addition to any wall, but also work well as a holiday tree ornament that highlights the Maritimes!

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Friday Features - 08/30/19

This week for our Friday features we’ve really been focusing on all things new! Whether it’s a new artist being introduced or some new designs from artists we’ve carried for a while, we’ve got you covered for all sort of new adventures that tend to come with September.

To start things off we just wanted to give a quick shout out two fantastic cards we featured this week.

You inspire people just by being yourself card by Ink Meets Paper
This heartwarming card by Ink Meets Paper is a great message to send off with someone who may be embarking on their own adventure for the first time, or just works as a lovely reminder that we could all use every once in a while.

You are my rock card by Frog & Toad Press
On a more quirky side, this googly eye rock card by Frog & Toad Press has produced quite a few chuckles here at Inkwell. While we do have it displayed in the love section, it works wonders if you’re looking for a card to thank someone for helping you move into a new apartment on the last weekend of august in Halifax.

Space Cat Mug by Tessaramics
We also have restocked our shelves with the incredible work by Tessa Reed of Tessaramics! We’ve introduced a bunch of new colours and designs of her amazing mid-fire stoneware. It's always worth mentioning that her work tends to sell quickly, so if you’re looking for a new cat themed mug if might be best to act sooner than later.

Sea Monster Pottery by Slightly Irregular
Speaking of designs new to the store, Slightly Irregular’s Chelsea Legge has expanded her wonderful sea monster collection to included planters and mugs! We are in love with her new glaze colours and the selection she has made available!

Birthday cards by Pedaller Designs
We’re so excited to welcome our newest artist, Emily Skinner of Pedaller Designs, to the shop! These typography-focused cards are so fun & Cheerful. We’ve brought in a wide selection of her birthday cards, but also some to celebrate other occasions as well!

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Friday Features - 08/23/19

We’re going to start to release a weekly blog post to highlight what we’ve been featuring on our social media platforms. Hopefully, it will serve as a quick way for those who don’t always see our daily posts to still be able to see what has been catching our eye!

This week we’ve featured three local artists - Marla Benton, Andrea Crouse, and Alex MacAskill of Midnight Oil Print & Design.

polka dot mug by marla benton
We’ve been super smitten with Marla Benton’s fun & functional polka dot mugs this week. They’re a great choice if you’re looking for a new favourite mug for yourself, or their complementary colours also work well paired up as a fantastic wedding gift!

Cornwall St Halifax Paper Collage Andrea Crouse
It’s easy to see the amount of work and time that goes into each of Andrea Crouse’s paper collage designs, and her newest addition of the Cornwallis Street Row-house is no exception to this! Andrea’s work is a great way to highlight some of the memorable architecture of Halifax. It works well as a subtle souvenir of a trip to the Maritimes, or to send some nostalgia to a Haligonian who now lives elsewhere. Inkwell carries her work in 8x10” prints and 5x7” cards and a selection are available in our online store.

House Hippo Screenprint by Alex MacAskill
Alex MacAskill of Midnight Oil has returned with his Nova Scotia Map Print & his iconic house hippo print, available in-store and online. He also has brought in his new print that showcases the stunning visual history of the sneaker! All three featured prints are 16x20” in size.

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