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Nocturne Halifax - Image & Sound

Echo Location Inkwell Nocturne 2020

Nocturne will be a little different this year. Spanning October 12-17 within K'jipuktuk/Halifax and virtually everywhere, Nocturne: Art at Night is a free event that showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Now in its 13th year, the festival brings art and energy to the streets.

For the past 10 years, Inkwell has been an exhibit location with a participatory component. This year with Covid-19 introduces new creative restraints. We're looking forward to presenting an audio visual display or our printmaking process. Here is our exhibit description:

Echolocation inspired printing project that will evolve daily over the five days of Nocturne. As echolocation can be defined as using sound rather than light to build an image, each day the project will be revealed online using sound only. On the last day (October 17th), the final art will be revealed and a free, limited edition print will be available at Inkwell (while quantity lasts).

Follow along daily from 10/13/20-10/17/20!

Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for the guide to enjoy all of the projects. If you're a collector of our letterpress keepsakes, the limited edition prints will be available on October 17th while quantity lasts.

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Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

There's still time to surprise Dad with something terrific - Father's Day is Sunday, June 21st! We have a great selection of cards for fathers on our website and we've also put together this gift guide of handmade gift ideas that they would enjoy! We have hundreds of products on our website (anything here in light blue text is a link to buy) and even more in-store! You can order anything that we feature by email or phone - details below!
Fishing Lure Mug Brennan Pottery 
Fishing Lure Mug by Canadian Brennan Pottery $48 ea
Stillwell Beer Garden Print - Emma FitzGerald 8.5 x 11 Stillwell Beer Garden Print by local Emma FitzGerald (other local scenes available) $25 (unframed)
Screenprinted Leather Wallet Screenprinted Leather Wallet by Shara Porter Designs (various designs and sizes available) $42-60
Sea Monster To Go Mug - Slightly Irregular Sea Monster Travel Mug by local Slightly Irregular (various colours available) $40 ea
Nova Scotia Map Print
16 x 20 NS Map Print by local Midnight Oil $30 (unframed)
Anchor Handkerchief
Screenprinted Handkerchief by Canadian RC Boisjoli $24 (various designs available)
Dot Mugs by Marla Benton
Dot Mug by local Marla Benton (various colours) $45 ea
King & North Chocolate Bars
Gourmet chocolate bars by local King & North Chocolate (various flavours available) $7-8
Beech Tree Print - Brainstorm
18 x 24 Screenprinted Beech Tree Print by Brainstorm (various designs available) $72 (unframed)
Laughing Pear Soap
Fundy Mist Bar Soap by local Laughing Pear Soap (various scents available) $4.75 ea
Halifax Streetcar Map Print - Inkwell Originals
11 x 14 Halifax Streetcar Map Print by local Inkwell Originals (various designs available) $42 (unframed)

This is just a taste of what we have in-store! Want to see more of a particular category or artist we feature? We offer virtual personal shopping and can send you images and info. For even more inspiration, check out our collection of cards and gifts for Dad!

Order by phone (902) 405-8309 during the hours listed here or email

We also have a Made in Nova Scotia Father's Day Gift Box available!

Don't forget we also sell letterpress printed gift certificates and online gift cards in any denomination so Dad can treat himself!

Lastly, we offer free curbside pickup, porch drop delivery for $5 (within 15 km of the shop) or we can put together a shipping quote if you or your Dad live away from the city!

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Made in NS Gift Box for Mom

Made in Nova Scotia Mother's Day Gift Box

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day gift? We've curated this Made in Nova Scotia Mother's Day Gift Box that will treat your mom to handmade delights to make her day and surround her with love.

Included in the box is:

  • JAW Pottery Mug
  • Third Generation NS Jam
  • King & North Chocolate
  • Keephouse designed Swedish Dish Cloth
  • Hello Crow Handpainted stud earrings
  • Inkwell Originals Queen Bee letterpress printed card

Special price: $75 + tax (normally $90 + tax)

Ordering Instructions:
Available for free curbside pickup or porch drop delivery for $5 (within 15 km of our Halifax shop) only. Email to place your order. Order by 12pm Friday, May 8th to ensure delivery or pickup on Saturday, May 9th. Supply is limited, and colours and flavours may vary.

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Free Rebuild NS Poster

Rebuild Nova Scotia Poster and Article
Paul MacKinnon, CEO of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission reading the Rebuild Nova Scotia insert.

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has made the "Rebuild Nova Scotia" poster that appeared in the flyer bundle across Nova Scotia available as PDF.

You're welcome to download and print one of your own posters to display with pride.

For those looking for a high quality, larger hand printed version, the 16x20 print is available for purchase here.


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Gift Certificate Printing Video

We recently reprinted more of our gift certificates! You can purchase one as a gift for a friend or for yourself to use in our downtown Halifax shop once things settle down.

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Uppercase Print/Maker book Feature

We are through the roof ecstatic to see an 8-page spread of our handmade creations showcased in this new book Print/Maker by Uppercase Magazine! We are truly humbled to be included alongside so many talented peers, friends and artists we've carried over the years!

The book contains 48 profiles, 368 pages and over 660 images from all sorts of printmaking mediums like silkscreen, letterpress, risograph, linocut and more by artists from all around the globe!

Available now in our Halifax shop!

Uppercase Print/Maker book Inkwell Originals Inkwell Boutique

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Spring Craft Fairs around Halifax & Dartmouth

Halifax Crafters Spring Market

Inkwell Originals, our in-house product line will have a table at the Halifax Crafters Spring Market! Join us and 75+ talented makers this Saturday & Sunday (April 30-May 1) from 10am-5pm at the Olympic Centre (corner of Hunter & Cunard)!

Dartmouth Makers Spring Market

Inkwell Originals will also be selling at The Dartmouth Makers Spring Market on May 7! Find us + 45 talented makers at the Christ Church Parish Hall - 61 Dundas Street in downtown Dartmouth from 10am-6pm!

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