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Friday Features - 01/24/20

Happy Friday everyone! Snowy days are here & love is in the air! Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and we've got all sorts of treats and cards for you to give to your loved ones. Here's what we've featured on social media this week.

Hand Embroidered Hoops by KatieBette
Whether you want to collect them all, or just pick your favourite of the four, these Tree of Life embroidery hoops are a keepsake to be treasured. Locally made by Katie Gillis of KatieBette, each piece is hand embroidered on a three-inch hoop and then finished with felt backing. The attention to detail on each piece is incredible, as can be seen through the flourishes of seasonal colours & textural accents of the overlapping thread. The tree of life series, along with many others of the KatieBette collection, can be purchased in-store or online here.

Handmade Cat Bowtie & Card
Here at Inkwell we aim to have a cat-themed product for any occasion, even if that occasion is a formal one. We have a great selection of cat bowties, handcrafted by Sweet Pickles Designs, to dress up your feline friend for the special moments in life. We also have an assortment of cards to accompany them, featured here is a new addition from the talented Emily Skinner of Pedaller Designs.

Handmade Dog Bowtie and Card
We haven’t left our canine friends out either, dog bowties (fits most 3/4 inch and 1-inch collars) are also available along with a wide selection of cards as well. Jaybee Design is the artist behind the “All You Need is Pug” card featured above.

Uppercase Magazine
Issue 44 of Uppercase Magazine has arrived at Inkwell. If you haven’t heard of Uppercase and are searching for some creative inspiration it’s certainly a title to look into. Canadian made, carefully curated, and perfectly formatted for the creative & curious, it provides informative articles & stunning visuals about all things artistically inspired. Quantities are limited so don’t delay checking it out!

Nature Prints by Briana Corr Scott
These breathtaking nature prints by Briana Corr Scott are a new addition to our online store, but can also be found in-store directly. Each print is 11x14” in size and is a colourful reproduction of original oil paintings on a neutral cream or black background. They can be found online here.

Handmade Chocolate by King & North
The delicious chocolate from King & North has been restocked just in time. We’re fully stocked with flavours like Toffee Crunch, London Fog, Cookies & Caramel, Milk & Salt, Dark & Salt, and Milk & Cookies. They make the perfect Valentine’s gift or just a perfect treat for yourself! Continue reading

Friday Features - 12/13/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With the holiday season in full swing, we’ve been posting about all sorts of products! Holiday Cards and 2020 Calendars have been selling quickly but we still have a few to mention! Here are the new products we’ve featured on social media this week.

Letterpress Bookmarks by The Little Paper House Press
All the way from Australia, these adorable letterpress printed bookmarks from The Little Paper House Press have been proving to be a perfect stocking stuffer. They’re colourful, incredibly detailed and formatted perfectly to highlight a fun little graphic peaking out of a closed book. Feel free to check out wide array of designs in-store now!

Pet Bowties by Sweet Pickles Design
Back by popular demand, and just in time for holiday photos, pet bowties by Sweet Pickles Designs have been restocked. These bowties are designed with a simple elastic hoop to slip over your pet’s regular collar so they can be worn without much hassle. We have a large selection of designs, but limited stock for each, in-store now!

Floral Calendar By Badger & Burke
There are still a few 2020 Badger & Burke flower calendars left in-store! This calendar is delightfully vibrant & a great way to introduce some cheer in your new year. If you still need your calendar for the 2020 year this might be the one for you.


Plant Calendar by Bloomwolf Studio
If you’re shopping for a plant lover, Bloomwolf Studio’s 2020 plant calendar could be the perfect fit! Each month features an adorably illustrated assortment of succulents, cacti, hanging plants & mini plant terrariums. Available in-store now!

Punch Needle Embroidery by Chelsea of Luna Dragonfly
We were able to welcome the wonderful work by Chelsea of Luna Dragonfly Designs this week! Chelsea is a self-taught fibre artist, who fell in love with fibre art when searching for a new creative outlet. An assortment of her punch needle embroidery hoops can be found in-store now.

Handmade Bag by Frankie & Coco
Another new arrival this week! These bags by Frankie & Coco are beautiful and functional. They are generously sized & fit everything you need for a busy day. Snaps on the side easily convert it from a chic carryall to a roomie tote, depending on your needs. Available in 3 delightful patterns to suit your personality. Quantities are limited, available in-store now.

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Friday Features - 11/29/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With the store being a full on winter wonderland, we’ve continued to feature products with a more holiday focus. Here’s a roundup of the great gifts & decor that we shared on social media this week!

screenprinted pet plush ornament by Broderpress
Along with the food-focused screenprinted wood ornaments we featured last week, we were sure to bring in more of Broderpress’ always popular screenprinted plush animals ornaments as well. These ornaments are adorable on the tree and are also available in larger plush versions that are a more realistic size. In-store now, quantities & designs are limited.

Laser cut wood ornaments from Henderson Dry Goods
These charming laser cut ornaments are our newest arrival from Canada’s west coast. Alex of Henderson Dry Goods makes ornaments that are stunning, minimal & modern. Featured here are the classic (and Canadian themed!) designs of winter hats, fishing boats, Canada geese, and pinecones. Available in-store now.

Illustrated 2020 Tea Towel Calendar by Cara Rowlands
Inkwell is pleased to welcome Cara Rowlands from Carabara Designs to the shop! Cara is a multi-talented digital illustrator & designer who makes an assortment of cards, prints, and tea towels. Featured here is her eye-catching 2020 tea towel calendar that would be a fantastic fit for any baker/cupcake lover in your life. Available in-store now along with much more of her lovely work!

Screenprinted Purses by Shara Porter
New wallets, clutches and purses from Shara Porter have arrived! Colourful and screenprinted by hand, we have clutches and purses available in vegan leather and wallets in genuine leather. Available in an assortment of colours and designs while quantities last!

Pewter Baby's First Christmas Ornament by Beehive Handmade
This beautiful pewter ornament from Beehive Handmade is the perfect way to celebrate baby’s first Christmas! It is ready to hang with green ribbon & gift box. In-store now! Continue reading

Friday Features - 11/22/19

Friday Features - 11/22/19

Happy Friday everyone! The holiday season has arrived and we’ve been busy welcoming new artists and products to the store! Here’s what we’ve featured on social media this past week!

silkscreened taco ornament by Broderpress
We couldn’t let Halifax’s first-ever taco week go by without featuring Broderpress’ fantastic silkscreened wooden ornaments! Their taco ornament took the spotlight this week; however, we have their ornaments in many other designs such as hamburgers and chickens. These ornaments are custom laser-cut from 3/16” basswood and then hand printed in vibrant colours. These incredible eye-catching ornaments are a great addition to any tree!

Handmade Porcelain Mugs by Rachel De Conde
We had the pleasure of welcoming the ceramic artist Rachel De Conde to the store this week! Rachel’s pieces are unique, beautiful, and expansive in terms of texture & aesthetic. She has developed a variety of glazes resulting in a wide range of colourful pieces completely different from one another! While we featured the mugs from her hand-drawn floral series, we also have pieces with blue tones, metallic accents and honeycomb designs!

Hand-Embroidered Art Hoops by All The Pretty Things
We also welcomed another new artist! We now carry a large selection of beautiful hand-embroidered hoop art by Emily of All The Pretty Things NS. Whether it is lettering or illustrations, Emily’s work is incredibly detailed and carefully designed. Designs made to be displayed year-long, or specifically for the holiday season, are in-store now.

Animal Swimsuit Calendar by Paper Wilderness
We had to mention Jenna Puente’s, of Paper Wilderness, heartwarming 2020 calendar of Swimsuit Animal illustrations. This calendar features 12 adorable critters modeling an assortment of swimsuit fashion. These watercolour illustrations are incredibly pleasant, family-friendly, and formatted to be framed easily after the year is over!

Laser-cut wood wreath by Paper + Light
If you’re looking for a stylish (and long-lasting!) wreath to welcome the holiday season, this fantastic laser-cut art piece (from Ali of Light + Paper) does the trick! Starting from a paper-cutting, this beautiful wreath is laser-cut from 1/8" birch wood and measures approximately 15” x 13.5”. It is a perfect addition to a door, window or feature wall!

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Friday Features - 11/01/19

Happy Friday Everyone! This week on social media we’ve been featuring products that are fun, functional, slightly spooky, and as always, crafted with care and made with love.

handmade baby shoes, trendy baby mocc shop
These adorable and high quality baby shoes from Trendy Baby Mocc Shop are one of our newest product arrivals! These fashionable soft-sole shoes are perfect for crawlers and walkers. Each shoe is hand cut and sewn using durable cloth and layers of felt and fleece for extra comfort to keep baby's feet warm and breathable. The softer sole allows them to grip their toes to the floor and maintain better balance when learning to walk! We have 4 styles available in-store in two sizes, 6-9 and 9-12 months.

die-cut Star Wars calendar, Jodie Hansen
We are now taking pre-orders for Jodie Hansen’s (Design Corner) ever-popular die-cut calendars. Available in cats, dogs, and Star Wars themes, each calendar is handmade to order. Pre-ordering can be done both in-store or online.

nova scotia mayflower screenprint, Inkwell Originals
We're thrilled to reveal the latest print by our in-house line Inkwell Originals. Available now online and in-store!

The story behind the quote: Throughout the 19th century, a common unofficial motto of Nova Scotia was “We bloom amid the snow.” The phrase was a reference to the mayflower (Epigaea repens), the provincial floral emblem since 1901, but closely associated with the province long before. Mayflowers are among our earliest blooming wildflowers each spring. Their tiny fragrant pink and white blossoms and evergreen leaves peek out from the edges of the forest often before the snow has left the ground. The hardiness of this modest little flower was embraced as a symbol of the resilience of all Nova Scotians and an inspiration and reminder that beauty can thrive amid adversity.

nova scotia made chocolate, king & north
To celebrate world chocolate day we couldn’t help mentioning the beautiful and delicious locally made chocolate bars by Jessie Gallant of King & North Chocolate. These chocolate bars are generously portioned, uniquely flavoured, and made with ingredients that support other local businesses such as Tidal Salt & Sawadee Tea! Available in a variety of flavours in dark, milk, and white chocolate!

soy candle, Olliver Lifestyle dead souls
Just in time for Halloween, here’s one of the new candle scents from Olliver Lifestyle. Not only do these beautiful candles smell amazing, but they’re also made from soy wax and are all vegan-friendly!

Screen printed baby cat onesie, Poison Pear
For National Cat Day we featured one of the best sellers from local designer Beth Ardon of Poison Pear. This “Mew Here” onesie is available in-store in black or white and short sleeve or long sleeve. Sizes are 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, and 18-24 months.

marbled paper 2020 calendar, Meghan Rushton #hellosunshine
Last but not least! This sleek wall calendar by Meghan Rushton has the perfect amount of space for writing down notes and events along with varying colours of marbled paper effect that borders the top and bottom of each page. Available in-store now!

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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 - 09/13/19

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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Lunar Landing at Inkwell! 🌕

lunar landing at inkwell

COME PRINT YOUR OWN FREE LETTERPRESS KEEPSAKE!

 

Have you heard!? We'll have our letterpress set up from 11-2 on Saturday, July 20th.

 

Come print your own free moon-themed coaster in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing!

All are welcome!

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