Salvage Ink

Shannon Smith; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I first came across Salvage Ink in the Etsy district at the One-of-a-Kind Spring Show in Toronto. When I learned about the inspiration behind the hand screenprinted patterns, I fell in love.

Salvage Ink is all about everyday lines and images, the simplification of common objects or sights into lines and recurring patterns, and the translation of the urban and industrial into something more natural. The manhole-inspired leaf pattern is a perfect example of the latter. Her bird patterns are a slight reversal of this, the focus being more on the lines and patterns than the flocks. Finally, Shannon’s diamond pattern is an example of how she takes an industrial antique to create a blockprint with a cast-iron original, leading to a raw, texturized look. This is the idea behind the name Salvage Ink.

My personal interpretation: There are times when cities have their eyesores or there are those little everyday elements in nature that we tend to overlook—those common objects and natural elements. Shannon’s works present these overlooked and forgotten features in a simple, minimalistic way that breaks them down into their basic forms, forcing us to see worn, salvaged items and nature in a new, inspiring way.

Shannon applies her contemporary designs to napkins, dish towels, and pillows, all made of eco-friendly organic and hemp fabrics whenever possible and water-based, non-toxic inks.

Purchase information: Find Shannon’s Salvage Ink creations on Etsy.

Dayna Lee Collection

Dayna Langlois; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Bows, polka dots, and hand-written lettering get me every time! Add hearts and inspirational vibes to that list and you’ve got me hooked, Dayna Lee Collection.

Last month, I stopped by the One-of-a-Kind Spring Show in Toronto and I picked up an art print for my underdressed kitchen: a Dayna Lee Collection original motivating me to be a macaron in a cookie-cutter world. I feel like an idiot a lot for being just a little different (what some may call “weird”); it’s natural. But my New Year’s resolution for 2015 was to strive to write one positive line each day. Accepting who I am is part of that and if that means I stand out, then I’ll be the macaron!

The talent behind the shop, Dayna Langlois’ works feature art prints, notebooks, pillow covers, and accessories aimed at inspiring and empowering women. (Can I get an amen?)

Dayna, you’ve got me hooked and I’m loving everything you do. Dayna’s Etsy shop is a must-browse. Tonight’s plan: set aside some time to snuggle up with some tea, dig into all her offerings, and pick up a little gift just for you, because you deserve it! (Hint: Dayna’s pillow covers and prints also make great housewarming and graduation gifts for her.)

Purchasing information: Find Dayna Lee Collection on Etsy. You can also visit the Dayna Lee Collection Facebook page.