HIGHSNOBIETY features Hebru Brantley’s Jordan inspired “Fly Boy” and community-sourced art wall as a top 23 highlight that rounded out the World Basketball Festival experience.
Toronto, meet Paddy Leung. Mixed media artist and all around material girl, Paddy creates fun and whimsical sculptures, paper objects and produces unique, sparkly window and art installations for various venues. Having attended art school for a while, she now dedicates her days to drawing and constructing all objects imaginable: from piñatas to pipe cleaner doughnuts and crafty forts. I visited her confetti-covered home studio not long ago and had a fun chat about imagination, art and working with what you have.
Hermann & Audrey produced NXNE Art Festival was featured on NOW Magazines must-see list for NXNE 2014.
On July 30th 2014, Fashion Film House made its Toronto debut. Three of Toronto’s known fashion influencers, photographer Cory VanderPloeg, Stylist Talia Brown, and Makeup Artist Bree Powell were highlighted in a fashion film showcase made up of content and footage of their past works done both together and apart. The Hermann & Audrey studio was transformed into a theatre and lounge where friends and fashionistas gathered to mingle over drinks while catching inspirational images and video from featured trio.
Beginning in Chicago, Fashion Film House is a monthly event that provides a unique platform for fashion professionals to be showcased. It was created to empower the fashion industry as a whole and in doing so to promote beneficial collaboration. We hope you will join us in October for the second installation of Fashion Film House Toronto. Stay tuned for more details.
24 | Toronto – A Video Compilation filmed by Toronto’s talent about their city.
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Join us on Thursday, August 21st from 6pm – 11pm @ 1506 Dundas Street West for FoundMissing’s launch event “Origin”.
FoundMissing is an online boutique retail experience where the digital community can shop, share personal reviews on select shoes, and share to social media websites. FoundMissing exists to fill the void in the urban, athletic, casual , and luxury footwear community driven online boutique/editorial market.
Hermann & Audrey’s Fashion Film House for June promoted the creativity and inspiration that local stylists have brought to the forefront of the fashion industry. This Fashion Film House boasted the original works of three cutting-edge talents; Ashley Crawford, Elizabeth Margulis and Patric Chauvez. Their innovative eye and inescapable flare was shared with many in the Public Hotel’s screening room in Chicago. We had a chance to snag an interview with Chicago stylist, Elizabeth Margulis to uncover her thoughts and feelings on inspiration, fashion, and becoming a stylist.
Ambient musicians Justin Huang Ford and Matt Romerein otherwise known as NAVI, performed selects from their upcoming album “Derelict_528” as a special art event at NXNE in June. Continue reading article →
We sat down with Toronto-based artist Smolik to get his take on the city and chat about his work. Smolik paints every single day, taking his inspiration from his urban surroundings and reinventing the society that he sees through sketches and brushstrokes. Passionate about raw experience, the artist touches on struggles with identity and urban decay in his creations which range from large murals to the smallest, most detailed illustrations. In constant search of new techniques and means of expression, Smolik has a long list of collaborations with artists and companies such as Red Bull, Salomon Snowboards, Adrian Hayles and Nunca. Read our interview with him below.
As a part of NXNE Art 2014, artists from the Northeast shifted the narrative of Toronto’s streets, creating destinations of beauty. Take a peek at some of the images below and see how Toronto has been transformed…and then go check out the rest on foot! Pictures, as good as they are, just don’t do the art justice. Here’s tour #1.
NXNE Art gave Toronto the power to participate – not just spectate. Thank you to the city of Toronto for participating, for believing in Hermann & Audrey and supporting us in our first year with NXNE Art. Thank you to the hard working artists who made this whole experience so special. And a huge thank you to the Hermann & Audrey team. They are the most talented and dedicated crew of people that I have ever had the privilege to work with and call my friends. Without further ado, let me introduce you to the team.
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Producing NXNE Art 2014 was everything we imagined it could be. We created the stage for talented artists from across the North East: Toronto, Montreal, New York, Detroit, to help us transform our perspective on public space with their individual visions for shared spaces and art in public. Not only did the Urban Takeovers of NXNE change the physical surroundings of laneways, alleyways, derelict spaces it shaped an alternative options for urban experience. From well trafficked Yonge-Dundas Square to found spaces on unassuming walls, local and international artists created experiences throughout the city in color, community and interactivity. Through building highly visible, disruptive installations, the pedestrian experience was in places transformed, revitalizing lost space, bringing life to alleyways, and finally, bringing forward public engagement rooted in art. What’s more fun than that? Continue reading article →
A first in the history of NXNE, Hermann & Audrey produced and curated the art portion of the festival. Best of Toronto mentioned the NXNE Art Lounge as a part of NXNE Art 2014 in their online blog, stating “The North by Northeast (NXNE) festival is generally known for its music, but [at the NXNE Art opening reception], art took centre stage.” The article further noted that “the installations at NXNE Art’s opening reception showcased art and technology together at their finest.” Best of Toronto covers the best in Toronto in Fashion, Food, Arts, Culture and events.
“I’ve ALWAYS had a niche for style, fashion and all things creative and artsy. I knew I wanted to become a stylist when I moved to Chicago a few years ago. I saw how much “personal style” was appreciated here and how distinct was ideal so I wanted to project that on a larger scale.” – Ashley Crawford
Yonge Street Media online took note of NXNE Art 2014 transforming the city of Toronto, “one alley at a time.” The article detailed that art “…is one of the only mediums with the capacity to shift the narrative of a city street, to transform a dark and desolate alley into a destination of beauty, a passageway that not only promotes foot traffic, but also enhances the safety of the entire area…” while noting “that’s exactly what is happening now [with NXNE Art]…throughout the city.” Yonge Street is a weekly online magazine named after the Toronto region’s main street and the spine that ties us altogether with a mission to see the future in what is working well in the Toronto region today.
Huffington Post Canada interviewed NXNE Art Festival Director, (and Hermann & Audrey Creative Director), Jacquelyn West. The article mentioned the new art program as a part of the NXNE Festival is “Something with imagination. Something with heart. Something that makes you feel.” Also, calling Hermann & Audrey’s Creative Director “a passionate city builder.” Hermann & Audrey took the reigns of NXNE’s Art portion this year for the first time in the festival’s history. Huffington Post Canada pushes the latest Canadian and world news content covering politics, business, lifestyle and the viral web.
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Steve Carty, resident photographer at Hermann & Audrey, was interviewed for Dandyhorse in anticipation of NXNE 2014. The article mentioned that “This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, especially with the inclusion of Carty’s Life Cycles project.” Life Cycles is an outdoors multi-site, cross-city cycling art exhibit that celebrates the bicycle and the people who ride them, led by Steve Carty. Dandyhorse Magazine is Canada’s premier arts and culture magazine for cyclists. Continue reading article →
Global News mentioned the “urban takeovers” happening around the city as a part of NXNE Art, noting how “a number of artists will take over parts of the city. The article stated “NXNE Art will recreate Toronto’s iconic Graffiti Alley between Niagara St. and Tecumseth St. with murals by Toronto and Detroit-based artists.” The article served as a look inside the street art set to span across Toronto, produced by Hermann & Audrey. Global News offers Canadians from coast to coast a host of news and information – from breaking news in their community to deep engaging content that puts complex world issues in perspective.
Cory VanderPloeg’s Mom, Kids, Body Art exhibition, sponsored by 3M, was featured in the Globe and Mail. The article mentioned that body art would “finally get its time in the spotlight…[as the exhibit depicts] moms who do not conform with the typical images of moms seen in ads.” The exhibit aims to assert a look at today’s mom, as “younger mothers…[as the article notes], do not feel advertising reflects a real image of their families’ lives.” The Globe and Mail delivers lively and authoritative coverage of national, international, business, technology, arts, entertainment and lifestyle news, attracting a six-day readership total of 2.4 million–making it the most read newspaper in Canada.