Interpreting Abstract Art

What is abstract art?  There is no right or wrong answer to this question.  Abstract art is open to interpretation, and that is one of the beautiful things about it.

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Medium & Artist: Unknown

Understanding abstract art is easy: all it requires is an open mind and a big imagination.

Ink & Marker: Unknown

Ink & Marker: Unknown

Abstract art doesn’t jump out and yell, “Oh hi, THIS is what I’m all about.”  Instead, it requires you to have an open, inquiring mind; you must enter the painting and see where it takes you.

Ink & Paper: Laurent Koller

Ink & Paper: Laurent Koller

Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to the piece. This intensely personal process enriches a viewer’s experience of an artwork.

“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? …people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.”
-Pablo Picasso

Mixed Media, Collage, Brown Paper: Unknown

Mixed Media, Collage & Brown Paper: Theo Dykhorst

Here are some great references/sources on abstract art: Art Is Fun & Wikipedia

Business Plan

Sorry for the holes in updates the last week but us ladies at Filthy Rebena are revamping the old Business Plan.  We hope our efforts will expand our product line, reinforce our visions, work grant magic and maybe even open a store front.  Maybe even start carrying a briefcase around town!  Although us gals haven’t moved much from the computer the last few days – you can find our desks on our Instagram.  I am learning that citrus oils are super awesome at keeping me focused.
InstaHere is Natalie’s desk on her sunny deck.  Natalie says that soaking up vitamin D helps her focus and type, type, type.  Maybe its true as she looks rather determined here.
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Our conversations from our home offices been pretty short and sweet.  “Hey you got a management plan?”  “No.”  “Okay then.”  Ah, determined gmail chatting.  Pretty soon we will be chatting from our beautiful storefront and amazing office… 
Darlene: 
 finally finished up with Products and Services.  Only took 3 hours.  Guh.
Natalie:  ya this shit is steep.
We will update our blog with pretty photography tomorrow.  In the meantime, let us know how you focus in the comments below – do you use vitamin D, citrus oils or something else to focus?

Local Mother’s Day

Show your Momma some love by shopping local this Mother’s Day.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming Mother’s Day gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

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Cat’s Cradle Ceramic Dish – $45.00 CAD

Local Father-Daughter Team, Una and Aleks, from Whistle And Work created this amazing hand-painted, ceramic dish.  The illustration is an intricate game of Cat’s Cradle, which my Momma taught me how to play at a very young age.  We certainly did spend a lot of time futzing with the Cat’s Cradle string.  This ceramic dish is perfect for any nostalgic Mother-Daughter pair.  The dish is very versatile and can be used to store soaps, jewelry or candies.  I can picture my Mom eating a big piece of chocolate cake off it.  Whatever Mom will use it for, it will always remind her of her babies.

Leather Statement Necklace - $65.77 CAD

Leather Statement Necklace – $65.77 CAD

Kostimusha is such an amazing Etsy shop – it’s impossible to pick a favorite piece.  Kostimusha’s pieces are often asymmetrical, rough and purposely imperfect. They celebrate individuality, uniqueness and creative freedom. All items in the shop are handmade with an emotion and with great attention paid on detail.  I love the idea of a leather statement necklace as a gift for Mom as these types of necklaces are rare and instantly upgrade a look to edgy chic.  My Momma is a motorcycle biker and a school teacher.  This statement necklace is edgy, feminine and unique – just like Mom.  It would also compliment her everyday clothing like jeans, leather or even a little black dress.

Mother's Day Card - $7.88 CAD

Mother’s Day Card – $7.88 CAD

Mom makes life more beautiful.  Why not reciprocate her pretty ways and send her a little bouquet of beauty?  I’ll be sending Mom a card this Mother’s Day and I am especially loving this sweet and savvy greeting created by Rovena at Handmade By Rovena.  The handmade card features a gently raised bouquet of pink cherry blossoms and sweet white flowers. The bouquet is wrapped up with baker’s twine for a nice finishing touch – perfect for Mom.  Be sure to check out Handmade By Rovena for all of your stationary needs. Rovena has a heap of quirky cards that reflect her life as a mother, a scientist and a creative paper artist.

Setting Free the Bears - Silkscreened Cotton Tote Bag - $22.00 CAD

Silk-screened Cotton Tote Bag – $22.00 CAD

My Mom is a total sucker for tote bags.  She uses them to carry school work, as a plastic bag alternative and to haul around her usual stack of library books.  This grizzly bear tote bag is designed and screen printed by Heart’s Haven.  The tote is called “Setting Free the Bears!” which is named after the famous John Irving novel.  We know book-loving Momma would adore this tote.  And who in their right mind could resist the grizzly bear?!  This strong cotton tote bag is also perfect for Mom as it can probably carry 100 times more than she can carry.  Go check out Heart’s Haven shop you for more awesome handmade accessories.

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub - $11.88 CAD

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub – $11.88 CAD

Does your Momma love bubble baths and beauty products?  It’s certainly the case with my Mom and I.  As a fellow bath and beauty lover, I feel like I have the authority to tell you not to miss out on this local ‘n’ lovely organic beauty shop called The Basic Elements.  The best part about The Basic Elements is that their products are 100% safe for Moms skin!  Their products are free of chemicals, detergents, dyes, synthetics and preservatives.  This restorative seaweed scrub is perfect for pampering Momma.  The scrub will detoxify, polish and massage her skin.  But wait, there’s more!  The seaweed scrub contains nourishing grapeseed and essential oils that condition and soften the skin.  Check The Basic Elements Etsy Shop frequently as they are often rolling out new products every few weeks.

Vintage Potato Masher - $8.00 CAD

Potato Masher – $8.00 CAD

Because our Momma makes the best mashed potatoes!  I love, love, love the Coco And Bear Etsy Shop.  Coco And Bear is full of unique vintage finds for your home, office or business.  It’s really well merchandised and we love their style of photography.  This farmhouse style potato masher is simply amazing.  I remember a similar masher in my Mothers kitchen.  Just looking at this photograph, I can picture Mom rattling those pots and pans during a long holiday weekend.  Often she would pass the wirey potato masher to me over a pot of steaming potatoes and say, “Have at it!”  If your Mom loves that shabby chic style, this would be a great lil’ addition to her home.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the coolest lady in your life.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Mother’ Day gifts.  Nothing could make your Momma more proud than buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!

Make My Heart Sing Toronto

Show your love by shopping local this Valentine’s Day or Toronto might just break up with you.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming Valentine’s gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

Handcrafted Seed Card – $6.84 CAD

Let’s start with the most timeless and most treasured Valentine gift – the classic love letter.  This love letter from Okkudesign is a little different as it is the gift that keeps on giving.  The card is actually made from an all-natural, seed paper.  Being made from seed paper, the love letter will make its most meaningful impact when planted in your garden.  Your lover will see his or her card in the garden year after year.  100% sweet. 

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Handcrafted BFF Keychain – $23.93 CAD

Oh yes, the ultimate best friend gift is coming to you from DreamWillowStudio.  This gives me so many fond memories of my childhood.  Recess wouldn’t be complete without me and my best friend clinking our half hears together.  Now as adults, we can still clink our BFF hearts together with our key rings.  A big bonus is that DreamWillowStudio offers personalization on their items.  100% cute.

Handpainted Acrylic Nails - $20.51 CAD

Handpainted Acrylic Nails – $20.51 CAD

Regardless of hot that lil’ red dress you plan on wearing for V-Day is – you just can’t nail the picture-perfect look without a killer manicure.  Can you think of another major holiday that revolves so much around hand holding?  Kate, a Toronto nail artist, from NailKandy has your paws cover with her handpainted acrylic nails.  They are matte black nails with sexy shimmering red heart tips.  100% hot.

Rose Life Print - $39.89 CAD

Australia Rose Life Print – $39.89 CAD

Roses have come to symbolise love and romance – there’s no question about it.  How about a local alternative to the usual bouquet of roses this Valentines?  This rose print comes from a curious, traveling photographer named Anca.  This limited edition photographic print is inspired from one of her trips to Brisbane, Australia.  This print is guaranteed to inject a fusion of colors and lavish shades into your home.  100% beautiful. 

Appliquéd Pillow - $25.00 CAD

Appliquéd Pillow – $25.00 CAD

Are you absolutely in love with your bed and sofa?  Me too.  This “love” appliquéd pillow is perfect for the hopeless romantic in all of us.  All of Kelsey’s items are handmade with love in Toronto, Ontario.  Her shop is full of textile goods for a warm heart and a beautiful home.  100% quirky.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the sweet, the cute, the hot, the beautiful and even the quirky.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Valentine’s gifts.  Nothing is sexier that buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!