January: A special project for the Gladstone Hotel‘s 5th anniversary of their reopening – a 6′ glitter cake for the fabulous Miss Fluffy Souffle to jump out of. You bet it was a good party!
We loved the Tim Burton exhibition that TIFF brought to the Lightbox, and the custom collection we produced for the TIFFshop to sell was a big thrill too.
February: Photoshoot with Alias Dance Project to promote their upcoming show; we used Sleeveface as inspiration. We were all a bit annoyed that a local radio station released a huge ad campaign with the same concept the same week as Alias’ postcards were printed, but it didn’t really matter.
March: One of our fave clients Julia got us to paint Nosferatu in glitter on a velvet vest. We made glass buttons for the front that had the original vampire in shadow – a still from the 1922 film that is still plenty creepy.
April: Alias Dance Project had us create an lounge environment for The First LP, their first full length production.
We also celebrated Robin’s 40th in Vegas with a group of good friends; all that glamour and glitz make us very happy. Yeah, we took a limo to dinner.
May: Trixie & Beever (our performance alter-egos) posed for portraits that would be part of 10X10, a project that had 10 queer
photographers take 10 portraits of people who had contributed to the arts community. Paul Buen took amazing photos, and we were thrilled the glam and goofy ones of us sold.
June: One of our fave custom projects is the zookeeper buckles (they have no glass bead due to animal safety). This year we did the elephants for a staffer that worked with them. (We’re sorry to see you leave your home, guys.) We also headed back to Art in the Park Windsor, with much better results than last year!
Stonewall TO was a response to the over-corporatization of Pride. The amazing Jess Dobkin and Sasha Van Bon Bon brought the community together and we took to the streets with joy. In celebration of our late and very much missed friend Will Munro we contributed with signs and glitter – lots and lots of glitter.
July: We were once again lucky enough to travel to Cape Cod for summer vacation, and our mostly-annual “Cape Cod’s Got Talent” performance
night with all our super talented friends and family was one of many highlights.
August: Jack Layton passed away and Nathan Phillips square became a beautiful tribute. Of course we left our own message… it referenced our shared love of bicycles.
September: Our first Cirque du Soleil show – finally. Now we are super-excited as our friend Natalie-Claude is going to be a lead clown in this year’s touring production!
We did the lovely and lively Queen West Art Crawl for the second year, and look forward to our third.
October: Dressing up is so important in our lives and when we can attach it to charity even better. SOY takes care of our queer youth and is one of our charities that we are thrilled to support. Especially when we get to bowl as the “disco prom from hell” team and freak out people on the bus.
November: Beever’s Roast. I turned 40 and my friends roasted me good – burn baby burn. We created a “Beever Lodge” set and the guests were invited to dress in lumberjack chic; you’ve never seen so much plaid and glitter in the same room.
In other birthdays, the CBC celebrated their 75th year as our national public broadcaster. We were very happy to produce keychains for them again; this time the with the anniversary logo.
December: Craftshow time with One Of A Kind (year 11!) and holiday studio sale and with that lots of interesting custom work. Custom work highlights: Morrissey, Megadeath and Warren Buffet Christmas tree ornaments.
2011 you were peaceful and tranquil (and fun) – just what we needed from the Year of the Rabbit. Now bring on the colourful and creative in 2012.