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Jacqui Oakley 2015
It’s been wonderful to be asked by curator Melissa Bennett to show a selection of my book illustrations at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The show will be at the Design Annex and open in time for May 8th’s Super Crawl night and will run until August 29th, 2015.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be talking at the next Toronto CreativeMornings on Friday March 27th at 8:30am. Yes, it is early but there will be coffee! Each month cities around the work host these morning talks based on a theme and this month I’m set to tackle ‘INK’. (Great poster by Gemma O’Brien.)
Hosted at Shopify Toronto
80 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
So come out and say hi or just fill up on coffee and croissants before work! I’d love to see a bunch of friendly faces in the audience. Here’s a little bit about what I’ll be talking about:
EMBRACE THE TERROR
In my experience, fear can be fuel – it powers movement, growth and creativity – if you accept it and allow the slimy/greasy/sticky/sludgy tentacles of terror to thrust you forward! There is an almost physical energy that fear whips up and if you let it light the fuse, it can propel you into fascinating new territories. Cuddle up with the inky blackness of your fears and enjoy!
In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.
Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals.
The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners.
Anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot the Monday before at CreativeMornings.
Excited to announce that preorders for the Friday The 13th soundtrack on vinyl, including a poster by me, will launch tomorrow August 26th from Waxwork Records! It’s not everyday I get to paint a wonderfully gory image and get to watch 1980s horror films for work! Here we have poor doomed Marcie overlooking the cursed Crystal Lake as ‘someone’ looks on from below.
LP details include a heavyweight old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with satin finish housing the restored and remastered score pressed onto 180 gram vinyl. Exclusive liner notes from composer Harry Manfredini and director Sean Cunningham have been contributed to this release. Inserted into each gatefold jacket will be a heavyweight art print illustrated by me. The full gatefold art has been created by Jay Shaw. This LP marks the first time the complete Friday the 13th original film score has been released on vinyl.
So excited to get my copy in my hands! I’ll release more images of the actual products once they arrive. Be sure to pre-order though! These babies are going to go fast.
Here’s a sneak peak of Jay Shaw’s amazing cover below. The vinyl details include:
- Limited edition blood filled vinyl limited to 100 units and one per customer
- Woodland Green with Blood Splatter vinyl
- Crystal Lake Murky Green and Blood 2 color split
- Crystal Lake Murky Green
Here’s a peak of my painting process.
Thanks to Waxwork Records for having me on this project! It’s been so great to combine my love of horror films and art. Can’t wait to do more work like this down the road.
It was great to be asked to be part of a talented crew of 10 Canadian illustrators and designers for the Greetings from Canada project. This is part of a limited edition run of fine letterpress cards put together by Vincent Perez and Tom Froese from Everlovin’ Press and includes Riley Cran, Benjamin Nelson, Genevieve Simms, Doublenaut, Kate O’Connor, Studio Tipi, Tom Froese, Rory O’Sullivan, and Yo Rodeo. Go to Greetings from Canada to buy individual cards for $4.00 or better yet, the full set for $40.00! Hope you like my saucy addition to the pack.
Here’s some of my inking process before I brought the ink drawings into the computer to colourize it and get it ready fro letterpress.
Above: card by Riley Cran
Above: card by Doublenaut
Above: card by Studio Tipi
Above: card by Tom Froese
Above: card by Genevieve Simms
So great to be a part of such a talented group of Canadians and to see my work in letterpress for the first time. Thanks Everlovin’ Press! Be sure to pick up a pack before they sell out at Greetings from Canada.
So nice to be included in Hamilton Magazine’s art feature with so many talented artists including my good friend Christina Sealey. Photo of my studio by the talented Jeff Tessier. Check out his site for more artist studio shots.