Art Fair Fridays – Tyler Thrasher

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to showcase the incredible work on Tyler Thrasher. Using the process of crystallization, this artist creates beautiful sculptures using  insect specimens and animal skeletons. With an organic touch, Thrasher manages to make things that some might consider ugly, strikingly pretty. His pieces fee celestial and have an air of outer-worldliness…almost utopian in their idealism and beauty.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
I’ve only been out of college for since May 2015, so I’ve really only been a “professional” artist for about 6 or 7 months! I had a surge of an online following right before graduating that has allowed me to create full-time. That was the real push that brought me to this point in my career.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

I’ve received a lot of really good advice while in college regarding my work, but some of the best advice I have ever received came to me while working at Petty’s Fine Foods in Tulsa, Oklahoma to put me through college. It was the end of the summer and I was working my last day before going back to college. My manager asked if I would like to return during winter for the holidays, and I said yes! After he left, one of the employees who works the meat department pulled me aside and said “Don’t come back. You leave for the summer and pursue your goal til the end. You leave this grocery store and don’t ever look back.” That was the last time I stepped foot into Petty’s, and the last time I dedicated my time to anything besides my work.

How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process is absolutely chaotic. There’s always a handful of ideas flying around, and only a few of them are at minimal, legible. Every now and then, one of those ideas hits the right light, and BAM! I usually stand up, yell “Holy Hell” while holding my face in a fit of wonder and inspiration and begin pacing back and forth thinking on how to execute and bring that idea to life. Once that idea lands, it sort of plagues my mind until I make it happen.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
Right now my favorite medium(s) are oil paints and the art of crystallization. These are sort of my two latest obsessions.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
I’ve had a few big career highlights! I’ve been invited to a handful of shows and exhibitions, more in the last 4 months than I have my entire life. That sort of came with the social media surge I’ve been experiencing. I’ve also had my work featured in a handful of articles which is always exciting!

How would you describe your signature style?
My signature style I feel is very organic. Even when it comes to crystallizing objects, there’s very little “design”. I try to make it look as natural as possible! Even my paintings and sketches are very “rough” and “blocky”.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration from nature. I’m an avid caver and hiker, and this is where I draw most of my inspiration- from landscapes, to wildlife, to cave and karst formations.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I think crystallization sort of sets my work apart. I only know of a few other contemporary artists that use this medium professionally, and our work never overlaps.As for painting and my 2D work, there’s way too many artists for me to reasonably say my work is any different from other artists. It’s a lot of the same stuff, but I love the hell out of it.

Art Fair Fridays - Tyler Trasher

No. 1  Ralph Lauren Home – Gwyneth Horn Dessert Plate – $22.40

No. 2  One Kings Lane – Small Onyx Box – $125.00

No. 3  Williams Sonoma – Brass Bordered Stone Jar – $69.00

No. 4  Tonic Living – Agate Graphite Decorative Throw Pillow – $71.95

No. 5  Astro Gallery of Gems – Aquamarine on Muscovite From Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan – $4,000.00

No. 6  Net-a-Porter – Ippolita Rock Candy Cluster 18-Karat Gold Multi-Stone Earrings – $4,482.00

No. 7  Black Rooster Décor – Cowhide Silver on Beige – $1,062.29

No. 8  Anthropologie – Crowned Quartz Knob – $28.00

No. 9  Kelly Wearstler – Gemma Tray – $1,150.00


There aren’t many times when you come across an artist who creates something unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Tyler Thrasher has managed to do that for me. I love that his pieces feel masculine and edgy but still pretty and delicate…they feel balanced, pure, original and infinitely intriguing…

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art fair fridays tyler thrasher christine dovey heirloom and knot crystal insects

art fair fridays tyler thrasher christine dovey heirloom and knot ghost cicada

An interesting measure of how these resonate on many levels and with many kinds of people…my 7 year old son went nuts over them…his two favourite things at the moment are insect specimens and crystal so well, I sort of knew he was in the bag. But then I showed them to my 9 year old girly girly daughter and she was equally impressed. She loved the delicate colourizations of each piece and noted that they looked like ‘angel versions’ of each creature.  Similarly, my husband commented on how cool they were and what an interesting artistic process must be involved in creating such works.  As for me, I just think they’re so damn pretty…in a sort of spooky pretty way, which is PS, tied with ugly pretty as my favourite of all the pretties.

Beautiful, beautiful work.


Haute Spots – Elle Canada Closet

I’m sort of blending posts today and showcasing both a Haute Spot and some design work all in one because I honestly can’t wait to share a very exciting project I’m working on.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been hired to design the brand spanking new Elle Canada Closet…

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And I’m sooooo excited.

Getting to design a fashion closet that’s going to be the hub for editorial magazine and online features, is pretty fantastical indeed.

I knew from the very beginning that I wanted the space to be glamorous, feminine and a little bistro like. So, with that overall vision in mind, I presented this design board to the client…

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Along with these photos, which really set the framework for the design…

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From the start, I knew I wanted to take the one large room and sort of divide into two main areas, with the front functioning as seating area and place where we could showcase clothing on both rolling racks and a wall display…at the back, I wanted a vanity area, closed storage and of course, like any good closet bistro, a bar.

On the walls, I envisioned beautiful Metrie moulding ( set against a palate of white and pink.  And speaking of Metrie…I specked these beautiful Fashion Forward doors for the main entrance…

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For the floors,  I knew I wanted pattern in the front area so with budget in mind, we selected VCT tiles (my new favourite product ever) and I sent off this photo to the contractor…

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Because this particular layout doesn’t require actually cutting the 12×12 tiles, it’s one of the most budget friendly in terms of installation but still gives a very high end/custom look so happy days.

As for other selections, right from the start, we knew we had to have custom branded hangers…

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…so I sent that plan off to my friends at Druthers and Hammond to make it happen. PSA…if you’re in the design business and are in need of custom furnishings/accessories/textiles/lighting or anything of the like, these peeps are where it’s at.

Our hangers will be white with a black logo and a brass hook.

For hardware, we’ll be using these three beautiful selections from Upper Canada Speciality Hardware

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upper canada specialty hardware elle canada christine dovey

In terms of large pieces, we’ve partnered with IKEA and will be building a wall of storage out of their PAX system and will add Metrie trim and crown to make it look built in and custom…this is my inspo there…

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Of course, ours will be lacquered in a beautiful pale pink:)

On the opposite wall, we’ll be using a pair of IKEA Brimnes bookcases on either side of a Malm dressing table, to create another built area that will again be finished in high gloss pink.  Make-up lights and a beautiful mirror will complete this vanity/storage unit…



And while still on the topic of IKEA, we’ll be using five of their Ekby wall shelves (with brackets sprayed in gold) to make a rather large/awesome shoe display…


As well,  Sektion kitchen cabinets, Cesearstone waterfall tops and custom brass kickplates will make this sort of island bar action happen…

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In front of it, will be 3 gold stools from Black Rooster

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…with a pair of West Elm Globe globe pendants above…

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In the front section of the space, we’ll have 3 rolling racks for clothing. Originally, we had settled on bellman carts because well, they’re ridiculously pretty…

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…but because of budget and capacity, we’re looking at other options. One possibility, is these gorgeous copper beauties from Toronto based shop, The Other

the other clothing rack

Still working on a few possibilities there.

On the large front wall, we’ll be doing a pegboard like installation so that clothes and accessories can be displayed…PS…turns out pegboard has become super cool these days and will be even more so after I’m done dressing it up a little…

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And as for probably my most favourite element in the space…this stunning vintage settee will be the first thing people are greeted with when they enter the room…


As we speak, J&J Made is transforming it with some beautiful Tonic Living fabric

So excited!

Of course, we’ll also have some other furnishings in the space. I had a visit to my local Mobilia store last week and let me tell you, there have some gorgeous, gorgeous pieces at prices that are so on point…here’s a sampling of what I’ve selected from there…

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This store has instantly turned into one of my go-tos thanks to this project!

And last, but not least…two of my favourite vendors will also play a big part in making this closet come to life.  We’ll be adding these Drop it Modern wallpapers to the outside wall and change room area…

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drop it modern crystalline wallpaper elle canada christine dovey

And for the main focal wall behind the bar, a custom Endeavour Neon sign with the Elle Canada Closet logo, will be done in pink…

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And I think that sums up the plans front.

I’ll be posting updates on the construction progress in the coming weeks. Our main install is scheduled for Dec. 11th so a full reveal is closet at hand.

Stay tuned as they say:)


Art Fair Fridays – Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re incredibly delighted to showcase the incredible talent of artists Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry. Together, the sculptural works they create capture the ethereal beauty of the feminine form. Each piece is a layered menagerie of beauty and whimsy, that showcases the artists’ love for fashion and fantasy.  Their works tell a story that effortlessly weaves together elements of realism and fiction…the everyday and the imaginary.  All strikingly beautiful.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?


When I was a kid, I was always a paper crafter, albeit on a more basic level!  Then, in art school, I learned paper cutting techniques and since 2003 I have been a practicing artist. I had been doing that for several years by the time we decided to form Paper-Cut-Project.


I am a seasoned fashion editor and writer and I have always made things by hand, mainly in fabric. Nikki and I realized we shared a love of fashion and the fantasy in storytelling as it played out in campaigns, runway productions and fashion spreads. We both liked the idea of introducing the element of the hand-cut and handmade to high-end fashion productions. Because Nikki had a firm grasp on the paper medium and because it was reasonably affordable, we decided that we would work in a signature material and we chose to move in a more three-dimensional and sculptural direction. Together we visualize how our designs will play out for each client.

How would you describe your creative process?


We work both together and separately. First we provide a very minimalist sketch of our ideas for the client. Once approved, Nikki may be building a foundation or underlying structure to support the weight of the piece while I am working on, textures or detail accents. There is always constant communication when we are working. Because there are so many stages to each piece we are generally working on the same piece at the same time, whether we are together in our studio or working individually.  

We respect each other’s space and time. It was important that Paper-Cut-Project work for both of our lifestyles too. Nikki has a toddler and is an author of a Sci-Fi series. I am an author and have a consultancy. We work well like this, sharing the load and the experience—from the construction of the pieces to the business of Paper-Cut-Project. Nikki is our lead designer. But doing this together was really the only way. Paper-Cut-Project wouldn’t exist without the both of us doing what we do best…and figuring the rest out along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

Poetic. Without reference. Sculptural. Fantastical.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?


I think my experience as an editor helps us get our work out there so that people know we exist. I still have to go through the same motions as everyone else and pitch, but I believe it’s difficult for artists to represent their work. But we use this to put the work in front of the right people. Nikki and I like to identify potential clients and once you can conjure collaboration in your imagination, to some degree there is the possibility for it to happen.

That may be what differentiates the experience of attaining clients, but I couldn’t tell you what sets our work apart from other artists who are moved to create, just like we are. That’s for the viewer to determine or feel, in my opinion.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?


It can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything at all. But nature always, always is the greatest source. 

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?


Our unique touch. Shapes and textures that clearly speak Paper-Cut-Project and not another. Also, all pieces are always 100% created by hand, piece-by-piece and by us alone, never outsourced. 

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?


It would probably have to be the collection we did for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for their “Hollywood Costume” exhibit. Being asked to create pieces to compliment those amazing costumes was a true honor. All of our projects are always special though, each in their own way. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art?


Maybe not its not so much advice as it is wisdom, but to keep an open mind. Projects that sound strange or impossible at first often end up being the most rewarding if given the chance. Don’t ever say no without really considering it first, because there is nothing wrong with taking a chance or challenging yourself!

Art Fair Fridays - Amy And Nikki

Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry

No. 1  Stellar Works – Laval Vanity Desk – Price Upon Request

No. 2  LoversLand – Izola Comb Not a Hair Out of Place – $38.00

No. 3  One Kings Lane – Peacock Chair – $715.00

No. 4  Indigo – Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style – $90.89

No. 5  Jon Vaccari Design – Enormous Milk-Glass Murano 16-Light Chandelier – $33,000

No. 6  Oscar de la Renta – Trina Mesh-Trimmed Patent-Leather Flats – $804

No. 7  Etsy – Big Hair Don’t Care Shirt – $9.97

No. 8 Hermes – Cereal Plate – $225.00

No. 9  Bergorf Goodman – Sydney Evan 14K Fleur-de-Lis Single Stud Earring with Diamonds – $550.00


I just can’t even come up with words that actually sum up how I feel about this work.  It’s just so crazily sublime. I love the context…the drama…the femininity…the boldness…the prettiness…the edge. I adore it all.

Here are my 5…

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The one with the black bows…and the ones from the back…le sigh. So incredibly beautiful.


One Room Challenge – Week Seven

And so it continues…


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..that has turned into my One Room roller coaster of stress / elation / stress / optimism / stress / hope / stress…you get the idea;)

I wish that I had really much of anything to show you that was different from the last actual construction update, but sadly, I don’t.

The wait for the elusive roof membrane continues with assurances that all will be happening tomorrow, though honestly, I’d be more surprised if it does than if it doesn’t.  There’s rain in the forecast and from my relatively new experience with such things, if it rains, work halts…then it gets pushed a week…then it halts again.

Can you tell I’m over it?

If you can’t….I am.

I’m a person who likes to know when and how things are going to happen and having absolutely zero control over this whole thing has really been sort of like a giant, painful root canal…I actually have never had one of those but I imagine it sucks and well, watching that room sit and not change in a month, has sucked as well.

So…here we sit.

I know I’ve said it before but I’m very much hoping that by next week’s update, I actually might have something different to show you in terms of the room itself.

But for now, I’ll I’ve got again is some updates on the stuff that will one day go in there.

Firstly, my Minted artwork has done a great job at ‘boying’ up my house for sale. I had a look around the other day and sort of realized that my place was reading a bit too frilly for the masses so I spent the weekend taking down any artwork that showcased boobs, flowers, girl faces, and/or copious amounts of pink…there was a lot of it lol.

In the kitchen, I removed the chinoiserie panels that were there before and put up two of my Minted ORC pieces…

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christine dovey kitchen minted artwork

And then in our master, I replaced some blooms with my ORC car…

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one room challenge minted artwork christine dovey

What else?

The white cottony goodness 400 thread count sheets set I ordered from sponsor Mark & Graham arrived…

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And I’m looking forward to one day sleeping on those:)

I got the bedside tables on order…my builder has a new company called Druthers & Hammond that specializes in custom furniture for designers…they’ll be whipping something like these up for me in a soft lacquered grey…

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And on the topic of custom furniture…I’m thinking about having them make me up a sofa for the foot of the bed. I’d love something along the lines of the gorgeous Turn Sofa by Ferm Living

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It’s sort of perfect for my room. I’m imagining it in this steel waxed linen from Tonic Living

I have a sample of this fabric and it is all sorts of heaven with everything else that is going on.

If a custom piece isn’t in the cards though (hello budget that is dwindling faster than a melting ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day,) I might go for this CB2 dude…


I’ve liked the shape of it forever and the colour/price-tag are also on point. If I go down that road, the Tonic Living steel linen will be brought in with a single pretty pillow:)

OR…I could re-upholster the pink settee that currently resides in Scarlett’s room…


The shape and colour of the wood are perfect and honestly, I have nowhere to put a bright pink in the new house…so logically, this option works super well and it would look amaze in the blue waxed linen…BUT…it seems sort of nuts to take off fabric that’s so damn pretty and in perfect condition. I think doing it would make me feel yucky. But then again, it makes a whole lot of sense to use what I already have and truthfully, again, I have no idea where this piece could go in it’s current state in the new place aka #projectflip.


Aside for the sofa debate, I did make a decision on another piece of furniture for the room. Instead of putting my dresser (that matches the bed- insert, what the hell was I thinking there,) against the one long open wall, I’m thinking of using the vintage console that’s currently in my foyer…

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Again, the new house won’t allow for it in the hallway and it’s one of my favourite pieces in general so makes sense to find a place for it where it can shine. I think it will be perfect in the bedroom.

As for the dresser, I’ll stick that in the walk-in-closet perhaps.

And well, I think that sums it all up for this week.

Please check back again next Wednesday, when I very much hope, I’ll have some real progress to show you…praying to all the gods.

In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to check out all these amazing reveals…

…do so!

And check here for the linking participants…so many projects absolutely blew my mind!


Haute Spots – Kayla Rocca

It’s Haute Spots day and for this week, we’re changing things up ever so slightly.  Though we usually share one of my favourite Toronto brick and mortar shops, today we’re featuring a person whose business is all about bringing her beauty to the world through her lens and the stunning photographs she’s able to capture.

Meet the wonderfully talented Kayla Rocca

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And as proof positive of Kayla’s wonderful talent, here is a sampling of the shots she took of yours truly a few weeks ago. If you know me, you know that I really, really don’t love having my picture taken. There’s something about still photography that just makes me get all awkward and self-conscious like. I find video much easier. In any case, Kayla made me feel so at ease.  She’s a pretty fantastical person and it’s very obvious when you’re around her.

And the photos…it’s like she was able to catch me in the in between you know? When I didn’t notice…when I wasn’t caught up in my own head.

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I really love them and maybe that’s weird to say about photos of yourself but these are different…for once, I look at images of my own being and am not caught up in faults or things I’d change but instead, see a reflection of my core and who I am. And that’s what makes Kayla so incredibly special…she sees that stuff in you…in her subjects…even when they might not.

It’s a beautiful thing and it makes me so happy to share her with you all.