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Library Exhibit

I’m excited to say that Devin, Ashley, and myself all have art up this month! For the month of November, our work will be on display in the program room of the Bloor/Gladstone Public Library in Toronto. Here are a few shots of our pieces in the space:

To see more of our work, check out our portfolios.

-Sarah

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Supporting the Arts through Kickstarter

I’m a big fan of Kickstarter and of crowdfunding in general. I think its ability to connect creators with the public is phenomenal, and sites like Kickstarter help fill the gaps left by our current government grant systems. This is why I’ve backed projects like New Nebula: Volume One, The White Review, Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2, and Fireside Magazine Year 3, and why I’m currently backing projects like Maxx Giffen’s The Transformation Project and SPROUTLINGS: A Compendium of Little Fictions. Most if not all of these projects are by independent artists and small presses.

Of course, I also create Kickstarters; I’m running one right now. The Quilliad Press is a small press project that everyone in our collective has been involved with in some way, and we’re proud to say that we are huge supporters of independent artists, emerging writers, and our fellow small presses and art organizations. Our submission call for art by Canadian writers and artists for our Halloween-inspired sixth issue is running concurrently with our Kickstarter, and both end today, October 20, at midnight EST. If you’re interested in the literary scifi, horror, apocalyptic fiction, and magic realism that will be in our sixth issue, as well as the dark, magical art, or the chapbooks, art prints, and personalised poetry we’re offering at backer rewards, check out our project page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1765917797/the-quilliad-press-and-issue-6. Every cent goes toward publishing and promoting Canadian writers and artists.

Hopefully you’ll check out some of these projects. And then, maybe, you’ll start one of your own.

Sarah Varnam,
Manager of the Apple of my Odd Eye artists’ collective
Editor-in-Chief and Founder of The Quilliad Press

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Support Small Press Publishing

IMG_7789 - CopyAs The Quilliad Press’s Kickstarter enters its final stage with a little over 50% raised and $1144 to go, we’re calling on our supporters to support small press. The Quilliad Press publishes work by both Canadian writers and artists and sees these media as working best when they’re used together. There’s a lot of crossover between the Apple of my Odd Eye collective and The Quilliad, the press’s literary journal; we’re trying to reach out to as many people as we can and create something that benefits local artists and writers as well as readers and art lovers. If you love books, literature, visual art, photography, indie publishers, and/or creativity, consider backing The Quilliad Press through Kickstarter by following this link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1765917797/the-quilliad-press-and-issue-6. Especially since Kickstarter funding is all or nothing (if the full amount isn’t raised, The Quilliad Press doesn’t get any of it), even $5 helps, and you’ll get a digital copy of The Quilliad’ s sixth issue as a reward. Other rewards include personalised poetry on demand, art prints, and chapbooks of art and poetry. Check it out!

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Project Spotlight: TRANSformation, a Photography Project by Maxx Giffen

Source: Project Spotlight: TRANSformation, a Photography Project by Maxx Giffen

Go check out The Quilliad‘s feature of this project on trans identity. A great example of the power of combining art+politics.

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Art at Blackbird Bistro

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to install a pile of art at Blackbird Bistro in Toronto, including these two recently revamped pieces:

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My work will be exhibited in Blackbird for the month of September. All pieces on display are for sale (if something catches your eye, let me know at syvarnam@gmail.com). My apologies for the following cellphone gallery–I left my real camera at home. 😦

In related art news, my work, Devin’s, and Ashley’s will all be up in a Toronto Public Library branch in November. More details soon.

-Sarah

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Old Art, New Inspiration

While packing to move (to a place where we’ll finally have a dedicated arts and crafts room set up!), I discovered a bunch of my old art pieces. I thought I’d share:

I also found a half-finished piece that I want to complete (once everything’s settled down, that is):

IMG_7518I’d been wondering where this piece ended up, so it was exciting to find it again. hopefully we’ll have a lot more news for everyone soon, once we’ve got out new space set up. We have at least one summer event to plan in partnership with The Quilliad.

-Sarah

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3 Days Left to Support the Arts through The Quilliad’s Kickstarter

Hi, everyone!

logo roundThe Quilliad is pretty close to our hearts at Apple of my Odd Eye, since all of us have contributed to the publication at some time, and I myself am the editor-in-chief. The goal of The Quilliad is very similar to this collective’s aims, as the publication strives to make the amazing talent of Canada’s emerging and established writers and visual artists accessible, and to pay contributors for the privilege of publishing their work. The Quilliad‘s staff believe in respecting the creativity and hard work that go into writing, painting, and photography by compensating the writers and artists the publication works with. By supporting us through Kickstarter, you can help make the dreams of these talented people come true–and you can be rewarded for doing it! We have art prints, poetry on demand, pinback buttons, and, of course, copies of The Quilliad available as rewards for backers. Think of backing us through Kickstarter as preordering your copy, with a little extra on the side.

There are only three days left of The Quilliad‘s fifth-issue Kickstarter, and we hope you check it out.

-Sarah

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Eden Bachelder’s Art in The Quilliad

Everyone at Apple of my Odd Eye is involved with The Quilliad somehow (I’m the editor-in-chief), and we love to see the talent of other Canadian artists within the journal’s pages. The fifth issue of The Quilliad will feature several of Eden’s pieces (as for which, that has yet to be decided). Eden’s style is very much in the spirit of what we try to do aesthetically–after all, we are trying to appeal to those with an “odd eye” for art!

Check out The Quilliad‘s artist profile on Eden if you’d like to see more of her work and learn more about her. The Quilliad is still looking for submissions of art and writing, and the Kickstarter for issue 5 is running until March 22, so there are a few ways to get involved if you are interested.

-Sarah

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New Photos for Spring

While yearning for warmer weather, I happened to notice the wintery beauty of the remains of this year’s herb garden. Waste not, want not–I grabbed my camera and snapped some shots. These are the ones that turned out the best. Some feel hopeful, others melancholy, while the last, “Nightmare”, feels a bit menacing to me. While I was going for very specific focal points with the other images, this last one works for me precisely because of the indistinct threat it seems to hold (the background on the right looks a bit like a blurry wolf-monster to my eye).

If you like any of these images, you may wish to know that parts of this series are now available as backer rewards for The Quilliad‘s fifth issue Kickstarter. The Quilliad is a local, small press journal of art and literature that all of us at Apple of my Odd Eye are involved with in some way. Devin and Ashley have also supplied The Quilliad with some prints for Kickstarter.

-Sarah

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Fifth Issue Update: Submissions and Kickstarter Rewards!

Check out The Quilliad’s Kickstarter and submission call if you love experiencing and/or creating art and literature!

The Quilliad

kickstarter 1For those who don’t know about us, The Quilliad is a literature and arts journal focussing on writing and art by Canadian authors and visual artists (including photographers, illustrators, comic artists, and more). We welcome submissions of everything from sonnets to literary science fiction. We’re proud to say that we pay our contributors and that we take pride in creating a beautiful, professional print issue every 6 months or so. We are currently in the midst of both our Kickstarter campaign and our submission call, so if you have something to send us, check out our submissions page for guidelines and send your work to thequilliad@gmail.com. We’re happy to say that we will be featuring the artwork of Eden Bachelder in our pages this issue, and there’s still room for more beautiful art. We’ve also received some great writing–let us see yours!

Our Kickstarter is off to a good start…

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