April 23, 2007

Typographer Jim Rimmer doles out hot type

Typecasting machines spewing hot lead. Basement studio. Tons (metric?) of cast iron. What's not to like?

Jim Rimmer has been working in printing and typography for the last 50 years. And the last few years his dedicated self to the letterpress and limited edition books.

Now his work has caught the attention of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

This week the GDC will vote on whether to bestow him their highest award - an honorary fellowship.

To find out more about Jim Rimmer, VBD visits Jim's studio.

April 16, 2007

Horst Wenzel never met a FILM camera he didn't like

I started hearing about this guy named, Horst.

A bit of a legend. Photographer and great portraitist Alex Waterhouse-Hayward had nothing but great things to say about him. If you visit, his site you can a see fine portrait of Horst.

Horst's name also started popping up on all sorts of sites on photography. Alex calls him "the Merlin to his Excalibur."

You see, Horst Wenzel is the FILM camera repair technician to some of the best photographers in Vancouver and even has his fans on the other side of the world.

I really wanted to meet him and finally did at the Vancouver Camera Show on Sunday. Then I visited his home workshop where Horst and I had a chance to talk about his craft at a time when digital photography is dominating the profession.

Fashion students flaunt coats to Canadian by Design buyer

A final exam - fashion style - Kwantlen University College's fashion students got a chance to show their stuff to Ruth Ho, the buyer for Canadian by Design at The Bay Downtown in Vancouver.

Ten of the 34 coats will be put on display at the department store for the Fall 2007 season. To hear what the selection day was like click here.

April 6, 2007

The Art of the Sari in Surrey

The Surrey Art Gallery just opened The Art of the Sari. The exhibition examines one of the oldest styles of clothes still in continuous use. Fusing weaving, embroidery, and fashion, the sari is a living art. There were dozens of beautiful works but VBD wanted to find out more.

VBD toured the show with some of the people who organized it.

You can find out more about the show here.