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May 31, 8:30am • Ottawa Art Gallery • part of a series on Preserve

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Huge hat tip to the Creative Mornings Vancouver chapter for this amazing interview Global BC’s Jill Krop

Regine Paquette and Katie Frappier are the brains behind Victoire Boutique, not to mention our October 2012 Creative Mornings speakers.

We wanted to share the first video they put together in a series called Shop Talk, and also had a few questions for the gals. Enjoy!

CM: Where was the most memorable window you ever saw? What made it so special?
Victoire: Part of the reason we love to travel so much is to get to go to other small independent boutiques and be inspired by their displays. Sometimes it’s a shop display, sometimes it’s a grocery store display, sometimes it’s a gallery exhibit. But I think something that influenced Katie and I alot was how the shop Lola & Emily in Mtl (they’re closed now but were open for 10 years and were a huge inspiration to us) merchandised. I think they were the first shop that made us realize that displays and windows don’t have to be about “selling” or like “this week’s featured jeans!” but more a way to express a vibe or a mood or a particular inspiration for that season. They merchandised alot with furniture, they would recreate a bedroom or apartment feel that made the shop feel really intimate, and that inspired us to recreate that intimate vibe at Victoire as well.
CM: Any funny stories/memories come to mind with respect to the creation of a particular window?
Victoire: A few years ago we did a window with balloons, it was beautiful. But we had to take it down because we kept getting calls from our alarm company in the middle of the night about the alarm going off, and we would freak out thinking we had been burglarized, we’re getting dragged out of bed in a panic, but it was just the balloons popping in the middle of the night that was setting off the alarm. We also did a movie-themed window with old VHS & popcorn everywhere, but some people would walk by and think we were a video store (??? as though the SHOP FULL OF DRESSES wasn’t a tip-off), and then ask us if we had these super obscure movies…and we were like “uhhhhh we’re not a video store?”  
CM: What is your remedy for the window creator’s equivalent of “writer’s block”?
Victoire: Inspiration can really come from anywhere! A quick stop at Blumen studio, going to the OAG, even our friend’s apartments can be a source of inspiration. We’ve also got running lists in our phones to write down anytime something inspires us. And Pinterest/Instagram are always great to see what other shops are up to to use that as a jump-off point.

The CreativeMornings Ottawa team, in case you didn’t already know, is uber passionate about food.

We live it and breath it.

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When Creative Mornings Ottawa approached me {kate} to work with Wallack’s Art Supplies to design, curate, and run an interactive art wall for an upcoming event, I didn’t hesitate. And of course Suzy was there to support & celebrate.

Giving Back

The event:: ArtThrob, an art party + fundraiser for the Creative Mornings Scholarship for the Inspired. It quite literally reached in and pulled on all my h’art strings. This is what we’re all about.

Approaching their 1-year Anniversary, Creative Mornings didn’t feel they could rest on their laurels. Sure, it was a year filled with success after success, creatives pouring in from across the city for great speakers, great community, and great ideas — but it was time to give back.

Teaming up with Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and the School of Photographic Arts (SPAO), one scholarship will be awarded to each school. What better way to give back to the creative community than helping to pave the way for two inspired students each year.

This scholarship is also the first of its kind in Creative Mornings history — setting the bar for CM chapters across Canada, and abroad.


H’art Wall

The mandate:: an interactive art wall where event attendees could paint, draw, and play with abandon. Working with Michael Wallack (Wallack’s Art Supplies) was an absolute blast. He stocked us up with piles of neon paints, Sharpie paint pens, UV lights, and lots of UV reactive goo. Not to mention three 6-ft black form core boards!

Propped up on easels, these boards became the perfect backdrop to the urban streetscape I brought to life before the event began. We turned every ArtThrobber who stopped by the wall into street art experts and graffiti artists. I lured them in to put their “tag” on the buildings, streets, and signs. No rules. All play. Barriers down. Creativity at it’s best.

Working side by Side with Robbie, from Fall Down Gallery and other local artist drop-ins made for the perfect marriage of focused art installation and raw free-spirited play!

“I am so happy with how the night turned out this year; I think the interactive element of the art wall was crucial to reminding people why they were there,” says Claudia Gutierrez, Development Officer at OSA.

Get Your Hands On That Scholarship!

You say: “I’m not a student. I’m not creative.”
We say: “
What? You didn’t get the memo? You ARE creative. And after all, aren’t we all students?”

It is never too early or too late to tap into that spark within and see where it takes you. The Scholarship isn’t just for typical “student-aged” people or so called “artists”. It’s for anyone and everyone who has the potential to be inspired; anyone who wants to access their creativity, and is curious about learning.

What is creativity? It’s being inspired by the everyday and doing something about it. What’s your paint brush — the creative tool that YOU use to do your job … to live your life? Whether you’re a scientist or a computer programmer and everything in between. Creativity exists in all of us, and is the magic ingredient in every job and every life.


So Apply Would Ya!

What do you have to lose?This may just be the sign you were waiting for, the added incentive you need. The application process will open at the end of April, and will remain open for about a month.

The criteria are loose by design; a combination of written, interactive, and interview components. Super chill. Super fun. Super inspired. For more details and to apply, you want to click here (as soon as the site is live, we’ll update this link).

Inspired to donate?

Although ArtThrob pulled in a whopping $1,000, we can’t stop there. Creative Mornings wants to double that … ensuring that each student receives $1,000 towards his/her tuition.

Missed ArtThrob? You went, but didn’t think $10 was enough to toss in? Here’s your chance. Please give generously. Any funds raised over the $2,000 goal will be placed in trust towards next year’s scholarships. Donation site will be up in about 2 weeks. We’ll update it here and here.

Respect For Our Roots

Of course we can’t cover ArtThrob without paying respect to its roots. Claudia, and then student at OSA, hosted the first ArtThrob last year as a way to raise funds for her graduation exhibit. Now the Development Officer at OSA, Claudia joined forces with Creative Mornings to bring ArtThrob back with a new and exciting purpose, but same underlying vision.

Gutierrez says OSA is a “[safe] haven, where anyone at any skill level can come and express themselves while learning new skills,” and that’s what this event and this scholarship is all about.

What’s Next?


If you haven’t heard about J’adart, you have now. Remember the love tub from ArtThrob’s photo booth? Well, this rockin’ vintage tub will be making it’s second debut at the 8th annual J’adart, an OSA fundraiser and roaring 20’s styled cocktail party, MC’d by our very own Suzy Kendrick and Liam Mooney.

OSA believes in “teaching art to everyone,” and this event helps make that possible. Amen.

Please come out for what is sure to be an inspirational event, incredible party, and an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to art education and culture in Ottawa. J’adart is taking place on Thursday, May 9th from 6:30pm at the Karsh-Masson Gallery. Check out the Facebook invite for more details and buy your tickets here.

Big Thanks


As most of us know, a lot of magic happens behind the scenes so that events like ArtThrob can happen. Volunteers and sponsors are the lifeblood of organizations like Creative Mornings.

Special shout outs must be made, and appreciation paid to::

Michael at Wallack’s Art Supplies | @wallacksart
Sheena & Paul at Kitchissippi | @Kichesippibeer @HarveyandVerns
Scott and the staff at JunXion Public House @JunXionOttawa
All 3 bands: Zoo LegacyNDMA, and Silkken Laumann
Creative Mornings Volunteers:: Zara (Vj Ina) & Melanie Yugo (Photobooth Goddesses)

Photo Cred:
Suzy in the {love tub} = Joel K Photography
The rest = me, Kate 


Get Connected::

Ottawa School of Art
Twitter: @ArtOttawa

School of Photographic Arts
Twitter: @SPAO_613

Kate Durie (coming soon)
Twitter: @kateudurie

CreativeMornings Ottawa // Creators

In the first episode of our new video series we hear from local hair legend Jesse Alberto about his new foray into the world of barbershops, the art of being a man and just being fucking badass.

Let us know what you think of our new series by firing us off a comment or sharing it with friends.

We asked some of our audience members “What’s so special about Creative Mornings?!?”..check out the answers in our new series!


Rolph Klausener
Artistic Creative Director of Arboretum Festival, musican, graphic designer
A really amazing, inspiring talk by Rod McDonald on typography. What I really enjoy about Creative Mornings Ottawa is how candid the talks are and how unpretentious they are. It is an inspiring way to start my day and now after hearing this talk I am going to go and work on some music and poster design and apply all that inspiration into my work for the day, so whoo hoo!

Krista Norris, local designer
This is my first time at Creative Mornings, I was referred by a friend. Being a newcomer and not familiar with typography I found it interesting to meet cool people and learn about strange things. I will definitely be returning to the next one!


Asma Inam
It was my first time at Ottawa Creative mornings. It was awesome. A really interesting talk about type design and how to look at typography in a different way and kind of change it up.

Derek Kitchen, workplace strategist and Ikebana artist
One of the things I really like about coming to Creative Mornings is the creative energy that’s here. There is a vitality, not just in the presentations, but in all the people who are attending. I find that that’s very stimulating for my own creative process just to be surrounded by that. I look forward to the next one.

May-Jun McGrath
I like Creative Mornings because there is a really interesting unique community of people who have great perspectives. You get to really learn and it feels like a morning party! It’s really fun!

Steph Bolduc
I really like the Creative Mornings talk, especially this morning’s as it deals with typeface so it’s especially relevant for me. My education is in architecture so from very early on you practice typeface in manual drafting and you don’t realize how typeface plays a role in how people read. This morning was really relevant and interesting and the speaker was great. I’ll definitely be back for Creative Mornings.

Suzy Kendrick
I love the networking aspects. I also like that it’s a different take - in Ottawa you normally don’t see a lot of creative types it’s mainly a government and university town. This gives you an opportunity to collaborate and meet a lot of the creatives in the city.


Mathieu Robin
I like Creative Mornings Ottawa because of the cookies! But it’s also a great occasion for the creative community of Ottawa to get together, and there’s a lot of us, so it’s amazing to see everyone out and about early in the morning really enjoying each others company and sharing ideas.


CreativeMornings is so much MORE than just an event once a month, it’s a lifestyle! Our plan is to build a hub for Ottawa’s creative community and what better place to share, in-between events, than a fancy tumblr blog… am I right?!

From the numbers we’ve seen in the first (almost) year of running our events in Ottawa, we know our city is bursting with artists & designers, risk-takers & outside-the-box thinkers who are hungry for community engagement and collaboration. That’s what this blog will highlight.

We want to profile YOU! All you amazing people who come out to our events every month, we know you’ve got your own awesome things going on. We not only want to hear about it, we want to share it!

There are loads of other cool creative events happening in Ottawa too. We know because we go to them all. We don’t want you to miss out on anything so we’ll be filling you in on those with event notices and recaps. Be a part of it, whether you come meet us there or enjoy the feedback from afar.

We’ll also be creating our own content and videos around creativity in Ottawa. You’ll be amazed at how much really is out there, once you peel back the stigma of our city only being a “sleepy ol’ government town”.

Dive into the creative underbelly of our fair city with us!

So, whether you want to be a part of the story or just come along for the ride, this is the place to connect, share and collaborate.

All aboard!