Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Interview with photographer, Carmen Cheung

Today's post is the second in our series of interviews with the creative team that makes Paper People the exciting, vibrant, dynamic company that it is!

Your name and age: 
Carmen Cheung

How long have you worked for/with Paper People Clothing? 
Six years (?)

What is your position: 

What is your educational background? Where did you go to school? 
BFA from Ryerson

What is the best part about working with/for pp? 
Observing the creative process; seeing Jenn’s sketches, fabric samples, then final products is really amazing to see.

What is your favourite season for production at Paper People Clothing?

Tell us a fashion moment from your childhood.
When I was 4 or 5 I put on a brightly coloured plastic necklace just before I had to get my school photo taken to fun up my outfit which was picked out for me. The necklace made the outfit mine, and made my mom laugh when she got the photos back.

How did your family react to your choice to pursue a career as a creative professional?
They were (and still are) very supportive and show a lot of interest in my work.

Designer Jenn, and photographer Carmen met as students at Ryerson University.  As mutual appreciators of each other's work, they began working together on Paper People's seasonal photo shoots.  Take a look at some of Carmen's amazing work over the years:

Spring/Summer 2008

Fall/Winter 2009

Fall/Winter 2010
Fall/Winter 2012

Carmen is also arts editor for the online arts & culture magazine, The Little Red Umbrella: http://www.littleredumbrella.com/
You can contact her at:

Check out her personal site for a variety of personal projects, editorial work and portraits:
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Awesome Alma Arm Warmers!

Don't you just hate having to answer a call, or search for a token when wearing your winter mitts?  We at Paper People have solved this problem for you!  The Alma Arm Warmers are the perfect answer to all your problems.  And hey, check out our great selection on our online shop!
Siv texts with ease, while wearing her stylish blue arm warmers
Head designer Jenn has so much on the go, here we catch her grabbing a snack while remaining incredibly Paper People chic!  The Alma Arm Warmers act as the perfect accessory all year round!
These arm warmers are created from sweater scraps left over from our regular production.  Not a scrap goes to waste in our studio, every ounce of sweater can be re-used into something great!
Lastly, working in a cold office? Tis the season, the Alma Arm Warmers not only keep you looking trendy in the work environment but will keep your hands warm while typing away!

 Can't decide which ones are your favourite?  Take advantage of our Pre-Holiday Sale on from Nov 12-16th!  All regular priced merchandise is 30%!  It's such a good deal that you'll want to pick up a few extras for holiday gifting and stocking stuffers.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

One of a Kind Show Preparation!

I'd heard a lot about the One of Kind Show from various designer friends and colleagues but shyed away from applying due to the massive amount of preparation and committment.  But 3 years ago due to the insistend encouragement of my colleague, Frederica Tomas of Utility Grade, I finally applied and have been a vendor at the show ever since.

The show is an 11 day holiday shopping extravaganza.  Featuring everything from Christmas ornaments to food to fashion and art, everything is handmade by Canadian and US artisans.  Being a juried show I was lucky to be accepted on my first application.  However jury selection ensures that the show has a vast and varied array of quality goods.

If you've attended the show in the past you'll note the amount of work vendors put into their booth displays.  It's as if you're being invited to shop 800 mini boutiques all under one roof.

For my first two appearances at the show I used various pieces of display equipment I'd aquired over the years but this time I decided to take things a step further.  As we speak Lucas Baker and Scott Sjoholm of Able Creates are working to bring my new mini boutique to life.

I spoke to Lucas on Monday and he emailed me this photo of my cash desk (work in progress).  So here's a little preview:

The cash desk is constructed from 4 modular stacking box units.  Lucas has used reclaimed barn board to create the boxes.  The top tier is accented with pieces from an old coffee table and the corners feature upcycled turned wood pieces.  

One of a Kind Ticket Give Away!!!

Hello Paper People fans!  Do you love the Toronto One of A Kind Show?  Well we have an amazing opportunity for you.  Send us a photo of yourself wearing your Paper People goods and you will be entered to win TWO TICKETS to the upcoming November 22nd show!  Your name will be entered into a draw and the winner will be chosen on November 12.   Here are some lovely sample entries! Thanks to those who have entered and don't forget to come visit us at the show, we will be at booth G-06.

Don't have a photo but still want to get a deal?  Click through the image below to purchase discounted tickets online: