Featured Shop : Nuvango. Update : Shop Closed but Still Online

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Update Winter 2017 : This Nuvango store and gallery have closed but their online shop is still ongoing, so you can still get their excellent creations.

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Here’s a shop to check out if you’re into art and colourful clothes, as Nuvango is a place that combines the two.

All of their items are designed and made in their Toronto studio factory, in collaboration with the artists whose works become the print on the fabrics.

To make their garments, the art is printed onto the fabric in the shape of the pattern pieces. Then those pattern pieces are cut out and sewn together. This method ensures that the finished item has the elements of the artwork showing exactly where their meant to be. To get a more clear idea of what I’m trying to say, watch this quick video which shows their process.

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↑ Thank you to this friendly lady for telling me all about the concept at Nuvango. She’s wearing a top from their Marble Collection. ↑

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I was there with my friend Meghan, who picked up a pair of leggings, printed with constellations.

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↑ The company started out as Gelaskins, makers of great looking iphone cases. ↑

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Their location at 639 Queen Street West, just east of Bathurst on the south side, is not only a shop where they sell their clothing, accessories, home decor and fine art prints. It is also an art gallery — On the second floor they host exhibits of original art.

We caught a show about Instant Photography called Instant, that included a display associated with The Found Polaroids Project.

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↑ Some of the old Polaroids that are part of The Found Polaroid Project ↑

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↑ When Polaroid stopped selling instant film in 2008, Impossible bought their last remaining factory and reinvented instant film from scratch. Interesting how they chose a model that looks a lot like Diane Arbus. ↑

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↑ They were taking instant photos of visitors with a new Impossible Polaroid camera, to be added to the cumulative exhibit. ↑

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That show is over now, having been replaced by an exhibit called FSTVL SZN, featuring photographs by Maria Jose Govea aka TheSuperManiak, which runs until September 3rd.

If you can’t make it to the shop, their stuff is also available internationally via their online shop.

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Thanks for reading. Wishing you a great weekend.
xo loulou

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