30.5.13

West Elm - Montréal Invitation

A few weeks ago, an email from one of my favourite stores popped into my inbox, it was completely unexpected and a little unbelievable. Charles and I read it over a few times before we decided that yes, West Elm was indeed asking me (ME!) to design the invitation for their store opening here in Montréal.

How they heard about / found me I'm not sure... I think I have the internet and likely my Etsy shop to thank for that, but they were specific about what pieces of mine they were drawn to and already had an idea for the direction of the artwork. From there the design flowed very organically, and after a few critiques from my trusted design eyes (my mom, Charles, Girlfriday and Lake Jane), I sent them a version that was very close to the one you see here.



I've been really excited to share the final product with you. West Elm has been a great company to work with and I love that they reach out to and promote local artists. This is definitely a bright red feather in my cap, and when I saw the image of my artwork on their Instagram feed, you can bet there was a whole lot of dancing going on in our kitchen.

xo Bess

UPDATE: West Elm tweeted, "Invites – printed on heavy stock – will be free w/ the purchase of a gallery frame at opening!" Awesome!! Now you know where to get your very own MTL print :) Thanks West Elm!

14 comments:

  1. West Elm is opening a store here AND you designed the invite? Double good stuff this morning! I love it!

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  2. Wow! These are beautiful! Everything we love about Montreal <3

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  3. Bess!!! A huge congrats to you! You did an amazing job, woohooo!

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  4. Congrats Bess! Can't wait to have Westelm in Montreal!

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  5. You really nailed it, beautiful! Everything is there - even a pigeon! lol!!

    Congratulations and vive Montréal:)

    Have a wonderful day,

    Patricia

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    1. Thanks so much Patricia! As Montreal is not my hometown, I definitely sought the advice of some trusted Montrealers to make sure I captured the feeling of the city as best I could :)

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  6. Bess, do you know when they are opening?

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! I think they are opening June 20th... I guess we'll have to wait for the official announcement, the store is in Griffintown.
      xx

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  7. Love this print! I went to your Etsy store, but don't see it available for purchase--have asked West Elm if they're be available for purchase outside of Montreal. Any chance you have one for Ottawa?? I'd love one for my son's nursery (we live in Chicago, but I grew up in Ottawa...with lots of good memories of time in Montreal.) thanks!

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  8. Is it possible to buy it in the montreal store after the opening ? I really want one!

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    1. Yes! I'm working on a print version, more info on the blog in the coming days!
      xo Bess

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    2. Hi Émilie,

      The Montréal City Print is now available in my online shop:
      http://englishmuffinshop.com/collections/special-edition-prints/products/montr-al-city-print

      Thank you for your interest in my artwork!

      Bess

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