In Lindsay

#NoBlankBrains – My brain designed with Peter Mansbridge

If you follow me on social media you may have seen over the course of the Summer, snippits from this amazing project that I’ve been working on. Earlier in the Summer, I was approached by organizers at The Brain Project . But before I tell you more about my involvement, let me explain the Brain project because it’s initiative is the most important aspect of this story.

The TELUS Health Brain Project launched to start a public conversation about brain health and bring awareness to diseases like Alzheimer’s. The program raises funds for Baycrest Health Sciences, a world leader in brain health and aging. The initiative is that as an artist you apply to be one of their 100 artists who can design a brain to be on display throughout Toronto, throughout the Summer. At the end, the brains are sold, with all proceeds going to Baycrest Health Sciences. I was familiar with this great initiative having seen brains across Toronto and Yorkdale last year and found it to be a compelling installation – using art to spark conversation and placed in various centres across our city – where you would wander and happen upon a brain.  So when I was approached about the 2017 initiative I was immediately on board.

They further explained that they were doing a smaller exhibit called “Great Canadian Minds” where they picked six great Canadians and pair them with artists to render their vision. It was obviously a yes for me, and they said that they wanted to pair me with Peter Mansbridge, the longtime host of CBC’s The National. It was a perfect pairing as CBC is a part of our family – as Aubrey has worked there since we were married, and Peter Mansbridge has been in my life longer than Aubrey – hosting the evening news that I would watch with my Mom and Dad growing up and, throughout my adult life. He was a voice I came to trust. To be partnered with him was a HUGE honour.

 

This is the brain I got. It was quite the piece!

And so we set out to design a brain together. It was actually quite easy to do, having such strong admiration for him and knowing how much he has impacted Canadians with his evening news. Also, Peter had a great idea of what he wanted his brain to be like, gave me a great start to how to design it. Over the course of some weeks at the cottage I sketched and sketched, fretting as I was new to 3D concepts. The brain is a full circle of Canada, from the West Coast to East, with a handful of iconic images representing areas of our gorgeous country. It was a family affair at the cottage, with all of us around the fire talking about Canadian images that would have to be on the brain. From my perspective, I wanted to design a brain that had imagery that would capture the attention of children, with someone like Oscar being able to pick out iconic images. At points it was terribly overwhelming as I didn’t want to leave anything out or misrepresent. But in the end I sat and designed a brain that I am ridiculously proud of, and thankfully Peter loved it too!

The brain is now on display at Yorkdale, right outside Roots (which is super fitting as it is also a great Canadian icon!) 😉

You can see it in full rotation over on the Brain Project’s website. 

Also, this brain is for sale, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale going to Baycrest’s Health Sciences. (you can get a tax receipt!). So if you have a great space for this brain, perhaps at your company’s lobby, this would be such a fun piece of art to spark a conversation.

In shopping/ Sponsored

Halloween Party Prep

No. 1 Blood Bag Reusable Drink Containers  /No. 2 Skull /No. 3 Smoke Machine  /No. 4 60″ Skeleton Cutout  / No. 5 Inflatable Spider / No. 6  Rubber Bats / No. 7 Candy! /

Fall was in the air in Toronto and now it’s back to feeling like Summer again. Which is terribly lovely –  as before we know it the temperature will drop, the winds will pick up and the weather starts becoming less and less pleasant (not to mention darker, and darker earlier and earlier in the days). One of our favourite holidays growing up was Halloween as my little brother Peter adored it – and still does. I’m loving it watching it through Oscar, and he’s asked that we host a Halloween party this year. I’m not sure if I’m up to it, but I started to look on Amazon.ca for Halloween goodies and found some of these that have made their way into my cart. The smoke machine would be brilliant for on our porch or, in our garden should we host the party. The Rubber bats remind me of some similar ones I had as a child – and my beloved bat would hang out with my Barbies. So they are obviously in my shopping cart too. Do you host any Halloween Parties? Any suggestions? One Halloween party I recall my Mother gave us all toilet paper rolls and told us to make our teams into “Mummies”. It was hilarious and fun – so if (and that’s a strong “if”) we host a party, I’d for sure do the toilet paper. 😉


Here are some ideas gathered for hosting / celebrating Halloween! 


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In Business

new online store

Exciting news! We’ve launched an online store for all of our Lindsay Stephenson collection items. Baby bedding, Swaddles, Baby Lotions and Washes – you can now find them all at www.LindsayStephenson.Shop.  This will be great for my US friends who have been asking about the line – we launched this dedicated store for you. But also on the launch of the store, we’re seeing pictures of our friends in the USA, saying they’ve seen the pillows in TJ Maxx, so AMAZING! If you spot them, send me a picture or tag me on Instagram (@LindsayStephenson). I’d love to see what you spot! xo

Ps., framed art coming soon!

In Business

Halloween Has Launched…

Halloween has launched over on The Penny Paper Co! I know it’s early for some shoppers, but since we now deal with wholesale (so selling to stores, not just consumers) our launching date for collections is way earlier so stores can shop and merchandise. Most companies like me, actually debit their Halloween / Fall WAY earlier, but I’m not that on the ball so … well. There’s that. But anyhow, if you’re a fan of Halloween (which my little brother Pete is) than you’ll be most excited to see the line! One of my favourites …. the new acrylic keychains. AH-MA-ZING.

In shopping

Fall Accents from H&M

I’m browsing H&M for some Fall clothes, and am always drawn to their Home Department. Their Fall collection is out and above are some items I’ve fallen for. I sense a huge trend in Acorns this year – it started to pop up last year but I think it will continue to be something we see in decor,as well as pinecones – maybe it’s their organic shapes being brought into the home that are away of bringing in some mod outdoorsy looks.

I’m particularly drawn to the price points at H&M, which makes the infusion of some new fresh accessories not a huge hit on the bank. Even with all my window shopping I’m holding back on adding much new to my home, as I’ve been feeling the need to purge and pair down. But a few of those black accents may be calling my name…

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health + beauty purchases I love


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I’m a low fuss makeup, beauty routine person. I’ve been itching to dive into makeup and try some natural ways of highlighting features, but in all honesty I prefer the natural glow of skin, some gloss on my lips and at most a flick of mascara on my lashes. Over the Summer I’ve added a few new items to my beauty routine and as we get into the school year and routines, I’m hoping to get into my own routine of health and taking care of my skin. I’ve partnered with Amazon.ca to tell you about things I think you may like, but since I’m such a shopper on the site I can actually share things I’ve purchased, and continue to use. So are some things that I’ve purchased from Amazon.ca over the last year that are a part of my daily routine.

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