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Hello Wonderful! An interview with the wonderful Christina Luo From Fox and Flourish!

Photo by Corinne Krogh

Photo by Corinne Krogh


When I see the beautifully exquisite calligraphy of Christina Luo from Fox and Flourish I immediately feel a feeling that we don’t currently have a word for. It’s that feeling that is a mix between happy/sad and ohmygod, you know the one right? Then when I’ve stopped drooling I think about the dedication and patience and skill it takes to make such perfectly formed letters and words and I am even more in awe. So yeah you could say I am a fan of her work ;) Enjoy getting to know Christina below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful


Photo by Joey Armstrong Photography

Photo by Joey Armstrong Photography

Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

Hello! My name is Christina Luo and I’m a calligrapher and designer based in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I just graduated from university and now spend my days running a little creative studio called Fox & Flourish, where I work on projects big and small - like logo and branding, chalkboard lettering, tattoo designs, and basically anything that involves word-writing! I currently live by False Creek in a cozy apartment with my Shiba Inu x Eskimo pup, Margot.
 

What do you believe in?

Having something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. That the mundane moments in daily life are where true clarity is found. I believe that good and purposeful design can change and sustain the world! And that simple objects hold stories and value that we could never fully comprehend - in their timelessness and delicate permanence.

Words by Albert Camus

Words by Albert Camus

Tattoo design

Tattoo design

When do you feel your most wonderful?

Stranded in the middle of a sunshower. Sucking down an ice cold milky tea beverage. Waking up very early and falling back asleep. When I have the time to wander aimlessly either in my own city, or a completely foreign one, and witness the tiny cracks in concrete, and the decay of old signage. During the end credits of a really great film. Those first moments when you find a treasure - whether it’s jewellery or a new piece of furniture - bring it home, and bask in its beauty.

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

Oh, so many things. I would honestly say that my current amazing life is the result of a series of unfortunate events, accidents, and coincidences. Taking and enduring that job with the nasty boss, friendships ending to make room for new ones, starting multiple failed ventures/blogs/business ideas along the way - the list goes on!

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?

I have a remarkably terrible memory especially when it comes to my childhood, but I would say it must be when I discovered graffiti and the street art in the third grade. That was my first peek into a subculture that embraced typography and lettering. I also remember being pretty stoked on programs like Paint Shop Pro (before Photoshop became the pillar for design) and experimenting with making moving graphics/selling them for internet currency on online forums. I was quite the child of the internet.


Recently, it would have to be my recent trip to Europe, and visiting Amsterdam in particular. It was my last destination and I was already feeling quite tired from travelling, but something about the unexpectedness of Amsterdam’s beauty paired with the amazing local independant culture they have established there created the perfect concoction of pure wonder for me. Everyone there smiles at each other on the street, and there are people in boats under canals everywhere!

Photo by Joey Armstrong Photography

Photo by Joey Armstrong Photography

Photo by Andy Fernandez

Photo by Andy Fernandez

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful? 

I’m biased as the following ladies have become dear friends of mine, but I swear they are some of the most talented people I know:

Sarah Nickerson of The Nickersons Photography - she is such a good soul, with a wicked sense of humour, and was just recognized as one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 photographers.

Katherine Huie of Foe & Dear - this girl works her butt off creating amazing delicate jewellery that everybody, including me, is totally obsessed with and will never take off. And rightly so, as I’ve sat with her and watched her meticulously hammer a tiny ring with so much concentration!

Lucy Poskitt of Lucy Poskitt Textiles - I met Lucy at her place of work and she and I clicked really quickly. She began her public journey in weaving recently and has already had her own solo show. Serious talent in one human.

Working away...

Working away...


Thank you so much Christina! You can view Christina's Fox and Flourish website here and follower her journey on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  

Have a wonderful day!


Mug of Margot! So cute :)

Mug of Margot! So cute :)

Hello Wonderful! an interview with the wonderful Christie Bennett

Costume for  Mayhe  m 2012  inspired by Frankenstein, Steam Punk and sewing machines.  (Costume modelled by Julia Gorman Photo by Scott Dawson)

Costume for Mayhem 2012 inspired by Frankenstein, Steam Punk and sewing machines.  (Costume modelled by Julia Gorman Photo by Scott Dawson)


Hello Wonderful!

Today is the first  in a new series I am starting on the blob called "Hello Wonderful!" and through this series I will be introducing you to someone wonderful. The first person I would like to introduce you to is, drumroll please... My very own little sister Christie Bennett! I have known her since she was born and she has maintained wonderful status at all times. Read on to hear about what Christie did when she found herself in a place she didn't want to be and also whether she is open to romance with a being from another planet. 


Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

My name is Christie Bennett I am a designer/art department lady who is based in Sydney, Australia. I freelance in television, events and theatre. I do set dressing, sourcing, prop making, graphics and costume design/making. I am also lucky enough to be the little sister of the talented Tara Galuska.

What do you believe in?

Time is the most valuable thing you can give someone

When do you feel your most wonderful?

Swimming/floating in the gentle waves at the beach

What is something wonderful that has happened that would never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or wrong turn somewhere? 

Straight out of high school I got communications degree at university, it seemed like a safe and responsible course to study; with lots of job opportunities available after completion of the course. I had always been interested in design but was too scared of competition so decided to ignore my passion for creativity as a career choice. After my communications degrees I got good positions and experience in the communications industry.

In one of these positions I had a really nasty boss that made pretty much everyone on my team miserable. A health scare, a bad boyfriend and this boss all combined made me reevaluate my career and life path. I just didn’t feel right where I was and I still just wanted to study design. I couldn’t explain it but it was just something I had to do and I had to get over my fear of competition. 

So I quit my corporate job, got a part time position in a shoe shop and tried out for design school. It is the best decision I could’ve made for me. I don’t think I necessarily took a wrong turn anywhere but I just found myself in a place I didn’t want to be, so I stepped sideways and worked bloody hard to get into a career that is perfect for me. I find my life so much more fulfilling and rewarding now. Plus all my communications studies and experience from my previous career have made me a better communicator, which is such an important element to being a designer.

Christie worked on production and costume design for  Something to be Done  at Tap Gallery (photo credit Scott Gallagher)

Christie worked on production and costume design for Something to be Done at Tap Gallery (photo credit Scott Gallagher)

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? 

As a little girl I did lots of little arts and crafts project with my Mum. One project we did was to make a little envelope purse out of red cotton. I thought it was absolutely perfect after we had sewn it together. Then my Mum suggested that we add a black and gold button and some embellishments-  it blew my five year old brain at what a difference just a little bit of detailing made!

When was the most recent time? 

Part of the reason I love working in the art department/being a designer is that you experience wonder all the time – I love it when myself or a colleague has an idea and you see this idea being put together gradually, piece by piece and then BAM it works! 

The latest project where this happened was a video clip I worked on for “Luke and Wyatt”. I dressed up grown men and women as ants. These costumes were made out of one size fits all onsies and various attachments secured with Velcro and the fake hands/arms were attached to the real person’s hands with string so they had movement. Those second set of arms seemed real in the way they moved. It was a much better effect than I had anticipated and was absolutely hilarious!

The ant costumes for the Luke and Wyatt video clip ended up having a better effect than Christie had anticipated and I will be sharing the video once it is released. Check out the giant swiss cheese! (Photo credit Julia Gorman)

The ant costumes for the Luke and Wyatt video clip ended up having a better effect than Christie had anticipated and I will be sharing the video once it is released. Check out the giant swiss cheese! (Photo credit Julia Gorman)

What is the meanest thing a fortune cookie could ever say to someone?

I just googled this question and saw some really nasty ones, I think the worst was  “Bad luck and misfortune will inest your pathetic soul for all eternity” 

Tell us about a time you really fuckin' nailed it?

Companyby Stephen Sondheim opened at Star of the Sea Theatre, Manly opened recently. I was the set and costume designer. The first thing my director heard from a member of the audience was “That’s a great set! I mean like it’s classy!” To that person it was just a little comment but I was extremely flattered when I had heard about that comment - it meant I had nailed my job. Giving the audience the feeling that they were watching a ‘classy’ show is exactly what I had intended. 

If an alien said they wanted to be "just friends" but you knew they wanted more what would you do? 

Depends, maybe I would want more too! haha

Classy is right!  Company  ,   by Stephen Sondheim opened at Star of the Sea Theatre, Manly opened recently and Christie was the set and costume designer.

Classy is right! Companyby Stephen Sondheim opened at Star of the Sea Theatre, Manly opened recently and Christie was the set and costume designer.

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful? 

Dan Patmore, Art Director and Production Designer

 Dan Patmore is an extremely talented man and a wonderful person to work with. He took a chance on me earlier this year and hired me as his assistant on The Full Brazilian, a light entertainment show about the Fifa World Cup. It was my first job in art department for television and was so rewarding. Dan has taken me under his wing a few more times since then and become a great friend and mentor. I have worked with him on a few shows and had him on speed dial to help me out on my first Art Direction job last week (which I survived!).  

Zaha Hadid, Architect

I love interesting architecture and product design – everytime I have seen the work of Zaha Hadid I have instantly fallen in love with it. I love the sophistication of organic shapes in architecture and product design. It’s so impressive that people have the ability to make these structures that are functional and absolutely beautiful.

 Liz Vandal, Costume Designer

I first saw her work at Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo. I love her evocative and somewhat mathematical designs. Just check out the costume on her home page– how clever!

Isn't this a great shot from The Full Brazilan? Need a watermelon and/or pumpkin hat whipped up? Just call Christie Bennett! 

Isn't this a great shot from The Full Brazilan? Need a watermelon and/or pumpkin hat whipped up? Just call Christie Bennett! 

Thank you so much Christie! You can find her wonderful self and her work online at her website, Instagram and Pinterest.  

Have a wonderful day and enjoy this video Christie finds inspiring!