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#CUTMR 2016 @ Gladstone Hotel

I go more places than just the Gladstone, I promise. They just seem to be killing it with events and exhibitions, I can’t stay away! Today I headed down to the Come up to my Room 2016 show. The CUTMR exhibition is a place for art and design to collide, unite, melt, disagree, catch a cold, get better, hold a grudge, spread a rumour, take risks, fight and make up.

This year was the 13th year of the Gladstone’s exhibition covering 4 floors in art installations. I had attended the Interior Design Show last year and although I had a great time, I was interested in experiencing other forms of design this weekend (both shows run the same weekend- also this weekend was the Toronto Design Offsite Festival).. In retrospect- I actually wish I had attended both and I am a little bummed I didn’t plan my weekend better. I am working right now on my first little photoshoot with a photographer friend of mine THESUPERMANIAK, so this whole weekend has been spent building the set, painting, sourcing etc. If I had managed my time better, I definitely would have hit up IDS to listen to Orlando speak. (GAH, I am angry at myself as I type this.. I am sorry Orlando, I love you! #victim)- Orlando is a CRAZY talented designer who works closely with my design idol Em Hendo. Next year!

The entire show was remarkably curated by Jana Macalik, Nuria Montblanch and Lukus Toane.

Here are two exhibits that really resonated with me:

Style + Profile

Cinedu Ukabam

Cinedu Ukabam: www.autumnhachey.com

Cinedu Ukabam: www.autumnhachey.com“In Africa, as in many other parts of the world, a hairstyle is often named after the famous people that inspired them (Tyson or Ronaldo) or the characteristics it is supposed to bestow upon its adorner (Pretty Boy or Aristocrat). The African barber is not just in the business of cutting hair, he is engaged in the service of shaping identity. The “Style & Profile” installation will explores the duplicity and ephemeralness of identity using the visual language of the hand painted barbershop signs and murals seen throughout Africa.” via

I love when an installation invites the viewer to participate in the experience. Along sides of the installation there were “ID chips” and “Perception lenses”.. The artist encouraged viewers to take a photo wearing these perception lenses.

Perception correction lenses allow you to see (In real time) people exactly how they would like to be seen and not just how you choose to see them. Perception correction lenses not for you? Well luckily there are also ID a chips available. Keep your social media in sync with your real life. Simply insert a chip and your actions will be consistent with your identity of choice. Can’t find your identity of choice? Please feel free to inquire about custom made identities!

Cinedu Ukabam: www.autumnhachey.com

Untitled- (Idolization Space) by @studiowoolf & @sara_nick #EAVEN.

“We are obsessed with visual-exacerbated by the internet, a medium that allows little interpretation or consideration for meaning over the immediacy of aesthetics. Our minds crave incessant stimulation, turning to blogs and social media for inspiration and resulting in an immediate and unending stream of imagery, disordered and removed the from the text required to interpret meaning.” via

Untitled- (Idolization Space) by @studiowoolf & @sara_nick #EAVEN.

Untitled- (Idolization Space) by @studiowoolf & @sara_nick #EAVEN. “We are obsessed with visual-exacerbated by the internet, a medium that allows little interpretation or consideration for meaning over the immediacy of aesthetics. Our minds crave incessant stimulation, turning to blogs and social media for inspiration and resulting in an immediate and unending stream of imagery, disordered and removed the from the text required to interpret meaning.” #CUTMR2016 #CUTMRidolspace #GladstoneHotel #ArtInstallation #socialmedia #torontoart #autumnhacheyblog

This one really hit home for me. I am someone who really appreciates aesthetics in visual design- but I also realize the importance of meaning. I really want to dive deeper into the visuals I appreciate so much and learn more about their true meanings. Instead of going so wide on everything, go deep on a few things. It’s really easy to skim the surface and lightly tread in lots of things, it takes commitment, dedication, and patience to go deep. I commend those out there that are really digging under the surface in this hyperactive headline reading culture.

Learn more about this year’s artists.

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Art + Creativity, Screen Grabbed

Screen Grabbed VOL 2

Screen grabbed is a series where I give ya’ll a little inside look at what I have lurking in my camera roll- saved from your Instagram. Enjoy! 

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Okay, now everyone listen to Jessica & go do something in real life, I dare ya. I’ll meet you for coffee, I like a double double. Seriously! 

Follow these awesome feeds!

1: @seanfennessy | 2: @houselarsbuilt | 3: @refinery29 | 4: @_sightunseen_ | 5: @dusendusen| 6: @kastorandpollux| 7: @trippydana  | 8: @designlovefest| 9: @camillewalala | 10: @jessicavwalsh

MOAR?? 

Screen Grabbed Volume 1.

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GET A ROOM: Hotels, Travel

GET A ROOM: 5 Toronto Airbnbs

Looking for somewhere to crash in the city? I’ve rounded up 5 Airbnb gems in Toronto that are a perfect blend of culture, original art, and just enough mid century furniture. Bonus points for exposed brick & barber chairs. 

1: Loft in a vintage 1914 building- Distillery District

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When I found this space on Airbnb I was floored! The loft is located in a fantastic area (near the Distillery District), although if I were staying the night I may not even leave! I love the eclectic style peppered throughout the space with lots of light and LIFE! There’s also free WIFI and Netflix. Can you think of a better place to Netflix and chill? *bad joke, someone fire this writer.

The What’s What:

Genuine hard loft open concept artist studio 12′ ceilings state of the art kitchen balcony concrete floors boutique style bathroom garage 24h concierge.
Spectacular rooftop view short distance to downtown Distillery, beaches, entertainment .

Entire home for rent.

$130 CAD per night. $500 security deposit.

More photos and info here.

*Pss.. Christina’s place is rarely available, so if you are able to catch a date with this loft- take it! And bring it roses!

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2: Stunning Art Lover’s Rock n’ Roll Apartment

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If you’ve ever considered wrapping yourself in an art cocoon, this would be a good place to start. Quirky bright walls in blues and yellows with an incredible showcase of vintage & original art in every direction. ALL CAPS YES.

The What’s What:

This gorgeous apartment is the entire upstairs of a beautiful Victorian duplex in the exclusive Queen and Ossington area of Toronto. It has a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and a spectacular sunny front room with amazing views of the park across the street. The front room has a trundle bed that doubles as a couch and 2 single beds. And a Bose speaker system, so you can play music, the radio, etc with amazing sound.
The apartment showcases a wonderful art collection of vintage paint-by-numbers and original art

Entire home for rent.

$149 CAD per night. 

More photos and info here.

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3: Large Eclectic Room in Amazing Loft

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If you haven’t noticed- I have this thing for lofts. This absolutely GIANT LOFT has everything you could ever need. Hanging pendant lights, stunning art.. and did you see that orange curtained window thing? What is that!? I love it! Buckets of natural light and architectural interest in every nook. Like the wood stove in the kitchen. (I am also noticing my attraction to yellow walls is growing). Who wants to join me for an evening with Merlot and classical music on the piano? *smug face. The only downside to this place that I saw is that there are cats- but they are apparently outdoor cats.. I will just have to double down on allergy meds and we’ll be good to go. Meet you at the pool table.

The What’s What:

This hidden gem off of Dundas Street West is a bright space with lots of natural light. The walls are covered in beautiful art and antiques. Your room has a private washroom with bathtub and Shower, air conditioning and king size bed which will comfortably accommodate 2.

Private room for rent.

$80 CAD per night. 

More photos and info here.

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4: Spacious Brick and Beam Loft

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I can just imagine waking up in this sun-pooled loft, heading to explore Queen East, maybe grab a quick bite and a fancy drank. I also really have the urge to do cartwheels in that big open space. So much room for activities. (Okay I am really fired now).

The What’s What:

Spacious (1200sqft), light filled loft is conveniently located in one of Toronto’s hottest neighborhoods. Quick access to downtown and tons of great restaurants, cafes and bars are just a stones throw away!

Entire home for rent.

$145 CAD per night. *2 night minimum stay

More photos and info here.

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5: Gorgeous Authentic Artist’s Loft

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Airy, bright with hints of natural elements like the interesting wood sculpture featured in the dining area. Lots of industrial quirks make this place magically imperfect.

The What’s What:

Magical 1300sqft artists loft, 2 min walk to the subway , located in city’s coolest new neighbourhood.

Beautifully designed zen artists’ loft in the city’s burgeoning west end. Over 1350 sq. ft of open concept space, five huge picture windows with east and south facing exposure, and just a TWO minute walk from TTC subway station (Bloor Line).

Perfect for creative professionals or couples looking for a unique place to stay.

Entire home for rent.

$130 CAD per night. *2 night minimum stay

More photos and info here.

Know any incredible Airbnb favs in the city you’d like to add? Link me up! If you have an awesome Airbnb you’d like me to check out, I am sure I could find the time ;)!

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