*Smart Design Mart: Jack Dylan Feature

Artists at Work Friday at *SDM
The *Smart Design Mart featuring over 30 young designers, artists and artisans is on this weekend in the Mile End, at 160 St. Viateur East, second floor. You will find both vintage and new products, but a lot of the items are made from recycled materials. Clothing, bags, posters, jewelry, cosmetics, toys, art and food are just some of the items on sale.

I will be featuring the work of three artists at the *Smart Design Mart on my blog this weekend. I know that you will love their work, so I will be sure to give you details where you can contact these artists if you can't attend the event.

Dylan's business card
Jack Dylan, Illustrator

One of the first artists to take my breath away was the poster art of illustrator Jack Dylan, who is now attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. This Stratford, Ontario native spent a lot of time in Montreal and has created a series of posters with Mile End, Mont Royal and Montreal settings. Dylan is 27 years old and talented, which his lengthy list of clients bears testimony to. His posters, at 3 for $20, would make a great gift for anyone who loves Montreal or who has fond memories of the city.

Catwoman by Jack Dylan
On Dylan's website, he is selling the Pop Montreal Super Hero Series 2009, a set of five posters for $30 depicting a typical Esplanade Avenue triplex (Jeanne Mance Park), hipsters at a concert, hippies dancing at what I suspect is the tam-tam, and another poster of a crowd at an outdoor event. The second series, Pop Montreal Super Heroes Series 2007, features five super heroes at iconic Montreal sites: Superman sitting atop the cross on Mont-Royal, Flash making out at McGill, Catwoman feeding a cat in a Mile End back alley with the St-Viateur church in the background (I bought it!), Wonder Woman smoking on a Plateau fire escape and Spiderman eating lunch and reading the paper atop the milk bottle.

However, there are many more of Dylan's posters at the *Smart Design Mart, so I would try to make it there this weekend. Otherwise, his work is sold at Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard West, in the Mile End.



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