Fabrique 1840

A Picture is Worth
a Thousand Words

Every illustration has a meaning and a message, something that is often missed at first glance. Artwork is not a spontaneous process: its shapes, colours, and even the way it's made are a tangible reflection of the creator's experiences, values, and ideas. Every work of art is born out of a desire to move people.

A few of our visual artists said yes to shining a light on the meaning behind one of each of their works, offering a glimpse behind the curtain of what their masterpiece truly means.

The Sunbathers I Art Print

by Stephanie Cheng

This work wonderfully illustrates the type of art this Toronto-based designer, illustrator, and screen printer is known for: "Sunbathers is a celebration of friendship and women's independent pleasure, they need not be mother, wife or girlfriend in order to be defined. The flat contrasting blocks of colour reflect harmony, warmheartedness and optimism."

Sensitive to the feminist cause, human shapes, pop culture, architecture, and art, the creator distinguishes herself by her graphic work that's engaged and undefinable. She developed her own brand of art in her own unique way by exploring techniques and various forms of expression.

Through her illustrations, she has fun experimenting with bold colours, simplified forms, and the use of negative space. She also incorporates influences from her own personal travels as well as advertising posters from the 1920s-50s. Stephanie combines all of these elements in a way she hopes can inspire anyone who admires her works of art.

Sunbathers I Art Print Handmade by Stephanie Cheng at Fabrique 1840
Sunbathers I art print Sunbathers I art print
Stephanie Cheng

Sunbathers I art print

$56.00

Céline art print Céline art print
Stephanie Cheng

Céline art print

$56.00

Swim art print Swim art print
Stephanie Cheng

Swim art print

$56.00

Elegant Water I art print Elegant Water I art print
Stephanie Cheng

Elegant Water I art print

$56.00

The Faces Art Print

by Catherine Lavoie

The utter simplicity of this illustration says a lot about its creator. She quit her job as a graphic designer to fully pursue her passions. "It's a piece that I drew by hand when I started on my journey. For me, it represents a fresh start. It's simple and mysterious at the same time."

Its abstract lines allow for a myriad of different perspectives and interpretations. The faces exude the promising feeling of endless possibilities, or the unfinished details of a story that's still being written.

The artist from Quebec has a positive outlook on life, a trait that translates directly into her works: she finds inspiration everywhere, from her travels to her everyday, from retro graphics to simple colours.

"I hope, through my illustrations, people can find beauty in simplicity, happiness, and a joie de vivre."

The Faces Art Print Handmade by Catherine Lavoie at Fabrique 1840
Faces art print 2 sizes available Faces art print 2 sizes available
Catherine Lavoie

Faces art print
2 sizes available

$40.00

Island art print 2 sizes available Island art print 2 sizes available
Catherine Lavoie

Island art print
2 sizes available

$40.00

Botanical art print 2 sizes available Botanical art print 2 sizes available
Catherine Lavoie

Botanical art print
2 sizes available

$40.00

Portugal art print 2 sizes available Portugal art print 2 sizes available
Catherine Lavoie

Portugal art print
2 sizes available

$40.00

The Building Blocks
Art Print Collection

by The Ba.sic

Inspired by the popular building blocks that we played with as children, these minimalist art prints can be looked at a multitude of different ways.

With experience in interior design, Laurianne (from the creative duo behind the Manitoba brand The Ba.sic) uses the fundamental principles of her discipline—such as scale, proportion and contrast—to create graphic works that reconnect us with our environment.

"What inspires me is art's ability to stimulate the imagination of the viewer. The repetition of simple shapes and colours are grouped together in no specific sequence to encourage the mind to navigate through the composition in no particular order. The building blocks are minimalist in nature, but allow complex configurations, and creative play."

By being undefinable, the works by Ba.sic offer something new every time you look at them, and invite young and old to look beyond shapes to discover a colourful world where anything is possible, just like life in a castle!

Block Castle Art Print Handmade by The Ba.sic at Fabrique 1840
Balance Art Print Handmade by The Ba.sic at Fabrique 1840
Block castle art print 3 sizes available Block castle art print 3 sizes available
The Ba.sic

Block castle art print
3 sizes available

$30.00

Balance art print 3 sizes available Balance art print 3 sizes available
The Ba.sic

Balance art print
3 sizes available

$30.00

Yellow sun bison art print 3 sizes available Yellow sun bison art print 3 sizes available
The Ba.sic

Yellow sun bison art print
3 sizes available

$30.00

Smile art print 3 sizes available Smile art print 3 sizes available
The Ba.sic

Smile art print
3 sizes available

$30.00

The (Good) Bad Weeds
Art Print Collection

by Laucolo

When she first started illustrating, artist Laurence Deschamps-Léger decided to use her art to cultivate minds. Created with the help of her trusty, plant-based watercolours, this three-piece collection powerfully (and colourfully) evokes the importance of supporting biodiversity, with an emphasis on plants that have a bad rap.

"From the city to the country, tansy, dandelions, and goldenrods are our friendly neighbours. Their yellow flowers don't just brighten up our everyday, they're also an important pit stop for pollinators. Hardy and resilient, their reputation illustrates them as plants that deserve to be hated."

It was a Montreal summer that inspired these art prints that each share a common theme: the colour yellow. Every year, the city's sidewalks, alleys, and backyards become home to these so-called weeds. Many believe these undesirable plants are worthy of being wiped out, simply because they take up space where people would rather see "real" flowers.

Luckily, the world is starting to recognize the importance of these three plants. "In our cities, not only are they a critical source of food for our pollinators, they also put on a gorgeous show for all those who know and appreciate them." The illustrator is on an awareness-raising mission she hopes can gain a little ground in our decors...

Common Tansy Art Print Handmade by Laucolo at Fabrique 1840
Common Dandelion Art Print Handmade by Laucolo at Fabrique 1840
Common tansy art print Single or as a trio Common tansy art print Single or as a trio
Laucolo

Common tansy art print
Single or as a trio

$28.00

Common dandelion art print Single or as a trio Common dandelion art print Single or as a trio
Laucolo

Common dandelion art print
Single or as a trio

$28.00

Canada goldenrod art print Single or as a trio Canada goldenrod art print Single or as a trio
Laucolo

Canada goldenrod art print
Single or as a trio

$28.00

Quebec flowers art print Quebec flowers art print
Laucolo

Quebec flowers art print

$28.00

The Oak II and Oak III
Tree Ring Art Prints

by Nice Art People

The story behind these two works is tightly linked to the origins of the studio itself. It all started with an old oak tree that had grown for many, many years on the front lawn neighbouring Pam and Darren Gerbrandt's own property.

One day, a tree removal company accidently cut it down, thinking it had been tagged for removal. It was a heavy loss for everyone involved, and when their neighbours moved, they gifted the Gerbrandts with the remaining wood from the oak. The two tree-loving artists decided there was only one thing to do: immortalize it.

"I had seen someone make a print of a tree before and thought I would give it a try," says Darren. "The prep and printing took some trial and error, but in the end I had four successful prints which were used as gifts. We sent one out to our neighbour friends in B.C., which arrived on their doorstep Christmas morning. The current Oak II and III prints come from this tree."

Since the loss of that beautiful tree (and other major events that involved trees coming down), the couple is committed to preserving their beauty and stories. The graphic rings are as unique as a fingerprint, and circle around like relationships and experiences, which grow like the rings. But, relationships also change and grow apart, confronting us with the harsh realities of life. "Trees make life better; statistics show it, and we want to preserve and share their history and foster a sense of wonder about our world."

Oak III Tree Ring Art Print Handstamped by Nice Art People at Fabrique 1840
Oak II Tree Ring Art Print Handstamped by Nice Art People at Fabrique 1840
Oak II tree ring art print Oak II tree ring art print
Nice Art People

Oak II tree ring art print

$120.00

Oak III tree ring art print Oak III tree ring art print
Nice Art People

Oak III tree ring art print

$50.00

Cottonwood V tree ring art print Cottonwood V tree ring art print
Nice Art People

Cottonwood V tree ring art print

$50.00

Ash III tree ring art print Ash III tree ring art print
Nice Art People

Ash III tree ring art print

$90.00

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