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RISE UP against Racism. Together and united, we are stronger.

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UPDATE: SOLD. 100% proceeds went to Black Lives Matter Vancouver.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.

Like many of you, the recent events that have unfolded in the U.S. and Canada have been truly incomprehensible. It’s hard to articulate the anger and frustration seeing how racism is still a large part of our lives in this day and age. As a first-generation Chinese Canadian (born and raised) I have experienced my fair share of racism as a kid but nothing in comparison to what Black people experience. I can only imagine their struggles and because of this, I’ve been inspired to illustrate this piece called ‘United Colours of Humanity’ to capture the spirit of our global community rising up against racism, specifically, about anti-Black racism and police brutality. 

Here’s a link put together by Daily Hive that lists all Black-owned businesses and mutual aid funds you can support in Vancouver. We will continue to show our support in every way we can. FYI, there will be an anti-racism protest happening at Canada Place today at 4pm in Vancouver.

Also, here’s a cool link to support black designers that I found through my old partner in crime, Keri Zierler called Blacks Who Design: https://blackswho.design/

UPDATE: SOLD. This piece is no longer available. 100% Proceeds went to Black Lives Matter Vancouver.

We’ve already received a few purchasing inquiries about this piece. It’s yours if you donate a minimum of $100 to Black Lives Matter Vancouver. We will need a visual confirmation receipt of donation and this 1 of 1 piece will be yours.

Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.
Close up photo.
Title: United Colours of Humanity.
11″ x 14″ Acrylic and ink on 60 lb. Strathmore acid-free paper.

What’s your new norm? We were invited by ADCC to share our WFM photos.

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Through strange times our creative industry persists.

We’re happy to be invited to be part of this fun series by The advertising & Design Club of Canada called the #ADCChomeoffice.

The series is set to explore the current office spaces designers are working and creating from.⁠ Here’s ours. We live in a 5 level split townhome built in the 70’s in the Westend of Vancouver. On the 4th level, we have our home studio where we’re working from now. The space lets in loads of light thanks to all the skylights and windows we have. For most meetings and video calls, we do it on our patio to avoid the kid screams and banshee crying sounds from our 10-month-old. We sometimes use the dining table to lay all our work down for more tactile work. As nice it is working from home, we can’t wait to get back into the studio when this pandemic blows over. Go check out all the other spaces featured on the ADCC IG feed.

Our home office. An open concept townhome built in the 70s. We have lots of skylights and lets in loads of light which is nice but the glare on our screens can sometimes be a problem.
Our rooftop patio has been a great place of refuge for virtual video meetings as our kids can be quite disruptive. And we try our best to work outside as much as possible. Vitamin D!
Our second desk. Denise’s workspace is smaller as she’s mostly responsible for admin and finance work.
Our beloved Herman Miller Nelson Swag desk has served us so well for the past 9 years.
One of our favourite art pieces in our home. A limited print titled ‘Masquerade’ by James Jean.
Released through MAEKAN back in 2016.
Our custom art bike for adidas Originals fixie from a project back in 2010 now is one of our centre art pieces in our home. It sits in front of ‘Chaos’ 28″ x 40″ that I painted back in 2015 in my old studio at 1000 Parker. Both of these pieces sit by our home’s front entrance.
Looking up to our feature piece from the front entrance. Spot the Jean Julien’s IKEA limited art print. ;)
Denise likes to change up her scenery by working in living room. This large dining table has been our go-to spot for bigger illustrations or laying down all our design work.
Denise pretending to be hard at work. ;)
Hidden gems. Our micro Benz G-Wagon hides behind our design annuals.
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Trying to find the perfect frame for your White Caps art print? We got you.

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A gift to the BC Children’s Hospital delivered by Whitecaps FC player Tosaint Ricketts.
Photo Credit @WhitecapsFC.

First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who has purchased a print. You’ve helped us raise over $125,000 so far to help the Vancouver Food Bank. Amazing.

We’ve received some inquiries from you wonderful folks on how to best frame your freshly printed piece of art, and thought that sharing our tips here would be the easiest for everyone to find. The options are endless, but here’s what we recommend:

NOTE: We’ve received an update from the printers that the print is actually about an inch larger than specified. The more exact dimensions would be 25″ by 19″. You will need to trim the white borders off to fit the frames we mentioned here or get a custom frame. We apologize for the inconvenience!

  1. IKEA
    For a quick and price-friendly framing option, IKEA would be our first recommendation. The KNOPPÄNG, LOMVIKEN, and RIBBA are all frames from IKEA that would roughly fit the White Caps artwork with a mat. We emphasize roughly because none of the frame sizes we’ve seen will perfectly fit our art. You will have to use their provided mat, which will lop off some imagery from the sides of the print.
  2. Major Art Supply Retailers
    Art stores like Opus Art Supplies provide an array of more premium frames that are exactly 24″ by 18″ so none of the artwork cropped off. This is an excellent option to balance cost and quality, especially during their frequent 20% off events! Most of these art suppliers usually provide custom framing options as well if you’d like to further customize the frame and glass options.
  3. Online Frame Retailers
    There are countless online retailers that specialize in framing, but one retailer we recommend is Opposite Wall. Opposite Wall is a Montreal-based home decor boutique that offers a large range of high-quality frames at a reasonable cost. Shipping within Canada is usually a flat rate of $9.95, but free shipping is provided for all orders over $50.
  4. Custom Frames
    For custom fine art frames Framagraphics and ABC Fine Arts are some of the popular framing options in Vancouver that allow you to fully customize how you want the frame to look with your new print. Aside from the physical frame, custom framing companies will also offer UV-protection glass options to prevent discolouration in the artwork. As 24″ by 18″ is a common print size, most custom framers in your area should be able to accommodate easily.

Make sure you share your frames with us on Instagram by tagging @Chairman_Ting or using the hashtag #ItTakesAVillage. We’re so excited to see how your framed art will look.

Rest in peace our dearest Bella. We will miss you greatly. 2005-2020.

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On Friday, April 24th, 2020 we lost our beloved Bella.
Our hearts are shattered. We kissed her goodbye that morning at our vet and there was not a dry eye in the room.

Dearest Bella,
You’ve been part of our life for 15+ amazing years. (That’s 112.5 human years) You were there to witness our union, the birth of our two kids. In fact, you are considered our very first daughter. You moved across the country from Toronto to Vancouver with us. The moment we saw you at the rescue centre at the Humane Society in Toronto we knew you were the one.

Bella saying good morning to Audrey. Circa 2014.

We still remember your adoption papers described you as sweet and curious but you turned out to be much more than that. You instantly became a family member. You were such a fighter, a fierce and resilient Dutch girl that never took no for an answer.

On occasion, I would bring them into the office. Circa 2008. Rethink Vancouver.

You were the most stubborn little girl that almost always had your own way, yet you were so sweet. Who knew you became our biggest source of inspiration. You taught us the strength of patience, the beauty of Zen living, and much more. You have given us so much joy and love. We know you’re in a better place now and wherever you are we hope your new world is filled with ripe bananas, strawberries, fresh parsley, crunchy carrots, and apples. You will be greatly missed and you will ALWAYS be in our hearts. We miss you so much. We love you forever, our sweet sweet Bella. May you rest in peace. We will see you one day, I’m sure. Until next time. ♥️♥️♥️

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RGD virtual Creative Directions conference 2020.

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I’m excited to be presenting at RGD’s virtual Creative Directions conference. Happening the week of April 27, this conference is designed to help you learn how to package, polish, promote and profit from your talent. I’ll be speaking about the business of creativity on May 1st. I hope you’ll join us. www.rgd.ca/cd

All will be well despite all the chaos out there.

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We hope everyone is staying healthy and positive during these strange COVID times. It’s during these times that we are reminded of all the love we have all around us. Every day we get phone calls, emails, messages and more from family, friends, associates, old co-workers and more. Although we are practicing physical social distancing by working from home, we feel more connected to all our family and friends than ever.

Oddly enough, we are actually more busy than usual and we’re very grateful for this. We are working on a couple of very exciting projects that have been keeping our spirits high and hopeful for a brighter and stronger future for all. We can’t wait to share all the work we’ve been busy chipping away at, but until then, please stay safe at home. All will be well.
Spiritually, we will see you all tonight at 7pm to thank all the modern heroes that are courageously fighting in the front lines to keep us all safe.

How’s everyone doing? Here’s a quick update from us working from home.

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We hope everyone is staying healthy, positive and more importantly, staying away from other people by staying home.

As we’ve been working from home, we try to keep our daily routine as normal as possible by keeping our work hours the same and schedule daily status calls with Aiken, our studio manager.

Luckily our lovely clients are still keeping us busy so for the most part, it’s business as usual.

Being stuck inside doesn’t mean we can’t paint murals digitally at home. Here’s a quick mockup of one of our favourite murals we created and was digitally installed in our townhome in the west end.

A digital mockup of the mural in our home in the west end.

This illustrated map of Vancouver was a commissioned illustration piece for CMPNY under the creative direction of Chris Zawada, partner and head of creative at Full Punch. Stay home and creative.

Here are a few close-ups of the illustration: