In 2006, two Emily Carr alumni and working artists, Serena McCarroll (02) and Tyler Brett (01) fled the high cost of living in Vancouver and moved to a place where they knew absolutely nobody, Bruno, Saskatchewan, population 500. They set up a storefront building in which they housed their own unique brand of café and art shop called called All Citizens. It was the ultimate culmination of a DIY aesthetic forged onto a rural landscape. The story and images around this venture can now be found in a book project, along with the work of fellow Emily Carr alumni, Jason McLean (97).
Information on the All Citizens books can be found here and here. You can also watch a Q&A session of the book launch with Serena McCarroll and artist and author Shannon Gerard in Toronto here.
Graduated: Bachelor of Fine Arts, General Fine Arts, 2006
Current city: Seattle, WA
What are you up to now?
I’m gearing up for Short Run small press fest, a 1-day free festival in November. I am co-founder and co-organizer of this event, along with my creative partners Eroyn Franklin and Janice Headley.
The event is focused on artists who are self-publishing art books, comics and zines, along with those who are making things by hand. These projects are often done in small batches for little money, and little recognition, so the goal of the festival is to help to provide an audience for these groups.
In our third year, we have chosen to expand into an arts organization, putting on events all throughout the year, spreading the word about small press to schools through seminars and workshops, providing resources to artists, and growing our festival in size and reach. For more information, visit the website at: www.shortrun.org.
A short documentary featuring Emily Carr alumni Luke Parnell, Leah Nelson and Jay Grandin. Produced by Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Created by Giant Ant, an alumni based company.
Curious what life is like as a student at Emily Carr University of Art + Design? Check out the video above, created by Vancouver-based company Giant Ant Media.
This creative firm is a collective of artists, musicians, writers, designers, animators, editors, and cinematographers who create innovative and compelling examples of video storytelling. Better yet, two of the key players are partners Leah Nelson and Jay Grandin, who are both Emily Carr alumni.
For more comprehensive information regarding the University, please visit the admissions page here: http://www.ecuad.ca/admissions