Artist Q&A

KELSEY // SUMWUT, OUR FALL MILE END ARTIST

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Who/What inspired you to create the illustrations for your Citizen collab?

I had the opportunity to spend a month in beautiful Mauritius this summer with my partner’s family and drew all of the illustrations over there. I have never eaten so well in my life and have never spent so much time in such lush nature. So many delicious fruits and glorious plants everywhere! This new series is definitely influenced by the landscapes, food, and feelings I experienced this summer.

 

Where are you from? How did you end up in Montreal?

I was raised in the suburbs of Ottawa and I moved to Montreal to study art history at Concordia but ended up graduating in the fibres program.

 

Favourite textile/fabric?

Hmm...probably cotton or linen. I like any natural fibre with a good, bold print.

 

Favourite musician right now? 

To be honest, I am more into listening to podcasts than to music when I am working. My current favourite is called Ear Hustle which is hosted and co-produced by American inmates. It is reaaally great. If not podcasts, then I’ve been pumping myself up with Black Sabbath in the studio.

 

 

What inspired your zine?

The zine is inspired by travelling around Mauritius and taking the time to reconnect with our lovely, beautiful planet.

 

Do you enjoy shopping vintage/thrifting? Describe your style in 3 words.

Yes, I love thrifting! Almost my whole closet is thrifted. My style in three words would probably be: in-cohesive, patterned & comfortable.

 

 

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Do you have a favourite ‘character’ / drawing that you have created? If so, why is it your favourite one?

I don’t think I have a favourite drawing. I’ve been into drawing more simple creatures lately and that has been nice. I like to wedge myself somewhere in between silly and creepy in my practice.

FOLLOW KELSEY ON INSTAGRAM @SUMWUT

Artist Q&A

SIMON // BADBBS CLUB, OUR FALL PLATEAU ARTIST

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Who/What inspired you to create the pieces for your Citizen collab?

The nostalgia that you can smell in the crisp air during the transition of summer to fall. I basically just mixed my love for horror films and with my obsession with cute/pastel baby toys and products  to create the perfect cute and creepy baby bedroom.. giving a twist on the usual halloween decor that were used to see.

Where are you from? How did you end up in Montreal?

I am from originally from Deux-Montagne. I ended up in Montreal 9 years ago.. I just needed to move somewhere where I didn’t feel like a total freak! I just escaped as fast as I could.. the suburbs was just not made for me i’m a city boy!

Favourite musician right now? 

It’s always so hard to just pick one..but I’d say Michele Nox!
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Do you have a favourite medium of working in?

I love making digital work/illustration because It allows me to make everything so smooth and bubbly so easily!! It's also the cheapest medium. you don’t need to buy any materials (beside the computer) so when you got it... It’s pretty crazy how many options you have an how far you can go!

 

How do you develop your illustrations? (process, inspiration)

I get inspired by simple day to day stuff…the people ,the colours, the shapes surrounding me. Music!!  any song or track that I can relate with that can make me feel something or think about something that I can illustrate.
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Do you have a favourite character/illustration you’ve created? If so, why?

Yes! my main character Burble ! It is obviously my favourite character because I speak a lot through him! I have a hard time filtering my emotions and he’s the perfect little guy that I found to express them!

Do you enjoy shopping vintage/thrifting? Describe your style in 3 words.

Yes! everything I own is vintage or made by me or a friend. Being broke really forces you to go out there and try to find some cute stuff...forces you to be creative! When you can’t find something.... just make it! Baby punk raver.

FOLLOW SIMON ON INSTAGRAM @EMOTWINK

Sarah, The Leather Seamstress

Sara working on her creations!

Sara working on her creations!

As you may already know, Citizen Vintage offers several internships to young artists aspiring to practice in their field.

During the last 3 weeks, Sarah has had the chance to have access to the Citizen Vintage workshop, in order to create wonderful pieces. Using leather pants ‘scraps, the seamstress and sensational designer made various variants of leather tank tops.

The brightly colored threads Sara decided to use to sew the pieces of leather into a sensational garment add charm, as well as funkiness to the various pieces she created. Having just finished her internship, we hope that Sarah is just as excited as we are to see her creations be put on our boutique’s floor (at both locations!) !

Here are exclusive images of the beautiful pieces on none other than the creator herself, the wonderful Sarah!

 

Our POP Diary

The Citizen team took on POP's Sweet 16 this past Wednesday to Sunday.

We thought it would be fun to share some of our favourite moments from the festival! 

We present to you... Our POP Diary.

 

Wednesday!


Kali Uchis // 

Several members of the CV team went to see this show. Chloe even got to meet Kali backstage after the show (we were told some selfies were involved ;).   Photo via @chlosed

 

Thursday


Jessy Lanza // 

Late night at Piccolo, this show had the entire Rialto buzzing. Everyone in the audience was having the best time, dancing wild and carefree in what little space they had. Jessy Lanza owned the stage as a solo performer, grooving with an amazing amount of energy. She had abstract video's projected behind her, and a captivating light show. Sadly we didn't get any pictures... We were way too busy dancing!

 

Friday


John Maus // 

This show was FUN. The lighting was imaginative, with two colours at a time. Purple and red being my fave duo. John Maus has quite the stage presence... punching himself in the head being a reoccurring move, alongside lots of jumping. Wish they played some more of my faves, but overall the music was great live and the vibe was fun!

 

Saturday


Weyes Blood  //

*Excuse my extremely poor quality images but Natalie of Weyes Blood had the best outfit and hair... I had to document*

Her voice was angelic and she was very poised. Natalie wore a mint, silky blazer over-top of an off-white, button down collared shirt. Her pants matched the silk blazer. The band played a solid selection of songs, a majority of which left parts of the crowd quite mesmerized. Loved the faux candelabras for the spooky vibe, can't wait until I can see Weyes Blood the next time they're on tour.

ArtPOP // 

ArtPOP had collections up at two venues all weekend, displaying the works various visual and performance artists. One of the works that we really enjoyed was that of Jay "J-Berd" Keating. He came to POP both to perform and to show his art, and although we didn't catch his set, we enjoyed the musicality and dynamism in his painting.  

 

Sunday


Jay Som // 

Jay Som left us breathless. Melina's vocals were hauntingly beautiful, and when mixed with the complexity and energy of the instrumentals, the effect was breathtaking. We could have watched them perform all weekend... what a way to end the festival!

 

Thank you for checking out Our POP Diary <3

Looking forward to another great POP festival in 2018!

STREET SALE! $5 $10 $15!

RUN... DON'T WALK.

Citizen Vintage Plateau is in full swing of our street sale!


 Happy first week of school everyone! As part of getting ready for the fall season, Citizen Vintage is participating in the Saint Laurent September Street Fair this weekend. The event will be going on from 11am-9pm every day from September 7-10, you can’t miss it!

We will have $5, $10, and $15 racks at our Plateau location all weekend, make sure you stop by! We have men's items, women's items, and everything from shoes to belts, accessories, and bags. We had way too much fun creating looks to share with you as we prepared the sale items last week. There are so many great pieces, but here are a few of our favourites...

All Denim Look?

We got you covered.

Amazing hot pink fuchsia pieces

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A classic trench and some incredible flared pants

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Silky green slip dress and an equally silky black robe


Thanks for checking out our street sale looks,

we hope to see you and your friends at the sale!!

                                              -The CV Team

Meet De L'Ile! Our Plateau Artist of the Month.

How and why did you decide to create De L’Ile?

We met during a school trip to Germany as part of our bachelor's degree in Environmental Design. We quickly became friends by dint of sleeping side by side in the living room of our apartment in Berlin; Judith slept on a swimming pool inflatable mattress while Marilyne, a little more princess-like, slept on the couch. We realized that we weren’t only accomplices in friendship but that we were also alike on the creative level! We did not want to lose that when our bachelor’s degree was finished, so we decided that we had to work together on a project that was specific to us. At the same time, we began to embroider for pleasure and for our friends, and by seeing their interest; we thought that this would be our project! Finally, we embarked, a little naively, in this entrepreneurial adventure with the aim of creating, having fun and learning, hand in hand!

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How did you come up with the name De L’Ile?

It is the story of a long obstinacy; we wanted something that was not cheesy, quite timeless, almost exotic, then “De l’Ile” is the only proposal of name that suited almost everything haha. Same story for the logo and in the end we love it!

Which concerts are you most excited to see at POP this year?

We listened to Avec pas d’casque while preparing our display, thinking about how genius it is. It is super simple, but hyper reflected and rich at the same time. We almost had a tear in our eyes. So we cannot wait to go cry at their concert :)

Which celebrity would you love to dress?

We’ve been fantasizing about dressing Pierre Lapointe for a long time. We love his very elegant eccentricity!

De L'Ile X POP Montreal

Installation at our Plateau shop!

Where do you get inspiration for your designs?

From everyday life, as simple as that. We are also very nostalgic, and we often draw inspiration from our childhood and adolescence’s memories, so no need to tell you that we were really excited about  Pop Montreal’s Sweet Sixteen theme this year!

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Forever listening to Daniel Bélanger.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

We think teleportation would really do us no harm!

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