Alison Garwood Jones

The swimmer

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

I met a man at my local pool the other day. He could shoot himself 25 metres under water in one breath. When he came up for air, I removed my goggles and asked him, “Are you a pearl diver?” “No,” he smiled, water dripping from his afro. “Are you training for a competition?” I […]

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Things dogs do

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

He found something.

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Rush hour

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

A good public transit system is critical. Let’s get it right and borrow from the best examples around the world. The ultimate goal: politicians who are efficient and proficient with time, space and money. I know, it’s a tall order.

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Chalk art tips

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog, Surface Design

Photo: Alison Garwood-Jones The Merchant Tavern, TORONTO (@TheMerchantTo): Colouring on the back of a window makes the shaded areas appear more solid from the front. This is especially true on double-pane glass. This is my latest #ChalkArt discovery using Molotow acrylic markers. Some other things I’ve learned since I started drawing on windows two summers ago: […]

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Why hire an artist?

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

Any business can order vinyl lettering, but having a chalk artist on site shows more care and commitment to the customer (who wants to be delighted), your business and the artistic community. It creates work! People love to stop and talk to artists in action. The biggest feedback I get is: you spelled that wrong. […]

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I made my first wallpaper pattern

Originally published in June 2017 in Blog

I designed this “Summer Lovin’”wallpaper pattern for The Merchant Tavern‘s beer, wine, and sangria station at the #AdelaideEatsTo Summer Food Market. It’s open M-F, 11 am – 9 pm at the corner of University and Adelaide, upper deck.  I learned how to make wallpaper patterns in a great Skillshare video by Julia Rothman (Thank you, Julia, for […]

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