Alison Garwood Jones

Meeting my customers

Originally published in August 2019 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Enamel Pins, Jane Jacobs Enamel Pin, Pen Jar Productions, Profile,, Toronto Illustrators

The best part of owning and operating  Pen Jar Productions, my online store, is creating the product and meeting my customers. Here is my interview with Fernanda van der Laan, proud owner of my Jane Jacobs enamel pin. This summer my Jane Jacobs pin (circled in blue) entered a special collection of over 300 pins, […]

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Multicultural Day on The Esplanade

Originally published in June 2019 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

  If you are near Crombie Park this Thursday, June 27, please come and say hi. I’ll be working as one of the artists at Jamii Esplanade’s Multicultural Day, along with Andrew Patterson and Alicia Herbert. There will be live performances by dancers, musicians and poets from around the world. Stroll by Jarvis and Esplanade between […]

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Handrawn social media portraits vs. bitmojis

Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Does your #bitmoji express the real you (even with 1.9 septillion options)? Not in my books. Hand-drawn #portraits catch the flutter of your spirit and reveal your hidden strengths way better than the frozen stare of digitized art. Email me if you’re looking for an illustrated social media profile picture. Because creativity is a part […]

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We Know What Jane Jacobs Would Do

Originally published in June 2015 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Doodling, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

 #GardinerEast: “It’s an awful handicap.” ~ Jane Jacobs   SaveSave

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