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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Originally published in August 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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Hi Tomato

Originally published in July 2019 in Blog, Comic, Doodling, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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A cure for homesickness

Originally published in July 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

I got homesick at university. This is me on the left with my good friend, Kelly. Every time I went home, I would pinch something — a blanket, a framed photo, one of my dad’s sweatshirts, even a favourite soup spoon — and take it back to my dorm room. Technically-speaking, I was a thief […]

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Pool People

Originally published in July 2019 in Blog, Comic, Graphic Recorder, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

I move between many different tribes: writer people, illustrator people, and hotel pool people.    

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Live illustration in Toronto

Originally published in July 2019 in Blog, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

It’s always my goal to work with good people. Teaching provides me with that in spades thanks to the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies where I teach the ever-morphing topic of Digital Communications Strategy and Social Media. In essence, this course is about storytelling and the best way to digitally distribute your stories, […]

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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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Originally published in June 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

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#NotHere🍁

Originally published in May 2019 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

    I’m fundraising because it’s time to do more than just shake my head at the news. Women’s reproductive freedoms are eroding around the world, wiping out decadesof hard-won human rights gains. I designed this T-shirt* to say that the female body should never be subject to government control. #NotHere stands for Canada, the […]

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Humanity with a brush pen

Originally published in May 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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