Alison Garwood Jones

Art Helps

Originally published in September 2019 in Blog, Cartoons, Comic, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

In ten seconds, the ticker tape of a woman’s mind can go from, “I need a snack,” “When do I pick up the kids?” to “What’s the root cause of misogyny?” Most gals who pay attention to the way the world works are only two or three thoughts away from dystopian spirals. Afternoon cheese and […]

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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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Hi Tomato

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

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Happy Easter

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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Hand Drawings

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

The push and pull of being vs doing. To me, hands are the ultimate doers, storytellers, get-shit-done human power tools. Not so for the copywriters at Elle magazine in 1967. Boy is it fun and weird leafing through back issues. Women’s magazines are the supreme handbooks on how to be, not do. There are times […]

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When your students draw you

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Drawing of Alison Garwood-Jones by Sugandha Gaur.

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Virginia Woolf and Alice Munro in conversation

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

Finding time to focus on creativity is tough for everyone, but it’s especially hard for women given the demands on their time at work and at home.

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7 things my customers taught me in 2018

Originally published in December 2018 in Blog, Gift Ideas, Illustration, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

Last summer, the initial delight I felt in seeing my sketchbook drawings on a digital pillow template inspired a new design business in 2018 called Pen Jar Productions. Now my quirky line drawings are on totes, tees, scarves, and, coming next month, enamel pins! (In these politically-charged times, more of us are wearing our values […]

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Studio Tour of Pen Jar Productions

Originally published in November 2018 in Blog, Gift Ideas, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

 Click on image to play my video greeting, or click here. An email I sent my contact list on November 1st:  Top of the morning to my friends, family and work colleagues: For those of you who haven’t heard from me since high school, here’s what’s new:  I cut my hair, became an art historian, unbecame […]

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Creative Entrepreneurs: a mutual support society

Originally published in June 2018 in Blog

The nice thing about being a creative entrepreneur, other than the creative freedom, the distance from office politics, and the casual wardrobe (I also like to randomly drop and do sit-ups, which I wouldn’t do in an office setting) is the sense of camaraderie with fellow freelancers. We hire each other, and pay with cash […]

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