Jillian Tamaki

Dries Van Noten Spring 2010 (+Glue Colours)

Oct 5th, 2009

Pattern, Variety within Unity, Just the Right Amount of Surprise, Mastery of Glue Colours.

Glue Colours? Maybe it’s not their actual name. I’ve heard them also called other things, but I can’t remember exactly what at the moment.

What I call “Glue Colours” are the workhorse colours that support the “showstopper” colours. Not every colour can be a showstopper colour. You need a palette of neutrals to underscore the brights.

Unless you want LOUD, which is indeed perhaps the case.

Complete Dries slideshow.

Paul Smith Spring 2010

Sep 22nd, 2009

Colour, Pattern, Balance, tiny bursts. Full show.

FLARE Magazine

Sep 17th, 2009

Bigtime LOLs, guys. Mariko and I have been named by FLARE Magazine (“Canada’s Fashion Authority”) as one of 30 Noteworthy Women in their special 30th Anniversary issue. I think we *may* have been counted as one woman. Therefore we may technically be 1/2 a noteworthy woman each. Sounds about right.

The list includes Coco Rocha, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin. Okay!

Artsy Duo: Chances are you have seen the work of Calgary-born Illustrator Jillian Tamaki gracing the pages of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly or the National Post. Most recently, the 29-year-old talent teamed up with her 33-year-old cousin, Toronto writer Mariko Tamaki to create the teen-angst-filled graphic novel SKIM.

Good Genes: Keep an eye out for Mariko’s next masterpiece, tentatively titled Freshman 15.

On Canadian beauty: “We are like a forest dew on a beech-bark canoe,” says Jillian.

On Canadian etiquette: “At times, we’re a rude bunch and many of us need to learn how to use a turn signal but, overall, we’re pretty amazing people,” says Mariko.

Pink Skirt

Jul 26th, 2009

Another pink skirt. This actually looks like my mom circa 1990.

I have had quite a few people email about prints of the ballerina. Email me regarding info for purchasing prints if you’re interested. jill (AT) jilliantamaki (dot) com.

Wolfgang Joop

Jul 6th, 2009

Colour, texture, pattern, contrast. Four reasons (as good as any) to move to Berlin.


Euro Style

Jun 2nd, 2009

Liking Stuff

Mar 5th, 2009

Yuko Shimizu (poster above) has a blog. Students should be interested in seeing Yuko’s process. She is a master of modern illustration.

Lynda Barry gave a great CBC interview (not sure the links will be always active? Can’t find the archive.) Also available via their podcast.

Could this be good?

The SPD panel was a success, I think! People still had questions after 2 hours, so I suppose that’s a good thing. Thanks to Mark Heflin for organizing!

Lastly, severe, scary, silhouettey fashion (Gareth Pugh):

Maison Martin Margiela

Feb 16th, 2009

Tyra said there’d be days like this.

View slideshow at style.com

Réyes S/S 09

Jan 2nd, 2009

Really masterful colour. Love it.

View complete collection.

Colour Coded S/S09

Sep 26th, 2008

Colour trends via Refinery29. Above, Sea Foam.