Who are you? My name is Alanna Cavanagh. I’m an illustrator, printmaker and surface designer based in Toronto.
What is on your ipod/bookshelf? On my book shelf… Lots of books on illustration, graphic design, textiles, patterns, home decor, wallpaper and typography, plus lots of books on art history, semiotics and religion left over from my University days. Also lots of novels. My most recent favourite book was Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Really great.
On my ipod… Lots of Podcasts: Spark, Q and The Age of Persuasion on CBCFresh Air with Terry Gross on NPRStudio 360 with Kurt Anderson on PRIIn Our Time with Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio (Nerd out!). Music…The Soundtrack to Spring Awakening, Ben Folds, Patrick Watson, Martha Wainwright, and yes -gasp- Madonna…for when I am going out for a run! I actually need a fresh injection of music. Feel free to send some.
Where do you seek inspiration? Books, Flea markets, Films, Fabric stores (especially The Workroom in Parkdale) Design blogs, Decor mags (Especially Elle Decor UK + Living Etc) Lectures. I also love to take courses. I’m currently taking one on the History of Furniture at George Brown and it’s totally lighting up the synapses in new ways.
When did you start creating? I think from the time I could hold a crayon. There are lots of pics in the family albums of me in a high chair with art supplies. :-)
Why Toronto? Because it’s incredibly rich in terms of culture, it’s bike friendly and because you can have a much bigger apt and a saner life here than you can in NYC!