Q&A with Arti of Owl and Oak

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Q: What is the one stationery item you couldn’t live without?
A: Haha, not an easy question! If I have to choose, I’d say notebooks or writing pads. I’m a big list maker, and feel scattered if I don’t have things written down. A pretty, coiled notebook is my favourite!
Q: Who are some of your favourite Canadian designers/artists?
A: There are so many talented Canadian makers emerging on the scene, and I love discovering them at local pop-up markets. Some of my favourite are Her Pretty Bird, Hinkleville, Aide Body Care, Emily Valentine, Poetic Blend, Woodlot  – I could go on!
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Q: What do you do when you hit a creative roadblock?
A: I generally step away from what I’m working on and try to shift my energy by working on something else, reading a book, or chatting with a friend. I find that if I stop thinking about it for a while, the creativity will creep back in, when it’s ready.
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Q:  Name five spots you love to go to in your city.
A:I love to check out new places all the time, but some of my favourites include Fika in Kensington Market for a good coffee date with a friend, the AGO, which always offers some inspiration, Chapters Indigo on Bloor, because spending a few hours with books is refreshing, Bobbette and Belle – I can’t get enough of their cupcakes! And, High Park in the summer for a picnic.
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Q: Fill in the blank. Snail mail is…
A: The best surprise!
Q: What does your creative space look like?
A: I’m currently in the process of moving, so it’s utter chaos! But I’ll say it’s generally a mix of systematic organization and an artistic mess J
Owl and Oak was born out of a passion for photography, all things paper, and the written word. With the desire to recapture an era of sending letters and postcards, Owl and Oak blends quality paper, minimalist design and wit with a modern edge. Recognizing the impact tangible sentiments have on the environment, all products are eco-friendly and printed locally in Toronto. An avid traveler, reader and stationery enthusiast, Arti Jalan brings together her love for good design and humour through Owl and Oak.