A Chat With Collaborate's Heather Lynn and Greg Doble: Our November Artists
For the month of November, Greg Doble and Heather Lynn have combined their distinct illustrative styles to create Collaborate, a jumble of paintings, drawings and sculptures that erupt from floor to ceiling. The focus of the display is based on hands, specifically gestures, and the unique character that can be perceived from something as simple as a hand gesture. Pieces are hung at various heights and climb their way upwards through a maze of picture frames creating a chaotic path for the viewer to navigate and explore these two designers unique styles.
Shortly after completing art school in 2011, Greg moved to Montreal where he now lives and works as a freelance illustrator/animator. Similarly, Heather, a recent grad from her design program in Ottawa moved to Montreal for the colourful and collaborative design scene. She currently works as a junior designer and does freelance illustration work on the side. Since meeting, the duo have found harmony exploring the similarities and differences in their work. Collaborate is a celebration of those explorations.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Heather : Art Teacher by day, Fashion Designer by night.
Greg : When I was little I wanted to grow up to be Batman. I haven’t fully taken that dream off the table to be honest.
What are you listening to right now?
Heather : Shut Up Kiss Me - Angel Olsen
Greg : Poison - Michele Nox
What would the perfect day be like for you ?
Heather : Friends, nature, sun, Triple Crown Dinette and a concert
Greg : Friends, drinks in the park, tacos and top off the night with a concert
What are you working on right now?
Heather : Forming a small business with some awesome chicks (called Pastel Noir, which will have its debut at the vernissage!) and creating lots of floral paintings.
Greg : These days I have a number of animated projects on the go but I’m most excited about a music video I am creating for the Montreal electronic musician WOULG.
If your window display was a planet what celebrities would live there?
Greg + Heather : If our window was a planet it would solely be populated by The Rolling Stones playing “Paint it Black” on repeat
Did you go to art school or are you self taught?
Heather : Self taught illustrator with a design diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario.
Greg : I went to art school at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta.
In 5 words, how would you describe your aesthetic?
Heather : Dark, sharp, gothic, decorative, feminine.
Greg : Minimal, playful, animated, graphic, absurd.
What’s your favorite fashion decade ?
Heather : 1970’s
Greg : 1970’s
How would you describe your style ?
Heather : witchy Madeline
Greg : lazy goth
What’s your favorite vintage purchase ?
Heather : A black 1950’s cashmere mockneck with 3⁄4 sleeves.
Greg : A blue button up with a pattern of little pineapples.