13 totally drunk-in-love couples,
each received a 1950s love note as inspiration
to create an original artwork, together.
Couples from Montreal, Toronto, New York City, San Fransisco and London were pumped to create an artistic love child. Opening reception met a packed gallery from lights on to off. Each visitor left feeling elated. The exhibit ran for five days only and by popular demand, will hopefully travel to Montreal this Spring 2016.
Check out the artworks & meet the artists.
Justin & Joanna Aitcheson, married.
Justin and Jo met in Toronto while both pursuing grand dreams to work in the design industry. Soon after, they jumped into the first of many ambitious art projects that they would work on as a team. Over the next year their collaborations continued and eventually they realized that something existed between them that was more beautiful than all the art in the world. They got married in 2011 and eventually set sail for Hamilton where they continue to do life together and work on the occasional crazy project.
Yuli scheidt & brian clarke, DATING.
We met April 2014, online, and have been inseparable ever since. Life goals include greying, getting a dog and one day retiring to the country.
joel ANDREW clifton & jenNIFER morden, liVe-in lovers.
J+J met in 2003 on a summer study abroad in Italy & Greece. Joel was in love...with someone else. They never spoke after that trip. Fast-forward 10 years...Joel was looking to buy a used camera. Jen was selling. A mutual friend put them in touch, what a small city! They went out to talk photography and cameras. Now, they’re in love and live together.
OLIVER JAMES BROOKS & KIYOMI BURGIN, BF & GF
Both Oliver and Kiyomi graduated from OCAD with degrees in Advertising and Illustration. They both like to tell stories, just in different ways.
TALIA LEDNER & JOSH KOBRIN, MARRIED WITH PETS.
Tal and Josh are often found on their red couch tormenting their two fat cats and one skinny dog. They love adventure, snacking, and well-written TV shows. They'd probably be friends with you if you lived in San Francisco. When they're not making art, they're rattling around northern California in their beat up 911. You can read every bit of their early love letters (i.e. emails) at Beforewemet.com
Sean keith & julienne lottering, married.
His favourite quote is: "Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness." - Bertrand Russell
Her favourite quote is: "A person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art or love or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened." - Albert Camus
anna ryabtsun & greg kouts, married.
Greg and Anna meet in their first year of university, back in 2004. It was at a house party, and they felt instantly connected. So they've definitely been together before Instagram, iPhones emoticons or Tinder was ever in existence! They have been living in Toronto prior to moving to London, UK 4 years ago and work in Advertising and Film Production there. They have been together for almost 12 years now and married in London in 2014.
MARIE & JO, POWER COUPLE.
Marie and Jo became friends in 1996, while studying graphic design in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Over the years, they became closer and closer and finally admit their love to each other. Since then, they basically did everything together. Same work, same office, same friends, same passions. Their friends like to call them a power couple.
LAUREN BARLESS & STEPHEN CARLICK, COMMON-LAW PARTNERS.
Though their paths had crossed prior, Lauren and Stephen truly connected, and shared a whirlwind romance, just a month before Lauren had plans to move to Los Angeles. After three months of long-distance Skype, Viber, Google Chat, email, phone and text communication, Stephen accepted Lauren’s invitation to join her in California, where they lived together for a year. Four years later, they own a house in Roncesvalles, where they live with their two dogs.
markatan von boobleheimer, soulmates.
Mark (American) and Melatan (Canadian) began their long-distance romance by writing letters to each other (sometimes written in code). They work as creatives in New York City.
Heart on Your Sleeve
People who are in love expose themselves on the written page. Being marketers, we extracted what we felt to be “slogans” for this “campaign of love” and put them onto the most common vehicle for self-expression - the common t-shirt. However, we have chosen toddler-sized t-shirts to suggest a deeper level of irony in wearing ones heart on one’s sleeve.
chris smith and tyler adam smith, married.
Partners and Creators of Wondermatter, a brand optimization studio, Chris and Ty spend their time considering the nature of wonder and amazement, attempting to create new delivery mechanisms for those most noble experiences to be welcomes into other peoples' lives. They are driven by the relentless pursuit of meaning and the desire to make things good.
LYDIA PAWLOWSKY (@LYDIAPAWL) & DAN OPHAUG (@LABATTDAD), COHABITATING ROMANTIC PARTNERS.
“I had just been at the hospital, getting my eyes dilated and checked out at the eye clinic. Naturally, I decided I shouldn’t bike blindly to my office in Liberty Village, so I walked over to Cafe Pamenar in Kensington Market to set up shop for the day. While standing in line waiting to order, I saw a cute, tall, lanky boy standing in front of me. We kept catching each other’s eye and smiling. (Little did he know, I could actually barely see his facial expressions, I just knew I was beaming at him.) When I sat down with my coffee a few minutes later, I immediately iMessaged my friend to tell her how I wish I wasn’t so self-conscious about my wacky pupils to talk to that boy — then I looked up, and he was actually standing at my table, like I’d manifested him there just by talking about him. He ended up asking, very shyly, whether or not I had a partner, which led to an uncharacteristically awkward interaction on both of our behalves. I blurted out ‘My name is Lydia, by the way’, after he’d already gotten my number. And we’ve been together ever since.” — Lydia
Lydia is an editor, and Dan is a freelance writer, both living and working out of Toronto. While their love of all things creative tends to lean toward the contemporary, their love of pop punk remains stuck in the early 2000’s.
eleni alpous & colin smith, engaged.
Eleni and Colin met at a house party in 2012 in Toronto. He mixed the drink; she provided the garnish. He calls her Toots and she calls him Mister. They like running, listening to jazz, laughing and exploring cities together. They’re learning to be each other's family.
AYMF 2016 is currently curating artists.
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Each participating couple must be either current or former lovers. That's it. The art work's medium is yours to choose.