"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."


December 2009 - January 2010

Design Trend: Fortification

As our economy has experienced a global recession, consumers are reacting with what we call the Fortification trend. If idealists react in escapism, realists react with fortification.

Not only are we seeing fewer non-essential products selling, we are seeing a trend in the design of them changing to a more utilitarian or protectionist aesthetic. We see camouflage prints, matte, earth-toned colours and militant designs in cars, buildings and consumables. In fashion, we are increasingly seeing a "warrior aesthetic" with the onset of superhero movies, structured costumes that protect the body and intimidate.

With a hard exterior, people are surrounding themselves with colours that make them feel comfortable and protected inside – a form of nesting and cocooning. Faith Popcorn, coined the term "Uber Cocooning", which relates to all things comfortable, safe, and relevant to the home.

We are also seeing that people are designing buildings that are more architectural, sculptural, fortified. There is a newfound seriousness to the design and manufacturing of products in terms of a more simple execution with quality materials and fine craftsmanship.

In the past, the focus around art, design and product has been about mass consumption, but as many economic drivers have dried up in 2009, we see a portion of the population embrace a harsher, eco-aware and more sustainable movement. For Farmboy it also means lively, colourful and fanciful imagery, and landscapes nearly surreal in their appearance and execution.

Featured Medium • Canvas

Canvas is a great way to bring creativity into a space, and a cost effective design solution. Choose any image from our Stockyard Collection and Farmboy will transform it into a durable and long lasting canvas. Enjoy your piece gallery wrapped or custom framed, and use multiple pieces as diptychs or triptychs to make an even bigger impact. Easy to install, all pieces arrive ready to be hung in your environment, designed especially for you. Visit our Stockyard Collection to start choosing your images today!

To see all of Farmboy's mediums click here.

The Holiday Season at Farmboy

At Farmboy we believe in "work hard, play hard." We work hard 11.5 months out of the year so we can shut things down for the holidays and spend time with our family and friends. See ya later office and hello snowball fights, hot chocolate, and a crackling fireplace - the staples of a happy holiday! And for those of you that don't get the snow, who ever said you can't watch Home Alone over and over again to get you in the spirit!?

Farmboy Fine Arts will be closed from December 21st – January 1st, and will be back to assist you on Monday January 4th. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. See you in the New Year!

Featured Farmboy Artist: Arian C

Farmboy featured artist Arian C was born in the late 70's to hippie parents. Arian would spend the first year of his life living in a teepee on an Indian reservation in Maine. This would be the beginning of his non-conventional approach to photography and life. Constantly on the move from the wilderness of Maine to the cultural epicenter of Tokyo would be credit to his ability to adapt to new surroundings and see things in a new light.

Arian started his visual skills early on in paintings but soon adopted photography for its immediacy and ability to portray his messages more accurately. He is increasingly known for his rich color palette and conceptual ideas.

A graduate of the ad portfolio school The Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia has given him the ability to hone his skills to a more commercial level where he is currently pursuing his professional career in New York City.

Farmboy Props

This month's Farmboy Props go to Byron Davis for obvious reasons – here he is at beautiful Machu Picchu rocking his Farmboy Tee. Classic! Thanks for the Farmboy love Byron! Wishing you continued safety and happiness on your great adventure.

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Farmboy Staff Picks: Jordan Hilliard

We asked Farmhand Jordan Hilliard, one of our designers here at Farmboy, to choose one of his favourite images from our Stockyard collection and tell us what he likes about it.

Who is the artist?
Beata Czyzowska, BMC.400.00003

Why do you like it?
Living in Vancouver we get lots of rain. I don't always see rain as a beautiful event, but when rain is captured on film and frozen in time, the raindrops look like little floating diamonds. I feel this image really shows off the beauty of rain.


As always, The Stockyard features some of the latest stunning
imagery from Farmboy Fine Arts to help you create custom artwork.


Farmboy Podcast

This month's Farmboy Podcast comes from Tyler Quarles, a Vancouver based multi-disciplinary graphic designer working out of the Cartelera Talent House. He currently splits his time working with various clients, Dj-ing whenever he gets the chance and as Art Director of ION Magazine. His work can be seen on coffee tables, clothing, snowboards, skateboards, business cards, store fronts, toilets, telephone poles, and online.

You can catch Tyler every Saturday night at the Granville Room in Vancouver, playing everything from indie rock to nu disco and everything in between. Stay tuned for upcoming gigs and graphic work here.


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Farmboy Quote of the Month:

“Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."
- Oscar Wilde's last words




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