What do you get when you mix the Calgary Public Library with mismatched socks? You get a collaboration that is “one for the books!” When you write a blog about it, you get a “real page turner.” I’ve got a million of these... but this isn’t about crafty/brilliant/hilarious puns, it’s about our newest mismatched collaboration!
“Calgarians are so excited about the New Central Library, and to celebrate the fact that we’re one year away from its opening (in November 2018), we wanted to create something that incorporated its most distinctive feature—the exterior pattern,” Says Daniel Lombardi (Social Enterprise & Impact Giving Manager). “We’ve sold socks and other library related clothing, materials, and books in the past, but working with Friday Sock Co allowed us to create something truly unique. how many people can say that they have socks in the pattern of a building?”
For this project we partnered up on not one, but two designs! We asked Dan to give us his take on intention behind both designs. “One design represents the unique exterior curtain wall of the Library and the other is a pattern design inspired by houses, which emphasizes community and connectedness—the role the library plays in our community. In addition to be a great addition to your wardrobe, we wanted the socks to create awareness about this new, exciting library and provide a unique opportunity for Calgarians to support the Library.”
The New Central Library, located adjacent to City Hall, will open in November 2018 in the burgeoning community of East Village. The greatest civic project since the 1988 Olympics. The New Central Library will enhance the public’s experience and reflect changes and upgrades to collections, programming and services across the entire library system. To learn about the new building click HERE.
Working closely with their team, it was a question of getting both the design and colour combination just right. We tried a lot of variations to pull it off and couldn’t be happier with the result. From our standpoint at Friday Sock Co., we were excited to have a pattern that would mismatch in a subtle way. The end product comes off as a bit of an optical illusion, which we love. We also really enjoyed designing the matching pair (which is exclusively available at the library store), as we had to translate the eye catching facade of the new building into a fashionable sock pattern. There’s a first time for everything!
Both designs are currently available at the Library Store, as well as their online shop. You can find the Friday Sock Co. Collaboration sock HERE, and the exclusive building pattern sock HERE. 100% of the funds go back into the Library when you buy from them directly. The mismatched collaboration pair will be also available on the Friday Sock Co. website HERE.
Above photo: Calgary Library Socks exclusively available at the
Calgary Library Store.
Above photo: Both the collaboration socks (pictured Right),
and the promotional socks (pictured left), with custom tags.
One of the most rewarding things about what we do is getting the opportunity to work with creative organizations that are making a large and positive impact within the community.
And let’s be honest, large is by far an understatement for Beakerhead! We can definitely all agree that this artistic and scientific marvel certainly knows how to make an entrance.
For those who don’t know, this is a 5-day event that erupts throughout the city of Calgary, combining technical creativity with the futuristic visionaries of science and engineering in the form of interactive exhibits, larger than life installations and pure ingenuity. Confused yet? Well, there is really no easy or logical way to explain it, you just have to experience it in person to truly take in every aspect of the exhibition.
The best part of this year’s festivities is how they have incorporated Calgary’s culinary scene into the mix. From creating magical malt milkshakes to engineered eats to cooking in the Arctic to looking at coffee in parts per million, there’s really no limitations to the genius you’ll experience (and taste). You also can’t miss out on the Beakerbar at Fort Calgary. Here you can sip on delicious cold brews and chemical cocktails as the Serpent Mother lurks nearby – no we aren’t kidding!
If you haven’t had a chance to experience the spectacular frenzy, you still have time! We recommend hitting up the real-life version of Snakes and Ladders that will take you to 14 of the must-see exhibits, while experiencing some of the other Beakerhead magic along the way. However, as you can imagine this is not a typical board game and will rely on your skilled ability to listen to your hunches and master your timing (hint hint)! View the map to get started here.
Naturally, as you can imagine when Beakerhead approached us to collaborate on a pair of mismatched socks, there was no way we were saying no! Not only do they put on an unreal event, but they place a heavy emphasis on cultivating inner creativity and present year-round opportunities to be engaged with the public in science, engineering, and art, while stimulating ingenuity. As a result, the fit for this partnership could not have been more perfect!
We had already begun the process of designing a pair of spaceship themed socks a few months prior to having our first meeting with the Beakerhead team. So, when we sat down for our brainstorming session we landed on the idea to utilize the spaceships and pair them with a robot to compliment both brands while celebrating innovation, creativity, and technology. We then added a capital B on the chest of the robots to make the design unique to Beakerhead, with an added Friday flair.
Since we have attended many of the previous Beakerhead events and have a huge respect for the unreal work that their team is able to pull off, we were incredibly honoured to work on this collaboration with them. Talk about a creative dream!
These socks are available in both Mid-Calf (Men’s 7-12 and Women’s 8-13) and Crew (Women’s 5-10 and Men’s 4-8). Be sure to get them while you can, as they are a limited edition design and will only be available until supplies last!
Have fun exploring the quirky, scientific, citywide street festival this weekend. Here is a list of all of the fun interactive events and spectacular exhibitions to check out before the festival is over!
Here at the Friday HQ we’re always looking to see what is happening in the ever-changing world of modern art. It always inspires us to see what other creatives are doing around the globe and how their work is making an impact on both the art and global community!
Enter a technicolour, whimsical interactive art experience, located in the heart of San Francisco, called The Color Factory. When you head over to the 12,000 square foot rainbow of fun, it’s important to recognize that this is not an art exhibit or a spot there to teach you what colour is. It’s simply a place for both kids and adults to play, explore and grow one's imagination while taking hundreds of beautiful photos to post on your Instagram later.
Yes you read that correctly! This vivid space has been designed with natural lighting in mind to give attendees a full sensory experience and a plethora of #unfiltered Instagram opportunities. With that being said, a photograph truly doesn’t capture the entire essence of the frenzy of colours each room displays, as it is a place that encourages you to live in the moment, try new things and has created a conversation around art and the inclusion of social media.
This two-story explosion of colour was initially conceived by Jordan Ferney, some may know her from her creative blog “Oh Happy Day.” Together with local artist + creative director Leah Rosenberg, and New York-based designer Erin Jane, the three collaborated with a variety of artists from around the country to pull-off 15 original works of art in the rainbow striped space.
From confetti rooms, a Life Size Lite-Bright, a Yellow 207,000-Ball Pit, a Magic Jukebox, Disco Rooms, bathrooms made of whoopee cushions and MORE! This experience will have you sensorially tickled and on a colour overload.
The best part is that this rainbow experience is not confined to the 4-walls of the “Factory.” They have commissioned 17 other colour experiences that overflow throughout the city of San Francisco! Whether you’re just visiting or you call the Golden City your home, touring to each one of these murals is a great way to experience the city in a very unique and different way!
The Color Factory is a creative and joyful place allows you to learn what it truly means to have fun – no matter how old you are!
We can’t believe that this team worked their day jobs and were able to pull off this incredible art experience on their evenings and weekends. As fellow creativepreneurs we have a huge respect for these ladies and the work they have created! Bravo!