Snow doubt about it, this is one cozy take on the CBC Arts logo
Happy holidays from CBC Arts! Meet this month's featured artist, Malika Pannek
Every month, we feature a new take on the CBC Arts logo created by a Canadian artist. Check out our previous logos!
Plenty of folks give and send holiday cards, but few of us know about the artists who make them.
Malika Pannek is the founder of The Paperhood, a Toronto-based stationery company that sells greeting cards and other pretty things across Canada and the world. But she's also responsible for creating the designs. It's Pannek herself who hand-paints the illustrations that appear on the company's prints, puzzles, calendars and more.
"I try to infuse my art with vibrant colour and whimsy, but also nostalgia," she tells CBC Arts, and on the subject of nostalgia, Pannek happens to be the artist behind this popular tribute to CBC Radio's long dash — R.I.P. She was even on As it Happens earlier this fall to talk about it.
Her most popular cards, however, tend to feature snapshots of city life. Pannek has captured neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Montreal, New York — and, yes, her own home turf in Toronto. According to her, when she draws a city scene, she wants to conjure "a warm feeling of home." And that's something her logo design does, as well.
Pannek painted this cozy CBC Arts winter cottage in gouache, and she told us more about her work when we reached out to her by email.
Name: Malika Pannek
Let's talk about your logo design! What inspired the concept?
I wanted to create a cozy Canadian scene full of feelings of home, family and the holidays.
What are some of your favourite subjects to draw?
I love painting Canadian city scenes. I like looking for charming areas in cities and discovering the character that different styles of architecture give to a place. It's something I've really explored in my card designs and the paintings for The Paperhood's annual Soul of the City calendar. But the buildings are just one part of it. It's really the people — and in some cases, the urban critters — that breathe life and fun into the scenes.
What's the project you're most proud of?
I'm really proud of two puzzle designs I recently created. One is of a bustling Kensington Market scene in Toronto, and the other has a similar vibe, but it's set in Ottawa's Byward Market.
They're both 1,000-piece puzzles, which means the original artwork is really large. I'd never done something so big and so detailed. I'm really happy with how they turned out and we've had great feedback about them.
Are there any arts events on your radar this December? What are you excited to check out?
The One of a Kind Show in Toronto is always on my radar this time of year. While The Paperhood has a booth this year, I won't personally be exhibiting because we just had our second baby. Instead, I'll be able to go and enjoy all the amazing artists, makers and designers who come from across Canada to show off their talents.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm always working on new card designs and we have some ideas for a new puzzle next year, but I'm really looking for a new challenge and I would love to illustrate a children's book. It's a project I put on the back burner years ago and haven't had a chance to pursue again.
What's your favourite place to see art?
Who's the last artist you discovered online?
Gemma Koomen. I love her dreamy storytelling style of paintings.
What work of art do you wish you owned?
Probably something by Sarah Golden. Her abstract paintings that involve collaging are so beautiful.
Where can we see more from you?
This conversation has been edited and condensed.