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New Air-Purifying Hardwood Floor is First-of-its-Kind in World

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 5, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Lauzon Pure Genius 1 The Pure Genius flooring pictured in this living room is from the Lauzon Designer Collection, Organic Series, colour Charm in Hard Maple.

Lauzon Pure Genius 1
The Pure Genius flooring pictured in this living room is from the Lauzon Designer Collection, Organic Series, colour Charm in Hard Maple.

This Product is Pure Genius

 

New Air-Purifying Hardwood Floor is First-of-its-Kind in World

 

January 7, 2014 – A new product recently launched on the North American market makes living spaces healthier from the ground up – literally. The first of its kind in the world, Pure Genius® smart hardwood flooring by leading Canadian manufacturer Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring, improves indoor air quality of a home while beautifying the decor. Read the rest of this entry »

Fly London Event & Trunk Show!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 16, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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Light up Your Life with Paint: CIL® Paint’s 2013 Palette is Pure Joy

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 2, 2013 at 3:00 AM
CIL Paint Street Lamp Black and Universal Grey:  Deep blue and silvery grey, like CIL’s Street Lamp Black (70BB 07/103) and Universal Grey (00NN 62/000), pictured on the walls of this living space, will be popular in the year ahead.

CIL Paint Street Lamp Black and Universal Grey: Deep blue and silvery grey, like CIL’s Street Lamp Black (70BB 07/103) and Universal Grey (00NN 62/000), pictured on the walls of this living space, will be popular in the year ahead.

TORONTO, ON (January 7, 2013) – Want to know what colours are in for 2013? Think heart-warming, joyful and soothing, and you’ll be right on trend.

Leading Canadian paint brand CIL® has unveiled its paint palette for 2013 and “it’s all about joyous and uplifting colours,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for AkzoNobel, makers of CIL paint. Read the rest of this entry »

Susan McConkey Profile

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 13, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Alice Hoang Does a Profile on Susan McConkey – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 13, 2010

By Alice Hoang

Being a designer and having an eye for art and fashion, “she knows what looks good,” says Michael McConkey about his wife.

With the innate ability of designing, 51-year-old Susan McConkey’s, skills and talent are a great asset when it comes to home décor and renovations, as she knows what colours to choose and what furniture to buy, said Michael McConkey.

“I would always make [pillows and duvet covers] – I never buy it because I can never find anything I like. I have a picture in my mind, so I have to make it,” said Susan McConkey with a chuckle.

Her walls are painted dark blue while her rugs are a rust colour, as she likes the “bold” and “dramatic” look.

Susan McConkey, who has worked as a designer for 11 years, currently works at Kats Design where she designs costumes for performers including dancers, rhythmic gymnasts, and figure skaters.

She always designed for fun throughout her teenage years, while she took a home economics class in high school. She then went to design school for eight years before she began her career as a designer.
Her husband said she would listen to music that customers provide her and from there, her creative juices would flow.

“She knows what she wants,” Michael said. “It’s quite unusual. She’s someone who you just tell her something and let her listen to music and she makes something – it’s a gift.”

If someone is doing a skating routine, they’ll give her the song they’re using and a rough idea of what they want, he said.

“You just have to use your imagination,” Susan McConkey said. “You have to have an understanding of fashion history and what people are looking for.”

Her co-worker, Kim La, who does the sewing, said she admires her knack for matching fabrics and appliqués, and the precision that is put into designing costumes.

“The American costumes she makes for solo performers are very nice,” La said. “I like the ones with a lot of detail – like the ones with seaweed designs.”

She has various sketches that haven’t been used, which are organized into different binders.

“A lot of times I’d show people two sketches and they’d pick one, and the other one goes into the sketchbook,” Susan McConkey said. “I’ll go through there and see if there’s anything I can use or change to update it or make it more suitable for a theme.”

Susan McConkey said a design can sometimes take her minutes to do, while other times it may take hours.

She enjoys designing rhythmic suits best, as more work is put into them because they require lot of detail,

“The rhythmic ones I would colour in because there are so many pieces – up to 200,” McConkey said. “So when it goes from me to the pattern maker, they have to be able to look at the picture and know where the patterns are going, where the fabrics are going.”

She has also designed her own outfits for special occasions, including bridesmaid dresses.

“If I’m going to a wedding or anything, I’ll do a design,” Susan McConkey said. “I have a girl I know who would do the pattern, and I know someone else who would do the sewing at home for me.”

“I’d make things for her ever since she was little up to when she was graduating. I made her prom dress,” Susan McConkey said.

Although her specialty is designing, she knows how to do everything “from start to finish” in the production of a costume.

She said in design school you learn everything and then see what you’re best at.

“They’ll decide if they’re better at pattern-making than drawing or sewing,” Susan McConkey said. “It depends. Everyone finds their niches by the end of the course.”

While she inherited her talent for drawing from her dad, she said her mom “can’t even sew a button on or draw a stick figure”, although she seems to have passed down her talent to her son, whom she describes as “a very good artist”.

“I think it’s something that’s built into your [genetic] make-up because when I was little, all I wanted to do was draw or sew,” said Susan McConkey.

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