Introducing.... The Tough Luck Studio & General Store!

If you're ever cruising through Muskoka, come visit my studio! There is a SHOP inside :)

100-2 Muskoka Road North, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1S4

Located in the historic Albion Hotel building in downtown Gravenhurst.

What will you find at the Tough Luck General Store? Cards, prints, clothing, and more. I also do custom work!

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HOURS

Monday - Thursday

By Appointment Only

Friday - Sunday

10am - 6pm

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FACTS AND ARGUMENTS

I recently started working with The Globe and Mail - specifically their reader submitted essay column Facts & Arguments. Very happy to be working with these guys.

It was a privileged feeling to be outside when the rains came although we weren’t really outside. There was a tension to that, the idea of being out when you maybe should be in, and knowing that the rain couldn’t get at you, but daring it to anyway.
— Judy Smith for The Globe & Mail
After the war, he grew an apparently incredible rose garden, which always struck me as unusual perhaps for a tough veteran. I suspect that he must have taken solace and refuge in bringing those flowers to life every spring, in the same Easter season where he once had seen so much death. I hope that somehow a few more appearances will be made in my life by this wondrous ghost.
— Antony Anderson for The Globe & Mail

I've already seen improvement in my work by doing these. I tend to draw things I see in real life. I take tons of photos. I'm most inspired by places around me and the feelings of those places, and I don't really consider myself very visually clever or conceptual. But these pieces have been a really great opportunity to get better at creating worlds and feelings that are outside of my own experience.

DRAKE GENERAL STORE X TOUGH LUCK

Back at the beginning of 2016 I designed a bunch of patterns for The Drake General Store.  They picked their faves and made a whole line of canvas bags with them. They're all reasonably priced and available now in stores and on their website.

Here's my fave from the collection: the weekender duffle! Such a great shape. 

The Weekender Duffle can’t wait to get away with you! Its neat, square shape is roomy but compact, making it the perfect companion for your next adventure. Coordinate it with our matching zip pouches to keep your belongings and your style in top form. Available in Moon, Cactus, Brush, and Blob prints.
— Drake General Store

It's interesting to design surface patterns without knowing their application, but when you design with other people you trust their instincts, just as they trust yours. That's the beauty of collaboration.  Above is the blob print. Blob is a pleasing word to say. 

The Tough Luck Collection features prints designed exclusively for the Drake General Store by local artist and illustrator Sandi Falconer. Known for her humourous and irreverent designs, Sandi is the creator of Tough Luck, a line of screen printed stationary, prints, and apparel that are sure to make anyone smile.
— Drake General Store

I've worked with The Drake General Store from the very beginning. From Deadweight (my first maker label), to Falconwright (a 4 year leather bag partnership), to Tough Luck (my current line of stationery). It's nice to be supported by such a great Canadian company.