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Canadian artists and stylists take wrapping to the extreme with creative takes on gift boxes


Outside the box

A roll of paper and a length of ribbon can create a handsome holiday parcel. But for those who want to be more ambitious with their wrapping, we tasked Canadian artists and stylists
to reimagine the gift box so it's an idiosyncratic present in and
of itself

Photography by Joseph Saraceno
Styling by Stephen Severn
Editor: Rachel Wine

Glitter Box

By Julie Moon (Mat board, acrylic, glitter and glue)

Julie Moon is a ceramist based in Toronto.

The Velvet Underground

By Pierce Atkinson (Velvet and fringe)

Pierce Atkinson is a prop and set stylist living in Montreal where he's part of the design studio Fülhaus Inc.

Flower and Feelers

By Winnie Truong (Coloured pencil and paper collage)

Winnie Truong is an artist based in Toronto, where she graduated from OCAD University. Her drawing and paper-cut collages fuse elements of nature with the female body to create new living objects, environments and psychological entities.

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The Pear Tree

By Darby Milbrath (Oil paint and Canadian balsam)

A self-taught painter with a background in professional contemporary dance, perfume and floristry, Darby Milbrath is currently based in Toronto and exhibits her paintings internationally.

In the Disco Garden

By Diana Lynn VanderMeulen (Plastics, digital collage, sand, glitter and disco ball)

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a Toronto-based multimedia artist.

Celestial Night

By Madison van Rijn (Gouache, paper and modelling clay)

Madison van Rijn is an illustrator and muralist based in Toronto.


By Meghan McKnight (Maps, vintage print material, spray paint, aquarium plants)

Meghan McKnight is a mixed-media artist in Toronto whose diverse practice includes painting, collage, photography, stop-motion animation and music videos.


By Jaime McCuaig (Phalaenopsis orchids, anthurium, cyclamen, dahlias, hoya, pomegranate, peppers, bunny tail grass and begonia)

Jaime McCuaig is a floral artist who splits her time between Toronto and New York City. Consumed by the ephemeral nature of her medium, McCuaig bends the aesthetic norm and challenges our perception of what flowers should look like and where they can exist.

Plaster Bow

By Maryam Keyhani (Plaster and gesso)

Maryam Keyhani is an artist, a hat collector and "a surreal bird of sorts".

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