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168: Micro + Macro Calendars with Phoebe Todd-Parrish and Ana Rita Morais



We are 23 days away from 2024 and with me today are two fantastic Toronto-based makers with calendars for us to enjoy all 366 days of the year ahead.


With me, I have Ana Rita Morais who is a Portuguese-born, Toronto-based academic, educator, and administrator. She is the Associate Dean of the School of Design at George Brown College where she works closely with faculty and students across twelve academic programs. She's passionate about pedagogy, research, calendars, and her English Bulldog Rosie.


I also have Phoebe Todd-Parrish is a Canadian artist, printmaker, and educator. Phoebe is a part time faculty member in the Department of Visual Studies at The University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan and sole proprietor of Flycatcher Press, a print studio that specializes in letterpress, screen printing, and relief print in the Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto.


In this episode, you'll hear from these two incredible minds about their calendars, yes, but the conversation is so much more than that. You'll better understand Ana Rita and Phoebe's unique creative processes and sources of inspiration, when they know when they've reached the finish line in their creative work, and you'll hear really great advice for creatives who look back on their old work with dread (aka most everyone). Links to six other incredible calendar projects can be found in the show notes at talkpaperscissors.info.

Let's listen in...


Notable Links Discussed / Other Fab Calendar Projects (curated by our guests):




Pictured Above: Phoebe Todd-Parrish's (Micro) 'Obsolete' 2024 Calendar


Pictured Above: Ana Rita Morais' (Macro) 2024 Calendar


About Our Guests:


Phoebe Todd-Parrish is a Canadian artist, printmaker, and educator.


Phoebe graduated from the Master of Fine Arts Printmaking program at the University of Alberta in 2018. Prior to moving to Edmonton, she lived in Toronto where she completed an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts and English Literature at York University, followed by her MA in English from York University in 2016. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has received accolades and awards for her research such as the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 


Currently, Phoebe is a part time faculty member in the Department of Visual Studies at The University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan and sole proprietor of Flycatcher Press, a print studio that specializes in letterpress, screen printing, and relief print in the Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto. You can learn more about her studio, publications, and workshops forthcoming on the Flycatcher Press website.



Ana Rita Morais (she/her) is a Portuguese-born, Toronto-based academic, educator, and administrator. She is the Associate Dean of the School of Design at George Brown College where she works closely with faculty and students across twelve academic programs. While in this role she was the recipient of Eastern Canada's 2021 RGD Educator Award.


Currently, she runs Pay Design Interns (an ongoing database of the companies and studios across Toronto that are committed to paying design and creative interns), is the Principal Investigator on a multi-year NSERC CCSIF funded project in partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a former member of the Board of Directors at The ArQuives.

Ana Rita holds a Doctorate from the Communication and Culture Program at Toronto Metropolitan University where she produced a SSHRC-funded research-creation project, me-dérive: toronto— an augmented reality counter-archive of Toronto's historical urban environments.


Overall, she's passionate about pedagogy, research, calendars, and her English Bulldog Rosie.




Music: One Cool Minute - Loyalty Freak Music, Licensed Under CC0 1.0 Universal


Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle


Boat Origami Photo: Boat Origami Photo by Alex on Unsplash

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