Aiken Lao
ILLUSTRATOR / DESIGNER / MARKETER

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Snippets of my life, behind the scenes work, and thoughts.

1000 Parker

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to drop by Carla Tak and Tangible Interaction’s studios at 1000 Parker with my colleagues Emily Rose and Carson Ting.

For those of you who don’t know, 1000 Parker is the amazing home to countless artists who share the rooms in the four-floor building. It has everything, ranging from interactive design, artist, print maker, art framers, and more. When you first walk in 1000 Parker you can already feel that it’s a special place. Beautiful graffiti art covers the walls, and the interiors are raw with concrete, wood, and posters of exhibitions and products. Each studio room is unique, reflecting the craft and personality of the residing artist. The East Side Culture Crawl is one of the biggest art events of the year where you get the opportunity to tour each of the studios in this creative haven.

Carla Tak (On the very left)

Carla Tak (On the very left)

One of the artists we had the pleasure of meeting was Carla Tak, an incredibly talented abstract painter who—I wish I thought of this earlier—refuses to name her paintings. Instead, they’re labeled as Untitled #1, 2, 3 and so forth. Although we were only there for about 30 minutes, her generous, adventurous, and thoughtful spirit was evident in our conversations. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to talk to her again, and see more of her work!

Carson’s Signature Bunny

Carson’s Signature Bunny

Second studio we went to was Tangible Interactions, a one-of-a-kind place where art, technology, and dreams all intersect to create the coolest projects you can’t imagine. One of their most popular pieces was Oh! at Science World, where viewers could control Vancouver Science World’s outdoor light dome from a smaller light dome nearby. We had the opportunity to take a look at some of their work in progress, and test out this digital graffiti board. Very cool.