Viola Baker Artist Statement:
In the making of the design for The Candy Bar Toronto bandana/bag , I aimed to spark a playful experience, a game of "I spy". Dancing bodies flow throughout the design, radiating body positivity and womxn empowerment. Visual representation of the cacao bean promotes chocolate production from bean to bar. The cacao beans represent truth, raw beauty, and new growth— themes of spring.
The process of creating this illustration can be best described as a dance between my mind and the drawing pen. As you return to the bandana/bag over time, you may notice different shapes emerge, or view old ones from a new-found perspective.
April 12, 2021