The art of style…

Vanessa Buckareff is an artist, stylist, photographer, and founder/creative director of Rage Market, a Toronto-based magazine. She is a talented London native, who is making waves in the Toronto creative scene. In this instalment of Fuse Profiles, Vanessa talks dogs, photography, and what it means to be a #girlboss.

In this installment of Fuse Profiles, Vanessa talks dogs, photography, and what it means to be a #girlboss.

I see you included a girl boss section on the latest issue, why is it important to highlight bada*s women in your publication?

Women have always had to fight to be recognized professionally, and though I think things are getting better, we have SUCH a long way to go still in terms of how women are seen and represented in professional and public circles.

My generation of women particularly I think are really crusading beyond the roadblocks that were set for such a long time and it’s so important to talk about it. I know so many amazing, talented young woman who deserve to be seen, so I make it my mission to use Rage to showcase them and their work.

Rage Market Toronto Ontario
Photo via ragemarket.format.com

It’s also a community thing as well. Many of my friends are accomplished artists or business women that inspire me every day. My mission with Rage has always been to show people you wouldn’t necessarily see on the pages of a larger publication, so showcasing women hustling their dreams is just a natural part of the Rage DNA.

What is your favourite vintage piece you’ve ever owned?

Oh god, just one? Haha, I think my biggest score and most coveted item was this Jean-Paul Gaultier vintage blouse I found in Toronto at a thrift/vintage store. They had priced it for $7.99 (note to retailers: know your designers) and I marched up to the checkout and got the heck out of there so fast.

I always make a point to check the legitimateness when I’m shopping, because I come across fake designer pieces all the time. But this one proved to be legit, and it’s one of my favourite pieces till this day.

Rage Market - upside-down lighter and tropical printed shirt
“VERSACE FIRE,” 2016. Photo via ragemarket.format.com

I always make a point to check the legitimateness when I’m shopping, because I come across fake designer pieces all the time. But this one proved to be legit, and it’s one of my favourite pieces till this day.

Film or digital?

I personally prefer digital, but that’s because I work in a world where fashion editorials usually only use that medium.

But I have a huge respect for film and the look and feel it brings to photography. In my days at BealArt, we learned film mostly, so I sometimes buy those disposable film cameras and take them out to shoot with for kicks. I used film mostly for the poetry zine I am releasing soon, just because it evokes such a sense of nostalgia for me, and I wanted to include shots of the

I used film mostly for the poetry zine I’m releasing soon, just because it evokes such a sense of nostalgia for me, and I wanted to include shots of the neighbourhood and areas of London that I grew up in. Film was a great way to communicate the hometown feeling I want to associate with the poems. I have a love for both though, and use one or the other depending on what project I am working on.

What’s your opinion on dogs?

I love dogs so much. Like, who can love you more than a dog? But I also am a cat owner… sorry Tiki.

abstract painting - rage market
“The Round About,” 2016. Photo via ragemarket.format.com

I love dogs. But I love cats. Mostly my cat. Specifically my cat.

Where’s your favourite place to take photos?

I think the greatest photographic adventures I have ever been on was when I worked abroad in Italy for two months and just taking photos of EVERYTHING. Milan and Rome specifically are both just such culturally rich cities, and I got some of the best pictures I have ever taken when I was there. It’s the middle earth of the art world, so the inspiration there is just endless and overwhelming. Those photos inspired me to continue with the aesthetic I developed

Milan and Rome specifically are both just such culturally rich cities, and I got some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken when I was there. It’s the middle earth of the art world, so the inspiration there is just endless and overwhelming. Those photos inspired me to continue with the aesthetic I developed there, and acted as a pivotal turning point for me as an artist.

What’s next for Rage Market?

Currently Rage’s acting Editor Kelsea Schnitzler and myself are working on putting together our fourth issue launching at the end of May! It’s been a ride with publishing these zines and this is going to be the biggest issue I’ve done so far!

We have some great photographers being featured from all across Canada, as well as writers and artists. We also will have a booth at the Toronto Art Book Fair along with other great zines. So, if you’re in Toronto, come check us out!

Rage Market - pink room with modern white cube and succulent
“MODERN ORGANIC,” 2016. Photo via ragemarket.format.com

I’m also publishing a poetry zine during the summer, which I’m still working on a title for. My poetry spans over a decade, and focuses on three different time periods in my life. Mostly while being a kid, teen, and young adult in London. It’s the most personal project I’ve ever done, so it’s a big step to take and a unique project to add under the Rage Market umbrella.

Oh, and I will be freelance styling all summer… I basically don’t know what a summer vacation is. But Rage has always kept me busy, so these coming months will be no exception!

When not working on her magazine and visual artist pursuits, you write poetry. Can you share some?

I wrote this just before I moved to Toronto. I was excited to move onto a new chapter of my life, but realized that I would be leaving the safety of my hometown. There was one day where I went to the field near my house and wrote this, sitting in the sun and just enjoying one of my last summer days at home.

“Lavender”

Here I lie
A bed of lavender
Clouds cast shadows
Even though I am here
With just the wind
in the stillness
I see sunlight
Through my eyelids
Causing a rosy glow
A backdrop for an otherwise
Pitch black electricity
The universe that coats my eyes
This is where I am most happy
Floating above myself
Towards infinite light
I will find what I have always been looking for

-fin-

Rage Market - abstract simple painting
“3D” Paper and Acrylic,” 2016. Photo via ragemarket.format.com

This poem represents feeling secure and realizing that I would be moving onto to a new part of my life.

What’s your favourite piece of your own artwork?

“My favourite piece of work that I’ve done up till this point is RAGE Issue 3, that I released last Spring. It just encompassed such a big moment for me with my travels

It encompassed such a big moment for me with my travels throughout Italy and some artwork that I had been working on for a while. It’s something that I’m proud of, mostly because of all the incredible people that got featured.

Rage market front of magazine
Rage Market, Iss. 3. Photo via ragemarket.format.com

It’s an honour to know that people trust you with putting their work on display. Being able to see your ideas and people’s work come together in a cohesive way is very satisfying. It’s why I got hooked after my first issue. This issue specifically was a breakthrough “a-ha” moment. [Here] I realized my true calling and career path is to eventually grow into an art or creative director role. We shall see what the future holds!

It’s so amazing to see creative women making the world a more beautiful place. #Feminism, right? Check out Vanessa’s website and Instagram for more info and to see more of her awesome work.

Fuse Profiles is a series created by Emma Marr to highlight the incredible talent and creativity found in London, Ontario (and beyond). These pieces span across all media and showcase some of the most interesting and promising artists practicing locally today. Stay tuned for more profiles, published every two weeks from now on! 

Feature photo via ragemarket.format.com

2 COMMENTS

    • Hey Coral, thanks for giving us the head’s up. Since it was a photo of Vanessa’s book, it didn’t exactly warrant a source but we are happy to know it was by you!

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