Time Past

June 30, 2015

These are a couple of old SX-70 Polaroids of the original Reactor second floor studio at 51 Camden Street. These were taken in 1983. That’s Jeff Jackson in the fourth picture.






R.I.P. – 51 Camden Street

June 26, 2015

Posted by Louis Fishauf

51 Camden Street – home of Reactor Art + Design from 1982 to 2014. And for 19 years before that, home to Camden Cooper Garments, my dad Nathan’s schmatta business in the old garment district. Nathan and his partner Sam Warner bought the building in April 1963 for $53,500.

Throughout my teenage years, I spent summers and weekends working for my dad, hauling rolls of textiles up to the third floor, and helping to lay down hundreds of layers of cloth on the long cutting table, to be cut into the pattern pieces for the stretchy slacks and ski jackets that were the mainstay of the business.

In 1982, upon my dad’s retirement, I took over the second floor space where Bill Grigsby and I started Reactor Art + Design. I was Reactor’s creative director for 13 years until 1995 when I decided to pursue life as a freelance designer/art director/illustrator. Through up-sizing and down-sizing, Reactor was a tenant in the building for over 32 years until it was sold in 2014.

51 Camden_then+now

The Juggler of Our Lady: Forbear of the Graphic Novel

June 10, 2015

Originally released in 1953, R.O. Blechman’s picture book, The Juggler of Our Lady will be reprinted by Dover Graphic Novels this summer with an introduction by Maurice Sendak. The Juggler of Our Lady is one of the great examples of the graphic novel form. In the book, Blechman gives us a satirical, visual retelling of a classic medieval Christmas tale of the same name. The story is simple: An innocent juggler named Cantalbert sets out to save the world with his talent but is scorned and ignored by everyone he meets until an encounter with a statue of the Virgin Mary changes his life.


The first edition was published by Henry Holt in 1953.

Alëna Skarina’s Music For Memory

June 9, 2015


Alëna was commissioned by Denise Cole of JWT to create a poster for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s “Music and Memory iPod Project”. The project program is based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia. The poster encourages the donations of old iPods, which are then loaded with personalized music for patients with dementia.

Carolyn Gowdy’s Warm wishes for a season of sunshine and splendour.

June 8, 2015

These are two of Carolyn’s recent handcoloured etchings.


Dream Boat


Girl with Eye and Seashell

Carolyn is presenting a solo exhibition of her ongoing project ‘pOeM pEoPle at the Seaside’ during her residency at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout & Arthouse in Aldburgh, Suffolk, UK from 6 June to 20 June, 2015.

The Winds of Change are blowing bringing Spring weather. Enjoy the earth today.

April 22, 2015

Art by Alexandra Iorgu.

Designing for Wine Country

January 6, 2015

Our esteemed designer Jess Keefer recently completed the CD-DVD-Booklet for Bill Russell’s Wine Country Tales.


Reactor’s new location.

May 5, 2014

After 32 years at 51 Camden Street, Reactor has moved to a new location at 340 Westmoreland Avenue North on the corner of Geary Avenue and Westmoreland Avenue North just north of Dupont. The telephone number is the same and the coffee is always fresh. We are here, it’s business as usual, so drop on by!


A Building of Many Things

April 8, 2014



Reactor Crew, Toronto Island 1989

December 5, 2013