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The cuckoo is a pretty bird, she sings as she flies; she brings us glad tidings, and she tells us no lies. She sucks sweet white flowers, to make her voice clear; and the more she sings cuckoo, the summer draws near.

Old Folk Ballad

Cuckoo Grafik offers Print Design, Web & Consultation services. Julie Lapalme is bilingual Digital Content Strategist with content management experience and teaching expertise. She is also an artist living in Montreal.

Ornithological History of the Cuckoo Bird

Cuckoo BirdThe cuculus canorus is a largely grayish brown European bird that is considered a parasite as it is given to laying its eggs in the nests of other birds, which hatch them and rear the offspring.

The young cuckoo chick soon triples the size of its foster parent due to its voracious appetite and often to the fact that it has literally pushed its competitors out of the way.

Cuckoo ClockAlthough the cuckoo bird has developed somewhat of a bad reputation in ornithology, mythology and folklore, Cuckoo Grafik has adopted the bird as its moniker and mascot: for its voracious (art) appetite, its strong work ethic, its competitive drive and most of all, its unique voice.

After all, the cuckoo bird is the harbinger of spring and the usual occupant of the cuckoo clock, faithfully calling out each hour.

The cuckoo bird also refers to Cuckoo Grafik's zany sense of humour. Calling someone 'cuckoo' implies that they are deficient in sense, silly or slightly crack-brained.

When brainstorming and designing creative solutions to problemsolving, Cuckoo Grafik's philosophy is that a little sillyness and non-linear thinking can go a long way.

About Julie Lapalme

Julie LapalmeJulie Lapalme has received multiple grants and awards for her art and has widely exhibited her artwork. She has served on many juries and was awarded several art residencies across the country. Julie has also given many workshops in the arts community, offering mentoring to both artists and students.

Julie holds an MA in Littératures francophones et résonances médiatiques from Concordia University (2008) and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1995).

Her most recent work in progress is The Wishing Table, a project inspired by Tischlein, Deck Dich für Alle! Eine Betrachtung, a Socialist Labour pamphlet written in 1908 by Joseph Angerbauer.

Tongue Rug : Tapis à langues is structured around the traditional tongue rug found in Quebec and in Sweden. It is a virtual sladdakavring, acting both as archive and “writing machine”. Her cyberpitch at the Forum des Nouvelles Écritures : Cyberpitch 2.0 won the Bell Fund prize (ex aequo) at the Festival international du nouveau cinéma et des nouveaux médias.

Julie participated in the Fugues project, a hypermedia adaptation of Piano (René Lapierre, Les Herbes rouges, 2001) and a critical reflexion on the text itself, with the Laboratoire de recherche NT2 (Nouvelles technologies nouvelles textualités) at UQAM.

Orphan Train – Trained Tales, a co-production with the Banff Centre for the Arts, circulated in various exhibitions and festivals in Eastern Canada as well as São Paulo (13º Videobrasil International Electronic Art Festival).

Her computer animated video Embedded, which she worked in part at the Center for Art Tapes, was broadcast on the Women’s Television Network and featured at Toronto’s Images Festival of Independent Film & Video, among other venues.