"Group of 7 Billion is collage duo Caitlin Eady and Sean Gadoury. The duo live in Hamilton, Ontario, where the collages they create are all cut and pasted by hand. They draw inspiration from their large collection of vintage books and magazines, which they use for materials, and their works often contain narratives that range from surreal to haunting to humorous."
How did you get into your art/craft?
Caitlin comes from an artistic family and I come from a family of weirdos. After hanging out for a long time and working in mixed media, we sort of settled into our current paper collage aesthetic.
What do you like to listen to while you’re working?
We always listen to records while we're working. Some absolute favourites are Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, Deerhunter, Can, Fela Kuti.
Outside of your medium, what other types of art/design/etc are you inspired by?
Inspiration can come from many different places, such as work by other artists in the community working in all sorts of mediums, from nature and it's infinite complexity, to folk/outsider art and industrial design. From everywhere, really.
If you couldn’t be an artist/craftsperson, what would you love to be?
I would love to be a teacher because I love meeting people and sharing passion with others who have it too.
Where is your studio located?
Our studio is located in our home in lower Hamilton.
What’s your favourite thing about your city?
Hamilton has a really laid back feel where you can just be yourself. There's tons of great arts and culture
What do you love most about Canada?
We don't have to worry about Donald Trump being our Prime Minister.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
Anywhere there is pizza.
What brand/artist can you not get enough of?
I'd have to answer Godspeed You! Black Emperor again. Everything about their music is so awe-inspiring. Even though it's very dark and heavy stuff, their records are something that we listen to extremely often.
What's your favourite book?
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
What do you do with your “down time”?
We have young kids so there isn't much downtime, but I like to go record shopping and drink beer.
What’s one goal you’re working towards right now?
Goals are always shifting and changing based on circumstances. With our art, we want to improve, and keep people and ourselves interested. We love that people have it on their walls as part of their everyday lives, and are sharing it with their friends and families in their homes.
What’s your favourite thing to do over the holidays?
Listen to Beach Boys and Elvis Christmas cassettes and eat bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese.