I draw obsessively, adore adornment, make art accessible, & collaborate often.

My detailed artworks showcase layered histories, using ornamentation and patterning to reveal alternate narratives that celebrate diversity in all its forms. 

I believe that artistic expression is a basic human need. Since 2008 I have run the affordable art subscription Papirmass, and have mailed over 100,000 prints to art lovers around the world. 

My work has been exhibited at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, Toronto's AGO, Montreal's Musée des Beaux Arts , and the Sea Wall’s Love Letters Festival (Toronto), and has appeared in numerous publications, including Fast Company, JuxtapozCanadian Art, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and Bust.

I live in Toronto with my partner and collaborator JP King.

To contact me email hello@hellokirsten.com,
or use the form on this page.

Photo Credit Michael Kuby

Photo Credit Michael Kuby

Client List


American Express
The W Hotel
The Drake Hotel

Cirque du Soleil
The Polaris Prize
Osheaga Festival
Wayhome Festival



Born: Edmonton, AB
Work/Live: Toronto, ON



Public Art Commission: Valley Line LRT Transit Station, Edmonton (upcoming) 
Mural: Like a River 2, Toronto (upcoming)
Mural: Peace, Saint Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

Mural: Listen to Learn, Colombia College, Chicago USA
Mural: Like a River, Gerrard & Carlaw Underpass, Toronto Canada
Public Art Commission: The Present Moment (Everyone is King), King St, Toronto Canada
Public Art Commission: Mix It, Financial District Vinyl-Wrapped Traffic Boxes, Toronto Canada
Mural: See the North (with En Masse), TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto Canada

Mural: Global Toronto (with Bareket Kezwer), Facebook, Toronto
Mural: Pattern Pool, Facebook, Toronto
Mural: Parkdale Patterns (at Women Paint TO Festival),  Toronto
Mural: Ecoscope 2, Toronto
Mural: Spring Fling, The Drake Hotel, Toronto
Mural: Ecoscope 1, Toronto
Mural: See the North, TIFF, Toronto

Mural: Wallpaper, Union Station, Toronto
Mural: Untitled, with En Masse, Facebook Canada Office, Toronto
Mural: Queer the North, Up Here Festival, Sudbury
Mural: Wild Walls, Osheaga Music Festival, Montreal
Mural: Wild Flowers, SeaWalls/Love Letters Festival, Toronto

Mural: Young Hearts Run Free, Toronto
Mural: Electric City/Nogojiwanong, Peterborough Canada
Mural: Welcome, Wayhome Music & Arts Festival, Oro Medonte Canada
Mural: Paper Traces, Live Art Festival, Pan Am Path, Toronto
Mural: Let’s Go Places Together, Telus Social Art Rally, Toronto
Mural: Everything That Happens, Artscape Sandbox Theatre, Toronto
Festival: MassivArt Chromatic, Paris

Mural: En Masse Collaboration, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai China
Installation: Hunted Hunters, Long Winter, Toronto
Performance: Fortune Seller, AGO First Thursdays, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Installation: Hot Topic, Feminist Art Conference, Toronto
Mural: Dan-D-Noser (at AGO First Thursdays), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
2012 Festival: Nuit Blanche: 12-HR Zine Machine, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Mural: Super Crawl (with En Masse), Hamilton Canada
Conference: Open Engagement: The Cedar Room, Portland State University, Portland USA
Festival: Sheroes, League of Legendary Ladies, with Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto

Festival: Exposure Queer Arts: Papirmasse-a-thon, Nina Haggerty Gallery, Edmonton Canada
Mural: Pop Montreal: No Cars Go (with Cease Collective), Montreal
Festival: Nuit Blanche: Papirmasse-a-thon, Galerie Maison Kasini, Montreal
Mural: Festivale Les Escales Improbables: En Masque (with En Masse), Montreal
Mural: Queen of Cards, Under Pressure Graffiti Festival, Montreal


Objectify, Nuvango Gallery, Toronto

Recent Works, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto
Hot Topic Redux, Galerie La Centrale Powerhouse, Montreal

Flora & Fauna, Arbor Gallery, Vankleek Hill

Hot Topic, Galerie Maison Kasini, Montreal



Punchlines, Munich, Germany (upcoming)

Punchlines, Annecy, France
Saving Banksy, Yorkville Town Centre, Toronto
Live Life, AMEX Pop-up Queen West, Toronto
Punchlines, Under Pressure, Montreal

Slaight Family Polaris Prize Heritage Poster Show, The Drake Hotel, Toronto
UAB Project, University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery, Winnipeg

UAB Project, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby
Love Letters to the Great Lakes, Rally, Toronto

Under New Management, Union Gallery, Kingston
Under New Management, The New Gallery, Calgary

En Masse, Art Media Centre, Shanghai
En Masse, Art Labour Gallery, Shanghai
Papirmass Five-Year Anniversary, Hermann & Audrey, Toronto
Prints & Inks, Ideaspace, Ottawa
It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This, Videofag, Toronto

AGGG II, Rennan Isaacs Contemporary, Guelph
Summer Reading Room, The Hole Gallery, New York
Creative Type V, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto
29, Gallery West, Toronto

Live Free, The Hellion Gallery, Portland
Creative Type IV, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto
Salon Masse, Galerie Pangée, Montreal
Reshelving Initiative 5, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax

Big Bang (with En Masse collective), Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal
Collage Show, Monastiraki, Montreal
Poplar & Pine: Where Are We Going?, Latitude 53, Edmonton
Chromatic II, SAT, Montreal
Baronesque, Maison du Conseil des Arts de Montreal, Montreal
No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Underworld, Montreal
Papirmass, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Vermont
Distroboto 10-year Anniversary, Monastiraki, Montreal

The Box Project, ARPRIM, Montreal
Digital Miniprint Exhibition, Voix Visuelle, Ottawa
Crowded House, 52 McCaul, Toronto
Papergirl Berlin, neurotitan Gallery, Berlin
The National Portrait Gallery, Latitude 53, Edmonton
MassivArt: Chromatic, SAT, Montreal



Founder and Publisher of Papirmass Art Subscription (2008 – present)
Member of En Masse Collective (2010 – present)

Presenter: Nurture Creative Dinner, The Depanneur, Toronto

Panelist: Creative Careers, OCADU, Toronto
Workshop: Collaborative Painting, OCAD University, Toronto
Guest Lecture: Sociology 525: Media & Images of Inequality, Ryerson University, Toronto

Artist Talk: Up Here Festival, Sudbury

Auction: Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg
Artist Talk, Struts Gallery, Sackville
Workshop: Making Ideas Happen, Struts Gallery, Sackville

Panelist: Artists for Artists, CARFAC National Conference, Toronto
Panelist: Hustle Hard, The Drake Hotel, Toronto
Artist Talk: Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City
Invited Participant: Canada Council for the Arts National Forum on the Literary Arts, Montreal
Artist Talk, University of Guelph, Guelph
Panelist: OCAD University, Toronto
Auction: Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto

Artist Talk, Canzine Symposium, Toronto
Artist Talk at OCAD University,Toronto
Auction: ArtSIDA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
Programming Board, XPACE Gallery, Toronto
Submissions Workshop, XPACE Gallery, Toronto
Artist Talk, University of Waterloo
, Waterloo
Workshop with JP King at University of Waterloo, Waterloo

Panel Discussion: The Art of Collecting, PAPIER Art Fair, Montreal
Auction: ArtSIDA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
Artist Talk at Loyalist College, Belleville

Chair of Panel Discussion: Becoming an Artist, Exposure Queer Arts & Culture Festival, Edmonton
Artist Talk, Concordia University, Montreal



Edition Art Book Fair, Paper Pusher, Toronto Canada
Toronto Art Book Fair, Papirmass, Toronto Canada

Vancouver Art Book Fair, Paper Pusher, Vancouver Canada

New York Art Book Fair, Paper Pusher, New York

Papier, Maison Kasini, Montreal

San Diego Art Fair, En Masse, San Diego
Papier, Maison Kasini, Montreal



Ontario Arts Council, Magazine Publishers Project Grant

Ontario Arts Council, Magazine Publishers Project Grant

Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant – Shanghai
Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant – Dawson City
Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Project Grant
Art Gallery of York University, Artist Book of the Moment, shortlist: Dan-D-Noser

Expozine Small Press Awards nominee: Best English Publication, Dan-D-Noser

Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec Grant to Visual Artists

Voix Visuelle Gallery Digital Print Award, 2nd place
Expozine Small Press Awards nominee: Best English Publication, Papirmass



Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Canada

Spark Box Studio, Prince Edward County Canada

Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB

Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City, YK
Spark Box Studio, Prince Edward County, ON



Geraldine Davis, Uncovering Artist Books, Grimsby: Grimbsy Art Gallery (catalogue)

Various Authors, 6 Years Later 3, Australia: SYL

Various Authors, MUDGUM, Belgium: YumYum Collectif
Various Authors, What Is An Art Book 3, New York: The Modern Language Experiment
Various Authors, 6 Years Later 2, Australia: SYL

Kirsten McCrea, Dan-D-Noser, Toronto, ON: Paper Pusher.
En Masse, essays by Nathalie Bondil & Isa Tousignant, Montreal, QC: MBaM (catalogue)
Bettina Forget, “Kirsten McCrea: Hot Topic”, The Belgo Report: Highlights From 2008-2011: 20-21.

Kirsten McCrea, Hot Topic: Portraits of 20th Century Feminists, Montreal, QC: Maison Kasini.
Gabe Wong, Poplar & Pine: Where Are We Going?, Edmonton, AB (artist multiple/catalogue)

Gabe Wong Poplar & Pine: Where Are We From?, Edmonton, AB (artist multiple/catalogue)



  • La Presse, Violaine Ballivy, “De L’Art Pour Tous”, Oct 10 2018.

  • Blog TO, “Nobody is Complaining About King Street Anymore”, Aug 15, 2018.

  • Baron Mag, Claire-Marine Beha, “Pour l'amour et la diffusion des arts visuels”, April 19 2018.

  • Global News, Emily Mertz, “Edmonton unveils 14 pieces of art for Valley Line LRT”, January 22, 2018.

  • CBC Arts, Leah Collins, “This feminist mural project already has people debating the issue”, July 14, 2017.

  • Radio Canada, Marjorie April, “Y a pas deux matins pareils”, September 29, 2016.

  • Chart Attack, Kristel Jax, “How Up Here Aims to Rebrand Sudbury”, August 18, 2016.

  • CBC News, Samantha Lui, “Sudbury Gears up for Second Annual Up Here Festival”, August 10, 2016.

  • Newsweek, “The 2015 Newsweek Gift Guide for Everyone”, December 15, 2015.

  • Bustle, Caitlin Morrison, “10 Subscriptions to Get”, November 23, 2015.

  • Mashable, Eli Epstein, “11 Creative Ways to Say Thank You”, November 20, 2015.

  • Buzzfeed, “40 Awesome Art Prints”, July 31, 2015.

  • Fast Company, Elisabeth Segran, “From Socks to Sex Toys: Inside America’s Subscription-Box Obsession”, April 6, 2015.

  • The Today Show (NBC), Jill Martin, “Best Box of the Month Clubs”, March 20, 2015.

  • The National Post, “Gift Guide: Did you leave it to the last minute, again?”, Dec 19, 2014: B2.

  • Huffington Post, Rebecca Shapiro, “When A Regular Gift Won’t Cut It, Try Giving An Experience”, Dec 1, 2014.

  • Lucky Magazine, Alison Syrett Cleary, “11 Stellar Style And Beauty Subscription Boxes We Just Can’t Quit”, Aug 1, 2014.

  • Broken Pencil, Kelly Boutsalis, “Please Mister Postman: Artists and Canada’s Mail Cuts”, June 18, 2014: 16-17.

  • NBC News Online, “Gifts that Keep on Giving: 9 Uniquely Awesome Subscriptions”, May 16, 2014.

  • Canadian Art, Sam Cotter, “Hot Jobs”, December 2013.

  • BUST Magazine, Lan Truong, “Papirmass”, December 2013: p. 52.

  • Canadian Living, “Subscriptions for Everyone on Your List”, December 9, 2013.

  • Apartment Therapy, Gregory Han, “Subscriptions for a Healthier, Happier, and Tastier Life”, June 5, 2013.

  • Artinfo Canada, Rea MacNamara, “Artist’s Multiple (Choice): Kirsten McCrea’s “Papirmasse””, May 8, 2013.

  • The Singapore Straits Times, Clara Chow, “Boxed Surprises: Subscription Boxes Offer Up Myriad Goodies”, May 19, 2013.

  • Real Simple, Valerie Rains, “8 Surprising Subscription Box Ideas”, April 29, 2013.

  • The Globe and Mail, Dierdre Kelly, “Special Delivery: Artist sends masterpieces through the mail”, April 10, 2013: L5.

  • She Does The City, Lisa Amergongen, “Papirmasse”, March 20, 2013.

  • The Montreal Gazette, Fatima Arkin, “Papirmasse makes art accessible, and affordable, to everyone”, Feb 23, 2013: B2.

  • Artinfo Canada, Sky Goodden and Benjamin Bruneau, “Canada’s Top 30 Under 30”, January 28, 2013.

  • Trendhunter, Simal Yilmaz, “Shuffled Art Delivery Services”, December 14, 2012.

  • Flare Magazine, Andrea Karr, “Papirmasse”, November 15, 2012.

  • Hazlitt, Emily Keeler, “The Accidental Editor: Papirmasse’s Kirsten McCrea”, October 4, 2012.

  • Chatelaine Magazine, Alanna Glassman, “Mail-Order Art: Build Up Your Collection for $5 a Month”, Feb 2012: 30.

  • Juxtapoz Online, “The Work of Canada’s Kirsten McCrea”, August 9, 2012

  • Rabble, Jaela Bernstien, “Kirsten McCrea’s art: Honouring feminists who challenge status quo”, July 9, 2012.

  • Broken City Lab, Joshua Babcock, “Hi, 5 with Kirsten McCrea”, June 2, 2012.

  • Infopresse, Sophie Chartier, “L’art en envoi postal”, January 4, 2012.

  • As It Happens (CBC Radio 1), Carol Off, Radio Interview, 5 January 2012.

  • Vue Weekly, Paul Blinov, “Exposure Festival”, 19 October 2011.

  • Live Free Podcast, Mike Maxwell, Interview with En Masse, 11 September 2011.

  • The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa, “I’m Jealous of Kirsten McCrea”, August 5, 2011.

  • The Montreal Gazette, Lori Callaghan, “Montreal Has a Lot to Offer Anglo Artists”, 17 July 2010.

  • The Walrus, Emily Testa, “The Edmonton Manifesto”, 21 December 2009.

  • Book By Its Cover, Julia Rothman, “Magazine Appreciation Week: Papirmasse”, 10 December 2009.

  • Edmonton Journal, Janice Ryan, “Edmonton’s own National Portrait Gallery ignites debate about Canadian identity”, Jul 9, 2010.

  • Vue Weekly, David Berry, “Picture Perfect: The NPG goes beyond cheeky reactions”, June 16, 2010.

  • See, Andrew Paul, “Portrait of a Gallery: Grassroots movement creates National Portrait Gallery”, June 10, 2010.

  • The Edmonton Journal, Paula Simons, “The Guerrilla Portrait Gallery”, May 25, 2010.

  • Georgie Magazine, Nathan Marshall, “Artist Profile: Kirsten McCrea”, 1 March 2010.

  • See Magazine, Mari Sasano, “Where did Where Are You From? come from?”, 23 September 2009: 12.

  • SNAP! Magazine, Shayl Prisk, “Artist of the Month”, Summer 2009.

  • Ottawa Express, Adam Volk, “Pop Goes the Hamster”, 28 May 2009.

  • Design Milk, Erin Loechner, “Papirmasse”, April 13, 2009.

  • Vue Weekly, Sarah Hamilton, “Hot Topic Vs. Wednesday Lupypciw: Up for debate”, 13 November 2008: 14.


2008        Concordia University, Montreal, Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Great Distinction
2005        Grant MacEwan, Diploma of Fine Art, with First Class Standing