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About Us


About Us

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About Us


About Us

Konanz & Co. (formerly known as Dessart Studio) was formed by hybrid artist/designer Jennifer Konanz as a hands-on, material-based art & design practice. We specialize in traditionally hand-painted signs, including gold gilding. Although this is our focus, we are passionate about all forms of traditional craft and are always looking to adapt our expertise to a range of projects whether it be a window sign, a wall mural, or a commissioned piece of art.


List of Services

We do a lot of things here - more than you might think. Some of it is done here in-house, other things we can offer you through working with our vendor partners. So here's a breakdown showing what we can offer you:

painting and sign services

 

other in-house capabilities

 

vendor partner projects

 
  • Sign Painting
  • Reverse-Glass Gilding
  • Surface Gilded Signs
  • Gilded Architectural Features
    (indoor & outdoor)
  • Contour-Cut Signs
    (board & aluminum)
  • Hanging Sign Construction
    and Sign Cabinets
  • Mural Painting
    (indoor and outdoor)
  • Faux-Aging Painting
  • Vehicle Lettering
  • Menu Boards
  • Chalkboards
  • A-Frames
  • Pen & Ink Lettering
  • Illustration in Physical Media
    (Watercolour, Gouache, Acrylics)
  • Hand-Printing Services
    (Etching, Silkscreen, Relief Block)
  • Wedding Invitations
  • Hand-Lettering Logo Design
    and Branding Identities
  • Digital Illustration & Lettering
    (on Wacom Tablet)
  • Basic Web Design
  • Design for Print-Ready Material
    (brochures, stationary, business cards)
  • Wood Carving (low relief)
  • Basic Vinyl Decals
    (small jobs only - limited
    availability)
  • Sign Installation & Permitting
    (with purchase of one of our signs)
  • Neon Signs
  • Basic Sign Lighting (bulb)
  • Wood Cut Letters
  • Metal Cast Letters
  • General Small-Scale Casting
  • Basic Welding & Sign Hardware
  • Plaster & Concrete Casting
    (low relief and fully 3-dimensional)
  • 3-D Modelling
  • 3-D Printing
  • Mechanical Drafting Services

The Story Behind The Company


  Jennifer Konanz  Owner and operator of Konanz & Co.

Jennifer Konanz
Owner and operator of Konanz & Co.

The Story Behind our company

We're a small company - in fact we are one person large! At first, I believed the people who had warned me against naming a business with your own name, but I soon came to realize that in a business based on traditional craft where the skill and success of the business literally rests in your own hands and training, you really are at the centre of it. With being such a lean setup though, you can't do everything yourself and the people who are close to you become really important. At the core of this business, is myself but the people who I couldn't do this without are "& Co." They are family holding ladders for me, my partner who has painted alongside me, friends who visit me on-site, and other painters in the worldwide sign painting community that have taught me, help me trouble shoot, show me how they did that "cool thing", and most importantly, inspire and challenge me by making really great work.


Keep Up with Us

Follow on Instagram to see what inspires us and to keep up with our most current projects.

The Community "& Co."

The support from the community in Alberta has shown themselves to be equally inspiring - from the talented folks who design some of the stuff I am lucky enough to produce as well as the clients who ask for gilding on their windows instead of vinyl. Every one of these people are the "& Co." who make it all happen.

craft, architecture, and tradition

Making things runs deep in our family. Having a carpenter as a father, I have developed a deep respect for people who can make things skillfully with their hands. This started me on a life-long love of materials and set me on a never-ending journey learning to master them. I am always seeking out workshops, reading up on new techniques, and looking to broaden my skills. 

My love for heritage architecture goes hand-in-hand with my love of signage and letters. I do what I do because I want to make our urban communities beautiful - to make them places we enjoy being in and enjoy looking at. I look to heritage architecture, design & typography for inspiration because it comes from a time when the things we put in our environments had more permanence. Things were made well because they were intended to last, so their aesthetics were given greater consideration. I believe there's lots to learn from this way of designing. There's a cohesiveness and attention to quality and detail that we don't see as much anymore.

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House & Object


House & Object

We're excited to announce that we're now sharing a studio space with the industrial designers of House & Object Inc. More on our partnership coming soon...

House & Object


House & Object

We're excited to announce that we're now sharing a studio space with the industrial designers of House & Object Inc. More on our partnership coming soon...