Jessica Hiemstra
Toronto Artist. Writer. Designer.

Curios Shop

Whimsical decor, eclectic gifts, poetry books, fine art prints and other curios. With each purchase, you’ll receive a handwritten note from the artist and designer herself. Jessica is a Toronto-based artist and designer but ships internationally.

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Curios Shop

Shop Jessica’s books, art and other curios here. You’ll find illustrated collections of poetry and essays alongside fine art prints and hand made stationary. Jessica also collaborates with Accent Decor as a product designer to make unique gifts and whimsical decor— including the beloved Eric and Eloise storybook collection. With each purchase, you’ll receive a handwritten note from the artist herself. Jessica is a Toronto-based designer, but we will ship goods all over the world. If you live outside Canada and the continental US, contact us. If you want to purchase original artwork or buy a print you don’t see here, please write to us.


Apologetic for Joy

Apologetic for Joy


Written and Illustrated by JESSICA HIEMSTRA
Published by GOOSE LANE EDITIONS, 2011

Apologetic for Joy is a lush collection of poetry from a unique voice whose palette of subject matter ranges from artistic anatomy to dislocation. Hiemstra's poems reveal a sensual awareness and an imaginative escape into intricately woven poetic worlds, rich in sensual detail and metaphor. Her gentler sketches of quotidian moments peel away to reveal an artist and poet whose careful observations of the world undertake the difficult translation to page and canvas.

Your purchase of an autographed book includes a set of three mini print illustrations from the collection.

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"Simple words so close to real life, so accessible in their truth and so comforting in their unpredictable beauty. Truly poetry as we would like it to be. Always." — Herménégilde Chiasson

"Though she may claim to be just arranging lines 'to make sense of debris,' her attention to thought and language is bold, often breathtaking. Her voice is a beam that sings and dazzles, and these are poems to set the heart ablaze." — Sachiko Murakami

"Apologetic for Joy showcases a young poet who embraces the world with a sensual attentiveness and a steadfast lyrical clarity.... Whatever the future holds for this young poet, in Apologetic for Joy her arrangement of lines makes appealingly lucid and graceful sense." — Barb Carey, Toronto Star

"Reading Apologetic for Joy was, for me, like peeling an orange on a hot day and greedily biting into its juicy flesh. Wanting more, I eagerly turned each page to delight in the next surprise. ... a pleasure to read because the poetry remains as artfully loose as the drawings. ... It is literary and a page-turner at the same time." — Tanya Lester, The Malahat Review.

"Hiemstra-van der Horst pens painterly poems that close in poignant observation or tease us with whimsy and absurdity. ... Multitalented, Hiemstra-van der Horst has talent to burn." — Chronicle Herald

"Apologetic for Joy is a master class in painting the quotidian with words, rediscovering delight in daily life while consistently acknowledging the brevity of human existence... Hiemstra-van der Horst directs her words like beams of sunshine through a magnifying glass to illuminate experiences that can all too easily be dismissed as mundane... Hiemstra-van der Horst has wrought some masterful and uplifting poetry, with elegant and beautiful ekphrases, and no apologies should be made if it is found to be a truly joyous work to read." — The Bull Calf