Being stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to reevaluate their lives, leading some to embrace a simpler way of living by starting a vegetable garden or figuring out an effective work-life balance. Will this change in habits spark a minimalist resurgence in the long term?
Dr. Myriam Mongrain is a psychologist and professor at York University who specializes in resilience, depression, and positive psychology. Her research has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Positive Psychology.
Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak is a historian and professor at Brock University who specializes in 20th-century European history, historical gardening, and the cultural history of war. She received her PhD from Cambridge University and is the author of Marianne or Germania? Nationalizing Women in Alsace 1870-1946.
The simple, uncluttered aesthetic of minimalism has become the de rigueur for interiors around the world, with brands such as IKEA appealing to consumers who want functional, simple and stylish pieces. So how did minimalism rise to such predominance and have people finally had enough of it?
Many are calling lockdown a social nightmare, while others are thriving and can’t imagine going back to ‘normal’. Canvas8 spoke to Jenn Granneman, author of The Secret Lives of Introverts, to understand why certain people love being at home and what brands can do to better cater to them.
Having emerged from Tumblr and established a presence on TikTok, the cottagecore subculture has seen young Americans go online to post pastoral aesthetics and participate in activities that are more common in rural areas. But what exactly is driving Gen Z’s interest in quaint lifestyles?
In an always-on consumer culture, people are used to buying what they want whenever they want. But can possessions comfort and fulfill us during uncertain times? Canvas8 spoke to Bruce Hood, author of Possessed, to understand the psychology behind owning new things.