First, as we are from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada would like to acknowledge that the land on which we have a home is within the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and directly adjacent to Haldiman Treaty territory. While the maps we make may have different names, we acknowledge and honour the traditional territories of all Indigenous Peoples.
Who are the Jelly Brothers?
We are Matt and Dan Jelly. We live in Hamilton, Ontario and we make things. Matt is a graphic designer, screen printer, pillow sewer and all-around craftsperson. Dan is a photographer, graphic designer, and (retired) web developer.
So your name is really Jelly?
Yes, really really.
Do you make or sell jelly?
Nope. We don't even really like to eat it, much less make it. True story.
About our Products
Where can I buy your products besides this website?
Who thought up this neighbourhood map idea?
In 2011, when Matt was Chair of the Central Neighbourhood Association in Hamilton, he was working on some promotional materials and designed a map of the Central neighbourhood. He then started designing maps for other neighbourhoods across the lower city according to Hamilton's official neighbourhood boundaries. As of now we have designed over 500 maps, including neighbourhoods across the old City of Hamilton as well as the former towns of Ancaster, Dundas, Glanbrook, Flamborough and Stoney Creek. Chances are, if you live in Hamilton, we have a print of your neighbourhood for sale. We've expanded our collection beyond Hamilton to include Haldimand County, Burlington, Guelph and select maps from across Ontario and a few select cities across Canada.
Are the maps printed locally?
Yes, everything we print digitally is done locally at Reprodux on Catharine St N. in Hamilton (an eight minute walk from our workspace). We don't often screen print maps, but when we do, Matt does those himself by hand.
Who does your screen printing?
Matt does all of his own poster prints, t-shirts*, and pillow designs by hand. None of this fancy, efficient new-fangled equipment for us (well.. not yet anyway)
*we only just think about printing t-shirts, we seldom actually do it these days, but stay tuned, you never know.
What about the tshirts you sometimes sell, are they made in Canada?
Yes! We're proud to say that all of the t-shirts we print on and sell are made by Jerico, a Canadian (Toronto) manufacturer of t-shirts and apparel. This does bump up our costs a bit compared to purchasing discount overseas products, but we like knowing that the shirts we sell are made locally and ethically*
*again, our t-shirts are mostly in our imagination these days, but whenever we do think about printing them, we think in a local, ethical manner.
I want to carry your products in my store, can I do that?
We are always looking for partnerships with local businesses in areas of Hamilton where we don't already sell our products. We have partners in downtown Hamilton, on Ottawa Street, on Concession street, and in Dundas and Stoney Creek, but if you have a business in other parts of Hamilton (or have ideas for products outside of Hamilton) we'd love to hear from you. Use the Contact Us link above to get in touch.
Do you do custom work?
Rarely but sometimes? We're always working on new maps and prints, and keeping up with our own stuff keeps us busy.
Can I use your maps on my website or for another project?
We typically turn down these kinds of requests, but feel free to ask, particularly if you're from a neighbourhood association. Please don't use images of our work from this or any other site without permission. As with so many artists, our artwork takes a lot of time and effort to create and it has taken us years to learn how to create it well. It is unfair to artists to use work without their knowledge/permission, and unfair to others who have paid for that privilege. If something adds value to your project then it is worth compensating the artists who created it, especially if you yourself are profiting directly or indirectly from that use.
I live in Hamilton, do I really need to have stuff shipped?
No! In fact most of our orders so far have been picked up locally, which kind of makes sense since most of our products are Hamilton-related. We have arranged with Mixed Media, at 154 James Street North to be our local pickup spot. We also do lots of local craft sales and festivals. If you order a print 2-3 business days ahead of time you can arrange to pick it up wherever we happen to be.
How are your products shipped?
We ship via Canada Post unless otherwise specified. All of our prints ship flat, not rolled. This might cost a little bit extra, but it ensures that the prints won't have a tendency to warp or curl after mounting/framing. At this time we only ship to Canada. Shipping to the U.S. has proven costly and unreliable and items tend to take a long while to arrive.
Where can I find frames to fit your stuff?
Mixed Media (154 James St N) carries fantastic Ontario-made solid wood frames that fit our stuff perfectly, particularly the 11x14 size.
Sealed Art on Gage Avenue is a full-service framing place that always does a good job.
McMaster Gallery & Custom Framing in Dundas is also a good bet