Friday, September 26, 2014

Coalesce @ Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

I can't believe it's only a week away and I haven't blogged about it yet! This time next week, I will be installing a three-story installation entitled Coalesce in the store-front window of H&M @ Queen and Spadina for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche! I will share some pics of my process soon, but in the meantime, here is an invite I made for the show!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Don't Touch" - Exhibition Photos

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all who came out to the opening of our exhibition "Don't Touch" at Red Head Gallery. It was really lovely to have the opportunity to sit the gallery during the exhibition and to spend some time at 401 Richmond. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, here are some pics from each of our collaborations with Marianne Burlew, encased in plastic. Hope you enjoy!

painting by Amanda Boulos, plastic by Marianne Burlew

Paper Muffin Cup Grouping by Lizz Aston, plastic by Marianne Burlew

Sculptural studies by Amanda McCavour

Little monsters by Grace Eun Mi Lee

Paper Bark Grouping by Lizz Aston

Plastic embroidery by Anouk Desloges

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Opening: Don't Touch @ Red Head Gallery

Don't Touch

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5 pm
August 12 - 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14th, 6-9 pm
The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Don't Touch, an exhibition by guest artist Marianne Burlew.
Don’t Touch is a series of collaborations between Marianne Burlew and twelve other artists whose work inspires a physical response. Each artist has contributed one or more pieces to be encapsulated in air and plastic by Burlew, with the intent of taking into consideration the affect of denied or limited interaction with each artwork.
By allotting each art piece it’s own plastic environment, viewers will only be allowed a specific distance from each work. By enforcing this distance, the tension between both the private space and emotional intimacy each work demands is brought into focus. This speaks to a collective frustration with the gallery space as  one that alienates the physical desires of the viewer and ultimately rejects the body as a valid method of cognition. 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Design For Living Opens Tonight! @ Craft Ontario Shop

Here's a sneak peek of my new tessellating Lace Mirrors in the exhibition Design For Living which opens tonight at the Craft Ontario Shop, 5-7pm. 118 Cumberland St. Yorkville! Check it out!

Hand-made package design mayhem in the studio!

Custom boxes and labels + a new logo designed for my mirrors!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Opening: Design For Living

Hello, I will be participating in this exhibition opening at the all new Craft Ontario Shop in Yorkville (formerly known as the Guild Shop) For the exhibition I will be showing a new series of my Lace Mirrors in tessellating pattern formations. Please come by for the opening Thursday, May 15th and check out the work of some really incredible designers and makers!



May 15 to June 5, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15 from 5pm to 7pm
118 Cumberland Street  |  Toronto, ON 

This May, the Craft Ontario Shop will be transformed into a designer showcase. Home interior vignettes within the Shop will feature works from members of Craft Ontario. Representing up-and-coming and established makers from across the province, Design For Living demonstrates that there is no line where craft ends and design begins.

Today’s maker has the ability to wholly embrace the future of design without compromising the traditions of crafting by hand. With unprecedented access to information on international design trends and to new technologies, it is no wonder that handcrafted works are blending seamlessly with high end, industrial and residential design. To live with craft now is to look beyond the functional or decorative object and consider one’s entire space.

Featured Craft Ontario members are Lizz Aston, Bettie Cott, The Brothers Dressler, Dayna Gedney, Paul Gray Diamond, Reed Hansuld, Grant Heaps, John Koletic, Cristyan Leathley, Merganzer Furniture, Normal Goods, Aaron Oussoren, Filipa Pimentel, and Steve Wallin.

Craft Ontario Shop is also proud to be featuring the beautiful hand-tufted rugs of design team Watson Soule, made locally in Toronto, as well as a special wall installation from the renowned Jeff Goodman Studio.

ABOUT CRAFT ONTARIO AND THE CRAFT ONTARIO SHOP: Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.

Since 1932, proceeds from Craft Ontario Shop (formerly The Guild Shop) have supported individual craftspeople as well as the programs and activities of Craft Ontario. When you treat yourself to the luxury of a handmade object, you support a local craftsperson, connect to the maker’s vision and bring beauty into your life. Now more than ever, thoughtfully designed and skillfully crafted objects are appreciated for their enduring quality – as pieces to be handed down and for everyday enjoyment.

SHOP HOURS: Monday to Wednesday & Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday & Friday, 10:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Images clockwise from top left:
Lizz Aston, Dayna Gedney, Watson Soule, and Bettie Cott.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Last chance to see STUDIOUS @ Harbourfront Centre!

Hello all, I am just posting to let you know if you haven't seen it yet, this is the last week to check out my new installation in the exhibition Studious at Harbourfront Centre. The show runs until Sunday, April 6th 2014. There will also be an unofficial closing party at Harbourfront on Saturday as we celebrate the opening of the all-new fully renovated and integrated Craft & Design Studio!!! You can read more about the new Studio expansion and the all-new Design Residency Here. The ceremony will take place from 5-7pm followed by a Dance Party at Lakeside Terrace!!! Hope to see you there!

Lizz Aston, Marianne Burlew, Jae Hyun George Cho, Jay Joo, K. Claire MacDonald, Amanda McCavour, Rachael Wong, Patrycja Zwierzynska

Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay

To describe someone as studious brings to mind qualities of diligence, attentiveness and quiet perseverance. This undoubtedly describes the artists in the exhibition but also playfully draws attention to time spent working in various studios and how that environment influences their work and process.
These artists are steeped in knowledge gained from exhaustive material study and imbued with the confidence and flexibility to subvert and abstract what they have learned. Guided, but not blindly lead by rich histories and time honoured techniques, they create fresh and insightful works.
For forty years this in-depth exploration of craft and design has been a core principle of Harbourfront Centre’s Craft & Design studios. This exhibition celebrates the considerable influence it has had on the careers of emerging artists, designers and craftspeople.
– Melanie Egan, Head, Craft & Design, and Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre