Hey Folks! Just when you thought City of Craft was totally out of your hair for 2010, Love and Money doesn't actually come down until 5 pm tomorrow. If you haven't seen it yet, you should!
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each of the eleven exhibiting artists, as well as Janna, Valerie and everyone at the Ontario Crafts Council for their help and providing us with a really wonderful venue for satellite programming this year. Thanks also to City of Craft queen Becky (as always) for her help, advice and trust surrounding this exhibition.
Okay...here's everything you need to know about the show and where to find it. Hop to it, and see you all next year!
As many of you are making last minute gifts, baking up a storm and/or running around the city, we thought we would share a few great handmade ornaments from the Craft Toronto photo pool of Flickr. Aren't these great?
The Craft Toronto photo pool is a rolling stream of craft projects being made in the city (and thereabouts). It is an initiative hosted by City of Craft and reflects more makers than any of our real-world events ever could. What's more? You can join!
Photo by emily.k.cumming
Just wanted to give another big big shout-out to Beside Herself for installing the fantastic "It's All Made Up" sign at the Theatre Centre last weekend. We got non-stop compliments on it, it provided a spectacular focal point for the show and the message was perfectly on-point.
Gals, you have really outdone yourselves.
For more work from Beside Herself (both big and small) look here.
Photo by emily.k.cumming
Thank you, Toronto (and beyond), for another great year. It was pretty magical.
Thank you to all the attendees, vendors, staff, sponsors, artists, contributors, volunteers, partners and venues.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Plans are already underway for City of Craft 2011 (not to mention a little trunk show here and there), so keep posted through this blog, our participant and news mailing lists, twitter and facebook. We're hooked up!
But for now, we rest.
Sleep tight, City of Craft.
FREE HAND MODELING SERVICES AT CITY OF CRAFT!UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY! MAKES FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE GIFT!Attention all artists: On December 18th & 19th HAND MODEL will be providing complimentary “professional” modeling of the art/craft item of your choice. Participants can bring items from home or use items purchased at City of Craft (they can be made by the participant or by someone else). A professional photograph will be taken on site as items are hand modeled. Modeled items will appear on the website handmodel.ca. Participants will be emailed a large digital copy of their photographed item.Print & frame your hand-modeled artwork and give it as a gift to someone special this Christmas! Use it on your promotional website! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Don’t let it pass you by!HAND MODEL encourages local artists to bring their own work. Please make sure that it is a manageable size.Who is HAND MODEL?
Totes designed by Nicholas Kennedy
Wrapping our way to a new home!Have your gift wrapped by The Theatre Centre team and make a donation towards our new home!As one of the city’s oldest performing arts collectives, it has been a long-standing ambition of The Theatre Centre to find a permanent home.Our new home will be at 1115 Queen Street West (just a hop and a skip from the Great Hall) in a retrofitted Carnegie Library in the heart of the West Queen West neighbourhood. The adaptive reuse of this magnificent building will give us a beautiful, flexible, and accessible theatre. We will be able to support more artists and present more work. The building will house an installation space and a café, which the community will be encouraged to use as a meeting place.The Theatre Centre has had to move ten times in its 31-year history as a result of gentrification and rising rents. In April 2010, City Council announced its decision to offer a long-term lease for the former Carnegie Library at 1115 Queen Street West to The Theatre Centre as sole tenant. The move will reinstate the former glory of the library that closed in 1964 and enable the residents of Toronto to enjoy the building once more. The Theatre Centre is extremely proud to steward the reanimation of this public space and to play a role in Toronto’s heritage conservation.The City of Toronto has contributed $1 million towards the renovations and we have also received significant donations from the George C. Metcalf Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Heritage and from a private donor.However, there are still funds to be raised and we will need the generous support of individual and corporate donors to meet our final goal of $5 million.By making a donation – however large or small – you will help us find a new home.For more information visit the website.
Photo by DEADWEIGHT
With one more sleep left until City of Craft 2010, there are still all sorts of finishing touches being put on the show from all ends of the city (and beyond) - vendors are buffing their gold teeth, pulling ink across screens, making business cards, stamping packaging, shooting things with Karyn's laser and (in a few cases) driving into town.
There is lots of ferrying around that yours truly will have to do, too. Tables to set up, tote bags to deliver, raffle prizes to display...
Basically, this city is all abuzz with prep work, even if you can't tell.
Well, everyone, I think Sandi's message (above) is worth taking to heart. And I have another one: make sure to get some rest.
Here we go!
This weekend, when you make it out to the show, be prepared to be festooned with these brand new City of Craft stamps (no more tacky date stamps for us!) I mean, if you are going to get a temporary branding, it may as well look slick. This lettering was stolen from an envelope addressed to us last year by Sandi Falconer (don't worry, I asked permission). Her lettering is so much better than mine and really stood out to me as i sifted through mail last winter.
Becky and I discussed making badges for vendors, and volunteers, so that they would be easily recognizable at the show [and maybe also so we'd all have something fun to wear together]. I knew I wanted to make horse-show-winner style badges, due to two sources of inspiration:
my friend amanda's birthday ribbons, and also the giant ribbon made for me by my friend Cara, for my kentucky derby themed surprise birthday party this year [yes, I have amazing friends!].
So here are a few finished ones, and the heap of ruffles and snipped ribbons waiting to be assembled. do you really, really want one? We are still looking for a few good volunteers for Sunday, drop Becky a line at firstname.lastname@example.org , and you too, can feel like a show pony!
For those of you who can't make it out to see this exhibition in the flesh or who need a bit of enticement to check it out, here's a peek at four of the photographic portraits accompanied by statements by the people who provided these pieces. The exhibition runs until December 22 - gallery hours are by appointment - please contact email@example.com to arrange or just show up this weekend!
Big Ted Little Ted, Angela Turner
The bears are about 60 years old. The bigger one was named "Empty Stomach" because he was thin and lost some stuffing, the small one was just "Little Ted". They originally belonged to my cousin who was about ten years older than me - she got them from her grandmother. I played with them from the time I was three or four years old. They were mended by her grandmother...then my mother...and me...different people at different times.
I still remember very clearly my cousin giving them to me with the provision that I take care of them - that the bears had a car accident and had to have surgery. Nobody in our family even had cars in those days, but that was probably the most dramatic thing we could think of that anyone could go through. I really believed it... I was so careful not to touch the stitched parts, their scars, and would never let anyone touch the paws because I thought it would hurt them. I never passed them on to anyone because no-one would have them; they look old and ugly to everyone but me. I have lived in a few different places - England, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Canada...and they have always gone with me.
My Mother was the best knitter I knew. She taught herself how to knit when she was a young girl and could adapt a pattern like no one else could. These mittens are the last pair she made me. I wore them with pride while she was still alive and when I got a hole in my right mitten thumb she expertly darned it for me. But she passed away in 2007 and never got around to teaching me how to darn. Now a new hole on my left mitten thumb has developed and keeps getting bigger.
My grieving process has taken on many different stages in the past three years as she and I were exceptionally close. My artwork has always dealt with memory and this past year I have been exploring it in a different concept by participating in collaborative events like this one to deposit treasured bits of memory of my mother in unusual places. A mending of a different kind if you know what I mean.
As for the material repair of the mittens, I will tackle that someday – I just need a little more time to make that happen on an emotional level. I love these mittens and must learn how to darn and preserve the memory of my Mom, the knitter.
I can fix it myself, can't afford the gold, Jacqueline Lawson
My father, a proud Scotsman, received his ring as a gift from his father shortly after he was sworn into the Mason's organization. It was symbol of an organization to which he and his father and his father- in-law all belonged and a special gift from his Dad that he cherished.
Following many successful years working as a farrier, my father found himself as a part owner of a manufacturing firm that made aluminium horseshoes for thoroughbred horses. This new adventure was to be his retirement security, while in fact the opposite happened. When his ring broke he was not in the financial position to have it repaired by a jeweller. The solution to mend it himself was an easy one. He took it to his workshop and repaired it with his blacksmithing tools and materials. My ring now represents my father, his pride, his love of what he did and I wear it proudly just the way it is.
A Disappearing Dress, Serene Daoud
Although I was born in Saudi Arabia, I grew up hearing my family's story of escape from Palestine after the Israeli take-over in 1948. I was raised the daughter of exiles; even after becoming a Canadian citizen, this identity did not disappear. In 1994, when the first "peace-talks" between Israeli and Palestinian leaders was televised, my Humanities teacher and friend Helen, a Jewish Montrealer, handed me this dress. Helen had received the tattered folk-dress from her friend, who had traveled in Israel in the early sixties. Her friend purchased the dress from a Palestinian woman at an open market who sold it at a cheap price because of the scar that cut through the intricate embroidery on the chest panel, right in front of the heart. The cut was made during an emergency birth. Much of the patchwork found on the dress was made by the woman who sold it; only a few patches of synthetic velvet were added by Helen's friend. Helen passed it on to me to commemorate what she felt was a sign of hope for peace in Palestine/Israel. She felt if anyone should inherit this antique dress it should be a young Palestinian woman on the eve of a new era.
I was touched, but also angered, though not at Helen directly. I felt like I was inheriting an 80-year-old corpse, and I was the closest living relative found. I still have very conflicted feelings about this dress; the holes in it keep growing and soon the whole thing will disappear just like its people's memory of their past.
For Keeps: a mending show
December 9-22 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange viewing)
Cream Tangerine Gallery and Café Gallery at the Great Hall
1087 Queen St W
Curated by Jen Anisef and Marsya Maharani
Photography by Danijela Pruginic
Presented by Toronto Craft Alert and WORN Fashion Journal with support from Freedom Clothing Collective for City of Craft 2010
There are three new books by Elissa Joy that come inside boxes of pink candy popcorn -- like a cracker jack prize -- you don't know which of the three books you are getting until you eat the popcorn!These will find their way into the raffle and possibly into one very luck swag bag. Surprise!
Just a small reminder that those of you who get swag bags will not just be getting gifts in them, you will also be getting all sorts of coupons, like the ones pictured above from one of our fantastic vendors, Grace Design. There will be a good selection of vendor coupons to check out that are only good for the weekend. As well, you will find some great discounts from friendly local shops and boutiques such as The Knit Cafe, Coriander Girl and others! Use them up and meet some of the talented and like-minded folks who work in retail in our fair city.
Guys, have you met Caitlyn yet or seen her work? If you have been to City of Craft before, you have almost definitely seen her work as she has had the daunting task of hand drawing our program every year since 2008. We have also used her artwork for vendor call flyers and a super popular run of t-shirts and totes we did in 2009 (there are still a very few totes and tees left that will be at the show...but, like, two tees).
That's all you're getting, folks! The show opens tomorrow! Come out and see it for yourself...
Love and Money
Thursday, December 16, 2010
at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen Street West
I spent part of last night making these new 2010 buttons for our illustrious merch table (right by reception). They were all designed by Nicholas Kennedy to match the pinwheel fever of our entire year's design theme. To me, his designs look everything from playful to quilted to Southwestern. I love them!
In the process of making these, I went back and made a few more designs from years past. These include Amy Borkwood's architectural designs from last year (the first ones pictured below). Those pins never actually saw the light of day last year. They are like the lost buttons of the City of Craft - an underground city only unearthed years later.
Below that are Shannon Garard's designs from 2008 and the humble buttons I made for our first show in 2007. Were we ever so young?
While you are wandering around the Theatre Centre and Cream Tangerine cafe on the weekend, you may notice the space festooned with paper chains. These are all the result of an evening spent in my living room making chains and chatting with some of the 2010 staff (Jen, Sara, Michelle and Angelune). It was really nice to spend an evening just making in the midst of all the emailing, blogging and driving around that inevitably leads up to the show. In the end, I estimated that we made 80-100 feet of chains. We will see if my calculations hold water when we start to load in.
A massive hit at our 2008 show, the silhouette cameo photo booth will be back on the upper mezzanine/balcony again for the 2010 show! We are very excited to welcome Danijela Pruginic back to fill the South West corner of the upper level with vintage-inspired joy. Dani is, after all, a very in-demand photographer about town. I keep seeing her work pop up everywhere from weddings to new-style product photography to editorial work to interpretative fine art photography (see For Keeps: a mending show for some great examples of the latter).
Steven Tippin is a glass artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. He is currently a board member and the Ontario representative for the Glass Art Association of Canada.
Tippin received his Undergraduate Bachelor degree in Printmaking and Sculpture from the University of Guelph in 2002. He returned to school in 2005 to study at the Glass Department of Sheridan College where he tried to incorporate the mindset of printmaker and sculptor. He has recently returned home to Toronto after studying for his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
From his The LUX Artist Statement:
"...The LUX lounge had glassware made for them that featured the bar's logo on a sturdy and simple cup. The students of the two nearby universities often stole these cups to use in their homes. I thought that it was a strange type of ritual that I should probably experience while studying abroad. But I wanted to do it in a different way.
I began stealing the cups from the bar and modifying them by sandblasting imagery similar to the bar's decor into it. Once the cup was completed, I would smuggle it back into the LUX lounge and leave it unannounced on the bar or on a table. I used the same stealth returning the glassware as I did stealing it..."
Stephanie Cormier was born in Montreal, Quebec, raised in Barbados in the Caribbean and is based in Toronto, Ontario. Her practice includes photography, video and sculpture installation. Cormier “sculpts, draws and paints” with everyday materials and uses objects that are either plentiful and recycled or conversely nostalgic or obsolete. She enjoys giving these humble objects a new and honorable context. Her work also often involves community intervention attempting to create a more nurturing communal public experience. Stephanie studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design where she completed her BFA. Her work has been exhibited across Canada as well as in London, England and New York City. She has earned several national grants and awards and her work can be found in the Carte Blanche Photographers Book.
"...This new work comprises three components and introduces an effigy representing one of the matriarchal gods of the Anti-Logo League Girls. The fabric used to create this effigy was purchased at a thrift store and specifically chosen because it still carries a label identifying its previous owner. For the Anti-Logo League Girls these are important clues to an identity of those who came before. They celebrate these “anonymous” names and create their inspired mythical deities. In the photograph, the deity takes on a wig-like form. The sculptural elements are made from this same fabric and created in the spirit of Victorian Mourning jewellery where decorative mementos were crafted out of a deceased loved ones hair. The smaller multiples will be sold to support “Reconceptualization”, a belief in reuse, repurpose and rediscovery.
At the end of this project I will do some detective work to find the “Christine Maila” who donated her used blanket to the thrift store. I will give her some documentation of the project and ask her to choose a charity to donate the money raised, thus completing a cyclical and altruistic gesture. Foundations exist today in what seems like an ego-based system of "who’s who" of the elite. My intention is to undermine this system by creating a foundation honouring benevolence and an everyday citizen whose donation of a blanket has inspired this project."
Love and Money opens at the Ontario Crafts Council TOMORROW from 6-9 pm, and runs from December 16-31, 2010.
Images, from top: Steven Tippin, The LUX, Stephanie Cormier, The Christine Maila Foundation medallion multiples