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At Craft Ontario we celebrate Canadians and their Craft all year, every year. For CANADA 150 we’re extra excited! This month, we’re looking at our members' work from coast to coast, province by province.
There is so much to know about Canadian makers. Here’s just a glimpse at some of them.
Nicole Tremblay has been blowing glass since 1994. She runs her own shop in Canmore.
Dana Roman, Artacious has decades of experience in the fashion industry. Each of her scarves is individually hand painted.
Ted Jolda, Warthog Glassworks, is from Ladysmith, and is a long time member.
Madeleine Chisholm is from West Vancouver and works with sterling silver. She is one of our longest running shop vendors.
Joanna Lovett is from Burnaby, her vermeil maple leaf necklace and earrings are for true Canada fans.
Mikel Lefler is from Sechelt. Pictured here, roller printed sterling silver earrings.
Padraig Cottage is from North Vancouver. Their hand crocheted wool baby slippers with shearling inserts, are a hit and they employ over 40 craftspeople.
Stefanie Dueck is from Vancouver, working with cast stainless steel and bronze. Did you know cheese knives with holes are for soft cheese?
Jabu Bell is from Prince Rupert and creates Haida design, hummingbird motif rings.
Manitobah Mukluks is an Indigenous owned company from Winnipeg. Their suede moccasins with rabbit fur trim and beading details are a shop favourite. We only carry their inventory that is made in Canada.
Maurice Gamblin is from Bairdsville. He hand turns bowls and vases from local woods, like maple and birch.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR:
James “Crow” Colbourne carves whale bone, ivory and caribou antler. He learned his craft from his father.
All of these items are supported, marketed and distributed by a northern Canada trading company who exclusively promotes craft from the territory.
Mary Akoakhioh made the stroud tea cozy with muskrat trim and embroidered details. Stroud is chosen for embroidery and beading because it holds the weight well.
Clara Klondike, Marie & Francine Kotchea make beaded accessories on stroud and traditionally smoked moose hide. Their techniques and styles are passed down through generations.
Mervi Haapakoski is now from English Town (she recently moved there last year) Yusun, our shop manager, has 23 of her glasses at home.
Basic Spirit, from Pugwash makes cast pewter tableware and accessories. They are a family run business and 10% of their profits go to philanthropic projects.
These artists are represented by a crown corp. of the Government of Nunavut. They are dedicated to marketing and generating revenue for Nunavut communities.
Arviat makes sealskin mitts.
Sandy Maniapik is from Pangnirtung and works with ivory.
Mona Netser is from Coral Harbour, she make Oopik, the seal skin owl.
Lavinia Van Heuvelen is from Iqaluit and works with sterling silver. She and her mother are both artists represented at the shop. Currently, she has studio access at the Nunavut Arctic College. For northern artists, studio access can be a challenge, so we feel lucky to have her jewellery.
Isaac Sala is from Sanikiuaq and works with argillite stone and caribou antler.
Solomonie Kisa is from Qikiqtarjuaq working in the tradition of caribou antler figurine carving.
Andrew Sagutch is a Toronto maker working with deer hyde.
Jamie Bennett, Little Bellwoods of Toronto designs and makes soft toys.
Jean Pierre Schoss, Dog Bite Steel, is from Uxbridge and makes upcycled steel objects with partner, Brenda.
Andree Chenier is from Toronto and works with sterling silver, gold and black diamonds.
Artech Glassblowing Studios is in Tory Hill. Their maple syrup carafe is made from upcycled beer bottles.
Cinelli & Maillet are from Toronto and cast sterling silver rings with enamelling.
Sarah Dobranowski is from Toronto. She uses lace to make molds for casting her sterling silver and rose gold jewellery.
Gabe Thirlwall is a Toronto maker. Justin Trudeau finger puppet is from ‘The Political Circus’ collection, a cast of politicians - heads filled with stuffing.
Irina Rapaport is from Toronto and makes jewellery with found objects. Her inspiration is anything and everything.
Grace Eunmi Lee is a Toronto ceramic artist. She likes to use gold lustre from South Korea as she prefers the richness of colour and the texture.
Joseph Panacci is from Simcoe, a long time ceramicist and perfectionist.
Mary Pheasant is from Wikwemikong. Mary represents and has introduced the shop to many craftspeople over the years. She, herself is an artist and self-taught illustrator and writer.
Eric Tardiff is from Gatineau. His walnut Heron is one piece of wood, split and steam bent. Steam bending means having about a 15 seconds window for the maker to manipulate the wood.
Karel Aelterman is from Val-des-Monts. He uses various woods such as maple, black walnut and mahogany.
Lisa Creskey is from Chelsea and she uses clay in a way of envisioning three dimensional paintings.
Ivan Dobren is a Montreal jeweller who works in sterling silver, gold and precious stones. He designs unusual, asymmetrical settings.
Rob Froese is from Moose Jaw. His ceramic bowls are produces in two studios, one in Moose Jaw, the other in Japan. His work is very much inspired
Even now, the Arctic Circle remains a mysterious wonder to many of us. This collection of landscapes by three artists allow us to discover the Northern lands through their eyes. Featuring the works of Nicotye Samayualie, Nujalie Quvianaqtuliaq and Oooloosie Saila.
Nicotye Samayualie - Late Summer - 23" x 30" - $1,000
SOLD - Nicotye Samayualie - Malikjuak Park - 23" x 30" - $1,000
Nicotye Samayualie - Winter is Coming Soon - 30" x 23" - $1,000
Ooloosie Saila - Untitled - 23" x 15" - $400
Ooloosie Saila - Untitled - 23" x 15" - $400
Nujalie Quvianaqtuliaq - Beautiful Day - 25.5" x 19.75" - $500
Nujalie Quvianaqtuliaq - Lots of Island - 22" x 15" - $400
Nujalie Quvianaqtuliaq - Nice Day - 22" x 15" - $400
The Craft Ontario Shop offers a spectacular array of craft for all of your holiday needs!
Visit the Shop’s new location at 1106 Queen Street West to find the work of over 300 members, with a special selection featured by the following makers for the holidays.
You will find exquisite woven shawls and hand knit toques to keep you warm for the winter, beautiful wood cutting boards and cheese knives for entertaining, a full selection of ceramic and glass dishes to decorate your table, eye-catching jewellery for holiday parties, and much, much more.
Images (From Top): Ceramic pitcher, spoons and mugs by Teresa Dunlop, Gold greeting cards by isavirtue paper co. (Kaitlyn Webb Patience & Nature's My Friend), Felted Cacti by Amanda Perumal, Knitted Hat by Saskiaknits, Necklace and Cuffs by Pasha Designs, Sewing Kit by Valerie Knapp, Glass ornament by Kingston Glass Studio and Egg Cup by Annika Hoefs.
Craft Ontario is thrilled to partner with The Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator and Culture Storm for the exhibition of the Incubator's first-ever Collective Creation Project, Indian Giver. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, the artists of this group exhibition have been commissioned to create a new body of works in fashion, textiles or wearable art that address issues of cultural appropriation of Indigenous cultures. The established and emerging artists include Erika Iserhoff (Cree), Jodi Lynn Maracle (Kanien’kehá ne Kenhtè:ke – Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte), Jeneen Frei Njootli (Gwich’in) in collaboration with Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez (Nahua/Mestizo), Sage Paul (Dene), Lido Pimienta (Wayuu), J’net AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth (Nuu-chah-nulth), and Louise Solomon (Ojibway).
Recent media has been flooded with incidents of cultural appropriation: Urban Outfitter’s illegal usage of the Navajo Nation’s cultural trademarks, the Washington Red*kins logo and name, and Canadian designers Dsquared2’s fashion collection D*quaw, to name a few. While these cases have been recognized as derogatory or racist, there are initiatives in the mainstream that are Indigenous-led and truly share in celebrating our culture, history, aesthetic, or contributions to modern day. This seminal exhibition, Indian Giver, addresses the disjointed “appreciation” of our culture and the theft of intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, artifacts or traditional materials by reclaiming these ideas and placing voice and creation squarely back into the hands of Indigenous artists.
The exhibition component of the project will be on view at Gallery 1313, from June 8 to 19, with the opening reception on June 9 from 6:30-10pm. The artists will be in attendance for the opening reception where a pop-up shop of their additional works will be available for purchase. Artists’ works will also be available for sale from June 10 to 19, at Craft Ontario Shop.
Setsuné (set-soon-eh) means grandmother in the Dene language and it is used to acknowledge intergenerational crossovers, blood memory and oral histories expressed through fashion and the arts. Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator programming fosters the research, development and creation of new works by Indigenous artists working in traditional and contemporary fashion, textiles and wearable art. Their partnerships with industry, galleries and allies promote Indigenous fashion and material-based art across diverse cultures and sectors. Setsuné is a Collective comprised of women artists, designers, managers and community members Sage Paul, Erika Iserhoff and Louise Solomon; they follow the spirit of a not-for-profit organization within an Indigenous framework. Setsuné Inc. is an extension of the Incubator with a focus on the economic development and wellbeing of Indigenous women entrepreneurs who work in fashion, textiles and apparel retail. www.setsuneincubator.com
Curatorial Advisor, Heather Haynes of Culture Storm is a Senior International Programmer for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and a Programmer for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She is the founder of Culture Storm, a production and touring company for performance artists, theatre and visual arts that plays an important role in fostering social, political, community engagement and change. She has produced three International award winning documentaries; Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary, Super Amigos, and City Idol and is the former Artistic Director and Founder of Toronto Free Gallery.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE PROCESS:
The artists worked independently and collaboratively to create a new body of works that speaks to and challenges cultural appropriation of Indigenous peoples. The works have a foundation in fashion, textiles or wearable art although the selected proposals explore mixed materials and practices in their execution. In addition to working together, Artists had have access to consultation with our selection jury, elders, OCAD University and Craft Ontario. The Jury, which included Heather Haynes, Monica Hayward, Elwood Jimmy and Rosary Spence had this to say of their selections:
As a jury we felt that the selected proposals were most reflective of the overall theme of cultural appropriation bringing a strong core of artists together to work in a collaborative way. Bringing a strong conversation with a multi-layered approach in use of materials and innovation and a multi-disciplinary approach. The artists we selected represent a wide range of cultural backgrounds & experiences, ways of making, and all demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to their work and their communities.
Erika Iserhoff (James Bay Cree) Erika A. Iserhoff is a multi-disciplinary artist of Omushkego/Eeyou Cree heritage and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation. Erika works to collaborate with artists, communities, and revitalize traditional Indigenous cultural practices within her contemporary art and design work and community arts projects. She is a graduate from the Ontario College of Art & Design University with a Bachelor of Design. She is also the Artistic Producer for Native Women in the Arts, a member of the Chocolate Woman Collective and the Co-Artistic Director of the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator. Professional Art Exhibitions include; Passages: First Peoples (OCADU University Professional Gallery), Ancestral Teachings Contemporary Perspectives curated by Vanessa Dion Fletcher (Thunderbird Centre, Gladstone Hotel Gallery). Not Forgetting curated by Lisa Myers (Harbourfront Centre, Planet IndigenUS), Catalyst (Arts Etobicoke), Hand Work Graduate Exhibit (John B. Aird Gallery). Erika is a recipient a Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Costume Design for the play Agokwe by Waawaate Fobister (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)
Jodi Lynn Maracle (Kanien’kehá ne Kenhtè:ke – Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte) is currently pursuing her PhD in American Studies at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Scholar, activist, dancer, craftswoman and artist Jodi Lynn Maracle centers her research, practice and activism on creating a contemporary presence for Indigenous peoples through critical self-representation across disciplines and across geographies. Most recently she completed a collaborative installation of screen printed signs in the Tuscarora language at Artpark in Lewiston, NY and is in production with its complementary digital soundscape component.
Jeneen Frei Njootli (Gwich’in) and Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez (Nahua/Mestizo) Jeneen and Rodrigo’s peoples, both in the North and the South, are renown for creating incredibly inventive and beautiful garments. Jeneen and Rodrigo are inspired by the wearable art made by their ancestors and families hands. They hope to honour their respective traditions by giving continuation to the values enacted in creating handmade, imaginative, playful and meaningful wearable pieces and adapting them to our particular circumstances. In this collaboration Jeneen and Rodrigo will create two full-body garments that are reflective of their individual Nahua, Mestizo and Gwich’in ancestry. Jeneen Frei Njootli is a member of the ReMatriate collective and has a performance-based art practice. Rodrigo works as a plurimedia artist, activist and picture framer. Both artists are currently based in unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam territory.
Sage Paul (Dene) is an artist and designer. She loves beauty. Her work reflects family and the broader sense of community, cultural experiences, and resisting commodification or commercialism through fashion, wearable art and mixed-materials. Sage’s work has exhibited at The Woodland Cultural Centre (2014), The Royal Ontario Museum (2013) and the Harbourfront Centre (2012). She has also completed three fashion collections and designed wardrobe for film and theatre including collaborations with Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman and a Centre for Indigenous Theatre production directed by Herbie Barnes. Sage is the co-founder of Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator.
Lido Pimienta (Wayuu) is a Toronto-based Colombian born interdisciplinary Indigenous Wayuu and Afro Colombian artist, curator and musician. She has performed, exhibited and curated around the world since 2002. Her work explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latinx American and Indigenous Diaspora and vernacular.
J’net AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth (Nuu-chah-nulth) is from the Ancestral Lands of the Nuu-chah-nulth on Vancouver Island. She is a cedar bark weaver and textile artist who re-creates oral story traditions on contemporary and re-cultured clothing. J’net has been awarded numerous Canada Council for the Arts grants to venture home to BC and learn cedar bark weaving from kindred weavers. J’net is devoted to retaining and sustaining her oral traditions through a variety of Indigenous textile art mediums for future generations to take pride in their heritage.
Louise Solomon (Ojibway) is a multimedia artist and goldsmith that takes inspiration from Mother Earth and her cultural heritage. She likes to mix modern day techniques and forms while still incorporating or drawing inspiration from raw materials like claws, teeth, sweetgrass and other organic materials. Louise studied Studio Art at the University of Guelph where she received her Bachelor of Arts and then continued her studies at George Brown College for Goldsmithing. She has since opened up a successful Jewelry company, Hand of Solomon where she produces high-end engagement rings, wedding bands and statement jewelry art.
Thomas and Kate collaborate to create functional pieces with a whimsical twist. In this feature, Thomas and Kate explore the eternal themes of love, friendship and commitment through the imagery of birds. Poetry, textiles, theatre and the antics of the birds that visit the garden of their country home & studio are the inspiration for this collection.
SOLD - Blossom Island - 24" x 12" (measurements without the frame)
Lorraine approaches the medium of textiles in a non-traditional way, by using a unique mixture of techniques. She integrates thousands of bits of fabric and threads with fine transparent tulle and machine stitching to create both real and fantastical landscapes.
in blossom is a special and exclusive collection of Lorraine's textile work, inspired by the glory of blossoming bushes and trees. She looked to Van Gogh for inspiration to create some of her pieces. She ran into an interesting challenge while composing, as "most flowering trees bloom wide and low to the ground in order to be better available for bees. Taller trees that bloom don't depend on bees as much and thus will flower later when the leaves are out, so you lose the effect of the flowers."
SOLD - Come Hither - 48" x 24"
SOLD - Flowering Crab I - 12" x 12"
SOLD - Flowering Quince I - 12" x 12"
Forsythia I - 16" x 16"
Forsythia II - 12" x 12"
SOLD - Island XVI - 16" x 8"
Peach Blossoms I - 16" x 16"
Peach Blossoms II - 12" x 12"
SOLD - Plum Blossom I - 12" x 12"
SOLD - Red Fish II - 16" x 8"
SOLD - Spring Blossoms - 24" x 12"
SOLD - Spring Fields III - 16" x 8"
Spring Serviceberry IV - 12" x 12"
SOLD - To the Bay - 30" x 24"
SOLD - Willow Spring I - 12" x 12"
Always a source for the most unique Canadian craft, Craft Ontario Shop will unveil a collection of exciting merchandise for the first time at the shop. Get a jump on the holiday season!
Featuring: Marissa Y Alexander, Gill Birol, Gavin Canning, Rhoni Clarke, Shelly Dwyer, Mervi Hapaakoski, Alexi Hunter, Tania Love, Terrie MacDonald, Lindsay Montgomery, Samantha Purdy, Irina Rapaport, Kate Singer, Kristian Spreen & Vivasmith Studio
AN EXPLORATION IN RE-USE OF GARMENT MANUFACTURING REMNANTS, STEPHANIE FORTIN
Zero Waste takes a look at the manufacturing history of textile goods through the context of traditional Japanese packaging, boro, mending and hand-work. This collection supports the idea of zero waste and re-use, in creating simple objects and utilitarian pieces for every day life. Silk remnant discards from bridal production will be used to produce shapes and forms that echo these mythologies.
Within Japanese packaging, materials were used ingeniously and beautifully to bind, carry and act as vessels for objects: we can engage and reform our own philosophies by looking at these traditions. Using natural dyes, reclaimed fibres, tearing, braiding and weaving, fabric discards will be redesigned into a new fabric to be manipulated into various frameworks. This installation will encourage lighthearted discourse between the objects and the viewers with reflection in material waste for a more desirable future in textiles.
We invite you to our first ever fashion event, COStyle. A collection of contemporary wearable craft, COStyle will feature select items of clothing, jewellery, accessories and millinery. Join us for the special in store event featuring fashion designer Anu Raina and Jana Pavlask of if...individually fashioned on May 9 and 10, from 1 to 4 pm! With such perfect weather for Mother's Day Weekend, it's a great way to have a fun girls' day out!
Featured makers and designers: Anna Kari Designs; Anu Raina; Bande des Quatres; Hatitude by Amparo Findlay; Karen Gunna Designs; Le Petit Chapeau by Meaghan Armstrong; Tania Love; META Jewelry by Mary Grisey; Michèle Guevara Designs; if…Individually Fashioned by Jana Pavlasek.
When looking for inspiration and raw materials, the maker need look no further than outside their studio window. There is no end to the patterns, textures, forms and forces of nature from which to draw upon. Through technical skill and creativity, the maker can express the intangible aspects of the environment or create its portrait, whether abstract or literal. By providing the foundations from which all craft media are derived, nature nurtures its own tributes.
Image: Chari Cohen. Claude's Pond. Clay, glaze
Image: Jerre Davidson. Opus 12 (detail), Opus 12. Cast glass
Image: Margaret Oomen. Thread, found stones
Image: Shay Salehi. Orbs. Glass and oil paint, pate de verre
Image: Alice Vander Vennen. Idyll, Mountain Moon, Silver Rain. Mixed media
It is often the smallest details that trigger the most profound memories. A colour, a smell, a pattern, a gesture… Sometimes it is the manner in which an image is composed or a particular collection of objects that becomes a portal through which we, once again, find ourselves at a certain age or place. Makers whose works are themed on memory and nostalgia make the experiential more tangible, allowing us to remember and relive through our other senses. Whether they are recalling their own past, or continuing someone else’s story, these featured artists can lead us on a sentimental journey.
Featuring the work of: Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde, Elly MacKay, Lesley McInally, Robert Wu and Vanessa Yanow
Craft Ontario Shop is excited to host ceramic artist Grace Eun Mi Lee for the 2014 FISHTANK exhibition.
Known for her cumulative sculptural installations, Grace's works are a reflection of her interest in the things that are unnoticed and appear to have little or no significance on a regular basis. Using forms inspired by micro-organisms, she wants to emphasize the importance of individuality and the collective entity. By taking the time to observe and give our attention to these small details, we are soon faced with another form of existence waiting for our recognition.
Now in its second year, Craft Ontario Shop's annual FISHTANK exhibition series features site specific installations housed in the front window space. Offering a nearly 360˚ view, FISHTANK provides a new perspective on craft and challenges the popular notion of dimensionality.
Image: Dust (detail), 2012. Porcelain, Fishing Line. Photograph by Andew Yang
Canadian wildlife comes to Yorkville as Craft Ontario Shop showcases the works of metal artists David Hickey, Cathy Mark, and Jean Pierre Schoss. From wind-swept forests to black bears and, of course, the majestic moose, the iconic flora and fauna of Canada will be displayed with pride in our Cumberland Street window.
Image: David Hickey, Birch (detail)