YOU ARE INVITED TO DECLARE YOURSELF
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Important announcement at 8:00 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
You, who values the original, the authentic, the personal, all that is unique and enduring.
You, who understands that materials are ideas to be unfolded, stitched together, melted down and sculpted.
You, who sees tradition as the starting point to innovating the functional, and the beautiful.
You, who believes in the limitless expression of Craft, and that together we are more than the one.
Join us for food, drinks and music and see the new possibilities of Craft.
Saturday March 14, 12:30 – 2:00 and 3:30 to 5:00
Lambert Lounge at OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street
The FELT studio launches MEND IT, a new project that will take the form of a series of events that showcase the art of mending. Visit us at our pop-up booth at OCADU, the conference hub, to find out more and pick up a FELT mending kit featuring a patch designed by visual artist Janet Morton. It is free with the reciprocal obligation to join the MEND IT network.
You can also check out Janet Morton's work on view now at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, 980 Queen St West, Toronto. The gallery will open it's doors for conference registrants Saturday, March 14, 5 - 7 pm, at the same time that the Sensorial Objects exhibition will be open at the Craft Ontario Gallery. For more information on Janet's work, see www.paulpetro.com/exhibitions/433-New-Work.
Come Eat With Us
March 12-20, 2015, The Great Hall, OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street
Opening Reception, Saturday, March 14, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
An exhibition inspired by the 2015 Crafting Sustainability conference co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art & Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University.
The exhibition offers a platform for discussing craft and sustainable practice while fostering new paradigms for production and consumption in the 21st century. Sustainability is grounded in the principles of ecological responsibility, social equity, and economic viability. As makers and designers we have the power to influence social culture through the utensils and materials related to the preparation or consumption of food while challenging the conspicuous paradigm of contemporary consumer culture. In cultures around the world the preparation, consumption and rituals associated with food are achieved using dishes and implements often made of ceramics, metal and fibre. Craft has the power to reassert the enduring object, replacing that which is ephemeral and disposable.
The convenience of fast food is being challenged by the “slow food movement”, in which food preparation is considered a sensation to be savored and enjoyed as much as the meal itself. Material objects define the parameters of these fast and slow food movements and illustrate the trend toward sustainable practices in both food production and consumption. Participants were encouraged to challenge their own perceptions around the issues of food and sustainable craft practices in the creation of work that invites the viewer to “Come Eat With Us.”
During the opening of the exhibition Setsuko Sanagawa, Helen Kong and Sorlie Madox will be performing a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony to illustrate how tradition and food rituals can help sustain a culture. Please join us!