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ALICE YUJING YAN
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My work is inspired by modern architecture and, in particular, minimalism. The use of color is prevalent in my work for its symbolic meaning and emotive qualities.

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SECURITY BLANKET: Embroidered textiles by Jennifer Smith-Windsor: March 6 - April 24, 2021

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Image: Jennifer Smith-Windsor. 'SECURITY BLANKET: Russia' (Detail), 2018. Vintage military issue blanket, vintage doilies and lace, embroidery floss. 196cm x 136cm. Photo by Chris Snow.

March 6 - April 24, 2021
Reception by Appointment: Sunday, April 18 from 1-5pm – click here to book your appointment.
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

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Iron Identity: May 1 - June 19, 2021

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Image: Alex Kinsley Vey. 'Gold für Eisen' ring series, 2018. Steel, paint, 14k gold.

***Due to stay-at-home orders in Ontario, this exhibition has been postponed from January 23 - February 27. The revised exhibition run is May 1 - June 19, 2021.***

May 1 - June 19, 2021
Reception by Appointment: TBA
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

‘Iron Identity’ is a solo exhibition of work by Toronto-based contemporary jeweller Alex Kinsley Vey.

“Hamilton, my hometown on the shore of Lake Ontario, has traditionally been a steel producing centre. Despite the industry having died down in recent decades, its industrial activity is still apparent. ‘Iron Identity’ references my time growing up there, and the impact this place had on me.

Brooches, rings and neckpieces evoke and commemorate this identity through the use of oxides, coarse finishing, and sturdy construction. I use colours associated with industrial machinery and abandoned sites – bright colours that contrast signs of rust and deterioration. Transporting this aesthetic to the body allows it to be worn close, displayed with pride, and given reverence as a jewellery object.

The places and structures I reference directly influenced the culture of Hamilton. These former steel mills, manufacturing facilities, and factories provided good, working class jobs, and were once economic symbols announcing the prosperity of the city. Now that we have moved into a post-industrial economy, these places look dirty and out of place. I grew up around the last of these industrial sites when the flame of industry was already diminished. I feel compelled to record the physical and emotional identity of this city in order to come to a better understanding of my own identity.”

– Alex Kinsley Vey

 

Alex Kinsley Vey is from Hamilton, Ontario, where he received jewellery training from his parents. Moving to Toronto in 2010, Alex studied jewellery at George Brown College, receiving an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Arts in 2013.

Alex has shown work in Canada, Europe, and the United States. He has been a member of Craft Ontario since 2012, Klimt02 since 2017, and was a Harbourfront Centre Craft and Design Artist-in-Residence from 2015-2019. He is currently a member at Jewel Envy in Toronto's west-end.

Alex is a sessional instructor at OCAD University in Toronto, and has previously taught at George Brown College in Toronto, and NSCAD University in Halifax.

Alex is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montréal.

www.kinsleyveydesigns.com

 

'Iron Identity' is part of the 2021 DesignTO Festival, January 22-31.

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The artist gratefully acknowledges support from the Toronto Arts Council.

 

Fiona Duthie & Amee Raval: June 26 - August 14, 2021

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June 26 - August 14, 2021
Reception: TBC
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

Fiona Duthie is an artist/maker recognized for her dynamic surface design. She explores personal narrative using mainly textiles, focusing on relationships between people and place, and our psychological states and responses. She starts a new piece with the story and creates tactile metaphors in form, material and process to best communicate that narrative. Duthie's recent work explores resilience, in relation to the individual, society and the environment. Materiality is key to her work- charred wood, discarded offcuts from building sites, then burnt and polished, natural inks, made from charcoal collected from fire burnt forests, felted paper, a unique merging of materials and technique developed by Duthie, and ceramics. Common materials transformed through crisis or challenge but emerging stronger for the experience. The materials speak to nurturing of our inner strengths through times of crisis. Finding a path to access our interior coals and blowing gently over them, fueling our plasticity. Duthie creates large installations, made through the repetition of many smaller forms. 

Duthie has a full time studio practice on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Being in this beautiful natural space surrounded by forest, rocky beaches, the ocean and a strong artist community has allowed her creative practice to thrive. Duthie's work has been published in many international textile arts publications. She has exhibited widely in both public and private galleries in Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

www.fionaduthie.com

 

"My current body of work is a take on the changing cultural landscape of my country especially with women in focus. I am captivated and mesmerized with glass as a medium. The wide spectrum of glass techniques gives me the freedom to experiment with casting, a complex form of glassmaking and an essential requirement for my body of work."

Amee Raval is a marketing professional armed with a Masters in Business Administration and has more than a decade of experience as a business professional. She decided to pursue her passion for Glass and has recently graduated from Sheridan College as a kiln and hot glass caster.

www.niravanadesigns.com

 

Daniel Gruetter & Juliana Scherzer: August 21 - October 2, 2021

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August 21 - October 2, 2021
Reception: TBC
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

"Over the past few years, as an independent artisan, I have honed my craft, making and exhibiting meticulously crafted furniture, functional art and sculptural objects from wood and other natural materials. My work is made to endure, age beautifully, and is expressive of its particular terroir. I believe craft is more than process or product; it is a way to understand and relate to the natural environment. My work considers specific materials, primarily local hardwoods, and their relationship to place.

Place defines identity, culture and value. Emphasizing the products and materials of a specific place brings attention to the unique characteristics there and affirms the value of that same place. In producing work that engages with these connections, I aim to demonstrate how inseparable we are from our natural landscape, and help us recognize local craft as a way to drive economic, environmental and cultural sustainability."

– Daniel Gruetter

www.danielgruetter.com

 

Juliana Scherzer is a textile artist based in Sydney, Nova Scotia working in free-motion machine embroidery and quilted leaves. Her work reflects the duality of the known and unknown roles of textiles in our everyday lives, as explored through the themes of biology, mending, and environmentalism.

After graduating from Sheridan College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Craft and Design, Scherzer has spent the last two years as an artist-in-residence at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Here, she continues to build her practice while branching out into production work and teaching a range of textile and art courses in the community.

www.julianascherzer.com

 

Michelle Mendlowitz: 2022 – Dates TBA

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2022 – Dates TBA
Reception: TBC
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

"My work as a ceramic artist consists of both functional and sculptural objects. I am drawn to clay for its expressive nature as well as its ability to create utility. As an artist, I am intrigued by layers. As a maker, process plays an important role. Each working stage in a piece brings a new layer and each action leaves its mark on the finished results. The forms I create are derived from landscapes and borrowed elements from nature, architecture and the human form.

Ceramic surface plays an integral role in my work, acting as the final layer or skin of the object. Drawings are created with the intention to play with melting properties of glazes, in order to reveal and conceal the original sketches. Various textures are utilized to highlight the raw clay combined with controlled layering of glazes leaving room for the spontaneous nature of what happens in the kiln."

– Michelle Mendlowitz

www.michellemendlowitz.com

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