AN EXPLORATION IN FOLDED GLASS
January 12 - 28, 2019
2nd Floor of Craft Ontario
1106 Queen Street West, Toronto
Sylvia Lee, Executive and Creative Director of Jeff Goodman Studio presents ‘Mountain Fold’: An Exploration of Folded Glass.
Following the success of the Devil’s Abacus screen at last year’s TODO festival, Lee turned her attention to a more conceptual piece after a simple office reorganization found her going through decades of paper file folders containing sketches and concept drawings. “It was some of Jeff’s work from years ago, and our entire team’s work from the last 15 years. It made me think about how in a digital world, our kids will rarely ever use something as simple as a file folder.”
The installation sees fragile glass carefully folded and shaped like a vernacular file folder, and then hung in suspended animation in a floor-to-ceiling installation.
Lee also drew upon her interest in origami. “Each folder becomes functional because of a simple fold. Like in origami, structure is created by repeating the ‘mountain fold’ and the ‘valley fold’”
The final 10’ x 14’ piece is installed in the ‘fishbowl’ gallery on the upper level of the Craft Ontario retail space on trendy Queen Street West. It’s purposefully away from the noise and traffic of the main retail space. It welcomes viewers to sit for a moment in the quiet space and engage the installation.
Jeff Goodman Studio is a modern glass design and fabrication studio based in Toronto, Canada. Lead by Executive and Creative Director Sylvia Lee, the studio is made up of master craftsmen and glass artisans who produce handmade installations, lighting, vessels and architectural glass for luxury projects worldwide.
The 29 year-old company is a creative resource for a global list of premium brands, art collectors and the architectural industry. The studio is a leader in research and development of groundbreaking handmade architectural glass products.
Jeff Goodman Studio’s past and present clients include The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Barney’s New York, The Hazelton Hotel and the Royal Ontario Museum.