volume 3 issue 1 winter 2007
| In the View Finder: interior
Design Show 2007
OFFSPRING - INSPIRED BY NATURE, featuring up and
coming Canadian designers. This is ANNACLOTE
DESIGN concept space "an exercise in creating a modern re
interpretation of surviving in the outdoors without being wasteful"
featuring Studio North designer Lilly Yung's Tendril drapery panels
As this issue was being put to bed
two events were happening in Toronto: the Interior Design Show 07
at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place and Come Up to My
Room at the Gladstone Hotel. This years Studio North
component of the IDS07 which presents the “most creative” in
Canadian design and designer/ makers provides the jumping off point
for this column.
The wide range
of application, texture, technique, form and function of the textiles
featured in the Studio North section of the IDS07 was a mix of high
quality traditional practice (weaving and printing) along side dynamic
and innovative new product lines. Un-spun wool, industrial felt,
store bought yardage, linen, wool and silk yarn, drapery panels,
table runners, napkins, pillows and even a felted wool lamp with
Canadian Safety Standards approval. All stunning decorative
objects, stained, printed, felted, die cut, linked, woven and wired.
|Armstrong&Fox / BOOKHOU
Textile Designs / Guenther
&co / Source
UK / Lilly
This year the textile
designer/ makers included the east coast team of ARMSTRONG
& FOX TEXTILES,
award winning weavers who, while displaying pillows, scarves
and “panels” at the IDS07, are in the final stages of
completing the 9 meter high by 69 meter long Drapery design
for the new build at the Hespeler Library in Cambridge. Having
won the Design Competition last spring and as the building
project nears completion the installation date is approaching.
The Hespeler library is part of the Cambridge Galleries
network which includes both the Cambridge and Hespeler
libraries along with the newer Riverside Gallery which is housed in the
same building as the University of Waterloo’s Architecture
School in former downtown Galt
While Armstrong and
Fox accessories are gaining a reputation for there high quality
and subtle beauty, this new line has possibilities of being
able to compete in the larger interior design market if
there high quality and reasonable price point becomes known.
With the addition of a new 16 harness loom and the design flexibility
that comes with it we can look forward an even more sophisticated
The installation of
the drapery at the Hespeler Library will be announced in
blog as soon as we know about it.
was co-founded by John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj in
2003 to showcase their individual and collaborative works,
emphasizing handmade natural materials and small production
pieces. The screen printed textiles have a gentle whimsical or
simple contemporary elegance.
Khounnoraj received her education at the Ontario College of
Art, a B.F.A from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
and received her M.F.A from the University of Waterloo.
She is dividing her time between her textile designs and her
artwork where she explores sculpture, drawing and printmaking.
Both her artwork and textile designs explore pattern and
Booth received his art education from Queens University.
He also received a degree in architecture from the University
of Toronto. He's currently exploring form and structure
in both furniture and painting
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Linon Textile Designs
Marilyn Bernier and Rosaline Vaillancourt, are the
designer/ creators of a line of handwoven cotton and linen home
accessories known as Bure&Linon
Textile Designs Based in Montreal they bring an outstanding fresh
simplicity of graphic line and colour through weave structure
and piecing rather then a printed surface to this over
burdened, over designed market.
Both having graduated from the Montreal
Centre for Contemporary Textiles They
are gaining a local Montreal reputation for quality production
and custom weaving and have followed their appearance at the
IDS07 with participation in Dressing the Home at the MCCT.
the Home is
an exhibition of
interior textiles showing the works of: Bure et Linon, Josée
Hamelin, Meghan Price, Ute Wolff.
The exhibition runs from, March 8th to 30th, 2007 at
the Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles Gallery.
Thursday, March 8th at 5:30 pm. The Gallery is open Monday to
Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, MCCM is located
at 5800 St Dennis, suite 501 Montréal (Québec) H2S 3L5,
Tél: (514) 933-3728
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of contemporary textiles + lighting
“…the award for students
participating in the Emerging Producers Showcase. …"Emerging
Artist of the Year" …The winner was Marlene Guenther, a
textile major from Vancouver who is a student at the Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design”.
A researcher and craft
practitioner, Marlene Guenther is thorough in lamps are felted wool
shade on recycled wood base with an organic shape reminiscent of a
flame or flower bud.
The felted wool is from a
specific breed of sheep that is rare and was originally brought over
from England and is now raised in small numbers on a few farms. It
is sourced from 3 family run farms (2 from Nova Scotia and 1 in
British Columbia). The fibre has a long staple length, and has been
through the inspection and approval process with Canadian Safety
Currently available for sale in Canada, with
export approval in the United States and European market pending.
UK Carpets www.sourceuk.ca
custom carpets designed by Canadian artist hand made in Nepal and
brought home as art you can walk on” Conceived as original and
custom accents for interiors and produced in wool and/ or silk this
is a given practice in the U.S. and England but not especially known
in Canada. Companies such as Weavers Art and Avenue Rug who also had
booths in the main part of the exhibition hall both have
contemporary production lines designed in house or commissioned in
collaboration with interior or product designers, but this is not
the same philosophy as Source UK. Speaking with Kate Thornly –Hall
about the tradition I mention the artist designed hooked rugs
produced by the graphic advertising company Reactor
art +Design in the
80’s. ( it is unfortunate that a web archive of this work is not
available on the Reactor site) Barbra Klunder was one of the artist
whose work was use to create a number of these rugs and has added
rug hooking to her creative out put, but on a much smaller scale.
The artist she is currently
working with are print makers from Open Studio, one being Doug
Gilford whose obsessive ongoing crocheted , nets, baskets where seen
at the FRAY exhibition last summer/fall at the Textile Museum of
Lilly Yung's Tendril drapery
[photo provided by Lilly Yung]
|In the past few years the die cut felt jewellery of
Lilly Yung has been making its appearance in exhibitions along with
her other jewellery work. At this years IDS she launched her new
line of die cut felt accessories Tendril. The collection includes cushions, necklaces,
bracelets, bags, center pieces, wall hangings and space dividers. An
industrial process that in other circumstances would produce waist
provides Yung with both a positive and negative shape to
manipulate into various end products, nothing is wasted.
No additional hardware is required for the production as these
assemblages and the individual pieces link to one another like
tendrils of climbing plants. Her idea of customization with
mass production efficiency is realized in these die cut pieces
Lily Yung is a Toronto print-maker and jeweller of
non-precious material. To see more of her work visit her website
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