2013 Preview Guide
BARNS ART MARKET More than a market!
25+ Exhibitors, Open Studios, Building Tours
Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie Street
Photo: Garrison McArthur Photography
May 25 June 29 July 27 MARKET TIMES:
August 24 September 28 October 19 9:00am to 2:00pm
Plus, visit The Stop's award-winning Farmer's Market!
BARNS ART MARKET Saturday May 25, 2013 A: Small Cake Server Stainless steel ACME ANVIL, acmeanvil.net C
B: Club Matador 8"x10" framed photograph Roberto Riveros, RiverosPhotography.com C: Bracelet Silver and rhodochrosite Bijouxbead, bijouxbead.com A
D: Handmade Coaster Set Recycled fabric Knotted Nest, knottednest.etsy.com E: Animal Birthday Cards Hand printed on hard cardstock, 4.25"x5.5" Made in Brockton Village, madeinbv.etsy.com
F: Lido Bikes 92 Watercolour, 18"x24" Michael Zarowsky, zarowsky.net G: Badgers Fleece and recycled fabric CG Monsters, etsy.com/people/CGMonsters
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Exhibitor Profile: Knotted Nest
Exhibitor Profile: Wilk Designs some time. I started in fine arts and studied jewellery making during my time at NSCAD. After I entered the workforce, I found employment at a little jewellery and watch repair shop. It’s there that I discovered watchmaking and I haven’t looked back since. It’s a great medium to combine all of my skills and interests.
much encouragement, I began exploring selling my wares online and in local shops. Blogging was a big part of Knotted Nest in the beginning and having the support of online friends was really encouraging.
What inspires you about found objects and recycled materials?
Name: Kristen Wulff Neighbourhood: Upper Beaches Company: Knotted Nest, knottednest.com Market Dates: May 25 Kristen Wulff’s Knotted Nest is home to repurposed housewares and accessories. Every item is lovingly handmade with an attention to detail and an enthusiasm for recycling. Products include coasters, wallets, napkins and embroidered artworks.
How did you get into handmade housewares and accessories? I was stuck at home recovering from surgery about four years ago and I decided that I wanted to teach myself to sew. My background is in fine arts, specifically textiles, and I wanted to avoid going back into the restaurant industry for as long as I could. I had always made gifts for friends and family, so after
I love searching for unique fabrics wherever I am. When I find a print or textile that I’ve never seen before, my mind instantly thinks of ways to incorporate it into my line. For me, being able to give new life to items that already have a history is the most rewarding aspect of my work. I’ve carried with me a sense of the importance of environmental actions since childhood, and so making a living from repurposing materials is something I take great pride in.
My phone tells me the time. Why is a watch better? I wouldn’t say that a watch is better. Actually a mechanical watch is far less accurate than your phone! For me personally, the purpose of a watch is not solely for timekeeping. It’s a blend of design, art, fashion and timekeeping. Sometimes timekeeping really takes a backseat to the design. So I think that a person who chooses one of my watches is really deciding to wear it because it’s more about style and how it makes them feel.
What is your studio like? My studio right now is in the basement since we are expecting our first child this summer and need a bit more room upstairs. It’s a good space with an entire wall of fabrics arranged by colour. I have some of my favourite vintage textiles hanging as inspiration and piles of sewing on most other surfaces. Most days I listen to CBC Radio while I work. The dream is to one day have a bit more land and build a detached studio, but for now I’m happy working away in my cozy basement studio.
Name: Scott Wilk Neighbourhood: Crossroads of the Danforth Company: Wilk Designs, wilkdesigns.com Market Dates: May 25, August 24, October 19 Scott’s interest metalsmithing began in London at the Bealart program in 1996. In 1998, he was accepted to NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) and graduated in 2001 with a BFA. Moving back to Ontario in 2004, Scott decided to pursue his jewellery aspirations full-time and discovered the world of horology, the art and science of measuring time.
What attracted you to watchmaking? I’ve always felt drawn to small mechanical things but I didn’t make the connection to watchmaking for quite
What’s the process for ordering a custom watch? Generally the first step in a custom watch project is a meeting to talk about what you are looking for in a watch. Some people know exactly what they want, but many people need some guidance and information about what the possibilities are. Depending on the scope of the project, I may make up some sketches or computer mock-ups of what the watch will look like. Sometimes there are changes to be made and after you are satisfied with the design, I proceed with handcrafting your timepiece. During the construction process, I also try and send progress pictures so you can see how your watch is coming together.
BARNS ART MARKET Saturday June 29, 2013 A: Untitled Oil on canvas Tim Wun, btwunarts.weebly.com
B: Lollipop Garden, 2013 Acrylic on wood panel, 18"x24" Tiffani Currie, Tiffani-Sabri.com C: Good Omen, 2012 Collage, 3"x 3", 10"x 10" framed Kristen Perrott, kristenperrott.com D: Eco Chic Necklace Tagua seeds and recycled newspaper, 24" long I.M. Wyred, etsy.com/shop/imwyred E: A Moment in Time â€“ Strips of sunlight Across the Silence Watercolour on gessoed birch panel, 15"x15" Michael Zarowsky, zarowsky.net
F: Lake and Mountain James Lee, kmng.com.hk/Lee
G: Black Butterfly Steampunk Beetle Necklace Brass pendant Poetic Designs, Poetic-Designs.com H: Spring, 2012 Oil on Canvas, 24"x36" Jack Zhou, jackzhou.com F
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Exhibitor Profile: Kirikí Press U’s printmaking program and foster a skill set that was both hands-on and creative.
Tell us about what you were working on in Venice! In 2007, I was one of 25 extremely lucky OCAD U students selected to be part of the university’s study-abroad program in Florence, Italy. I followed up the eight-month studio program with an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. This led to a chance encounter with the owner of the Venice Printmaking Studio, who happened to be in need of a bookbinder. I had taken a few bookbinding courses at OCAD U and put together some samples of my work. He hired me on a freelance basis, and during my employment I bound many books and portfolio boxes. I also began coordinating the artist-inresidence program and had the privilege of working with some truly amazing printmakers from around the world.
Name: Michelle Galletta Neighbourhood: Bloorcourt Company: Kirikí Press, kirikipress.com Market Dates: May 25, July 27, October 19 Michelle Galletta is an artist and embroidery enthusiast with a B.F.A. from OCAD U. She spent three very lovely years in Venice, Italy, working as a bookbinder and residency coordinator for a printmaking studio before returning home to Toronto in 2012 to start Kirikí Press. She produces handcrafted embroidery kits that pair classic stitches with contemporary illustration.
How did you get your start as an artist? I’ve always made and loved art, but it wasn’t until I discovered printmaking that I realized I could make a living as an artist. I was leaning towards graphic design for a very long time, and even left my fine arts program at York University to work as a graphic designer for a year. When I realized that life in front of a computer was not for me, I made the decision to apply to OCAD
Your background is in printmaking but you also have a passion for embroidery. How does your current work embrace both? Printmaking allows me to bring my embroidery patterns to the next level. While many ready-to-stitch patterns are iron-on, screen printing allows for much finer detail and a soft hand. My knowledge of bookbinding and box-making really came in handy when it came to designing my packaging, which I also print by hand.
Your embroidery kits are designed for people to “do-it-themselves". Why is it important to DIY? Instead of buying just another product, DIY offers a learning experience, a finished product, and all of the satisfaction that comes with it. While an embroidered doll is precious in and of itself, it’s the labour of love that gives the doll its real value. I imagine a parent stitching up a little owl or monkey and giving their kid a gift that they made with their own hands—that’s my satisfaction as the designer.
BARNS ART MARKET Saturday July 27, 2013 A: Girl on a Swing Hand-painted, silver-plated shrink plastic illustration necklace ONARDs, ONARDs.com A
B: Birch, 2012 Oil on Canvas, 36"x36" Jack Zhou, jackzhou.com
C: Warrior, 2009 Photograph, 10.5"x14" Bryce Murphy
D: Rain Lifting Photographic Print David Lifson Photography, Lifson.com
E: Luna Cream & Sugar Porcelain LeeAnn Janissen, leeannjanissen.com F: Big Birds Flying Across the Sky Mixed media on stone, 6"x6" Jyne Greenley
G: D.I.Y. Dolls Cotton and embroidery floss KirikĂ Press, kirikipress.com
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Exhibitor Profile: LeeAnn Janissen all the same activity. I want to understand what’s going on, how things work and what is the nature of what we see happening around us. One of the key ways we understand the world is by building models. Modelling has been at the core of my work, both in science and also in the capital markets where I developed models for complex financial products. The act of building a model invokes all aspects and manifestations of the original reality, but allows you to have some control, some ability to influence reality. My art practice has model building as its starting point.
Did you have any experience with pottery before leaving your career to study ceramics full-time?
Name: LeeAnn Janissen, leeannjanissen.com Neighbourhood: Bloor West Village/The Junction Market Dates: July 27, August 24, September 28 LeeAnn Janissen is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. She began making ceramic art full-time in 2009 after leaving her career in the capital markets. She studied ceramics at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario where she received the Joan Bennet Award in 2011 and the William and Mary Corcoran Craft Award in 2012. LeeAnn has exhibited both locally and internationally, and has participated in art fairs such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show and Sale. LeeAnn was a finalist for the 2013 NICHE Awards. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Crafts Council and the Mississauga Potters Guild.
This isn’t a second career for you, but a third. You started out as a Particle Physicist, then left science for the business world, and now you’re a potter. I have done a lot of things, its true! From the outside it may appear to be an eclectic collection of unrelated activities, but from my perspective, these are
I started working with clay by taking an evening hand-building pottery class through the Toronto School Board in the late 1990s. Since then, I’ve taken evening courses at various studios around town on and off. It had always been a dream to take up ceramics full-time, but when I left my job on Bay Street in 2009 I hadn’t done anything with clay for over five years. I joined the Mississauga Potters Guild for the studio access, and found out about the Sheridan ceramics program from other members.
Your Luna Examinations series is exceptional. What interests you about the interplay of scale, science and art, celestial and domestic? My work begins with the act of model building as a way of knowing the world. In the Luna Examinations series, I selected the moon as the object because it features so prominently in human culture. It is universal and generic, and yet each of us has an individual, intimate experience of the moon linked to our own memories. I would build models of the moon in different clay bodies, and then cut them open in different ways and display the pieces. The Luna Examinations series of sculptures then morphed into the Luna-ware collection of functional vessels. Whereas the sculptures were more about the act of investigation itself, the Luna-ware series has more of a sympathetic magic aspect to it. There is a particular charm to holding and drinking from an object that looks like something large and far away. There is a feeling that you’ve captured some essence of the moon.
BARNS ART MARKET Saturday August 24, 2013 A: Pink Lemonade Soap Natural skin and hair care products Natureâ€™s Pure Bliss, facebook.com/NaturesPureBliss
B: DIY Arm Party Kit Mixed media Limberlina, limberlina.com C: Most Have Complicated Life Histories Mixed media on board Kristen Perrott, kristenperrott.com C
D: Inner City Birdâ€™s House, 2013 Laser etched birch plywood 15% of proceeds donated to Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa N-Product Inc., n-product.com E: Grotto Sunset Photographic Print David Lifson Photography, Lifson.com F: Dendritic #2 Wristwatch, 2011 Silver, copper and watch parts Wilk Designs, wilkdesigns.com G: Light and Shadow, 2012 Oil on Canvas, 38"x58" Jack Zhou, jackzhou.com
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Exhibitor Profile: Limberlina/Scarffaces into purses and then by making lip gloss for our friends for Christmas and so on. We were pretty much inseparable for most of high school, taking all the same classes, joining all of the same sports teams and going on a semester abroad in Europe together. We parted ways for our undergrad and graduate programs but are finally back together in the same city dreaming up crafts and adventures!
Name: Kim Keitner & Laura Hopf Neighbourhood: The Annex (Kim); Little Portugal (Laura) Company: Limberlina, limberlina.com; Scarffaces scarffaces.com Market Dates: Limberlina: July 27, August 24, September 28; Scarffaces: September 28, October 19 Laura and Kim have been best friends since they were twelve and have been making and crafting together ever since. Laura started her line of knitwear, Scarffaces, in 2011 while Kim started her line of illustrations, Butter Together, in 2012. They joined forces in 2013 with a goal of making DIY projects easy and accessible. As Limberlina, they provide kits that include everything you need to make a beautiful handmade product, but if DIY isn’t your thing they also sell the finished version as well! Which came first, friendship or craft? Friendship! Friendship is always #1. We started crafting together pretty soon after becoming friends, first by up-cycling old khakis
What’s your process for working together? We come up with DIY ideas that we would want to do ourselves, sometimes together and sometimes separately. We set aside a day at least once a month to work on our respective projects together and we help each other with taking photos, setting everything up and getting supplies. After that, we write up our tutorials and add them to our website! We talk to each other online, through texts, or over the phone throughout the day so we’re constantly bouncing ideas off each another. Why is DIY important to you? We really love being able to make things ourselves and we want to help other people do it as well. People always seem really impressed by what we make but we want to send the message that DIYing is easy and anyone can do it with the right tools, supplies and tutorials! We created our kits to take a lot of the hassle out of DIYing; often the biggest obstacle is finding the materials, running around to different stores, and figuring out how much of everything to get without spending a fortune. All of our kits come with three variations of a craft so that you can make them all yourself or share them with friends! We think crafting is a very social activity and that’s why we also do DIY events. It’s so fun to get together with friends to craft, catch-up, relax, have fun and making something you’re excited about!
BARNS ART MARKET Saturday September 28, 2013 A: Winter Waves: Driftwood Encaustic and photography Marianne Gibson, mariannegibson.ca A C B
B: Cup, 2011 ClayGirl Ceramics, ClayGirl.ca C: Forsythia Platter Stoneware, 12"x12" Clayshapes, clayshapes.etsy.com D: Geometric Pillows Hand-screened on fabric Scoley, claireorange.com E: Pendant Silver and topaz Bijouxbead, bijouxbead.com
F: Lasagna Cutter/Server, Spaghetti Claw & Pizza Wheel Stainless steel ACME ANVIL, acmeanvil.net G: Bloor Fruit Market Photograph Maria Drazilov, MariaDrazilov.com
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Exhibitor Profile: Dara Gold What’s your process for your tea stain illustrations? Are the stains random? Generally speaking, the tea illustrations and paintings start totally randomly. I throw tea at paper and canvases until they make a pleasing abstract shape. I work with orange pekoe (brown), cranberry (pink, blue and green) and raspberry thriller (black, red and purple) tea. Then I stare at it a long time and the image just pops out at me. On paper, I freehand the illustration with pen and ink. On canvases, I add house paint and paper, then freehand the illustration with ink on top. I usually have no clue what an image is going to be until well after the tea has dried.
Name: Dara Gold, daragold.ca Neighbourhood: The Danforth Market Dates: July 27, September 28, October 19 Dara Gold is an artist and illustrator from Toronto. During the day she creates artwork for video games, websites and new media projects. At night, she draws and paints with tea. How did you become an illustrator? I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and have always wanted to be an artist. In elementary and middle school, whenever someone needed art I volunteered: I drew pictures for yearbooks and school projects and made posters and sets for plays. In university, I became the lead illustrator for the college paper for a few years and continued to work with them when they moved online. That’s pretty much been the theme of my career so far. I’m always looking for opportunities to work with interesting people and neat projects. When you’re tenacious enough, you can find work, and when you love what you do, work starts to find you.
Sometimes I will have an idea for a series of images, and I plan them out in my head. But I still start with the tea stain, and you can only guide it so much. So even though I know where I want to end up, the path to get there is still pretty abstract. Tell us about your “Custom Mini Teas" that you will be creating at the market. I have a binder full of 4"x6" tea stains. The stains are “blanks"—no illustration, just the stain. A customer can flip through the binder and select whichever stain appeals to them the most and I’ll draw on it for them while they wait. Custom Mini Teas cost $10 and are ready to take home in 10-15 minutes. I have one rule with the mini teas. I am happy to draw whatever someone wants me to draw (I’ve drawn everything from Chewbacca to on-the-spot pet portraits). If someone wants me to draw a specific image I need to pick out the tea stain. It can be very difficult to force an image onto an abstract shape, so I need to find one that works. If the customer picks the tea stain then they get a totally random surprise!
BARNS ART MARKET Saturday October 19, 2013 A: Cups, 2011 ClayGirl Ceramics, ClayGirl.ca B: The Deer Ladies & The Gentlemoose Pen and Ink on canvas, 8"x10" Laura Stitzel, lauradraws.com A
C: Oh Canada Tea and ink on paper Dara Gold, daragold.ca D: columbine, 2010 Wall sculpture, 14" diameter x 4" Ans Amsen, sculpturebyans.com E: Batty Fleece and felt CG Monsters, etsy.com/people/CGMonsters E
F: Nauticus Cufflinks, 2012 Lasercut zebrawood N-Product Inc., n-product.com G: Pen Nib Necklace Brass and found object pendant Poetic Designs, Poetic-Designs.com