Design Week Recap

Design week is always a bit of a disappointment for me.  Not because of the work but because there never seems to be enough time to see everything I want to see!  I blame the cold weather.  The photos that start to flow onto Instagram and Facebook make me realize how much I missed!  I definitely saw some pretty mind blowing work last week that I’d like to spread the word about.

First off, I’d like to congratulate my friends Tomas Rojcik and Rebecca Horwitz on curating Hand & Machine; a show that’s on right now at the OCC Gallery on Queen st. W.  Hand & Machine focuses on the blend of handmade goods and new technology in modern design.  The show won a juror’s choice award from the Toronto Design Offsite Festival and was my favorite exhibition of the week.

Vase, by Zachary Eastwood-Bloom

Vase, by Zachary Eastwood-Bloom

This artist (I can't believe I didn't get the name) took glitched-out screens displaying code from different operation systems and fed them into an industrial loom to produce these amazing blankets.  Possibly my favorite pieces of the week.

This artist (I can’t believe I didn’t get the name) took glitched-out screens displaying code from different operating systems and fed them into an industrial loom to produce these amazing blankets. Possibly my favorite pieces of the week.

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Secondly, I should mention Hard Twist.  A great Textile and Fibre Art show on the top floor of the Gladstone Hotel.  I was very impressed with the work and hope it wasn’t overshadowed by Come up to my Room a couple floors down (Regrettably, I missed that one but judging by the photos I’ve seen, it looked like a standout year!)

Also worth mentioning is the annual Not Forkchops by imm Living.  They hold this contest every year and the audience-voted winner is added to the company’s design catalogue.  The show featured some very interesting high-concept ideas as well as prototypes from last year’s winner; the lovely and talented Lana Filippone.  I can’t wait to find out who won!

I finished the weekend by attending Harbourfront Centre‘s yearly lecture series: Viva Vocé.  I absolutely love this event.  A collection of senior residents from Harbourfront’s craft department share their pasts, presents, and future plans with the audience and is it always compelling.  This year’s speakers were: Sarah Dobranoiwski, Janet McPherson, Jesse Bromm and Stephanie Fortin.  I was so proud to see all of them up there as I was lucky enough to share the studios with them during my time there.  Great job guys!

The keynote speakers were Tomas Rojcik and Chris Charuk speaking of their newly-formed design company: Normal Goods.  (They don’t allow recording of the presentations unfortunately but here’s a sneaky one of mine from a few years back.)

After attending these events, I’ve come to realize my skills in the digital world are laughably outdated.  As I’m currently searching for studio space, I’ll have plenty of time to work on that.  Here are some shots from my first attempt at 3d rendering:

An iPad app called Verto Studio 3D.

An iPad app called Verto Studio 3D.

 

Working on rendering a set of Hive Tumblers from the Balance Glassworks catalogue.

Working on rendering a set of Hive Tumblers from the Balance Glassworks catalogue.

 

Well, it looks like something you would have blown up in Goldeneye, but it's a start...

Well, it looks like something you would have blown up in Goldeneye, but it’s a start…

Thanks to everyone that makes the week such an exciting event for Toronto!

Love,

Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

http://www.balanceglassworks.com

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