Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fiona Bailey


Original photographs with hand and machine stitched wool and polyester on silk.

Fiona Bailey studied Textiles at Sheridan College, where she graduated with honours in 2007. Fiona's work uses original photography, a life long hobby, as a fabric. She tea stains and distresses each photo, to look worn and aged. She further develops the photos with needle felted wool, and hand and machine stitch, making them into functional art objects. Fiona's photographs are never reprinted, making each piece truly unique.

Fiona loves old things that have a lot of character; houses and architecture, furniture, dishes, textiles and quilts, little trinkets and of course vintage fashions. She finds treasures beyond material ones at second hand stores and rummage sales, where she gets many ideas and inspiration. She is a collector of discarded things; she used to collect people's grocery lists found on the floor or in carts at the grocery store, and now her preference is for hand embroidered wall hangings found at second hand shops.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Amber Landgraff

Communicating Essentials


"I set myself the task of distilling my collection of philosophical texts into their essentials. An obsessive reading of texts that could be found in my apartment took place over the course of a week and a half. A close reading with an eye for essentials changed the way that I related to the words - each time an essential was found became an event."

Amber Landgraff is an emerging artist living in the Toronto area. Her work often takes the form of performative gestures and public interventions. Recent exhibitions include the Infinite Exchange Gallery 2008 (Sub Zero, ICA, San Jose) and Eyelevel Re-shelving Initiative 3 2008 (Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax). She has also exhibited performances and installations in Toronto, Edmonton, and Guelph.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stephanie Cormier

The Showoff Collection

Stephanie Cormier lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her practice is conceptually based and includes photography, video and sculpture installation. Stephanie studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design where she completed her BFA. Her work has been exhibited across Canada as well as internationally and has earned several national awards and grants. Most recently Stephanie’s work was featured in Carte Blanche: Photography 1, a publication of Canadian photographers and also Mix Magazine.