2018 PRIZE WINNERS
Kokass par Céline Bouré
Susan V. Corrigan
Céline Kokass’ passion of metal was manifested during her BFA studies at Concordia University and the discovery of the work of Montreal jeweller Walter Schluep. In 2006, the year Kokass was founded, she won the Montreal Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award and became a member of the Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec.
Céline’s talent as a designer were confirmed by her first prize in the 2007-2008 Tahitian Pearl Trophy International Competition in the Earrings category (North American division). Since 2011, Céline travelled throughout the world to sell her creations.
Makiko, ceramist trained in turning and shaping in Japan
Ceramics with simple and elegant shapes, in harmony with nature,
whose decorations are inspired by landscapes
Research of a contact pleasing to hands and mouth
Canadian born artist Ian Bodnaryk has been painting with acrylics for over 25 years. During the beginning of his career he was influenced primarily by the natural world. His early paintings reflected this and consisted mostly of landscape elements. Today his interests are constantly evolving, though his main focus is the still life genre. His paintings most often feature an everyday item portrayed in an emotionally charged way.
Ian's artwork has been purchased internationally and can be found in several private collections around the world.
MONTCREST SCHOOL SPECIAL AWARD
Art We Wonderful
“I have a wanderlust and a wonder-lust that influences the art I’ve been making since 2015 as a full-time ink and watercolour artist. I capture the places and moments in my travels that have left me speechless in the presence of beauty or that have generated memorable stories of my experiences.
“Working en plein air out on the road or from photography in my studio in Oakville, Ontario, I recreate these moments in an illustrative and realistic style in my ink and watercolour pieces. While I work in many sizes, I’ve recently been exploring the world of miniatures, having completed and exhibited over 140 pieces, most of which are now in private collections. For every piece I create, my intention is to make the viewer feel like they are in these places, standing alongside me.”
VIRGINIA HAMARA LAW OFFICE SPECIAL AWARD
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Nicole Varney is the artisan behind Spontaneous Atelier. Blending the disciplines of natural pigments, textiles, herbalism, and Ayurveda, she tells stories of ecological consciousness through her pieces. Spontaneous Atelier operates an bioregional natural colour lab, creating pigments, teaching workshops, and offering production dye services from the off the grid atelier in Grand Valley, Ontario. “Living coloured cloth deepens our cultivation of relationship to our earth; through alchemical dye sessions we form dialogues with the elements, unfurling healing from the source.” Nicole is a member of Upper Canada Fibershed and a facilitator at Fashion Takes Action.
CAROLYN MCINTIRE SMYTH SPECIAL AWARD
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Michelle Organ splits her time between running and teaching at The Shop in Toronto – a hub for ceramicists to work, learn, produce, and collaborate – and creating her own small batch wheel thrown or slip cast functional ceramic wares under the name Mima Ceramics. In their few years of being, both businesses are always changing, developing, and growing, seeking inspiration from the community around them. Playfulness runs through both, fitting given that Mima was Michelle’s nickname as a child. For Mima Ceramics, it is all about finding that balance between allowing the material to speak for itself while also taking in inspiration from different colours, textiles and cultures. Clay should be enjoyed and it is the goal of both to make that happen.
RICHARD SILVER SPECIAL AWARD
Coraline Allard &
Q & A Design
Wood + Metal
Trained as architects in Normandy, France, Pierre and Coraline arrived in Canada in 2012 and worked for few years on prototyping the Bowlus Road Chief, a luxury aluminum riveted travelling trailer. Through that process they learned the basics in metalsmith and craftsmanship, always connected back and forth with designing. In 2014 they founded Q&A Design with an enthusiasm for crafting amazing projects of all kind, from design objects to small architecture. Since its inception, Q&A Design has been involved in a number of projects both collaborative and individual.
Mostly for the outdoor experience, the duo has created various innovative pieces, using a wide selection of material such as aluminum, copper, steel, associated with different kind of wood. They like to design, develop, and execute prototypes in order to craft objects of varying scales. From bird feeders to fire towers, you can see their various production during art and craft shows. They also work directly with clients on custom projects, ranging from a very unique mailbox to the design and installation of a trade show booth.
PATTIE WALKER MEMORIAL AWARD
Lisa D. Hickey
Lisa D. Hickey has a B.A. in Fine Art from McMaster University in Hamilton, as well as an M.A. from the University of British Columbia. Lisa has a deep love of nature. Forging out a moment of reprieve in a hectic world by taking a deep breath and looking up to the sky, or out across the water: that’s the experience Lisa recreates with her paintings. Treading a wobbly line somewhere between abstraction and realism, Lisa's work taps into the familiarity, comfort, and beauty of the natural world, whilst nudging at the edginess of abstraction. The paintings hint at images of sky, leaves and branches, and water, while blurred shapes, vibrant colours, and complex layering take them beyond the representational.
Lisa works in oil for the rich, velvety, and seductive quality of the paint. She works with vibrant hues to evoke visceral feelings from the viewer and to encourage a sort of pause: a moment of reprieve, like taking a deep breath, and looking up to the sky. Lisa's paintings hang in private and corporate collections across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. When she is not in the woods, she regularly shows in galleries, exhibitions, and many other community spaces. Active in her community, Lisa creates art with folks living with dementia and Alzheimer’s at the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy.
EXCELLENCE IN WOOD AWARD
Urban Country Chair
“I began making handmade furniture at an early age and have always had a passion for chairs and chair design. Urban Country Chair is my most recent work. It combines traditional chair-making methods with a contemporary style. Urban Country Chair evolved from my interest in greenwood construction. In this method, the wood is cut straight from the log; it is wet, not dry, and is shaped, bent, and joined to make the chair. My goal was to design a series of chairs that demonstrated and fully explored this very old woodworking technique – to design and build comfortable, yet sturdy and lightweight chairs in a contemporary fashion. I have two armchairs available and will be adding a side chair to complement them.
“I build my chairs in Collingwood using logs that are locally sourced from managed forests. I am currently using ash, an incredibly durable wood with an attractive grain. The seats are handwoven in either splint or rush. The result is an elegant, durable and versatile chair.”
Fish Eye Sisters
Every cut, every pin, every stitch, every seam, every zipper, every trim...every step of every Fish Eye Sisters product is designed and handmade by Jen Manuell. For as long as she can remember, she has loved playing with colour and figuring out new ways of doing things. Combined with her love of textiles and dyeing wool, her current collections of truly one-of-a-kind woollen home goods are a modern twist on tradition. Jen's two favourite ingredients are woven wool flannel – most of which she over-dyes herself – and gorgeous Japanese cotton fabrics. Both feature in almost all of her recent work.
For Jen, the most exciting part of her process is arranging the shapes, colours, and patterns of the various fabrics within each design. And, so she can do this as much as possible, she is always creating a new arrangement for each piece. After the fabrics are sewn together, she quilts free-hand (doodling) with her machine to add another layer of texture. Every piece is unique and there really are no duplicates or copies — just original timeless functional pieces for your home. All made with care and attention to detail by Jen, in her home studio just north of Huntsville, Ontario.