Andrea Ling, The Girl in the Wood Frock

Innovators + Ideas 2009: Felieke van der Leest

January 29, 2009

A dynamic and lively series (including lectures, exhibitions, master classes and seminars), Innovators + Ideas (I2) addresses the current issues and needs within the contemporary craft field by inviting artists, curators and writers who are spear-heading contemporary practice and sparking innovative investigation. Guest artists and speakers are invited from around the corner and across the world.

The Innovators + Ideas (I2) series also includes viva voce: Voices from the Craft Studio.

Saturday January 24, 2009
Studio Theatre
This afternoon series of lectures and presentations by visiting artists, curators and our own Craft Studio artists-in-residence will inform and inspire!

Paola Poletto Fashion No-no: prototyping and processing Paola Poletto is an artist coordinator, mixed media and installation artist, writer and curator. Her work includes program direction for Design Exchange (2000-2008) and co-founder of Kiss Machine (2000-2008) before joining the Office of Arts and Culture of the City of Mississauga in 2008. She is curator of Fashion No-no, an exhibition exploring the relationship between art, design and craft at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, January 24–March 8.
viva voce Voices from the Craft Studio Four artists-in-residence will give

Brad Turner, Retrofit Bowls

illustrated lectures to their peers and greater craft community talking about their work and career development

Marina Babic, Metal Studio
Ryan Marmoreo, Ceramic Studio
Thea Haines, Textile Studio
Brad Turner, Glass Studio

Felieke van der Leest

Gusz Goosz (necklace)

The ZOO of Life Jeweller Felieke van der Leest debuts with a solo exhibition at Harbourfront Centre. van der Leest was born in The Netherlands and trained at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy Jewellery Department in Amsterdam. She currently lives in the Norwegian countryside. Her work is a fantastical blend of traditional gold-smithing, crochet, knitting and found plastic toys. The book, Sieradenfables/Jewellery Fables was recently published, covering the past ten years of her career.