Among many other topics pertinent to the contemporary craft practice, the panel discussed the blurring lines between art, craft and design.* This part resonated with me - people are always asking what Freedom is: a store? A gallery? An event space? A collective? A cooperative? What's the difference? Not to mention that most of our consignors wear other hats too. They dabble in so many interesting things which we believe contribute greatly to the variety of original items they create. I felt like this needed to be explored some more.
Sitting next to me at the lecture was printmaker Jen Kneulman of Freshly Printed. Right afterwards, I had a meeting with designer Caterina Mazzotta of Kali Clothing. Both became collaborators in this exhibition.
I had a series of "eureka" moments that night and the project organically came to be. I have to say, the excitement has not stopped since! It's been such a pleasure, an adventure full of surprises. I am very excited to celebrate this journey with Meredith Keith, the artists, and the rest of the Freedom crew at the opening reception tonight at Meredith Keith Gallery. Please join us! We would love to share this moment and hear what you think.
|Caterina Mazzotta installing the piece she collaborated on with Amanda Schoppel|
Sept 8th - Oct 1st
Friday, September 16th at 6 - 10 pm
Meredith Keith Gallery
1695 Dundas Street West
* The discussion is available on iTunes (itunesu.ocad.ca), select Guest Users Login and select the category Visiting Experts. Also check out Jen's report on the emerging modes of craft practice for the Ontario Arts Council.