|Wood Trays by Bookhou|
Last week we mentioned we had a few new blog series planned for 2017 and today one of them begins. With Canada celebrating 150 years this year, we are planning to do our part here on the blog by celebrating Canadian design, featuring Canadian artists, designers and architects all year long. And what better way to kick things off than with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival starting next week, (January 16 to January 22, 2017). First off, Do Design.
Do Design (January 19 to January 22/17) is a free exhibit showcasing design in the vibrant neighborhood at various storefronts on Dundas Street West (Bathurst to Grace). The exhibit is offering up an amazing array of activities and exhibits. Over the four days ,visitors are invited to experience the street as an all-hours gallery and take the opportunity to explore design in multiple ways.
For 2017 Do Design will be featuring a special collaboration with StopGap Foundation. This street wide presentation introduces several new, deployable ramps to businesses in the area, an interactive ramp project with videos and images, raising awareness about barriers in the built environment.
The combined exhibit and programming highlight diverse forms of design from finely crafted objects to projects of social innovation and are intended to spark conversation about design as a means of creating involvement, community, diversity and connection. Do Design offers unique perspectives, talents and capabilities and points the way to an inclusive culture. The Do Design program is listed at the bottom of this post. Firstly, a mini preview of some of the participating designers/studios.
23 Participating Designers/Studios in 26 Venues:
Nate Asis / Azizing Design / Bookhou / Cambium Design / Emma Chorestecki / Kyle Garland / gogo+martin / Handwork Studio / I Love Crow / Jacob Riches / The Laneway Project / Justine Latour / Yorgo Liapis / Erin MacKeen / MiCO / Jacob Riches / Cindy Rendely Architexture / Oasis Skateboard Factory / Lois Schklar / StopGap Foundation / Studio Vine Glass / Guillermo Trejo
YORGO LIAPIS | #HASHTAG GALLERY830 DUNDAS ST. W.
Maize Pendant Walnut
Yorgo Liapis is a visual artist and woodworker. His furniture is inspired by the beauty and efficiency of patterns found in nature, the expressions of meaning and “sacredness” in human cultures, as well as the symbiotic relationship between artist and material. His objective is to become increasingly attuned to his intuition so that through his art, he might express some truth about the human experience.
Maize Pendant is inspired by food systems in Mexico. It resembles corn husks, and is a celebration of the beautiful and cultural significance of corn crops.