Erin Instructs @ Toronto Zoo for Earth Day

Erin Ademoglu – Up-Cycled Jewellery

Erin Ademoglu  of Twisted Metal In Motion is a self made woman who weaves elegance through the wreckage of forgotten factories & the graveyards of our favourite things. Erin provides Jewellery workshops and & parties for all ages.
-Corporate Events
-Team Building Events
-One on One training -Birth Day Parties
-Jewellery Parties
-Socials -OR create your own party idea
Learn how to transform New, Old, Forgotten and Discarded items into functional and Fashionable Jewellery, Inventive Art, or simply a great project for the kids. Participants will be led through the process of creating their own accessories and be shown how to apply those skills to the creation of various types of Jewellery.

Her “Twisted Metal In Motion” Up-Cycled & Costume Jewellery can be found at the following TDOT Shops:
*Arts Market, 790 Queen St. E.
*Psyche, 708 Queen St. W.
*Showroom, 125 Queen St. E.
*Borgo Uomo, (Mens Clothing) 87 Cumberland Ave

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Georgia Fullerton – Expressive Arts

Professional visual artist Georgia Fullerton has been educated in Visual Arts in Alberta, Canada and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at York University in Toronto, Canada. Georgia is the founder of Fullerton Fine Art Collection and Durham Black Artists Collective (DBAC). As a published artist,  Ms. Fullerton has exhibited her paintings in Canada and Internationally. Through conducting workshops and providing nationally broadcasted television interviews, Georgia has provided insight to her artistic expressions, the creative process and the positiv-3e impact of the arts on the human experience.

Ms. Fullerton’s art is a reflection of her life experiences and inspired by the power of her emotions and ongoing quest for a better understanding of relationships by way of creative expression. Using primarily acrylic to paint portraits and abstracted interpretations of the figure, Georgia’s images possess bold sensuality and evoke strong emotion.  Ms. Fullerton is currently pursuing certification as an Expressive Arts Therapist at ISIS Canada in Toronto. Georgia’s  art-based business called JustGeorgia, focuses on expressive arts workshops, art instruction and Fine Art sales. Georgia works from her home studio in Ajax, Ontario.

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Sau Fann Lee – Fabric Arts

Sau Fann Lee is a bit of a hoarder, but more importantly  a mom of two, trying to tame these tendencies, holding onto too many sentimental and pretty things and none more sentimental than the tiny, cute, whimsical, soft and colourful clothes that her  kids have outgrown. She  began making quilts for her  family as a way to capture the milestones and memories that each happy colour and pattern evoked. As her  kids grew and as more and more was acquired, worn, passed down and outgrown, the more those heaps of old clothes grew into small mountains. Soon, she  had more quilts/throws/blankets in our home than she  had beds, sofas and comfy chairs!  She  had to do something with all of them, and then she  couldn’t stop. No joke.

saufannResponding to the massive amounts of waste that we generate in our everyday lives, she is interested in up-cycling materials that we would otherwise throw out or giveaway, transforming them into something surprising and new, creating unique, functional and beautiful pieces that tell a story, maybe your story.

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The Experiment Continues

The experiment continues…

The 2 Hands Create experiment is a a blank canvas, source of sanity, support, inspiration and encouragement for all.

Each month over the summer and fall we use the underlying  theme of old wood to present the creators products in a curated atmosphere; offering a unique twist on the popular market theme which is perforating the six.

To promote and hype ourselves up for August we added the  element of live TV

We  linked up with web TV man Hugh Reilly of www.ThatChannel.com for a  “Liquid Lunch”. No libations just spinal fluid bathing our brains.  Erin, our artist Magnet Co-Hosted two interviews one with a special interview with well know Toronto Socio-Political Artist Hollis Baptiste and some of the upcoming August Artists.

Hollis  discussed  his  upcoming photo book,  “Bad Habit”. A   photo compilation of his current and previous art work which will be released this fall.  A subversive exploration of gun violence & consumerism, which offers thought provoking works designed to evoke uncomfortable feelings. A timely contemporary consideration of our times.

While Erin & Hugh interviewed Sau Fann Lee of Quilty Pleasures and  Donna Angella Bartley of DAB Designs who are here for the month of August, I engage the other side of my brain and jetted back to the day job. Ninabana and Aaaron Lozansy, our painterly artists could not attend, so we are aiming to interview them in the upcoming weeks.  Hold the date October 15th night shop into  your  calendar for the launch of  Hollis and his published  book.

Join us next Saturday from 6-10pm @ 503 Queen Street East, meet the artists, &  enjoy  yourself at the hippest, freshest smelling little art shop in Corktown.

Thank you to all the shoppers, Eyze Designs, Twisted Metal in Motion, & Quilty Pleasures for    allowing  me to blend a fresh  environment with our fabrics, art, fashion, jewellery, hammer, nails and spackle!

See you soon.

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The Garage Door is Up

Nothing really happens before its time and I think its time. I am grateful to the artist  creators makers and customers who are into this experiment with me. I have uncovered the secrets of marketing using the technology of  social media. I  have and am meeting very cool artists and neighbours who are drawn to the wide open entrance and last but not least going out to look for more artists at art happenings in the “6”, the TDOT , Hogtown or whatever moniker you have Toronto these days.

Finally the garage door is up and I am pretty excited to have  Erin of Twisted Metal In Motion  Sau Fann of Quilty Treasure  Claire from Eyze  in the gallery with me. I am for thankful  their participation and allowing me to curate the space to incorporate the old wood theme and create the esthetic for the pop up.

As part of creating the visuals of the space I have been slowly but surely building a following on Instagram as the @collaboration curator. Marketers call it building content. Essentially using the preparation, happenings and sales in the gallery  build and share the story we are creating.

It was pretty quiet in Corktown when we  opened July 1st , it was the weekend of Pride and the TD Jazz Festival. As I had hoped and suspected the foot traffic has returned to Queen Street East,  couples with babies in strollers, family visiting neighbours,  couples of sorts, and artists o plenty.

So make your over on July 16th between 6-10p, for our night shop edition The merchandise ranges between $$- $$$.

See you soon

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Call For Artists Application Launch March 30th, 2016

The original business framework of Studio Visuals,  the gallery was based on renting the whole 700 square feet of space to a single artist. That type of buisness model is no longer sustainable in the era of the online store and this morphed economy. Regardless of technology, market research shows that people are still very much interested in  products which they can touch &  feel.  Inspired by other arts marketplaces in the downtown core  who boast of waiting list of artists, we feel there is capacity and a market  for artists to interact in a actual physical space in a  community.  Studio Visuals is  the brick  and mortar space where2 Hands Create.art market space  will be  held.The garage door will open again in the summer and fall of 2016 for  2 Hands Create.

The Collaboration Curators experience of last summer’s pop up shops at Studio Visuals were the catalysts for  2 Hands Create. experiment. Last  summer’s Pop Up Shops expectations of heavy foot trafficked escapades were dashed by the corporate and city planners of the Pan Am Games. While the Pan Am games sounded like a great foot traffic magnet, things did not work out as planned. The cement barriers and chain link fence materialized to keep the athletes from escaping  and  prevented city visitors from exploring Queen Street East between Sumach and River.  Corktown businesses, who had readied themselves for the dilluge of shoppers  were all foiled. It was lonely on our little strip of  Toronto.  All the foot traffic was  diverted into the Distillery District. By the time  the barriers were gone, a cold and windy Autumn was upon us. Not discouraged, the garage door opened for a one day event, the Autumn Light Creative Collective and low and behold the foot traffic appeared. The energy from the neighbourhood and artists was encouraging, supportive and an inspirational stepping stone to 2 Hands Create..  It is the next experiment, taking us on the path to  identifying  a sustainable arts business framework in this new economy.

2 Hands Create. will be looking for emerging and seasoned artists, makers creators and designers from Toronto who would like to submit applications to become a part of our curated market place. We will choose 8 -16 artists & designers to creatively merchandise  and sell Fashion , Fashion Accessories, Home Decor, New Media, Paintings and Drawings created  by your 2 Hands.

If you are an  artist, maker, designer or  creator, we invite you to come together to network, collaborate, encourage, inspire,  support each other &  interact with the community. Explore our call and  apply to participate in our seasonal bricks and mortar  curated arts market space.

The call for artists  will launch on the 2 Hands Create   website  on March 30th , 2016.

The garage door will open again.

 

 

 

Autumn

Autumn Light Creative Collective

It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet

-Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Erin and Sandra had been brainstorming on how to create events in Toronto and unite and collaborate with artists long before I met Erin. Our universes separate yet parallel had grazed one another. My meeting with Erin was serendipitous. 

Sitting side by side as strangers participating in a parent school council meeting. The drone of voices took me to another zone. There I found myself admiring and drawing Erin’ earrings, thinking to myself “those would make a great pair of earrings”.

Art has the power to align like minded spirits, Erin noticed my drawings and initiated a conversation.  As a result Erin the effervescent maker of jewelry  partook in the Corktown Collective Pop Up  Shop with us this past summer.

My draft drawing of Erin’s earring’s long discarded, our universes united, Erin has led me to a new labrynth of ladies creative.

Take in the  beautiful fall collections of Erin’s jewelry designs, Twisted Metal In Motion, Sandra Iannucci’s  clothing design, Gypsy Circus, Daniellle and Szonja’s  Earth & Water Designs art jewelry and body products    & the unique creations of Groovy Drums. 

 Join us in the spirit of collaboration and the beauty of fall and let’s celebrate with the ladies as they present the Autumn Light Creative Collective.

From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and  the garage door will not open again  before the summer solstice.

So do bundle up and join us at  Studio Visuals, 503 Queen St East, between 12 noon until 8pm on Sunday October 18th, 2015.

See you then

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Exploring Jean Michel Basquiat Art @ AGO

Elly, my 11 year old boy ” I’ve seen that guy’s work in the subway. I don’t like his art. It’s too hectic. I only like the stuff  that looks like a kid did it.”

 

Attracted by the slick subway marketing, I ventured to take in the visual and audio experience of the Basquiat: Now’s the Time exhibition at the AGO. I asked myself, why were Martin Luther King Jr’s words and voice  so prominent in the exhibition? Drugs and money figured extrusively in Jean Michel’s life. Why were his life struggles omitted from the exhibitions subjects  ? I struggled to connect the exhibition’s theme  to the chaotic cerebral spilling’s of  Basquiat’s art.

Money and drugs played a complex role in Basquiat’s existence. As a burgeoning young artist, Jean Michel was furnished with finances, materials, space and collectors. The dreams of every artist, right? Basquiat’s artistic independence soon tarnished as he struggled to quiet the thunder of his critical inner voice and failed to navigate the web of stimulants and his financial benefactors. Basquiat was a young artist living his  dreams. Dreams which materialized quickly and vaporized in a speed ball heartbeat.

Basquiat’s spirit was baptized in the fever of  New York in the 80’s, set against the backdrop of economic recession, materialism, consumerism and racial tensions. He was an experiential soul, seeking a path to celebrity status. Starting out as an anonymously famous graffiti scribe hanging in clubs and playing in bands. Basquiat eventually turned to the visual arts. His compositions contain automatic drawing elements of poetry, self portraits, personalized hieroglyphics, copyright signs, cartoon characters, crowns, jazz musicians & boxing sport hero’s, body parts, slave ships, money, “Krak “and heroin. Basquiat art was certainly a revelation of his psyche. His essential nature was tethered to his need for public expression and acceptance, but certainly not a statement of the American civil rights movement.

Raymond Saunders Portrait of Boxer Jack Jackson 1972

Basquiat’s paintings are vaguely reminiscent of Raymond Saunders Portrait of the Boxer Jack Jackson 1972

Excerpt taken from African-American artist Raymond Saunders, 1967 pamphlet Black is a Colour

Racial hang-ups are extraneous to art, no artist can afford to let them obscure what runs through all art—the living root and the ever-growing aesthetic record of human spiritual and intellectual experience. Can’t we get clear of these degrading limitations, and recognize the wider reality of art, where color is the means and not the end?

 

The link to Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement was a studious attempt, but too far a stretch for my mind. Jean’s Michel Basquiat’s pantheon of images were representations of the of music he listened to, men and women he admired, his life emotions and experiences. My 11 year knew nothing of Basquiat’s drug use or life challenges. Elly’s ” hectic “comment was an ironic yet accurate interpretation of Jean Michel’s artistic life and times. Elly’s critique was based purely in an extremely intuitive visual perception of the work, not so much in the academia.

Watch the Tamara Davis’ film “The Radiant Child” to explore Basquiat and his art further.

 

 

 

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Arts and Culture in Saudi Arabia

In the 20th century, six thousand and six hundred and twenty nine miles away from home, all forms entertainment were banned including art galleries, movies, live theatres and  public gatherings. Artistic development outside of religion was not encouraged, representation of people and animals was not allowed. Geometric, floral, abstract works and calligraphy dominated the visual arts. Could you imagine a place in the world where contemporary art as we know it was not allowed to be expressed in public?

Post Gulf War Saudi Arabia, a strange and intriguing ancient world. The promise of jobs with tax-free lucrative salaries & free accommodations has lured female medical professionals for years. Our eyes focused on dollars, travel and men, but not necessarily in that order. We gave up our passports, dressed according to the code of orthodox Islam by wearing abayas and covered our faces when necessary. We followed the restriction on women in public. We sat separately in specially designated family sections of  restaurants. Our travel destinations within the kingdom restricted.

Artist Sarah Abu Abdallah is  pushing the boundaries of restriction and expressing sophisticated commentary on the various elements of her highly controlled life. In her video installation “Saudi Automobile”, Sarah toys wih the idea of becoming a self mobile individual. Sarah buys herself a car, albeit a wreck and paints it diligently with light pink paint. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which prohibits women from driving. Upon completion of her task, Sarah in her paint splattered abaya; retreats defeated to the passenger seat of her car. A true reflection of the fact that Sarah may never be able to drive in her country.

Our artistic expression consisted of sarcastic memoirs in a collective diary we kept on the kitchen table of our shared villa. Our lives were cocooned by housing  compounds. We traveled in packs and planned our shopping and social trips carefully around prayer time. We ran and hid from Mutawa, the Islamic religious police. They chastised us for exposed ankles and imprisoned us for other non-conforming behaviours. Socializing with men is illegal under religious law. We barely tolerated the religious social order. We created our own social order in gated communities. Ours was a suspended reality, quite different than the reality of  Saudi women around us.

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Street Pulse

The Edge of Arabia, a contemporary art and creative movement has changed the visual arts reality in Saudi. Ahmad Angawi,  a member of the movement relies on his architectural roots to create a spherical structure composed of hundreds of microphones. The interactive giant microphone was placed in various locations around the Kingdom. Participants recorded messages and used attached headphones to listen to messages left by other fellow Saudi’s. “It shows the various voices we have, all confined into one sphere. The idea behind it is, if we don’t speak up, if we remain silent, if we keep putting our feelings aside, one day we will explode,”Angawi said of the piece. “Street Pulse ” which augments the voice of the Saudi public was exhibited during Edge of Arabia’s aptly named art project “We Need Talk”. The show  appeared in cities around the world starting in  2008. In 2012, the exhibition was shown for the first time in Jeddah.

In the 21st century  female Saudi artists are silent no more. Manal al-Dowayan’s  publicly exams the Saudi woman’s social order in her works “Suspended Together” and “The Choice”. These works investigate female status and contemplate the restriction of movement, lack of freedom, and progression of women within the context of the Kingdom.

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Suspended Together

“Suspended Together” a flock of doves hanging from the ceiling appears to convey flight and movement. The paradox of the piece lies in the fact that the doves are adorned with travel documents of female scientists, educators, journalists, engineers, artists and leaders. Saudi women are not allowed to travel alone without travel permission documents signed by their male guardians. The black and white photos in “The Choice” gives the viewer the opportunity to meditate the idea of Saudi women driving, traveling, and voting. The suspended flock and surreal images exquisitely questions the adherence to customs of 1200 years ago.

In the new millennium the Kingdom has seen unparalleled  shifts to a world where challenges are articulated through greater public participation, freedom of expression and protest. During the Arab Spring in March 2011 minor protests broke out and led to the Male Monarchy announcing economic concessions and approval for women’ suffrage in the 2015 male only political municipal elections. Although the Arab Spring has amplified the free voice of the people, it has not eased the strife of Saudi artists to address subjects of political ideologies, criticism of the monarchy and women’s lack of equality.

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Saudi Arabian Art Exhibited in Al Arabia Outdoor

In 2015 the organizers of Al Arabia Outdoor have managed to pull off the ‘biggest art gallery” Saudi Arabia, using 3,400 advertising billboards to exhibit paintings by Saudi artists. I often wondered, how long could the Kingdom adhere to it’s tradition and culture with pride and devotion of the past? The desert kingdom has always been teeming with rich cultural visual art tradition of their nomadic tribes and religion, but new kinds of  expression have started an artistic evolution. Now, imagine a place in the world where contemporary art is just being allowed to be exhibited in public. Are you looking?

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