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Register for Creative Workshops Sat. Nov. 18th, 2017

What is it?

The Corktown Community Creations Workshops are your opportunity to experiment with expressive arts therapy, basic jewelry composition, and fabric arts. Our intimate “hands on” art sessions are guided by our collaborative group of artists and designed for participants ages 8 and upwards. Each session is 2 hours long and consists of 3 – 40 minute workshops.

Who are the Collaborative Artists?

  • Georgia Fullerton- Full Fine Art
  • Erin Ademoglu – Twisted Metal In Motion
  • Sylvia Welsh – Collaboration Curators

What’s in it for you?

At completion of the 2 hour creative session each participants will take home:

  1. An expressive piece of personalized art on canvas paper or board. (40 minutes)
  2. A piece of convertible up-cycled jewelry. (40 minutes )
  3. An improvisational piece of fabric art . (40 minutes)

 How much does it cost?

Each session is $45.00 per participant, inclusive of all materials.

Cash payment accepted at the door.

When is it ?

Saturday, November,  18th, 2017

Session A: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Session B: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Session C: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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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.

 

 

 

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“How Did I Get Here?”

I love the finely curated algorithmic points of reference of the Internet. Filling in missing bits from my past, enticing me to hop from link to link.This week I hopped a link sent by Vonnie-T to the UK Guardian culture page.

Post link thought process: I am an Afrofuturist.

The term Afrofuturism was struck by cultural critic, Mark Dery in his 1993 essay “ Black to the Future.” I found his definition quite convoluted in academia prose, so I offer my  own interpretation; Afrofuturism contemplates alternative visions of the future, where black characters are placed prominently at the centre of the sci-fi aesthetic, enveloping culture, science, techno thinking, literature, comics, graphic novels, art, music and African-American sci-fi. Reading Dery’s essay launched me into retrospective thinking mode. I pondered on what elements of sci–fi had influenced me to this place in the present. “How did I get to my future?” My Mother? The sci-fi writer who lived across the hall? Musicians crawling out of album covers and space ships into seventies?  Childhood inquisitiveness?  Or a sexy woman in outer space?

Titillating Lieutenant Uhura was in my dreams. She had all kinds of Star Ship Enterprise puffed hair, slick earpieces and mini dress uniforms. She had technology and tools at her fingertips. I wanted that job.  The high school guidance councilor was supposed to help me figure out what job I wanted, but I wasn’t listening. Truth be told, a Friday night dance was the best part of high school. Entranced deep in the P-funk rhythms of Parliament and the Funkedelics. Finally my musings as a child were proven. Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk, The Brides of Funkenstein, and Bootsy Collins  were the little people inside the TV & radio boxes.  The music of George Clinton steered the  Mothership and the antics  of a whole host characters through the astro. I lived for those outer space realms of  TV and music where anything could happen, but I had yet to find any  literature which could exhibit  any influence over me.

CIRCA 1977: Michael Hampton (front center), Fuzzy Haskins (back row with bandana), George Clinton (back row right with beret to the side), Bootsy Collins (2nd from right with hat on) of the funk band Parliament-Funkadelic pose for a portait on the Mothership in circa 1977. 

Dery asks the question “Why do so few African Americans write science fiction? A genre who’s close encounter with the Other —– the stranger —- in the strange land would seem uniquely suited to the concerns of the African American novelist?” Good question right? I too, have been the Other — the stranger—- in the strange land. I always felt like an alien being the only girl of colour in the all white, catholic girls school. I failed Grade 10 English, unable to relate to any of the books I had to read. Charles Dickens, Stephen Leacock, Robertson Davies and Farley Mowat, all great authors in their own right, but nothing the girl child of Jamaican immigrants to Canada could connect with. Many failed attempts to read science fiction, I was never able to read beyond the first chapter of Issac Asimov. The stark reality,  no black characters, never mind a black sci fi character. Enter Nalo Hopkinson.

After living as a stranger in a strange land (female Pathology Lab Tech working in Saudi Arabia) I returned home to Toronto. By then I had had enough of the human body parts and chemical vapours. “How could I recreate myself outside the lab realm?”  Lucky for me I ended up living across the hall from Nalo Hopkinson. From where I stood Nalo was creating her life, paving her way to her Afrofuture. I was struggling with mine. Nalo pointed me in the right direction.  She turned me onto Octavia Butler, a well know African American science fiction writer. I devoured Butler’s finely created alternate realities and terrains. Eloquently illustrating themes of social justice, religion, sexuality, genetic manipulation and time travel, I connected to  the sci fi protagonist’s in Lilith’s Brood and the Kindred trilogy. browngirlRe-examing my past, I realized Butler books opened my mind to receive the subliminal messages about technology as a career, a possibility I had never considered before. Having processed my share of liver transplant biopsies in the lab, I used the internet to merge my Lab Tech self  into  IT diva. Soon thereafter I found Nalo’s first book published. Pleased and tickled light brownish pink, thinking how “Pathology Lab Tech Chick”  across the hall might  have inspired the organ transplant theme. The book “Brown Girl in the Ring” is set in post economic collapse Toronto, a tale of soul possession, obeah, organ theft & transplant.  I found kinfolk in Nalo’s Afro futuristic cast, a whole pantheon of patois speaking Caribbean characters, traversing the spirit world. You see, I too had grown up in a matriarchal family listening to duppy (ghost) stories and warnings of obeah’s (magic) power from my own Jamaican mother who sang Brown Girl in Ring in the kitchen. A heart felt reminder that although my mother revered her past, she wished and prayed for her own literacy.  Education was the tool she gifted to us.Mothership I continually contemplate myself in alternate realities.  I am influenced by the art, music, sci-fi,  internet and techno-culture.The black aesthetic of the past, present and the unknown  filters over me. I am charting  my destination to the Afrofuture.

P.S  George Clinton’s Mothership, a 1,200 pound aluminum stage prop is now a permanent installation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Berlin Fashion Week Capriole Collection

3D Printing Trending in Art, Fashion & Science

[quote =]The revolution has begun. It is like a child in front of your eyes growing and changing each day. You can’t see the growth, it is incremental, but one day the child will be fully mature and there will be little or no inclination of the past.[/quote]

MIT Technology Review lists 3D printing or as one of top ten technology trends for 2013. Regardless of the benefits, nothing new comes without challenge and resistance. The challenges lie in quality control, intellectual property questions, environmental concerns related to the toxicity, sustainability and recyclability of the materials. I am not sure whether the decentralization of production is considered a pro or a con, I guess that depends upon whether  your a budding creative individual or a manufacturing monolith. The benefits include growing creative class, decreased time to production, crowd sharing and problem solving in the refinement of design A ideally creates  new business models for artists similar to giclee printing, which released the artist from the shackles of the galleries and the need to  print in volume. Individuals artists, designers, industrial engineers and hobbyists are using 3D to create everything from shoes, dresses, jewellery and art to robohands, ears, guns and cars.

If you are really into the technology side of things  you could buy a previous generation Makerbot and build a 3D printer which can produce the parts to build another 3D printer. Ok, being a raised by a seamstress, I am so not doing that, but I would want to make some funky custom shirts that fit my boobs. I can never get anything over the counter to fit my boobs, not sure what is happening  in the boob department of fashion houses these days, but I digress.

To make my funky shirt, I would definitely need some creative minds to assist with design,  fitting and production. A fashion designer for sure, a technology brain for the 3D printing component and maybe an industrial engineer to really get the custom fit on the boobs. A good choice of a flexible material to print would be required. You can print in a variety of material titanium might be good for support, but not so good in the comfort area. Nylon, rubber, some type of  supple polymer would work.

Essentially the funky shirt would be drawn in a 3 dimensional format using computer aided design(CAD) software. The CAD  software would create layers from the 3D elements of the design. The layers would be digitized and sent to the printer, which is equipped with the supple material in a powder form. The printer prints the layers microns thin,  sucessivelly into a tray. Dependant upon the powdered materials, an assortment of  binding methods including heat, laser or chemical are used to bind the layers. As each layer is printed the tray lowers and the next layer is printed.

I do have a sewing machine, I make my own jewellery and occassionaly create my own art,  but not sure if I would want all the lasers and powders required to print a custom boob blouse in my house The clean up on this job could be a challenge How do you dispose of the excess? Would I need to wear gloves? In my case I think 3D printing it’s best left to the professionals.

Iris Van Herpen, 24 year old fashion designer, partnered with Stratasys Ltd and  unveiled her nature inspired  “Wilderness Embodies” 3D printed shoes at Fashion Week  in Paris and her “Capriole” dress collection in Berlin. Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti created 3D-printed nylon fabric for Dita Von Teese‘s  realy see thorugh dress. Nike has cut the production to time, using 3D technology to create the Vapor Laser Talon football shoes. Jim Kor, a Canadian engineer  in  collaboration with RedEye, has 3D printed an ecologically-minded, 10-foot Urbee car: Read more: The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building. Transylvanian artist Ioan Florea inspired by nano technology created 8′ x 10′ canvases of 3D printed art.

Three dimensional printing is affecting every major manufacturing industry from aerospace engineering to medicine.  The next generation Replicator 2 by Makerbot sells for around $3000.00, and like a computer, it is coming to a home near you soon.By the way Makerbot was recently aquired for $403M by industrial giant Stratasys. According to Wohler Associates out of Colorado. additive manufacturing or 3 D printing is an industry that was worth 1.2 billion in 2008 and that it could double in size by 2015.

The 3D revolution is a game changer, it will  impact politics, economies, individuals and globalization. The revolution is digitized, and driven by individual creativity. If you are a artistic innovative person, now is your time. Your virtual ideas can become reality.

 

 

 

 

 

collage #z

I am looking for about a 2000 square foot space to run a 24 hour collaboration project this summer.

Ideally, it will be an open warehouse space,with electricity, good natural lighting. a bathroom and  in a neighbourhood with some amenities.

This collaborative collage will have a curator, painter, sculpture, musician, poet, photographer, fashion designer and a film maker.  The artists will be a mixture of  fresh  and some seasoned. The theme maybe  social activism environmental sustainability and or social responsibility.  Haven’t fully decided yet

Contact us if you are interested in creating in this collage.

 

Fried Grey Matter

So I am looking around me to see if I am way out there. This creative endeavor is an evolution from my previous adventure. At first I thought I had failed because I had to close my gallery, Studio Visuals, but really I had succeeded and was moving onto the next thing. I  did not know what the next thing would be. I have been struggling with absence of creativity in my life. The gap is quickly closing. This place in the ether has fried some grey matter in the genesis,  but I think they are being repaired as the creativity comes poring through the keyboard and onto the screen. Can’t say who I will meet, can’t tell you exactly what I am gonna do, other than I am going to keep following my intuition and inspiration around, because this is some thing worth doing and needs to be done.