WINTER 2016: DANCING WITH DRAGONS BY PADDY LEUNG

The Lion Dance, also known as The Chinese Dragon Dance, is performed during Chinese New Year and other traditional, Chinese cultural and religious festivals. The lions’ costumes are composed of beautiful and colourful textiles. The lion's head (mask) is usually oversized and dragon-like, followed by a long, silky, vibrant textile that extends to create the lion's body.­­­­­ The dance is thought to bring good luck and is an integral part of many important occasions such as weddings and business openings. The very presence of the dragons is meant to welcome guests and visitors to the space.

 

Born in the year of the Dragon herself, Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Paddy Leung’s installation is a handmade interpretation of this Chinese celebratory tradition. Western pop culture influences are integrated both aesthetically through the highly graphic and illustrative style of the masks, and also through the methods and materials; Leung incorporates her go-to papier-mâché techniques and use of playful embellishments such as feathers and rhinestones that have become signature features of her work. With their inclusion in this year's City of Craft, the artist hopes the dragons will bring good luck and magic to all that see them.

 

Dancing With Dragons is on view from December to March 2017.

Summer 2016: Crystal Dream Homes by Micah Adams + Amanda McCavour

This is a combination of two artists' practices, a collage. A constructed reality, suspended in space, a low tech interpretation of a high tech digital model.

Read a Q&A with the artist here: http://theatrecentre.org/?p=7103

As an artist Micah is a collector of objects as much as he is a maker of objects. As a trained jeweler, Micah is a constant tinkerer on a fine scale. Amanda works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. Thread is used in her work to explore connections to home and thread's accumulative presence.

 

DEC/JAN 2016: CHIPMUNKS ON ICE BY IAN PHILLIPS

Ian Phillips is the official designer for the year-end City of Craft 2015 show. His wintery chipmunk motif warmed the hearts of citizens of craft across Toronto, and now they've come to life and have found a cozy place to hibernate until the new year in the Theatre Centre Cafe.

Ian Phillips is an illustrator and book designer. He is also co-founder of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School, which will soon be celebrating the Class of 1937 Graduation Ceremony and Yearbook Launch. His small press, pas de chance, recently celebrated thirty years of publishing. Follow him on .

OCT/NOV 2015: STAINED GLASS BY VALERIE MARCHAND

Stained glass feathers and succulent-filled terrariums fill the Theatre Centre Cafe with shots of colour as a bright, warm Fall settles into Toronto.

Artist Valerie Marchand began working in the medium of stained glass a few years ago.  Valerie decided early on to contemporize the craft, and Acorn Studio was born shortly after.  She draws all of her own patterns and combines designs with aesthetic choices in colours that bring freshness to a traditional medium.  Under the guise of Acorn Studio, Valerie makes two-dimensional art pieces as well as three-dimensional pieces that can be used for display or as terrariums. Inspired by geometric patterns as well as organic and fluid shapes, she creates unique window hangs and geometric terrariums that feature succulent arrangements.