Aurora Lite  BY LIZZ ASTON
December 1 2017 - March 1 2018
The Theatre Centre Cafe - 1115 Queen Street West
RECEPTION: Friday, December 8th 6pm-10pm


City of Craft and The Theatre Centre are proud to co-present Side Streets, an ongoing series of hanging installations at The Theatre Centre Cafe.

Our Winter 2017 season features new work by artist Lizz Aston. Aurora Lite is series of hand-cut banners conjuring the warmth and radiance of sunnier, summer days. Collectively they are a beacon, reviving one’s spirit during the darkness of the long winter months. By referencing intricate patterns found in hand-made lace and stained glass, Aurora Lite explores the use of positive and negative space, cast colour, light and shadow, while playing with the architectural features of the site's corner window and adjacent streetscape to create a luminescent and ambient environment.







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Lizz Aston is a textile artist and industrial designer based in Toronto. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Crafts & Design from Sheridan College and recently completed a three-year artist residency in the Craft & Design Studios at Harbourfront Centre. Aston is the recipient of numerous Grants & Awards including the RBC Emerging Artist Studio Set-up Award from Craft Ontario. Her work is represented in public and private collections and has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia and South Korea. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design at OCAD University.


Curated by Kalpna Patel, this year's series - entitled Conceal/Reveal - examines culture and technology as it relates to contemporary craft practices. Each artist considers what traditional or aesthetic aspects of their culture they conceal or reveal in the name of assimilation or expressing themselves within the craft community or Canadian society in general. This also includes a conversation about  the technical processes and philosophies they have given up, maintained, or embrace in the production of their work. Side Streets speaks to this gap between cultural identity and the craft objects produced for public consumption, as well as the traditional and technological implications of making work and navigating the world of handmade craft in an urban environment.


city of craft and side streets are generously supported by the ontario arts council.