January 15-21, 2018
I showed with Dear Human a couple of years ago, and was excited to be invited to curate the Vancouver group for Outside the Box this year.
I designed a small wooden piece featuring large dowels mortised into a solid block. Playing with material and shape repetition.
I try to be inspired by nature and natural materials as much as possible. I’m lucky enough to be able to spend time working in the shop one day and then out in the forest the next. At the mill sawing logs into furniture parts and then in the city an hour later. The border territory where people and the wilderness intersect is a very interesting place to be inspired.
I design and produce limited quantity pieces with a small group of crafts people by hand in our own small studio in Vancouver.
I think it’s really nice to have smaller offsite shows running simultaneously to larger trade shows which allow designers and artists to show more experimental works maybe not as focused on commerce. These shows help push the overall quality of design across the trade.
This seventh edition of ‘Outside the Box’ features responses on the theme “matter.” This theme encompasses material transformation and change, and the essence of material. It looks at how materials are created, reused, or recycled. Correspondents are invited to explore “matter” in any way.
The project was created by the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, and is organized in partnership with WantedDesign.
Participating cities and correspondents:
Asheville – Marilyn Zapf
Boston – Kelly Harris Smith
Fogo Island – Alexandra McIntosh
Montreal – Tara Farsky Milroy
Philadelphia – Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design
Portland – Studio Gorm
Saint John – Geof Ramsay
San Francisco Bay Area – Melanie Abrantes
Saskatoon – Crystal Bueckert | Storefront
Seattle – Darin Montgomery
Toronto – SOUVENIR | Danielle Suppa
Vancouver – Riley McFerrin
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