Wednesday
Mar112015

Tail Wags Helmet Covers at Artfest!!

Established in 2006, Tail Wags Helmet Covers is a Toronto-based business that designs and manufactures helmet covers of the finest workmanship and quality. We are devoted to encouraging more kids and adults to wear their safety helmets. All Tail Wags helmet covers are proudly handcrafted in Canada.

Karyn Climans is the entrepreneurial spirit behind Tail Wags Helmet Covers. Several years ago she suffered a serious ski accident; fortunately she was wearing her safety helmet and it saved her life! The primary goal of the company is to promote helmet use and safety awareness. It is her passion for safety awareness, along with her imaginative flair, which are the key ingredients to Tail Wags’ success.

Today, there are over 40 designs of helmet covers so there’s bound to be the perfect look for every member of your family and friends!

Wednesday
Mar112015

Sharon Fox Cranston 

Sharon Fox Cranston prefers mediums of acrylic & pastel. Her impressionistic painting style retains the integrity of “the place” while still being loose enough in application to actively challenge the viewer to interpret the work for him or herself.

An avid plein air painter, her focus is on the texture, colour and rhythms of the rural and urban landscape.  Sharon particularly enjoys taking her art outdoors and has painted many of her works "en plein air" in Canada, France, Italy, the UK and USA.

http://sharonfox.ca/

 

Wednesday
Mar112015

Laura Kingsbury ~ Portraits of our Native Wildlife

Laura graduated from the University of Guelph in 1980 with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology and Management. She has worked as a research biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, as a Naturalist/Interpreter with several Ottawa and Toronto Conservation Authorities, also training as a Volunteer Guide at the Metro Toronto Zoo.

A self-taught artist, Laura works mostly in watercolours, and has been painting professionally for over 30 years. She has become well known for her sensitive portraits of our native wildlife, especially the birds. Her originals and prints are owned by private and corporate collectors in many countries such as England, Australia, Germany, Russia, Zambia, Switzerland, and the United States. Her prints have been presented by the Canadian Government to the presidents of Zambia and the Russian Federation, Kenneth Kuanda and Boris Yeltsin.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Dawning: Fresh, Original, Jewelry

Artist's Words:

"As a wee bonny lass I found myself a visionary in the undying quest for consummate creativity. Even at the young age of four I could be seen carefully stringing together beads that were unusually tiny for a child of my age. As I grew, so did my longing to create with my own hands.

For my whole life I have loved the feeling of holding something beautiful that I had created. Jewelry was one of the things which captured my attention, but I have experimented with various arts along the way. Since my childhood there has always been some creative tool in my hand, be it knitting needles, watercolours, fabric, or my favourite jewelry pliers.

At the ripe old age of 12, I began selling my handcrafted jewelry from home. Only a couple years later I officially launched ‘Dawning’ and have enjoyed designing and selling jewelry I love. My style of jewelry is constantly being inspired afresh, but quality workmanship and beauty of design are always my foundation.

I find delight in incorporating the nature-inspired elements I see around me into my love of art. My jewelry consists of unique materials creatively formed into necklaces, earrings, and rings. I’m confident these charming pieces will be among your favourites!"

Jamie Dawn

http://dawningjewelry.com/



Wednesday
Mar112015

Kathleen's Radical Kreations 

About Kathleen:

Kathleen Hobson has been involved in the art world her entire life. From early childhood, Kathleen's parents believed in her and sent Kathleen to art schools included in her education.

Kathleen specialized in still life, nude drawing, sculptures, pottery, perspective, engineering, painting and much more. Kathleen did artwork on the side while majoring in Packaging Design at Humber College graduating with the Presidents metal.

She also worked in advertising for years, was a food stylist for over fifteen years and then entered into the culinary world. Kathleen attended George Brown College for Culinary and Baking, two majors with honors.

Finally, her and her husband moved to a small town, Picton Ontario, where she paints animal’s full time. 

 

Wednesday
Mar112015

New Images from Ted & Carol Devine

 

The bunnies are out and about so I'm thinking Spring can't be too far behind!!

Here are some recent pretties from Ted & Carol Devine's workshop!!

Visit Devine Jewellery to see more.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Portrait of Artisans ~ Solar Woodcuts

Ron Tremback and Patti Robertson have designed and created fretwork full time since 1992. They are unique in Canada in that they make a living with their craft, Solar Woodcuts. As well as making the more traditional fretwork subjects such as, wildlife and silhouettes, they are well known for their more esoteric subjects, such as, Celtic designs and ancient symbolism.

New in the last year, Patti is creating one of a kind wood burned pieces Ron sets up, saws, and contributes to the design process. Ron has been an artisan for more than 40 years, making everything from moccasins to houses and cabins. His love of fine detail and intricate designs led him to become a professional fretwork craftsman 23 years ago.

In addition to the wood burning, Patti draws the patterns, creating an eclectic mix of images to produce their 450 current designs. She also assembles and finishes the fretwork items. Patti has more than 35 years experience as an artisan creating many different kinds of arts and crafts. She has experience in weaving and knitting and has formal training in upholstery. She has also done papermaking and beeswax candle making, and has given workshops in these art forms. They have now exhibited at more than 420 juried arts and craft shows during their 23 years of creating fretwork.

Monday
Mar092015

Devine Jewellery at Artfest Kingston

Biography of Ted Devine:

Ted Devine was born in Ottawa, Ontario. His formative years were spent in the National Capital and upon completion of high school, continued his post-secondary education at Ottawa University, Carleton University, Queen’s University and MacArthur College of Education.  Ted graduated these noble institutions with Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Physical Education, and and Honours Degree in English and Physical Education as well as a Type A Teaching Certificate. He pursued a High School teaching career for five years before deciding to take a sabbatical. During this time he discovered the worlds of silver and gold, and the rest is history. Ted continued on this fascinating path for thirty odd years.

About Carol Devine:

Carol Devine was raised in Toronto and Ottawa. She attended Carleton University and Algonquin College from which she graduated with a Diploma in Interior Design. In her senior year at Algonquin she met Ted and they have worked together ever since!

Visit their website to see more of their stunning jewellery pieces.

Monday
Mar092015

Binksy & Bobo: Classic & Cozy

Binksy & Bobo is a Toronto based children’s clothing company. Their stylish and modern pieces are made right here in Canada with a focus on creating pieces that embody the ideal, ‘Fashion meets Function’.

They create a fun line of clothing and accessories for babies and children with one-of-a-kind ideas for targeted to the baby shower market.

About Katrina Poole:

Katrina studied Fine Arts in University, worked in advertising as a designer, found her love of sewing early in Gr. 6 home economics and a pair of hideous plaid overalls is ultimately how it all started!  Katrina was seven months pregnant and in a sewing frenzy designing her son's nursery.  She sewed her way through his curtains, bedding and clothing.  This is how Binksy & Bobo was born.

Find Binksy at Artfest Kingston from July 1st to 4th!  See you all at the show!

 

 

Monday
Mar092015

Jim Sprague Woodturning 

 

Jim Sprague considers his wood turned items to be functional art, intended to be used in everyday life, yet beautiful enough to be called art. He uses fresh cut, salvaged logs, burls and exotic woods sometimes letting them sit for a year or more allowing nature to spalt the logs adding greater visual interest in the turnings that he produces.

Jim will sometimes inlay the rim of the bowl with shells, soapstone, or other minerals, creating even more interest. Refusing to give up on an item that has cracked, he will often inlay cracks and knots, thus saving the item from the woodstove and making the item more valuable.

http://spraguewoodturning.ca/

 

 

Monday
Mar092015

Portrait of a Photographer ~ Shirley Brigden

Shirley Brigden sells travel photography from Europe, Africa and North America in sizes ranging from 8x10 to 24x36.  Shirley prints her work on canvas as well as print and sells matted prints and greeting cards. She only uses archival materials on the canvas and matted prints, and her products suit both locals and tourists.

In her 13th year participating in shows, both indoor and outdoor, Shirley haa a business background and photography as her main passion.  Each year, Shirley travels to new destinations to bring fresh, new work into her booth, and to also work to increase her skills by participating in workshops with top professional photographers to further inspire her creativity.

Check out Shirley's Photography here.

Monday
Mar092015

Visual Artist ~ Denise Buisman Pilger

About Denise:

Denise Buisman Pilger's work reflects her love of photography, painting and travel configured into graphic pseudo-realities of everyday life filtered through her own whimsical creative lens.

Her tableaux are bustling pastiches of architectural elements and city life, arranged at unusual angles, irregular scale and not necessarily in their true-to-life configuration. Inspired by her globe-trotting experiences, which have been numerous and frequent, her cityscapes are at once recognizable, yet somehow -surreal.

Her creative process involves digital photo manipulation, image transfer, acrylic photomontage, and acrylic paints/mediums, and other innovative techniques. Working in a variety of scale, Denise creates panels that are graphic, contemporary and yet somehow nostalgic. Often her pieces are black and white with minimalist colour accents, while others abound with colour - her visual vocabulary always unique and always authentic.

Although currently based in Montréal, visual artist Denise Buisman Pilger is a frequent globetrotter, taking each relocation as an opportunity to explore the world, gathering inspiration for her urban photo-collages along the way. Exhibiting and selling her work prolifically in North America and Europe over the past several years, Denise has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, and at Ward-Nasse Gallery in Soho, New York City. Her creative practice spans more than decade, beginning with several years as a professional graphic designer and art director for print media, both in Europe and North America. 

Monday
Mar092015

Showcasing at Artfest Kingston: Destellos Art

Liliana Botero Rey is a self taught artist since 1995.  She moved to Canada seven years ago and since has been experimenting with new materials and techniques.

You'll find various styles and materials very different from on another, forming a large eclectic collection with prices ranging from $35 to $1500.  All of her jewelry is created in her studio where she personally controls all stages of production, from designing, preparation, Mokume Gane, assembly, stone setting and casting where needed.

Visit Destellos Art online and be sure to drop over to her booth at the Kingston show.

 

Monday
Mar092015

Jonathan Leon - Lolipop Glass

 

Lolipop Glass was founded by artisan, Jonathan Leon in 2006.  Jonathan has a B.A in fine arts, and an 8 year apprenticeship in flame working.  

Presented in all the finest craft shows across Canada and some NYC Craft shows, Jonathan continues to create hand-blown borosilicate glass fassion accessories, jewelry and tableware. 

His store front studio is in the Laurentian's and open to the public.  Jonathan will be exhibiting at the upcoming Artfest Kingston show from July 1st  to 4th!  Check out his outstanding glass art creations!

Watch Jonathan's U-Tube Video here.  

Monday
Mar092015

Clayshapes Pottery by: Bonnie Shorthill

Clayshapes is a modern and whimsical collection of organic-shaped pottery - hand made and hand painted in splashes of bright colour.

Bonnie is currently obsessed with creating pieces using wood block stamps from India...but that could change at any time! Visit her site (https://www.etsy.com/shop/clayshapes#) often. There's always something new with "Clayshapes" coming out of her kiln. 

Clayshapes is on Facebook - joinhere there for a peek into Clayshapes studio, news of specials and upcoming sales.

Monday
Mar092015

Whitelotus Design appearing at Artfest Kingston

Edina Racz's line of contemporary jewellery features sculptural wire-woven gemstone necklaces, earrings, rings and cuff bracelets all handcrafted using time-honoured skills.

Edina makes all of here jewellery in her small home studio where it is designed. She transforms materials such as silver wire, sheet metal, stones and glass into unique and one-of-a-kind wearable art. As a graphic designer, Edina worked in the abstract concepts of usability, flow, white space and message. While it is easy to see the influences of graphic design in Edina’s linear wire jewelry, the wirer ahs expanded the dimensions of become a sculptural outlet for her to explore a new design aesthetic – the blank pages have been replaced by ears, wrists, necks and fingers. Her use of color flows from her emphasis on contrast, structure and balance – tension and kineticism – all expressed in her handcrafted constructions. 

Monday
Mar092015

Profile of an Artisan ~ Chibi Seimei Inc. 

Owner of Chibi Seimei Inc., Kathryn Belzunce, started the business with japanese origami which is a method of folding paper to create folded sculptures, before her original jewellery line.

Kathryn continues to use japanese washi which is nature-themed and gives an endless array of design possibilities in the jewellery that she creates. She is strongly inspired by modern art masters such as Chagall, Kandinsky, and most of all, Picasso, and Braque, for their style in fragmentation which influences her industrial Steampunk and whimsical pieces.

Kathryn is also inspired by Klimt for his use of gold leafing and geometrics, whose inspiration can be seen in her finishes and accents. Currently enrolled at George Brown College in the continuing education program for the advance jewellery skills certificate, having finished the fundamental jewellery skills program, Kathryn is learning advanced skills and techniques in producing jewellery.

She has taken various workshops in precious and base metal clays here in Canada and in the US. from which she has created a line in handcrafted bronze jewellery from Goldie Bronze and metal clay. Kathryn creates her molds from found objects and natural textures. She further refines the pieces before firing them in the kiln.  She polishes each and every piece by hand with and seals them with a jewellery grade sealer. With the mixed-media Steampunk jewellery line, the background is usually a select piece of japanese washi or artisan marble paper, a charm, vintage watch parts and an accent of a cubic zirconia which are sealed with resin.

Thursday
Mar052015

Portrait of an Artisan ~ Iron Art

Formally trained in both graphic design and fine art, Robert Aucoin combined his artistic talents with his structural design and welding capabilities in 1993 to create his innovative design & manufacturing company Iron Art, located on the north shore of Loughborough Lake, 20 minutes north of Kingston, ON Canada.

Robert has attended many juried shows with his Iron Art creations. Currently at his studio/residence, clients who desire custom made hand-forged furniture, accessories, railings...almost anything made from metal, can browse through a catalogue of recently produced items, or have their own designs manufactured, often beginning with a simple description or sketch as the starting point.

As an artist, Robert remains closely connected to the art community, creating one of a kind pieces presented in art guilds such as Cornerstone, Kingston, galleries, etc, while continuing to accept residential and commercial commissions creating interiors and functional & creative furnishings & accessories that will last for years. This summer, every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, Iron Art can be found at the Kingston Public Market Square just outside Kingston City Hall selling one of a kind pieces and taking private commissions.

Thursday
Mar052015

L'Atelier du Presbytere ~ Showcasing at Artfest Kingston

L'Atelier du Presbytere opened their first workshop in 1996 in France. Since 2006, they moved from Provence to Montréal.  The studio is an extension to their passion as antique lovers. All models are one of a kind, created and made by ourselves in our studio of Montréal.

"We imagine, design, create, wash , vintage, cut and make ALL our models. 100% ARTISANS and proud to make everything with our Vintage French Touch in CANADACreation of ever changing one of a kind antique linens house wares and accessories mostly from recycled french fabric from 19th century beginning 20th. LINEN and HEMP are our favorite."

Visit their website to learn more. 

Thursday
Mar052015

Manitoulin Crafts/Hawberry Farms is back again!

Located on the south shores of Manitoulin Island, their century old farm produces some of the finest gourmet products in the world.

Nestled inside the small town of Spring Bay, Manitioulin Crafts, creates a fine line of gourmet products which, have become well known throughout the years. Their kitchens are Provincially and Federally inspected and they are HACCP regulated to ensure cleanliness and a quality, well above standards.

Not to forget to mention, their products are to die for!  Drop by Artfest Kingston to dabble in some of their delectable samples!