Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Directors Jeremy Vandermeij & Deborah Wang

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Directors Jeremy Vandermeij & Deborah Wang

(Associates exhibition photo by Marcin Barciak) Within the Canadian design community, there is a new energy that is transforming the mindset from within and beginning to resonate with the community at large. January 2013 marks the third-annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival, a not-for-profit organization that is in part responsible for... continue reading
Interview with Jaime Hogge: Photographer Extraordinaire

Interview with Jaime Hogge: Photographer Extraordinaire

We have all crossed paths with Jaime Hogge. His work consistently graces the pages of national publications, showing a robust versatility to capture the character of his diverse subjects. He has an ability, without hesitation, to get personal with his subjects to capture their natural charisma, usually within in the... continue reading
Interview with Heidi Earnshaw: A Maker of Slow Furniture

Interview with Heidi Earnshaw: A Maker of Slow Furniture

Based out of a shared wood shop in Toronto’s west-end, independent furniture maker and designer Heidi Earnshaw creates unique handcrafted furniture by understanding our interaction with furniture and objects that enhance the rituals of our daily lives. Her beautifully designed and expertly crafted pieces elevate and enrich the spaces they... continue reading
Interview with architect Todd Saunders: Fogo Island Arts Corporation studios

Interview with architect Todd Saunders: Fogo Island Arts Corporation studios

During a recent trip to Newfoundland, Mason had the chance to visit the Fogo Island Arts Corporation situated off the northern coast of Newfoundland. The stunning series of artist studios serve as the home to the foundation’s new Residency Program. Artists from around the world come to live in work... continue reading
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Intervew with ALSO Collective: Antonio Lennert and Symon Oliver

Intervew with ALSO Collective: Antonio Lennert and Symon Oliver

Understanding the true root of an issue is a fundamental step in the process of developing appropriate design solutions.  A general obstacle in the progress is an inability for an individual, or an individual practice, to fully realize the complexity of these roots to create a whole resolution due to the limitations of specific disciplines.... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with ceramicist Janet Macpherson

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with ceramicist Janet Macpherson

In an interview with Toronto Design Offsite Festival contributor Janet Macpherson, Mason Journal learns how the ceramicist creates a whimsical narrative through her hybrid figurines of animal forms.  Janet shares the inspiration for her contribution to the Capacity exhibit, and gives insight into her medium and practice on a local and international level. Mason Journal:... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with artist Orest Tataryn

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with artist Orest Tataryn

In Mason Journal’s interview series with Toronto Design Offsite Festival designers and artists, we speak with an artist who uses light as his medium. Orest Tataryn shares with us his diverse history of experiences which fuel his creative process, and the principal of simplicity that defines his work. MJ:   How do you describe your craft/discipline/practice? Orest... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Rob Southcott

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Rob Southcott

The next interview with Toronto Design Offsite Festival contributors is with Toronto-based industrial designer, Rob Southcott.  Mason Journal had a chance to speak with Rob to learn more about his process, product and approach to designing his objects. Mason Journal: How do you describe your craft/practice? Rob Southcott: I’m an industrial artist who aims to... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with curator and designer Erin Mccutcheon

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with curator and designer Erin Mccutcheon

In part eight of the Mason Journal interview series with Toronto Design Offsite Festival organizers, we speak with Erin Mccucheon, a designer and curator of the highly anticipated Capacity show.  In conversation with Erin, we learn how Capacity is proving support to female designers, how Toronto Design Offsite is impacting the Canadian design industry, and... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Derek McLeod

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Derek McLeod

Mason Journal recently spoke with Derek McLeod, a Toronto-based designer of furniture and objects, and joins the interview series with Toronto Design Offsite Festival contributors.  We learn from Derek how Canada can develop a stronger international design identity, how local and national festivals compare to those internationally, and how Toronto Design Offsite Festival strengthens the... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Zoë Mowat

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with designer Zoë Mowat

Our next interview with Toronto Design Offsite Festival participants comes from Zoë Mowat, a Montreal-based maker of exquisitely crafted furniture and objects.  Mason Journal recently had an opportunity to speak with Zoë about the importance of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival and how Montreal is a distinctive center for design in Canada. Mason Journal: How... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with design and curator Ange-Line Tetrault

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with design and curator Ange-Line Tetrault

We continue our Toronto Design Offsite Festival interview series with conversation with Ange-Line Tetrault, a product designer and contributing organizer for the Festival. In her interview with Mason Journal, Ange-Line describes her role as curator of Not Forkchops, and the contribution of her personal work as part of Woman King Collective for Come Up To... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Jason and Lars of Brothers Dressler

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Jason and Lars of Brothers Dressler

Jason and Lars Dressler of Brothers Dressler contribute to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2013 by showcasing their philosophy of creative reuse and highlight their ability to turn raw material into bespoke handcrafted furniture, objects and lighting.  Mason Journal speaks with Jason and Lars to learn about their exhibit Ash out of Quarantine, how their... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Shaun Moore and Julie Nicolson of MADE

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Shaun Moore and Julie Nicolson of MADE

In part three of our twelve-part interview series with Toronto Design Offsite Festival designers and artists, Mason Journal speaks with Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson, the owners of Made:  a retail shop providing Canadian-focused furniture and objects in Toronto’s west-end.  As founding members of the Festival, Shaun and Julie share their insight on the state... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with maker Tomas Rojcik

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with maker Tomas Rojcik

Stronghold (2012).  In collaboration wtih Chris Charuk and Steven Wilson.  Photo credit: Chris Charuk.   In Mason Journal’s second feature interview with Toronto Design Offsite Festival designers and artists, we speak with a maker who steadily perches between tradition and technology.  The Toronto-based, Tomas Rojcik, explains where he developed his skill set, how advances in... continue reading
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Directors Jeremy Vandermeij & Deborah Wang

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Interview with Directors Jeremy Vandermeij & Deborah Wang

(Associates exhibition photo by Marcin Barciak) Within the Canadian design community, there is a new energy that is transforming the mindset from within and beginning to resonate with the community at large.  January 2013 marks the third-annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival, a not-for-profit organization that is in part responsible for this new message. In an... continue reading