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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Interview with Joy Charbonneau

Interview with Joy Charbonneau

With active roots planted in the pillars of architecture, design and art, Toronto-based Joy Charbonneau’s engagement extends vigorously throughout the local design community. By bringing together like-minded individuals in curated exhibitions, Joy demonstrates why Canadian artists and designers are resonating stronger than ever. Mason Journal had an opportunity to speak with Joy to learn how... continue reading
Interview with Bev Hisey: Everyday Housewife

Interview with Bev Hisey: Everyday Housewife

After seeing  her textiles or wool carpets, it is not difficult to see that Bev Hisey has a finely tuned eye for composing intricate patterns, colours and motifs.  The Toronto-based designer is the creator behind a growing series of remarkable floor coverings, textiles and objects. Recently converting her studio on Toronto’s Dundas West strip into... 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 comfort of their own environment.... 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 inhabit. Heidi speaks with Mason... continue reading
Interview with Lori Harrison: Imperfection of the Everyday

Interview with Lori Harrison: Imperfection of the Everyday

Wabi-sabi is the celebration of imperfection, finding beauty in the incomplete, and recognizing the transient or impermanent nature of our environment. Toronto-based textile and furniture designer, Lori Harrison finds inspiration in this world view. Through documentation  of the places she travels and the city that surrounds her, Lori uncovers the beauty behind decay and captures... continue reading
Interview with Fugitive Glue: Design Field Agents

Interview with Fugitive Glue: Design Field Agents

Industrial Designers, Inventors, Up-Hoarders, Field Agents and Design Fugitives are all titles of merit held by Ryan Wilding and Jano Badovinac, partners of multi-disciplinary design studio Fugitive Glue. Taking experiences from international travel and with an environmental and social cognizance of the manufacturing process, Fugutive Glue operates their studio with a considered approach to the... continue reading
Interview with Vivien Leung: Design Community Facilitator

Interview with Vivien Leung: Design Community Facilitator

It can be argued that the value of a design is measured by the ability of that idea or object to amend quality of life.  There are others who see the value of design not only the end product, but the value of the process of design and how it contributes to a greater community.... continue reading
Interview with Robyn Waffle of Modallion

Interview with Robyn Waffle of Modallion

A background in fine arts, fashion and illustration has given artist Robyn Waffle the inspirational drive to create Modallion, a custom rug company producing a unique line of hand-woven rugs and carpets. Mason had the pleasure of meeting Robyn at the Interior Design Show 2012, where her Prayer Rugs from the collection Across The Line... continue reading
Interview with Trevor Embury of aftermodern.lab

Interview with Trevor Embury of aftermodern.lab

When the training of your craft stems from international sources, it is a difficult process to bring your experience back to a domestic context.  aftermodern.lab, the Toronto and Sao Paulo based design studio, have been challenged to take their wealth of international experience and apply it to a vernacular setting. They have not only confronted... continue reading
Mason Journal: New Growth

Mason Journal: New Growth

We don’t have to look far to find extraordinary talent.  Right in our own backyard, Canada is growing a new breed of designers; ones who can stand strong against the established voice, ones who are not afraid to show their Canadian pride and ones who are paving a new generation of thinking that is rapidly... continue reading
Interview with Shane Belcourt: An Urban Aboriginal Identity

Interview with Shane Belcourt: An Urban Aboriginal Identity

(Shane Belcourt premieres his latest short film titled, “Say Yes” on Mason Journal.   Viewable exclusively on this site only until April 30, 2012. )   Discovering your personal identity is a long journey; discovering your personal identity as a minority with a mixed heritage in a multi-cultural context is even more so. Toronto based filmmaker... continue reading
Kent Monkman: Sexuality of Miss Chief

Kent Monkman: Sexuality of Miss Chief

Paintings of European colonization in the North America landscape were presented in a romanticized fashion by 19th century artist such as Paul Kane, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole and John Mix Stanley.  By skillfully adopting this painterly technique, Toronto-based artist Kent Monkman challenges these historical painters and their contextual interpretations. In an explicit narrative utilizing idealistic... continue reading