Meet the Artists & Designers


Jeff Palmeter: A residential stylist and designer, Jeff also has many years experience in retail merchandising and window display marketing for an international retail corporation. He has worked on room-makeover television series’ Divine Design and Colour Confidential and also has experience with interior design photo styling for various print media (Home & Decor, Reno & Decor, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, House & Home, National Post)

Joanna Ferraro: Joanna Ferraro is a Toronto based photographer and painter. Working with designers and private clients, Joanna creates large-scale custom pieces for any space. Joanna also exhibits her only projects yearly. Recent exhibitions have been at Atelier 688 and The Department.
www.joannaferraro.com

Julie Chapman: Julie is an interior designer with extensive experience in residential, retail and hospitality design. She is also an award winning designer who has created branded environments, event concepts and graphics for an international experiential marketing agency. Julie recently started her own design firm, Julie Chapman Design.
www.juliechapmandesign.com
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Christine Kim is an artist and teacher with a background in fine arts and art education. Her artwork speaks to a haunted beauty that explores themes of darkness and light, fullness and emptiness, boundaries, edges, shadows and light that are filtered through forest canopies. Her paper-cuts become airports of dust, light and shadow.
www.christine-jh-kim.blogspot.com

Lesley Look Hong’s diverging fascinations lie in contradiction, confusion, and the anticipation of the unexpected as much as simplicity, order and quietness. A secret crush for personal histories, foreign adventures, the prehistoric past, and post-human alike, informs her design process that highlights the texture of human interaction and experience. She draws from a background in anthropology, industrial design and yoga.
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Diana Watters, Bradley Marks & Jennifer Nicevski each bring a distinct perspective and design sensibility to their work. Having met in design school, this trio are looking forward to combining their unique strengths and collaborate creatively once again.
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1point0 Interior Design Consultants is a boutique design firm that launched in 2009 and takes on premiere commercial and residential projects. 1point0 is headed by two principals, Diane Paz and Warren Gyulay who’s partnership offers the perfect balance of intuitive design, international experience and project management. The studio endeavours to transform space with forward thinking design.
www.1point0.ca
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Nivek Remas is collaboration between two interior design partners, Kevin Chan and Samer Shaath. Meeting first at Ryerson School of Interior Design, Samer and Kevin now specialize in retail, hospitality and residential design. Having worked under some of the largest interior designers in the industry, including Yabu Pushelberg and Burdifilek, Samer and Kevin have worked on a multitude of award winning projects around the world.
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Studio 1:1 Kira Varvanina and Edward Lin received their Master of Architecture degree from Carleton University in 2007. Since then they both pursued the career in architecture and installation art and founded a multi-disciplinary Studio 1:1 workshop. Although young, Kira and Edward have already established themselves as innovative thinkers who are not afraid of technological challenges and full scale construction. Their recent projects were exhibited at the Come Up To My Room, Artist Project in Toronto and Le Festival Mode & Design in Montreal.
www.studio1to1.ca
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archiTEXT is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy and creativity think tank comprise of a team of eclectic, dynamic and creative young people who use design and creativity as tools for discourse, impact and to engage the public. Things we value include: art – any art, making something out of nothing, blank surfaces and open minds. We focus on designing environments that can engage, cultivate and encourage conversation. We support idea and creativity incubation, innovation in design thinking, communities and design. Our work uses conceptual art, film, advertising, installations, publishing, policy, charrettes and other forms of media to engage the most diverse audience we can through creative and thought-provoking endeavours. We research, think, explore, create, design and play.
www.architextinc.com
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Julie McNicol graduated an Interior Design program with high honours at the International Academy of Design and Technology after completing a four year economics degree at McGill University. She began her career at Gluckstein Design Planning Inc. in 2004 where she worked on residential and commercial design projects including the Four Seasons Toronto Sales Office. She continued her career at Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. Julie currently continues her dynamic design career as a proprietor of her own company completing projects in Yorkville, The Beach and Bloor West Village.
www.mcnicolinteriordesigns.com
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Amanda McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation. Since graduating in 2007, she has participated in national and international exhibitions and has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto and at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. This fall, McCavour will be participating in the Toronto International Art Fair this fall with Lonsdale Gallery and will be showing an installation in the fair’s Open Space Installation section.

McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. She is interested in the vulnerability of thread, it’s ability to unravel and its strength when sewn together. Using thread as a drawing tool, her recent work has been informed by scribbles, spirograph drawings and cut paper snowflakes.

www.amandamccavour.com

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As a child, Micah Adams enjoyed creating maps while exploring local forests. Originally from Nova Scotia, Adams began his formal art training at John Abbott College Cegep in Montréal and later received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in Halifax. Since moving to Toronto in 2008, he has completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s metal studio and in the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture’s Macaulay house.

As an artist Adams is a collector of objects as much a maker of objects. His practice engages a playful balance between: humour and formal issues; size and perception of scale; and longevity versus ephemerality; and how these relationships inform value of work.

www.micahadams.ca

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With a focus on Studio Art and Art History, Julia Vandepolder earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph in 2009. She recently won the Founding Chairman’s Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre. Vandepolder has been continuously exhibiting at public and private galleries across Ontario and her work is featured in several private collections. Julia Vandepolder maintains a full-time studio in Caledon.
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Initially pursuing digital media and animation at Seneca College, Brian Harvey continued his studies in painting and drawing at Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, The Art Centre – Central Technical School and he is currently pursuing a degree at OCAD University, Toronto. He has been exhibiting extensively for over a decade and has devoted himself to painting full-time since 2007. Brian Harvey lives and works in Toronto.

www.brianharvey.ca

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Jenn Hannotte is an interior stylist collaborating with Micah Lenahan at Russet and Empire where she runs her design studio . She has a BA in Multimedia Studies, and an MA in Museum Studies. Her aesthetic stems from the Everyday, and the ideas of place, home, and the narratives we create with objects we love. She sides with craft and concept, and works to cultivate personality and honesty in her work, which has been featured in Design Lines Magazine, and on several blogs, including Remodelista, Apartment Therapy, and the Marion House Book to name a few. She lives with her two daughters in the West-End of Toronto.

www.russetandempireinteriors.com

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