TO DO Tours offer festival attendees the unique opportunity to explore creative spaces not often available to the public. This year, we focus Geary Avenue to see how this former industrial neighbourhood is transforming into a hub for artists and designers.
Take a walk with us to the studios of five stand-out artists and designers including MADE Design, Watson Soule, Janet MacPherson, GUILD eyewear and PARTISANS.
MADE Design, www.madedesign.ca
Made Design is a design product company operated by Shaun Moore. Made works to build a valuable resource of modern Canadian design where handmade works and small production pieces by industrial designers, craftsmen, architects, designers and artists are given equal focus.
Watson Soule, www.watsonsoule.com
Watson Soule is a creative collaboration between artist Janna Watson and designer Nico Soule producing visually expressive floor pieces. Each rug is original and hand tufted from 100% natural fibres in their downtown Toronto studio.
Janet MacPherson, www.janetmacpherson.com
Janet Macpherson earned her BA in Philosophy from York University, and studied ceramics at Sheridan College. She holds an MFA with a focus on ceramics from The Ohio State University. Macpherson has received research and project grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, was named the winner of the 2013 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.
GUILD eyewear, www.guildeyewear.com
GUILD eyewear believes in the value and beauty of handmade things. We make custom, unique eyewear for those who care about ethically-made, elegant and one-of-a-kind objects.
Founded in 2012 by Pooya Baktash and Alex Josephson, PARTISANS is an architecture and design firm held together by a collection of individuals with the drive to make our world a better place.