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Runway Challengers


With under two weeks to go, 3 Artists share in their process to date

Shannon Taylor-business partner- East City Flowers.
A graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an instructor at the AGP, Shannon is well known for bringing life to downtown with her murals of stylized flowers (check out the arched alleyway of off Hunter St. next to Karma’s).  How fitting that she should be paired with East City Flowers. 
“Flowers clearly have a universal appeal, with a language expressing a rich, deep history and such beauty in their colour, texture and delicacy” says Ms. Taylor.  The impermanence of fresh blooms pose a challenge in creating a wearable piece of art- as Shannon notes, “I’m looking at drying techniques using corn meal, salt and borax, and maybe silica gel - but there is something appealing about the fleeting beauty of fresh flowers too - perhaps the models’ hat will double as a table centre piece.” As spring approaches Shannon is looking forward to working with forsythia, pussy willows and curling willow, but is also tempted by pink roses, moss, gerbera daisies... we’ll see. Her influences of the moment include Canadian artist David Blackwood, floral patterns from wallpaper prints and the art of flower arranging – “Janet McCloud and her partners at the East City Flower shop create beautiful floral arrangements, now that’s really inspiring!”

Leigh Macdonald - business partner- Brant Office Supplies
A graduate of The Art Centre, Central Technical School in Toronto, Leigh is a well known Peterborough artist whose paintings are coveted at the annual Artspace 50/50 event, and whose performance and puppetry work is enjoyed in Public Energy’s Emergency festival, The Alley Waltz and Max’s Cabarets.  Paper, pens and binders? Her challenge is to join her expressive esthetic to the seemingly mundane world of business supplies.  Currently she is looking at Kirigami the  Japanese art of paper cutting and scoring towards the possible creation of skirt, breast plate and headpiece, with textures drawn from brass rubbings and stenciling. Her influences include Kandinsky’s watercolour sets for theatre, costume design from film, the architecture of Antonio Gaudi and “in time for a good Spring cleanse- the lymphatic system. “ 

Tim Maton - business partner- Lakefield Pantry
A student at Trent University, Tim came to develop his sewing talents as a pastime when he was working on an organic farm on Victoria Island.  He currently boasts a collection of over 30 wearable pieces including jackets, pants and his specialty: corsets. His pairing with Lakefield Pantry suits him to a T,  Tim is passionate about ethical shopping choices like those made by the Pantry with their offerings of local, organic and fairly traded goods and produce. The artist in Timothy is sparked by the variety before him, and the containers that hold them. Currently he is experimenting with burlap rice bags as he dyes them a rich chocolate brown using...real chocolate!  He is now testing the potential of spinach spaghetti, baking moulds, hardening sugar and sunflower husks with thoughts of collars necklaces and breastplates.“Currently I am influenced by using canvas in fashion design, dying from organic vegetable matter, the experience of gardening, and the do-it-yourself, self sufficient ethos”.

Next week, the 3 remaining artists give a peek at where they are at with The Runway Challenge!

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