014_READ (past tense: rĕd) is a collection of favourite books of Winnipeg MAKERS. The exhibition is intended to introduce these MAKERS through a medium that they have touched and, in turn, been touched-by. The books invite us to the space-time that the MAKERS once occupied, physically, mentally, and emotionally. The marks on the pages (notations, lines, sketches, folds, tears, smears, stains, and so on), together with the printed words, offer traces of the imaginative journey that the MAKERS underwent, offering us an opportunity to reflect on our acts of ‘reading’. Embedded somewhere in the midst of the weight of the paper is the scent of the ink, the personality of the text, and the act of our hand.
Alexander Mickelthwate (Conductor)
Alyssa Schwann (Landscape Architect)
Michelle Bigold (Baker)
Chris Samms (Graphic Designer)
Gordon Fitzell (Composer)
Guy Maddin (Filmmaker)
Joel Letkemann (Digital Fabricator)
Ken Borton (Architect)
Leanne Zacharias (Musician)
Lisa Stinner Kun (Photographer)
Marcelle Lussier (Graphic Designer)
Michael Banman (Architect)
Paul Butler (Curator)
Russell Krepart (Architect)
Scott Bagshaw (Chef)
013_READ is a book launch and an unfolding of its contents. The book traces the living and building that have registered on the island by Herbert Enns and his family over 20 years, starting with a ‘tent platform’ in 1993. Focused on a series of experimental/experiential buildings on an island at Shoal Lake, the book evokes a sense of ‘enactment’, a ‘dwelling’ on a land-scape, a sense now not-so-familiar to us when relating to contemporary homes. In the midst of the texts, drawings, sketches, and pictures of the built forms within the landscape, one could sense a humble but fantastic dream that is lived and practiced on a land, leading us to a lingering thought - ‘where are we?’
012_CLAY is an exhibit that traces the journey by two Winnipegers, Lane Delmonico Gibson and Chloé Carpenter, to La Borne, France. Under an apprenticeship with ceramist Agnès Chapelet they were introduced to ‘la vie du pot’ or life of the pot - from conception to exposition to usage. These tools, experiments, pots, photos, and journals come together as a means of communication - to tell the year-long story as pottery apprentices in France. This exhibits re-examines pottery as a sub-culture of design practice in which the creator is directly implicated. Imperfections of handmade tools and irregularity of the fire, reveal craftsmanship/design as a humbling process of making.
SHADE is an international lighting design competition open to all.
Often absent in lighting considerations is a critical evaluation of the taxonomy of form and the act of conveying and animating illumination. SHADE seeks a purposeful integration of lighting and space. Both as object and effect, the fixture performs as a catalyst for re-imagining the potentials of the spaces we inhabit. To this end, a range of explorations that extend the breadths of the light-form-space interaction from the spectacle to the nuanced, the dramatic to the banal and superfluous, are encouraged.
Omer Arbel / Architect, Omer Arbel Office / Creative Director, Bocci / Vancouver, Canada
John Baker & Juli Daoust / Design Curators Retailers, Mjölk / Toronto, Canada
Thom Fougere / Creative Director, EQ3 / Industrial Designer, Thom Fougere Studio / Winnipeg, Canada
Nelda Rodger / Editorial Director, AZURE Magazine / Toronto, Canada
Philipp Schöpfer & Daniel Klapsing / Industrial Designers, 45 Kilo / Berlin, Germany
Jun Shibata / Architect, Kengo Kuma and Associates / Tokyo, Japan
A custom designed house is a spatial form/embodiment of a ‘living’ (habitual practices, ambitions and desires). Beyond the apparent styles and materials, one can trace the crossings of the occupant’s characteristics, the designer’s (spatial) interpretations, and the site’s material and environmental conditions and challenges. 010 HOUSE exhibits a selection of house designs by Winnipeg-based design practices. Through drawings, photographs and models the exhibition will feature how these practices have nuanced the client/family’s specific way of living, and their often demanding needs and desires, in their HOUSE design. The exhibition is also intended to provoke a series of discussions/reflections on HOUSE designs in Winnipeg and our living conditions today.
009_WEAR sees the return of the creative forces behind Tony Chesnut and the collaborative For You Me & Us – the fashion designers who participated in the inaugural event of MAKE in the winter of 2012, return with their spring/summer collection. The talent behind 009_WEAR includes Jill Sawatzky, of Tony Chestnut; as well as Christie Peters, of For You, Me & Us. As a retail/event, the public will gain a perspective on the fabrication of locally produced product, while simultaneously providing an opportunity to purchase the exhibited items.
On Saturday July 6th MAKE will host the one day pop-up shop! Come and check out their work!
008_METAL is a selection of design objects by Blu Dot, Tom Dixon, and 2213. The display showcases how metal enters into different scenes of everyday through design. Through cutting and folding of sheet metal, the designs lead the material to dematerialize its own presence and enter the realms of function and beauty of everyday objects, as a lighting shade, a chair, a mailbox and house numbers.
007_View is the culmination of ten intensive months of study for the students of PrairieView School of Photography. Through photography students have explored three themes: Revisiting Childhood, Light & Shadow and Fear. The students expressed themselves as individuals, while working within their groups’ chosen themes. The exhibition presents the images in a format that involves the viewer.
MAKE hosted free film screenings for the Architecture + Design Film Festival. Now in its second year, the Architecture + Design Film Festival presents critically acclaimed films that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover an incredible range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design.
Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
An artist with an invaluable historic archive that spans sixty years, Arizona-born (b.1917) Pedro E. Guerrero was friend and personal photographer to three of the 20th Century’s greatest American artists: prolific architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder, creator of the mobile, and pioneering sculptor, Louise Nevelson.
People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler (45 minutes)
Developer Joseph Eichler and his Eichler Homes, Inc. built nearly 11,000 single-family homes in California, beginning in the late 1940s. By the mid-1940s, Joseph Eichler had become intrigued by modernist design and in particular one of the creations of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had designed the Bazett house (Hillsborough, California), a rented home for Eichler during World War II. Triggered by Wright’s inspiration, Eichler began to fashion a vision short on home-building acumen, yet long on modernist aesthetics and his own iron will. Beginning in 1949, when it was still uncommon to find merchant builders engaged with architects, Eichler became engrossed with building communities of homes characterized by both flair and affordability.
005_EVDS is a selection of work for “Container” – project from foundation year students in the Environmental Design Program at the University of Manitoba. Projects/containers are the result of observation and reflection on our environment. They inform how we function and use our personal environments, and how we create a more relevant interface between a user and an object. Students were introduced to issues of scale, materiality, detail, and fabrication. Emphasis was placed on the relationship between meaning and making. Container offers design investigation through working methods, production processes, techniques, and material study.