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Artistic flower power blossoms at Harbourfront Centre's 2004 International Creators Symposium

TORONTO, January 15, 2004-Throughout the centuries and across the world, flora has been present in all forms of art. The sixteenth International Creators Symposium at Harbourfront Centre presents a series of provocative lectures and inspiring workshops with internationally renowned craft artists in order to critically evaluate the significance of the flora motif, and its representation in visual cultures.

Flora - the ubiquity of nature runs from January 31 to February 3, 2004. At the symposium, artists introject their unique interpretation and representation of flora in art through a series of lectures and workshops. Lectures occur on Saturday January 31 in the Studio Theatre from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30p.m. Individual lectures are $12 each ($8 students/seniors), or all five lectures for $50.

Keynote presenter Andrew Moore (United Kingdom) launches International Creators with Flower Power: The Meaning of Flowers in Art, a lecture that investigates the language of flowers by tracing its use in various artistic representations from the 15th century to the present day. (January 31 at 9:30 a.m.)

Susie Brandt (USA) incorporates found objects in textile to re-conceptualize the relationship shared between textile and landscape and will lecture about Textiles and the Landscape (10:30 a.m.). Walter McConnell (USA) employs his ceramic artwork to negotiate the "conflicting ideas about the natural world and forge a connection to it." and leads a lecture entitled Itinerant Edens: revisions of paradise (11:45 a.m.). By combining her skills in glass work with her intimate knowledge of botanical, glass artist Debora Moore's (USA) interpretation of flora is direct and expressive. Her lecture is entitled Drawing Inspiration from the natural world (1:45 p.m.). Jewelry artist Adam Paxon (Scotland) utilizes organic, floral-like forms in his plastic jewelry design and leads a lecture entitled Plastic Animation: Organic Form and nature's colourful language of warning and courtship (2:45 p.m.). An open discussion with all lecturers occurs at 4 p.m.

Workshops are $225 each ($200 students/seniors). All lectures are free to paid workshop registrants, and all four workshops take place concurrently over two days (February 1 and February 3). For workshop registration, call 416-973-4963. For lecture information and to purchase lecture tickets, please call 416-973-4000 or visit

International Creators takes place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Harbourfront Centre's International Creators acknowledges the support of the British Council, Tucker's Pottery Supplies Inc. and the Pottery Supply House Ltd.

For information on all of Harbourfront Centre's visual arts events and exhibitions please consult our Visual Arts webpage


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