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Innovators Ideas (I2)
Design Collaborators: Projects & Pieces

Harbourfront Centre presents Cynthia Hathaway & Tobias Wong
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010: 1-4 p.m.

TORONTO, ON (Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010) – Each year, Harbourfront Centre’s Craft Department offers a series of high-calibre programmes supporting the professional development of its artists-in-residence, as well as craft and design students and the greater community. Innovators Ideas (I2) programme content (including lectures, exhibitions, master-classes and seminars) reflects current national and international ideas and directions relevant to contemporary craft and design practice.

During the inaugural Toronto International Design Festival (TIDF), Harbourfront Centre will join other art, craft & design institutions in the city (including the ROM, Gardiner Museum, Drake & Gladstone Hotels, AGO, Design Exchange and OCAD) to host related special events. This new festival celebrating local and international design is spearheaded by The Interior Design Show and MMPI Canada and runs Jan. 19-24, 2010. For more information, visit

Harbourfront Centre and Motherbrand Creative Studio are thrilled to present two of the most important designers practicing today; Cynthia Hathaway and Tobias Wong are Canadian ex-pats both practicing outside of Canada and are leaders in their fields, with international success and a full roster of clients. On the afternoon of Jan. 23, 2010, they will address current ideas relevant to contemporary craft and design practice in Design Collaborators: Projects & Process.

Design Collaborators: Projects & Process
Jan. 23, 2010, 1-4 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
$10 general admission, $7 students/seniors
Show your TIDF passport and get a 20% discount on regular tickets
Co-produced with Motherbrand (

Canadian-born and Amsterdam-based designer Cynthia Hathaway is an award-winning artist who has lectured around the world in the Netherlands, Korea, Italy, France and the U.S. She is also a product designer, creative consultant (currently at Motherbrand) and teacher. A graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven and the IM Master’s Course in Industrial Design, she has also been the artistic director of the Master’s Department at Eindhoven, called the FunLab. Hathaway runs a freelance practice which includes clients such as Droog. Her work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York. For more information visit

Vancouver-born Tobias Wong, an up-and-coming industrial designer who creates in New York, has been dubbed the “Bad Boy” of the design world. With his radical ideas, such as a bulletproof rose corsage and a rubber-dipped chandelier, Wong hopes to provoke people to ponder what they truly value. He pursues his own brand of conceptualism, the self-coined “Paraconceptual” and “Postinteresting”. Much of Wong’s work plays between concept and beauty, exposing the similarities between art and design rather than blurring their boundaries, and often finding expression in real objects. After studying art and architecture, he graduated in sculpture from The Cooper Union. Wong’s designs are included in permanent collections of MoMA and SFMoMA; he was one of Forbes’ Top Tastemakers and named Young Designer of the Year by both Wallpaper and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. For more information visit


This celebrated textile artist, writer and teacher visits Harbourfront Centre in late January to share her expertise in needle lace-making. Millerson works in a variety of constructed textile techniques and her award-winning artwork is exhibited internationally. She holds an MFA in textiles from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and an honours diploma in fibre from OCAD; she is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD and teaches textiles at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. For more information visit

Two-day Master Class – Space Craft: Making Three-dimensional Needle Lace
Friday, Jan. 29 & Sunday, Jan. 31
$50 plus $10 material fee
In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of needle lace technique by making a simple 3-D form, practicing different stitches and developing their own design. Maximum number of participants is 14 so register early!
Contact Anastasiya Sukhina at 416-973-2731 or to register.

Lecture – Making a Connection with Lace
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, 1-5 p.m. (Brigantine Room)

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, 1-5 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
A series of talks discussing the development of work and ideas. Imagery, inspiration, the history of different media and techniques, individual design philosophy, and experimentation in purpose and function are all themes that may arise. One Harbourfront Centre artist-in-residence from each Craft Studio (textiles, glass, ceramics, metal/jewellery) will be featured.

Margaret Lim – Metal/Jewellery (
Jenanne Longman – Ceramics
Amanda McCavour – Textiles (
Benjamin Kikkert – Glass (

All events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. For additional information and complete event listings, the public can visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.

A dynamic axis for contemporary craft in Canada, this department is an integral part of the country’s largest public, multi-disciplinary arts complex. We inspire people to engage with the ideas being expressed by today’s craft artists. Artists-in-residence work in our four studios: textiles, glass, ceramics and jewellery.
For more information visit

Harbourfront Centre's Craft Studio programmes are generously supported by Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for The Arts.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Rosie Shaw
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