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One of the most common questio ns from passersby when encountering the Craft Studios is\, “How is that mad e?” The answer is often a technical explanation but that leaves out a vast amount of information that each of these four artists and designers has ama ssed and integrated into their daily practice. The realization of their ide as depends on a sophisticated ability to organize and compose various syste ms that translate into methods of fabrication. Developing conceptual ideas\ , tacit material understanding and an acute appreciation of process and exp erimentation allows them to construct ideas into tangible works.

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– Melanie Egan\, Head\, Craft\, Harbourfront Ce ntre
Patrick Macaulay\, Head\, Visual Arts\, Harbourfront Centre

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Profiles

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George Jae Hyun Cho

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My love of art\, clay and respect for tradition inform my practice\, whic h allows me to express myself and seek universal validity without the bound aries of language and stereotype. Throughout my practice\, I have been tryi ng to balance two very different ideological approaches – one trying to tra nscend tradition\, and the other trying to rediscover the spirit of traditi on. Understanding the traditional values and history of ceramics\, my work has been a consistent approach into increasing abstraction and experimentat ion. It questions our fascination with history and the ideologies behind th em. By infusing abstracted nomenclatures of classical pots with modern aest hetics\, I am able construct multiple definitions within my work. Using the vocabulary of art\, craft\, and architecture\, I aim to unfold preconceive d constructs of classical values and traditions of ceramic practice.

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George Jae Hyun Cho earned his BFA in Cer amics from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and a Diploma i n Ceramics from Sheridan Institute. He was awarded the NSCAD-Lunenburg Comm unity Studio Residency position in 2010 and was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence programme in 2011.

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Stephanie Fortin< /p>\n

Pocket Square is a look at new designs in an upcoming collection that developed with a compelling feminin e and effortless dandy combination in mind. Working with floral imagery whi le continuing to explore stripes and geometric shapes in itajime shibori.\n

Stephanie Fortin grad uated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a BFA focu sed on textiles and art history in 2009 and an illustration diploma from Sh eridan Institute in 2004. Fortin creates unique hand-dyed and printed texti les\, incorporating itajime shibori\, immersion and removal dyeing with con temporary practices of silk screening. She is interested in the interaction and play between line\, shape\, colour\, form and pattern.

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Fortin has been an artist-in-residence in the Textil e Studio at Harbourfront Centre since 2011. She launched her company\, Coeu r De Lion Textiles this past year\, offering a line of home a nd fashion accessories and has shown her work in exhibitions with NSCAD Uni versity\, Harbourfront Centre\, The National Ballet of Canada and the Desig n Exchange.

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Jay Joo

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Like any sketching process\, it all begins with a line. Connecting line to line creates a plane and a combination of points\, lines and planes form a visible discernible shape.  I convey a passion for innovative design and ar chitecture by combining organic\, geometric and clean minimalist dynamic fo rms with lines and joints.

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My work is about how one line connects to another\, and by connecting them\, I create shape\, figure and three dimensional structures. I have utilized existing platonic structures and through manipulation and removing lines reduce the planes of the configuration. The piece retains some trace of the original b ut through the process becomes something new.

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– Jay Joo

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Originally from Ko rea\, Jay Joo received his BFA in Jewellery and Metalsmith ing at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. During his formal years at OCAD University\, he has acquired a diverse skill set that include s traditional fabrication\, metalsmithing techniques such as chasing and re poussé as well as computer-aided design. Most of his work carries a social  commentary and address societal issue.

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He was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence programme and awarded a scholarship in 2012.

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jjstudio.ca

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Grace Eun Mi Lee

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I am interested in things that are unnoticed and appear to have little or no significance on a regular basis. Using forms inspired by micro-organisms\, I want to emphasize the importance of the individuality and the collective entity. By taking the time to observe and give our atten tion to these small details\, we are soon faced with another form of existe nce waiting for our recognition. My work is presented in a monumental prese nce through an accrual of small imaginative elements.

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I like to create whatever shapes I can imagine in my head using my hands and tools I have at my disposal. My goal is to create one-of -a-kind shapes that are precise and detailed while still having the “handma de” look and feel. I try to use my surrounding environment and personal exp eriences to influence the shapes I create.

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–Grace Eun Mi Lee

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Grace Eun Mi Lee is a Toronto-based ceramic artist who was born and rai sed in Seoul\, Korea and moved to Canada in 2010. She received her BFA in C raft Design at Suwon University in 2005\, and her MFA in Ceramics at Hongik University in 2009. She has been working with clay since 2000. She is curr ently an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. Lee has received numer ous awards including recognition at the 2009 “Out of the Box” Cheongju Inte rnational Craft Competition in Korea.

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More recently\, her work has been featured in television\, magazines and n umerous online articles.

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eunmilim.com

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