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Call for speakers: ‘Traditional Techniques for a Contemporary Market’

Published by Patrick Voisin, November 14, 2017.

As part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), IDC has partnered with textile designer, Jenny Boucher for a one-day event which will includes an exhibition of Peruvian handmade accessories and innovative textile-based lighting designs as well as an artist’s talk highlighting sustainability issues such as the lack of reliable, affordable lighting in impoverished communities. Jenny is keen for an IDC member to, join her, to present on a complementary sustainability-themed topic, to members of the public attending this weekend afternoon presentation on January 20, 2018.

About the artist

Jenny Boucher is a Canadian artist, working in Peru with artisans producing beautiful handmade accessories for the global market, as part of the DAR Project (Sustainable Artisanal Development, in Spanish).

Boucher and her Peruvian team incorporate fine nylon thread and integrated electrical wiring, crochet-woven into structures. As a lack of reliable lighting is often a problem in rural communities, clear industrial wire is accessible, inexpensive and a perfect introduction to a simple electrical concept. They hope to integrate solar energy solutions into these products so that access to light is available to all.

About the event

This is the Canadian launch for the DAR Project, which now involves over 300 artisans based on the northern coast of Peru. Boucher and her team previously received funding from a business partnership with a high-fashion label and, now entering their second year of operations, hope to find additional funding partnerships and local production opportunities.

On display will be small handwoven lamps, made using nylon thread and electroluminescent wires (similar to LED), which are meant to be handheld or wall mounted, and medium sized table lamps, which are brighter and require power access. These lamps are made with the same white nylon thread and regular clear electrical wire, woven into classic lamp shapes in which the entire structure serves a wiring function.

The event is taking place on Jan. 20, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. in IDC’s office, nestled in the historic Toy Factory Lofts building, in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood.

Now in its eighth year, TO DO provides opportunities for emerging artists, and engages the community with exceptional and accessible public programming by pairing artists with participating venues. The Festival transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture.

Get involved

This is a cross-disciplinary opportunity for members whose work deals with sustainability, textile design, innovation, and tech design.

If you’re interested in joining the event as a speaker, please email communications@idcanada.org by Nov. 30 with a brief note about yourself, your interest in the project, and links to your work or other relevant information.

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