Fabrication | Design
Nicole Charles and Justin Pape
We are living in a world of planned and perceived obsolescence, consuming without concern, leading to endangerment of species and our planet. Coming together as a community affords us more resources and power to create change. How can we rethink our patterns of consumption and waste?
Another Life is a giant skeleton of a tusk, inviting viewers to walk inside and tie fabric onto its structure, communally building this piece. The engulfing size of the tusk is a nod to our society and planet — we are living in it and have the power to affect it.
We approached Another Life as a community project. It is made of over 90% reused or repurposed materials in an effort to create an eco-friendly and socially conscious piece with minimal waste. The tusk is held together with screws which allow for it to be dis-assembled and repurposed again. Its rough exterior and imperfections are purposeful and reference the multiple lives an object or material can have. The fabric pieces are either manufacturing scraps or reused from previous jobs.
This project is made possible by working with the local companies listed below and repurposing their scrap material:
Well and Good (wood, workspace)
Relative Space (flooring)
Notion Manufacturing (fabric)
Avery Plewes (fabric)
Holt Renfrew (fabric)
Artwork | Design | Fabrication
Created with artist Nicole Charles, “Naica” was made for The Funhouse in Toronto in partnership with Universal Music recording artist LIGHTS.
Inspired by her Skin & Earth graphic novel an the Giant Crystal Cave in Mexico, Naica is a dark intimate space inviting the viewer to to escape for a moment of calming light and sound while being hugged by the danger of giant radiant crystals.
Art | Design
Working with Indigo, I created a series of art pieces, neon, and signage for their one-of-a-kind immersive book experience to explore the season’s hottest books all summer long.
The stackt MARKET is a unique, ever-changing and curated retail experience made up of like-minded local, national and international residents each providing new ways to shop, connect, and discover.
Fabrication | Design
Created with artist Nicole Charles, Crystal Maze” was made for The Art Gallery of Ontario’s annual fundraiser. It is an immersive installation that invites viewers to walk amongst a series of 12 glowing acrylic structures, constructed of wood, adhesives, acrylic paint and LED lights. The piece was created to fit within the event’s theme “Crystal”. The shapes and colours reference gemstones, reflecting how they’re created and the value we imbue them with.
Formed below the earth’s surface over billions of years, gemstones are precious objects. In contrast, acrylic is a common plastic, created for temporary, disposable uses.
Through the production of this piece we grew increasingly conscious of the ephemeral nature of a one night art event and the waste incurred. Furthermore, as we continue to create and dispose of human made objects such as plastic, they will end up as technofossils within the layers of our earth.
How can we treat these events and projects differently? How can we use these opportunities to educate the public and the art world? How can we align material and meaning within our work and daily lives?
Art | Design
Indigo is Canada's largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer, operating 200+ stores in all ten provinces and one territory, and through a website offering a selection of books, toys, home décor, stationery and gifts.
Working with Indigo I developed a series of large scale art pieces to elevate the different departments of their flagship stores around Canada and first store In the United states.
Mural | Lightbox
Montgomery’s: “We want a living wall but we cant put plants on it”
JP: Ok…I have an idea
Product Development | Artwork | Graphic Design | Fabrication
Developed for PI Fine Art in order to showcase a selection of artwork and products that best demonstrate the company's abilities as leaders in the hotel industry. I designed and created each piece on display in the booth in such a way that it could be recreated for clients worldwide. The booths were displayed at the Boutique Design New York (BDNY) show, the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto, where it won the Silver Award for Best Booth Design, and the Boutique Design West show, where it was the product design winner.
IDS | Toronto | Jan 20-21, 2018
** SILVER AWARD FOR BEST BOOTH DESIGN**
The Interior Design Show is Canada’s design fair. It has served as a design industry hub providing a unique and unrivalled business opportunity for thousands of design-driven businesses.
BDNY | New York City | Nov. 12-13, 2017
"Boutique Design New York (BDNY) is the leading trade fair and conference for the hospitality design industry, serving the eastern United States, Canada and Europe."
BDWest | Los Angeles | March 4-5, 2018
** PRODUCT DESIGN WINNER**
A Hospitality Design Trade Fair and Conference, Offering Inventive Products for Hospitality Interiors and a Heightened Focus on Education.
Product Development | Design
Designed and manufactured an installation for the lobby of the Holiday Inn, Kissimmee. The piece consists of 100 handcrafted acrylic hexagons floating above the lobby. The geometric theme continues across a series of partially frosted clear panels throughout the hotel.
Product Development | Artwork | Design
As the lead on all mixed media, modular art and graphic design work projects with PI Fine Art, I worked closely with their in-house factory, manufacturing partners, and interior designers. I was responsible for designing and engineering large and small-scale artwork for prominent display in Marriott hotels across North America. My projects ranged from wall sculptures to custom furniture to etched glass windows and large plexiglass installations.
Illustrated and painted wall mural in the LIT Lounge in Toronto, Canada