Fibre Studios Exhibition - Opening Reception

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 11:00pm to Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 2:00am

Artefacts carry the unique power of being repositories of sensory experience. Rather than just perceived visually, they engage a range of sensations, and invite intimate and affective interaction. As such, material objects broaden the aesthetic encounter, and open the door to investigations of sensuality, material, process, interactivity, and culture (Owen, 2011).

Sensory experience is a potent counterpoint to rampant hyperconsumption that characterizes present-day material culture. Sensorial objects request an attentive involvement from an audience, and encourage a reflective encounter. They shake us from the habitual impulse of insatiable consumption, and offer an experience of the world that is felt with the whole of the body (Pallasmaa, 2005). By experiencing an object through its tactile, olfactory, auditory, and/or visual properties, the work of the maker stands apart from that which is hastily produced, consumed and abandoned. Positioned as such, these objects draw attention to a renewed role for making, and hold clues to future pathways for human relationships with material culture.

Sensorial Objects is an exhibition of work by Faculty from the OCAD University Fibre Studios:


Sensorial Objects is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council

Venue & Address: 
Craft Ontario Gallery 990 Queen Street West Toronto, ON Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm


digital rendering in a storefront window
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:45pm to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:00am

A Nuit Blanche Special Project sponsored by H&M by 3rd year Industrial Design student, Lizz Aston.

A free all-night contemporary art event.

Coalesce is a site-specific installation that explores themes of sustainability and the global exchange that is embedded within the garments we wear and the textiles we consume. Looking at lace as a metaphor for interconnectivity, this large-scale installation will transform recycled materials sourced from H&M’s Garment Collecting Initiative and turn them into a monumental cascade of lace.

In her work, Aston is inspired by the rich histories of textile production, lace-making and the decorative arts. Drawing from these themes, her work navigates the relationships and residual connections we feel to domestic textile practices and objects. Guided by a relationship to materials, processes and knowledge steeped in tradition, Aston’s work subverts familiar objects and takes them out of context in order to create new experiences and associations for the viewer. 

Through this installation, the artist re-imagines the value potential of common discarded materials by incorporating recycled garments from H&M's Garment Collecting Initiative. As a form,Coalesce challenges the viewer to explore the complex narratives of modern textile production, including sustainable and green initiatives for the future. 

Lizz Aston is a fibre artist living in Toronto. She is interested in bridging gaps between traditional textile practice, contemporary art and design. Aston holds a Diploma in Crafts & Design from Sheridan College (2009) and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She has exhibited across Canada, the USA, Australia and South Korea.

Venue & Address: 
H&M 427 Queen Street West (H&M Store Front Windows, East of Spadina Avenue)