Estonian Arts Centre and The Cotton Factory present Artists Talk

Estonian Arts Centre and The Cotton Factory present Artists Talk, as part of Hamilton Arts Council European Artist Exchange 2022 and in cooperation with Artscape Daniels Launchpad. Launchpad Learning is delighted to host two Estonian textile artists; Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak who will share how the opportunity to undertake an artistic residency in Hamilton came about, how to integrate their art with the KESKUS project in Toronto, with access to the TC2 Digital Jacquard Loom at Artscape Daniels Launchpad. The artists will discuss the collaborative nature of their work, explaining their textile practice, the importance of residencies and accessing equipment and technology to push their artistic practice. They will also touch upon how they thrive as textile artists. There will be an opportunity to see the TC2 Digital Loom in the Textiles & fashion Studio at Launchpad and ask the artists questions. Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak artists residency takes place as a joint initiative of Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS International Estonian Centre, and the Cotton Factory, a creative arts centre in Hamilton, as part of Hamilton Arts Council's European Artist Exchange 2022. Speakers: KÄRT OJAVEE (Ph.D.) is an artist, designer and lecturer. Her work is focused on future, concepts of textiles and materials. She experiments with new technologies and traditional textile fabricating techniques, testing the borders of both disciplines. In 2013, she defended her dissertation “Active Smart Interior Textiles: interactive soft displays” at the Estonian Academy of Arts, supervised by Maarja Kruusmaa at the Centre for Biorobotics. Besides working on her own practice, Ojavee is currently a research fellow at the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Interior Architecture Department where her focus is on experimental biomaterials and living materials. Ojavee’s recent projects and exhibitions include installation at Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan: the Paljassaare Chapter at the Kai Art Center, textile installation Save As in collaboration with Johanna Ulfsak at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, costume designs for Lehman Brothers theatre play at the Estonian Drama Theatre, directed by Hendrik Toompere and Estonian Games: TÖNK, a musical performance directed by Peeter Jalakas. You can find out more about Kärt’s work here.Johanna Ulfsak (M.A.) is an artist and textile designer based in Tallinn, Estonia whose works are part of the permanent collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design Her work is presented as artworks in gallery exhibitions and as non-seasonal collections of design and fashion objects. Ulfsak combines and mixes traditional weaving techniques with contemporary art concepts to create unique items and installations that challenge the established boundaries between disciplines. She is a guest lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts. You can find out more about Johanna’s work here.Talk agenda: 7 - 8pm - Artist's Talk 8 - 8:30pm - Q&A 8:30 - 9pm - TC-2 loom in action, Social in Textile Studio Pricing: FREEPlease note, COVID-19 measures will be in effect, including face coverings, physical distancing, and limited group sizes, to ensure a safe experience.Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser. 

Artscape Daniels Launchpad
East Tower, 130 Queens Quay E 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5A 0P6 (Map)

Estonian Arts Centre and The Cotton Factory present Artists Talk, as part of Hamilton Arts Council European Artist Exchange 2022 and in cooperation with Artscape Daniels Launchpad.

Launchpad Learning is delighted to host two Estonian textile artists; Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak who will share how the opportunity to undertake an artistic residency in Hamilton came about, how to integrate their art with the KESKUS project in Toronto, with access to the TC2 Digital Jacquard Loom at Artscape Daniels Launchpad. The artists will discuss the collaborative nature of their work, explaining their textile practice, the importance of residencies and accessing equipment and technology to push their artistic practice. They will also touch upon how they thrive as textile artists. There will be an opportunity to see the TC2 Digital Loom in the Textiles & fashion Studio at Launchpad and ask the artists questions. Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak artists residency takes place as a joint initiative of Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS International Estonian Centre, and the Cotton Factory, a creative arts centre in Hamilton, as part of Hamilton Arts Council's European Artist Exchange 2022. 


Speakers: 
KÄRT OJAVEE (Ph.D.) is an artist, designer and lecturer. Her work is focused on future, concepts of textiles and materials. She experiments with new technologies and traditional textile fabricating techniques, testing the borders of both disciplines. In 2013, she defended her dissertation “Active Smart Interior Textiles: interactive soft displays” at the Estonian Academy of Arts, supervised by Maarja Kruusmaa at the Centre for Biorobotics. Besides working on her own practice, Ojavee is currently a research fellow at the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Interior Architecture Department where her focus is on experimental biomaterials and living materials. Ojavee’s recent projects and exhibitions include installation at Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan: the Paljassaare Chapter at the Kai Art Center, textile installation Save As in collaboration with Johanna Ulfsak at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, costume designs for Lehman Brothers theatre play at the Estonian Drama Theatre, directed by Hendrik Toompere and Estonian Games: TÖNK, a musical performance directed by Peeter Jalakas. You can find out more about Kärt’s work here.

Johanna Ulfsak (M.A.) is an artist and textile designer based in Tallinn, Estonia whose works are part of the permanent collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design Her work is presented as artworks in gallery exhibitions and as non-seasonal collections of design and fashion objects. Ulfsak combines and mixes traditional weaving techniques with contemporary art concepts to create unique items and installations that challenge the established boundaries between disciplines. She is a guest lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts. You can find out more about Johanna’s work here.

Talk agenda: 
7 - 8pm - Artist's Talk
8 - 8:30pm - Q&A
8:30 - 9pm - TC-2 loom in action, Social in Textile Studio 

Pricing: 
FREE

Please note, COVID-19 measures will be in effect, including face coverings, physical distancing, and limited group sizes, to ensure a safe experience.

Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser.