29 Mar Inspiration Tables at Toffie | Artist Profiles Part 2
Yesterday we introduced 6 of the artists taking part in the Inspiration Tables exhibition at Toffie Pop festival. The theme of the exhibition is food and is curated by Eat Your Heart Out, famous for their Food Jams. The video shows the artists at a food jam to kick off the project and Jade De Waal of EYHO explains the process. Here are the rest of the participants:
Mary Jane Oliver
Mary Jane studied advertising, specializing in Art Direction at the Vega School of Branding, after which she bounced between freelance fashion, illustration, graphic design, art and comic illustration.
Soon she was sucked up and contracted by a company called Clockwork Zoo where she worked on a Canadian 2D children’s cartoon named Caillou. Onto something new once more, Mary Jane became the manager of an art gallery/studio where she had the opportunity to teach children’s art classes and work with inmates at Pollsmoor Prison by way of a rehabilitation through art project.
Currently she works at creative company, One Dog Chicken, doing design, illustration, a hint of animation and all else that is needed creatively.
Michelle Son is an award-winning independent designer based in Cape Town. Starting out in a career in motion graphics, Michelle has also branched out to execute conceptual projects in visual merchandising, installation and creative direction. Her company &Son specialises in design through multidisciplinary practices putting emphasis on design-driven creativity. &Son aims to combine strong design with animation to collaborate with clients, from concept to delivery, and to produce work that is diverse, innovative and has some &Son quirks.
Her Food Table will be looking at the psychology behind the types of music played in fast food chains – what the impact of past paced music has on buying decisions and the types of fast foods we eat.
Lee-Ann Orton is a baker, a cook, a thing grower, bag maker and guerilla décor shooter from Joburg. Here she was born and bred and is, to this day, still very much in love with her sometimes grey, but mostly glimmering city of gold.
As a film and media graduate she headed into publishing where she spent many years at some of the country’s most esteemed publications starting out in features journalism and eventually becoming Lifestyle Editor of Woman and Home magazine and Joburg go-to person for Elle Decoration.
These days she’s focusing on production of online content and has successfully produced short documentary-style features for Woolworths, Cell C, and Nokia to name a few.
Her time is shared between a passion project of designing and making laptop sleeves under the name MEbags with partner Uno de Waal and she will soon launch a range of pajamas as part of her Thank You For Your Love bedding label. When she’s not shooting, styling or sewing she hangs out with her Scottie dog, Vincent, in the park and also cooks for anyone who’s up for some good grub. The near future sees her heading off to Melbourne, Australia to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at Victoria University and in a couple of years she’ll hopefully have fulfilled her dream of opening a pie and mash store where you’d least expect it…
Ryna Cilliers was born in Johannesburg in 1981. She completed her BAFA at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003 and obtained her MAFA from the University of Cape Town in 2010. Cilliers’ work has been exhibited in group shows such as Section 53 (2000-2003), Stellenbosch, the International Printmaking Conference (2002), Stellenbosch, In Principle (2009), Cape Town and Masters Moving Out (2011), Cape Town. She lives in Cape Town and works as a Design Lecturer at Inscape Design College.
Ryna Cilliers intends her body of work to be read as evidence of her actions and interactions with the world and with material culture. Her work is thus based on the idea that the ‘background noise’ of everyday life can be reframed as art.
In preparation for her Toffie Pop Inspiration table she is drawing from the simple act of pasta-making, ultimately reacting to the textures, colours and especially the slight impressions and traces left behind by the hands that shaped the pasta sheets.
Jade De Waal
Jade, currently in her third year of jazz studies at UCT, describes herself as a food-jammer. She started Eat Your Heart Out Food Jams, with photographer Irene Kim 2 years ago, where she invites people over to ‘cook, eat, drink, be merry and meet awesome people’. She has collaborated with fellow exhibiting artist Yang Zhao of Touch Heart for a dim sum food jam, and most recently with Aubrey Ncgungama from Come Dine With Me SA fame.
Since then she has teamed up with One.Dog.Chicken Productions to start as student cooking show on ww.Whocsoc.com/eyho and can currently be seen cooking up a storm on the first season of MasterChef SA.
Jade is curating the Inspiration Tables exhibition through Eat Your Heart Out.
Stephen’s Urban Campismo is a project that explores all the leftover spaces in the city of Cape Town. The project explores the idea of urban camping – providing a platform for anyone with a tent to camp out in the city, after which they are given a wide selection of games embedded within the structure of the city.
For “Yes. Please. Traffic.” Stephen collaborated with Ludwig Gericke to design a building stranded in a landscape that wraps entirely around the N1 highway. The building hosts a crew highly specialized in the art of botany and entertainment. They grow, nurture, cut, distribute, and manage the vast landscape of flowers and instead of being stuck in traffic you will slowly transcend through a landscape of blooming flowers – not your usual fuming traffic.
The Cape of (no) flats is a project that uses architecture and nature while blurring the boundaries between landscape and the built environment. It is a landscape of healing, which embraces water, blossoms in springtime and gives the surrounding community a place to read a book, take a stroll or smell a flower.
Carla Fonseca is a multicultural actress, with her roots from both Mozambique and South Africa. This bravely devoted performer graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA Theatre and Performance Degree in 2010. Her zeal lies within Avant-Garde theatre and installation-based performance art. She draws inspiration from street art, lowbrow and global affairs. She held her first solo exhibition: Too Leite, in June 2011 and has worked amongst dynamic creative’s and professors, such as Jay Pather, since.
Carla will be doing live performance work with the installation to act as catalyst between the public and the artists’ installations.