KING EAST DESIGN DISTRICT LIFE.STYLE.FAIR

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01 Oct 2015 in Interior Design

Author : Felicia Gimza

September 30, 2015 I recently attended the KEDD Life.Style.Fair which is Toronto’s largest public festival celebrating contemporary design, benefiting Habitat for Humanity GTA. For one day only, installations curated by local designers and pop-up street activations spanned the neighbourhood.

I was invited by Cambria Canada and had been meaning to get to their showroom to see their newest designs – “Ella” and “Brittanica” anyway so it was a good excuse to go. It was wonderful to see such large samples in person. I always recommend my clients visit the showroom if possible so they can see the slabs in person before ordering them for their own applications since it’s very difficult to tell from smaller samples.

Here they are.  Beautiful additions to their collection!

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Here I am with Kirstin Kucy and 2 other lovely ladies from Cambria

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I was delighted to meet 2 very talented artists there also.

Gina Godfrey, whose work I greatly admire is in the first two pics below. Her works are found all over the world, including a permanent exhibit in Shanghai. Gina began as a graphic artist at the age of 16 where she used whatever supplies she had available and became a master of mixed media and collage. She then took a different career direction and became a Citizenship Court Judge but went back to her first love, art, in 1996 and took printmaking. In the process she learned Andy Warhol’s techniques. She has been known for her portraits of famous people and has done some commissions for many other famous ones as well. Her newest works present playfulness in visual elements, content and colour. She now works with giclee and has learned how to combine her background in graphic art, print-making and collage and used her digital experiences to create works of pop, play and pallette. Gina Godfrey Gallery is located at 365 Bloor St. E., Suite 1805 in Toronto. Email her at ginagodfrey@rogers.com or call her at 416-728-8300 to set up an appointment to visit her gallery.

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The next pics are from another wonderful artist I met at the showroom named Jeannie Marshall. Jeannie’s background is quite different in that she has a background as a decorative artist and painter and works on many beautiful homes and properties up in Muskoka. She is following her dream and is passionate about art which is evident in her beautiful artwork shown below. Jeannie can be reached at 705-801-5250 www.decorativefinishes.ca

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After we left Cambria’s showroom, we encountered a chalk artist named Will Graham outside who was working on a huge dragon sketch on the sidewalk, representing Cambria’s logo and mascot “Cambi”. Such talent!

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Then it was off to Sub-Zero and Wolfe Appliances where I encountered yet another extremely talented artist named Jessica Gorlicky. As Jessica is a “live” painter, she was working on a cityscape painting that day and although I missed her in progress, I heard it didn’t take her more than a few hours to do it! Such talent and what a wonderful, upbeat personality to go along with her works!

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Here is Jessica’s artist’s statement: “Creation is in my blood. I do what is natural to me and I follow and interpret the rhythm of life around me, around the world. Movement, music, culture, history, and design are daily inspirations. My work is dedicated but not limited to 3 main mediums: Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, Self expression in Photography and Videos, Audience connectivity and engagement at charity events and live performances.”

Truly an inspiration and at only 30 years old, she has sold over 1,000 paintings already! You can find out more about Jessica Gorlicky at www.Jessgo.com. She can also be reached at 416-451-0788.

Of course a visit to the KEDD is not complete without a visit to one of my favourite designers studios. Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander. I had a chance to sit down in the new Century Furniture Showroom (wow!!) and have a nice chat with Glen about all things design and decorating. Unfortunately all good things come to an end though and it was getting late in the day so I had to leave. I could have hung around there all afternoon though as the stylists did such an amazing job with the Century Furniture Showroom. Did I say “wow” already?!?

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After a fun and informative day, it was time to relax at EQ3 in one of my favourite swivel chairs! I must fit this into my decor somehow one of these days. I even love the 2-tone colour! Very comfy and stylish!!

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Thanks for reading!

Felicia Gimza is an award-winning Interior Design Consultant offering custom interior decorating and design in her home town of Oakville and surrounding areas of Mississauga, Burlington and the west end of the GTA. Felicia prides herself in creating rooms for her clients that are not only eye-catching, comfortable and functional, but are completely customized to suit their own unique style.

 

Comments: 2

  1. Wendy Ball 14 Oct 2015 Reply

    Hi Felicia.
    We still love our kitchen/family room that you helped design 10 years ago. We also have a number of paintings by Jeannie Marshall hanging on our walls and love them too!

    • Felicia Gimza 14 Oct 2015 Reply

      Wow Wendy! First of all I can’t believe that was 10 years ago we consulted on your kitchen! And secondly, it’s such a small world isn’t it? I just loved Jeannie Marshall’s artwork too and what a kind person as well. Where did you find it? Up north or locally somewhere here?

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