Emily Iseman
FUSION: Ontario Clay and Glass Design Award

Emily is a ceramic artist and designer based in Toronto. She is interested in making work along the continuum of sculpture, and design.

The span of her work converges on themes of structure, space and materiality. Influences can be seen of architecture, and the absurd. Emily's ongoing series Is Space, explores questions of the fabric of the universe; the notion of ‘what is space?’ and related concepts such as dimension, force, and transit. Rooted in an abstract visual language and artificial colours, the series presents abstruse hypothetical scenes. Forms, structures, and architectural referents are arranged into curious compositions, implying an event, or impending motion. They take inspiration from physics and cosmology diagrams, and offer humour to contrast her glib feelings of these fatuitous times.

Propelled equally by creative pursuit and technical investigation, Emily applies innovative methods of digital fabrication along with traditional hand building techniques. Lately she has been looking into the inclusion of AI to the design process, which gives the opportunity to introduce uncertainty while defining the parameters of the concept. She is presently thinking about ways to use structure and scale to create an installation offering a sense of environment.

https://www.emilykiseman.com/

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Thom Brow
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 198 cm x 214 cm; 2020

Thom Brow
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 198 cm x 214 cm; 2020

Amanda Pocha
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 214 cm x 84 cm; 2019

Amanda Pocha (Detail)
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 214 cm x 84 cm: 2019

Ryan Stephenson
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 320 cm x 147 cm; 2021

Ryan Stephenson (Detail)
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 320 cm x 147 cm; 2021

Emma and Clarke
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 233 cm x 167 cm; 2020

Emma and Clarke (Detail)
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 233 cm x 167 cm; 2020

Aleef Mehdi
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; 218 cm x 117 cm; 2020

Installation view for scale
Mostly reclaimed textiles, Thread, Industrial felt: Applique, Satin stitch Machine sewn; Various sizes; Image Credit: Laura Kukkee

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