Marc-David Aubé-Frenette

Marc-David and I used to talk on the phone all the time back in Grade 7 and 8. He would tell me about all his problems and I would help him feel better. He used to call me his podiatrist.

 

We later learned that this is a term for a foot doctor, but at the time it was the endearing term that he chose to call me. We decided we’d redefine this word so he could refer to me as his confidante.

Caswell

 

We covered all kinds of topics – mostly girls at first – and built the foundation for the long-lasting friendship we have today. We trust each other with our real selves, and that will never change.

Memoirs of a Geisha - Tara

He used to tell me about his hopes and dreams. And I am so excited to see him boom. He’s found passion in photography, and has run with it.

Peau D'Âne

He’s really interested in portraiture, but as you can see, that’s never interfered with his exploration!

Jolyane

I’m especially excited for what he’s got to show on September 16th, because he chose me as his subject!

Sami

Everyone who meets Marc-David feels that he is genuine. You can just tell he’s a guy with a lot of integrity. I have so much respect for this amazing artist, and I can’t wait for you to meet him too!

❤ Maddy

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Jucelyn?? Who’s Jucelyn??

Grade 9 English class with Mr. Bartlett.

One of the first classes of the year.

Mr. B had written a few people’s names on the board for some reason, and his horrendous writing made the “o” in Jocelyn look like a “u”.

Sami, tactless as ever, says very loudly, “Jucelyn?? Who’s Jucelyn??” with emphasis on the Juice.

Jocelyn timidly raises her hand, “ummmm, yeah…. that’d be me..”

She joined the Collège français crew a couple of years later than a lot of us, but you’d never know it. She’s got the CF smile (:

Oh woops… here’s a more recent photo!

Jocelyn has recently fallen in complete love with photography, and is diving into her passion with her whole self. It’s really amazing to see what’s come of this devotion, and I’m so proud of her for all she’s accomplished!

The Reynolds Sibling Contact Sheet (Nicholas, Adrien, Jocelyn, Casey)

She takes really great, candid  portraits, but also likes to capture light in different settings.

Morning Dew

 

Bench on a Spring Day

Jocelyn has the most beautiful energy and you can feel it in her photos. She loves to capture the serene, and you’ll feel serene when you meet her for yourself on September 16th!

❤ Maddy


Alessandra is megacool

Seriously.

She has a really rockin’ name too. Alessandra Herrera Bennett. Woah. Superstar!

Here she is in a beautiful purple dress that she made out of organic bamboo fabric!

Alessandra went to elementary school with my best friend, Nastassia, and somehow they knew, even then, that they would turn out to be the coolest people ever, so they stuck together. Alessandra used to come visit us at our high school sometimes, and people would ask if Alessandra and I were sisters… It’s sort of weird, since we don’t really look alike. Also I don’t have any sisters. But I guess we had similar, unusual styles, and we have similar energies (:

Anyways, Alessandra is really smart and mega talented in many domains. For example, she likes to draw.

She also is an amazing seamstress! We actually bonded most over sewing in our high school days, because we both had such an affinity for making our own clothing, just the way we wanted it to be!

We ended up at the same university, both studying engineering, and stayed really good friends throughout. Alessandra made all the costumes for the Engineering Skule Night production/play/musical/shit show that goes on every year, which is a huge and amazing undertaking in itself. She made this one really fantastic squirrel costume, with huge nuts. (haha, get it? nuts!)

This is our friend Pratik rocking the Squirrel costume for Halloween

We also co-ran an eco-friendly fashion show benefit for a youth education charity a couple years ago with this cool guy named Shaq and it was really awesome. It was called Growing Trends, and we were two of ten Toronto designers who showed their work that evening.

Alessandra is such a unique individual, and this is really apparent in her detailed and imaginative designs. She makes clothing and jewelry and accessories and so much more! She puts so much heart and soul into her work, and it really shows.

Alessandra's "Happy Molecules". Combining engineering and art (:

Each of her pieces is really special, and I can’t wait for you all to see what she’s got to offer in September!

Maddy


Sarah Spice

I’m kidding. Her real name is Sarah McManus.

But it’s funny thinking back on my oldest memories of Sarah. We were little ones; playing with Barbies, dancing in talent shows, covering ourselves in glitter for reasons only known to us.. and you guessed it.. singing and dancing to Spice Girls. That was one of our favourite pastimes. Sarah was “Sporty Spice” and I was “Baby Spice”. We would spend hours upon hours of rehearsing the dances, posing for pictures (GIRL POWER!) and picking out our wardrobe.

   Oh man, those were the days.Thinking about those times makes me grin like a loser.

   But our days as young Spice Girl maniacs are long gone and since then, we both found a common love for art and went on to pursue these passions at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Sarah studied the cello for four years at ESA..        and may I just say she is a kick ass musician! But it was in 2007, at ESA where she discovered another passion of hers.. photography. Sarah fell in          love with the concept of documentary and urban photography. In September, Sarah will be showcasing photos taken in Brodeaux and Soulac Sur-Mer in the South of France.

Sarah puts every ounce of her soul into everything she does, and her stunning photos are no exception!


Sigh.

Even though all those memories seem so far away and we have grown up since then, it’s comforting to know that through all the change and tough years, Sarah and I have somehow ended up just where we began; best friends.

❤ Liv


Richard Wong really

has no idea how talented he is!

How did I meet Richard Wong?

I knew this really awesome girl named Jen Ma, in Engineering Science – we helped each other keep our sanity through undergrad. And one year I met Richard at her birthday party – they both moved from Hong Kong around the same time and went to the same High School in St. Catherine’s. And he had made her this incredible birthday card. It was so detailed, and crisp. His work is always so crisp. This card looked like he’d already prototyped eighteen versions of it, and had worked out all the kinks, and then made that one. But I know now that isn’t the case! Richard just has this incredible gift that I can’t wait to help him show off in September!

Richard does many things. Richard:

– blogs >> lkwong.tumblr.com <<

He blogs about all kinds of cool things. My favourite is Nature Sundays. Every Sunday, he posts about a really cool animal. Oh wait that’s today! Yay for Nature Sundays!

– makes jewelry out of wood and other materials

Cube 2.0 (Made from Walnut wood)

– draws his friends nephews and neices

– makes paper art – he was even chosen as a finalist from a competition he entered to have his work sent to London for a gallery!

Richard's entry for the Colours' Attack Contest

– designs architecture, and creates scale models of his designs

– has really awesome hair

– plays the piano

– made our posters!!

Richard is sure to be showing some more mind-blowing beauty at our show in September, so be there to see it for yourself!

❤ Maddy


Nikolai Berda = Awesome

Nik is one cool cat. Just take a look at those dimples.

He keeps it real.

He also makes really awesome art!

I became friends with Nikolai in grade nine at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Since then he has moved on to study Industrial Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University. Over the years I have had the privilege to see Nik’s art grow and change with him, which is really something special.

Nik’s current work encompasses his beliefs in the art-making process – not letting anything go to waste. He believes a great deal in re-using and recycling materials and re-purposing them into new, ready to use medium. ‘Do it yourself’ is the core principle with which he makes his work.

He also makes his own paper.

Not only is Nik an awesome artist, he’s one of the most HILARIOUS people I’ve ever met. Seriously. He always comes up with these hysterical one liners.. which of course causes me to laugh until my face turns blue and tears are streaming down my face.. which rocks. I love that.

When you come and meet him at our show in September I’m sure he will have a similar effect on you!

*Note: Nik also does front flips.

❤ Liv


The Lovely Lara Roberts

Lovely Lara!

The world knows her as Lara, but to me she will always be Squash. I don’t know how it started, but somehow, since we met in Grade 9, we decided to nickname one another Squash. Both of us are Squash. I’m not sure why, but it’s stuck. Much like she stuck to my heart when I met her. You’ll see, when you meet her too, she’s super sweet and charismatic, and has one of the most angelic faces I’ve ever had the pleasure of staring at!! It’s funny though, because in school she would always get all the damsel in distress roles, the pretty wallflower, or the innocent bystander, halo overhead. When you get to know her, as I have, she’s actually crazy, in the best way possible. She also loves nature – you’ll often see her climbing trees, or picking up random leaves, flowers, and sticking them in her hair.

Not only is Lara a glowing person, and captivating dancer, she also makes jewelry, paints, draws, and makes sculptures. At our show in September, she will be showcasing and selling her beautiful jewelry. She was inspired to start creating jewelry when she met a glass bead maker in Nova Scotia, and was awestruck by the beauty and art in just a couple of small beads. Since then she has poured her love into making unique pieces, specializing in earrings, and hopes that they will find a good home! I have a pair of earrings that she gave to me as gift and they make me feel like a princess when I wear them, and so very, very loved!

Lara's beautiful work, waiting for a new loving home!

A fun fact about Lara:

She was once half a dragon for halloween (I was the other half).

❤ Liv

 

 

 


Jane Lee likes:

Places and Spaces
The Hidden and the Misplaced
Unusual Shapes with Familiar Colours
Defining, Undefining & Redefining
History
The Art of Growth and Development
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The lovely Jane Lee!

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Jane is one of my lovely CF friends, and is about to embark on a new adventure, studying design at OCAD in September! I’m so excited for her, and I’m just in complete admiration of her devotion and ambition.
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Jane is bubbly and charismatic, and has a pretty sweet creative brain. You’ll have to come and meet her, to see for yourself, but I promise you’ll leave every conversation you have with her feeling warm, and grinning despite yourself.
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Finding the Good in the Bad
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Complicated Beauty
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Agnieszka “Mishi” Foltyn

Mishi

The name Mishi often gets a double-take.

“This is my friend Mishi’s art work”

“Mishi?”

“Yes, Mishi

“… Oh, okay, Mishi.”

But her actual name gets more like a triple or quadruple take, so I guess it’s a good thing it stuck when I started calling her that back when we were 10 years old!

Mishi and I met at the National Ballet School, when we were 9, just before heading to high school at Le Collège français. I was so relieved to know someone at my new school in the new big city of Toronto, that I clung to her like glue. We were inseparable for years. It makes me feel so proud to see what a brave and bold artist she’s become.

Mishi has her art at several galleries, and has participated in pretty much every Nuit Blanche since it started, with amazing installations including dance!

A couple years ago, she organized a masquerade in the park in Montreal that I volunteered at, and it was a huge success. There were hundreds of masks that people could wear and play with, and children were invited to create their own masks, with the help of Mishi and the volunteer artists helpers!

Her art is very diverse, and she spends time experimenting with an idea, or a new media, and never shies away from trying something over and over in different ways to find intricacies and details in her work. I’m excited to see what she’ll be showcasing at the Bare Neck and Brazen show this year!

❤ Maddy

Mish and I at one of her galleries

Mishi and I at the masquerade - I'm the Breakfast

Mishi's art installation with dance

The famous pigeons - Mishi loves pigeons.


Anjuli Rahaman is magical.

She must be magical. This is the only explanation I can come up with!

I’ve known Anjuli since we were little angsty teens in grade 9, and I’ve got to see her grow into an empowered and unique artist in so many ways. It feels really special to know talented people like this one, and to know where they came from!

Anjuli and Jocelyn!

Actually, it is sort of interesting to talk about where we came from, because a few of the other artists showcasing work at the Bare Neck and Brazen show in September also came from the same place. We went to this small french high school called Le Collège français in downtown Toronto. And even though the school tried hard to be an academically driven school, offered the International Baccalaureate program and intensive math courses, we all deviated from that course in our own way. Many of us followed up with a Bachelor’s degree in something or other, but we’ve all found our way back to the arts. I always hear that people lose touch with their high school friends, but it seems for most of my graduating class that we’ve remained in each other’s orbit. Proof of that is that the only photo I could find of Anjuli not making some hilarious face or another is this one, with Jocelyn, one of the CF crew, and one of our very talented artists!

Anji is currently building an installation located between the second and third dimension. The canvas-sculpture is a harmony of yielding and resistant textures; the pliable and the rigid, the positive and the negative, the present and the absent.

In this work, the models for the casts become at once the canvas and the product.

 

You’ll have to come to our show to see these amazing beauties in real life! It’s really something you won’t want to miss out on!

❤ Maddy