Episode 12: Design De Novo

Maria Kilfoil is the manager of the new Grenfell Makerspace, and is just setting up the space in the Arts and Science Building, here on campus. A physicist and long-time maker, Maria is bringing really energy and excitement to this initiative and has lots of plans to extend out into the community here and across the region.

Getting these tools into the hands of artists, craftspeople, inventors, creators, students – it’s pretty exciting and bound to be disruptive in the best possible way. This also connects back, I think, with a discussion around design and design thinking, and links kind of nicely with the chat I had with Renate Pohl, last time. It was great to talk to Maria about some of this – in fact, don’t think we really got through half of what we could talk about, so look out for part 2 of this conversation, maybe when the makerspace is fully operational!

The Grenfell Makerspace is under the umbrella of the Navigate Small Business Centre, a joint program between Grenfell and College of the North Atlantic, and you can find more on that here.

Episode Ten: Human-Sized Socks

Well, life really got in the way this time. Won’t go into the details, but between work, traveling for work, and some unexpected family stuff it’s taken too long to get this show up. So, a bit of a struggle to get it posted, but here’s episode 10!!

I sat down with Melissa Tremblett and Diana Chisolm, just after the Visual Arts Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual awards show. Melissa is a visual artist, originally from Sheshatshiu, Labrador, but grew up on the island and we talk about what that has meant in terms of heritage and art, and Melissa’s interest in traditional arts and crafts makes, I think, for some compelling listening!

Melissa also spoke this week at the Grenfell Art Gallery, for the opening reception of a retrospective celebrating the Northwest River Artist-in-Residency program. If you’re seeing this post in early July, and you can, I really recommend seeing that show.

Melissa’s website is undergoing some maintenance, but it can be found here. We also mention the EVA Awards, Melissa was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year, and you can read VANL’s bio of Melissa here.

As mentioned in the show, Diana Chisholm wears a lot of hats, and is involved in multiple projects and with multiple organizations.

VANL’s bio of Diana is here. Diana talks about her interest in post-industrial landscapes, and transient workforces, so I though it appropriate to also link to a recent show at St. Thomas More Art Gallery in Saskatoon, and that’s right here

And while she keeps exceptionally busy as an artist, which includes multiple residencies and exhibitions, Diana has also recently assumed the role of executive director of the Writers at Woody Point Festival. This is a flagship festival on the west coast, and one of the highlights of the summer season. Here’s a link!

Episode 9: What it all means

Meagan Musseau (BFA (VA) class of ’14) is an interdisciplinary artist of Mi’kMaq and French ancestry, originally from Curling, Newfoundland (Elamstukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory of Mi’kma’ki). After graduation, Meagan spent some time on the west, west coast, and has recently returned home. We talk about that, about what her time away meant, as well as the return home, the evolution of her practice, and what it’s like to be an indigenous artist on the west coast of Newfoundland.

Meagan’s bio and CV are on her website, and I really encourage you to check that out.

And here are links to a few of the other organizations that we talked about:

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency

Indigenous Arts Program, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity

Indigenous youth/emerging Artist Program (Open Space, Victoria, BC)

VANL-CARFAC (Visual Artists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador/Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens)