Feb 2012 Gallery Show - Student Scholarship Reciepients 2011

February 2012 Exhibit at Vancouver’s Circle Craft Gallery

Student Scholarships Exhibition

February 3-28, 2012—featuring: Emily Hill, Capilano University, Textile Arts Program; Kelly Austin, Emily Carr University; Donovan Hough, Kootenay School of the Arts; and, Idolly Schwendener, Vancouver Community College, Jewellery Program.

In 2003, Circle Craft initiated a student scholarship award program to support new and upcoming craftspeople. This program is part of Circle Craft’s commitment to community outreach programming, working in partnership with four BC institutions: Emily Carr University, Ceramics; Capilano University, Textile Arts Program; Vancouver Community College, Jewellery Program; and, the Kootenay School of the Arts, Metal Program.

Graduating students from these programs are invited to complete an application to be considered for the award. A selection committee from each department works with Circle Craft to select each year’s recipients. Selection is based on outstanding achievement and intent to pursue the art form professionally or through furthering studies.


Kelly Austin: Ceramics - Emily Carr University

Kelly Austin was born in Vancouver, BC and has attended Capilano College, Emily Carr University, and Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine, USA. Kelly chooses simple and minimal forms and surfaces as a poetic reference to her process, “the quiet and contemplative state of throwing at the wheel,” she says. She has been strongly influenced by British studio potters, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, as well as American studio potter, Edith Heath. “Equally important has been the still and quiet nature of Australian potter Gwyn Hanssen Pigottʼs work, as well as Kirsten Coelhoʼs,” says Austin.

“My ceramic aesthetic allows me to be inclusive in the exploration of contemporary approaches, such as minimalism and modernist thought. Textile designer Anni Albers, architect Arthur Erickson, and artist Agnes Martin inspire my studio practice.”

For more information, visit Kelly’s website:  www.kellyaustindesign.com


Emily Hill: Textile Arts - Capilano University

An avid student of Art and Design, Emily has developed her practices through an in depth study of colour, cloth, and pattern. Possessing a certificate of Fashion Design from Helen Lefeaux and a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University, Emily is currently working towards her BFA with a major in General Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

 “Textiles provide an in depth source to study surface and structure,” says Emily. “That zealous investigation into materials and process has become my expansive delight. Possibilities present themselves through using traditional textile techniques, that when tweaked or altered becomes limitless for invention. This possibility to play inventor pushes the boundaries of materials and resources.” These inventive and creative abilities were recently honoured with a 2011 Leo Award nomination for Costume Design for her work on the short film Henry’s Glasses, a film set in a Japanese internment camp.

“Knowledge inherent in a weave, knot, dye, fold, or simple stitch, informs my perspective and understanding when working with anything tactile, influencing how I approach fashion design and visual art.”


Donovan Hough: Metal - Kootenay School of the Arts

Donovan Kelly makes metal objets d′art – candle holding creatures, belt buckles, knives with beautiful metal handles, and more!

Donovan Hough resides in Nelson BC. He’s a recent graduate of the Kootenay School of the Arts with a certificate in Metal Arts. Hough was born in Calgary, AB, and as a child moved to the Kootenays’ Crawford Bay, BC, where he grew up.

“I love to play around and have fun,” says Donovan. “Most of my time has been spent skiing, playing soccer, and nearly every other sport and activity thinkable, and I bring that playfulness to my art.”

“My art is functional, and usually incorporates nature, myths, and characters in my life. I like to keep my work simple in design with a raw finish by leaving hammer marks and metal imperfections.”


Idolly Schwendener:  Jewellery - Vancouver Community College

Idolly’s artistic vision results in clean, contemporary pieces that “enhance the inherent beauty of the wearer.” Creativity has always played a major role in Idolly’s life.  Having a Fine Arts background, she also possesses an Industrial Design degree from Emily Carr University and is a recent graduate of the Jewellery Program at Vancouver Community College.

“My artistic vision is minimal, clean, and contemporary,” says Idolly. “I work geometrically and precisely but always by hand to bring softness and a human touch to my work. Designing for me is an editing process, a careful selection of proportion and scale.”

For more information, visit Idolly’s website:  www.idolly.ca


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