TUG – Toronto Upcycling Group – is Kaveri Joseph, Christine Lieu, Jessica Ching, Carrie Liang and Heidi Mok. The team of industrial designers, collectors, makers, and self -proclaimed food and drink enthusiasts and ninjas designed a woven lighting structure and tapestry for CUTMR 2011. The structure which adorned the ceiling and walls of the Gladstone Cafe employed a non-linear weaving technique which created an airy mass, as light peaked through overlapping and open spaces.
TUG's woven lighting structure, Ray, employs a blend of non linear weaving techniques which create an airy mass, as light peaks through overlapping and open seams. TUG's inspiration arose from rays of sun through clouds on a fall afternoon.
Ray light installation created by TUG and curated by MADE Design.
Undertaking Acquisition: Chronicles of our Time
“The playful take on memories and storytelling was arranged like a simple library with long shelves of rough planks mounted from floor to ceiling lined with mason jars each housing an object and an identifying tag. A bespectacled archivist sat at an old wooden desk (with a very modern computer) to record the transactions. I guess questions of nostalgia are never far from the surface in design and art. We’re always playing off of something from the past. In this case, semi-anonymous object-story-memories are the focus of the art, but in a very ephemeral way. They become commodities with exchange value, and they float in and out of the archive, like they would in the mind of a person or community.” - Toronto Craft Alert
We have brought the Archival Library of Found Treasures to the Gladstone Hotel and invite you to participate in the lost and found of priceless objects. Welcome to a dazzling array of unique items, paragons of the Toronto region. Bring your micro frippery, gimcrack cutting, divorced doodads, fandangle filaments and the odds of your analog widgets. Exchange it for a virtuously reputable fare! Come see a collection like no other. There is something for everyone, and everyone can walk away with something.
Step into the world of imagination | welcome.
With backgrounds in theatre, industrial design and sculpture, Greyson, Lieu, and Lo have come together to create room 202. Influenced by natural cycles, a fascination with collections, and an all around interest in cultivating stories of existing humanity, the trio have put their magical touch on a room that will take you to another world â€ a place like no other â€ where stories unfold and new experiences are shared. In order to continue this trail of treasures lost and now found, will you partake in the foreign exchange with them?
Money Pockets was produced for the exhibition 'Radiant Dark: Assets and Values' curated MADE Design at Commerce Court, Toronto, 2010.
“Lieu’s Money Pockets are modern-day interpretations of Liang Pao, the ticket system that was used in place of cash in China from the 1950s through the 1980s. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but Christine Lieu provides a way to at least save some that way.” - Moco Loco
TUG + PDA
TUG (Toronto Upcycling Group) is Kaveri Joseph, Christine Lieu, Jessica Ching, Carrie Liang and Heidi Mok. They are Industrial designers, good friends, creators, makers, explorers, collectors, collaborators, thinkers, do-ers, visionaries, food and drink enthusiasts and ninjas. TUG's mission is to create a system of waste management that upcycles disposable materials into products of greater value and use, in hopes of inspiring others.
TUG helped refresh the common area of Edmond Place with vibrant throw pillows and handcrafted planters.
The pillows were crafted from scrap fabric samples donated by Parkdale’s very own Designer Fabrics. The scraps were sorted and then cut to size in order to be woven and sewn into various patterns. This experiment of colour, texture, pattern and print, adds a cheerful touch to any space.
The planters were created from old vinyl advertising banners that were cut into strips and hand woven into baskets. The strong material provided for a water resistant bast for the plants and added a splash of texture in the space.
Public Displays of Affection for Edmond Place, an exhibition of custom furniture designed for the new housing development, Edmond Place, will be held at the Gladstone Hotel from September 22 to 29, 2010