Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
We wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2012.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
We were delighted to be featured in COVER Magazine "Creative thinking" (Winter 2011). Katie Loux really caught the spirit of Creative Matters in the article - the excitement of our team, our passion for textiles and specifically rug design.
Donna and I have been building Creative Matters for almost 25 years now, and it's wonderful to get this recognition in one of our very favourite magazines.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Vitanova Foundation is a Woodbridge-based, non-profit corporation chartered by the Province of Ontario and a registered Canadian charity that provides a range of addiction-related services to individuals, families, and the community at large, all at no charge---services that include education, prevention, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, shelter and aftercare.
For the past 23 years "Friends of Vitanova" have organized a special event and silent auction to help raise money for their Foundation. The 24th Annual Event is being held on Sunday November 27, 2011 at Da Vinci Banquet Hall (5732 Hwy. #7 Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada). Reception & Antipasto Bar 4:00pm and Dinner 5:00pm (Cash Bar). This celebration requires a reservation to attend, to purchase tickets please visit the Vitanova Foundation (Tickets: Adults $100.00, Children (12 & under) $40.00).
The rug we have donated is 4' x 6' handknotted custom one-of-a- kind carpet. For this we specified wool and viscose, and had it made in India. The viscose pattern shimmers like silk and was inspired by curvilinear metal railings with a playful chain link border. The sheen of the viscose offers a sparkling element next to the richness of the wool.
Don't miss this opportunity to support a great cause, enjoy the "Friends of Vitanova" event on November 27th and bid on some wonderful donations.
Friday, November 4, 2011
What a great night! The Gladstone Hotel was packed with makers, designers, and supporters of the textile museum. We were delighted to be involved with our chair "From the Ground Up". When we got our chair from the textile museum, it's simplicity and unusual orange red/black combination had us start where we always do - from the ground up. We designed a custom carpet with gradation of black through to the orange/red tone and finished the rug with a single "button" a raised puff of wool. The chair has been painted so the legs blend into the carpet for one seamless entity.
The silent auction had the room filled with people hovering near their favourite chairs (we were delighted that a number of people bid on ours!) and by 8:45 the bell rang and the chairs all found new homes. Here is the link to see some of the photos of other chairs that had been redesigned - from cutting up the chair into pieces and stringing it on the wall like a necklace to romantic writing embroidered on the seat ("I will always love you") and lovely crocheted fabric attached to the back of the chair.
It was a great triumph. We were delighted to be invited and wish the Textile Museum of Canada ongoing success.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
In a field where we can easily utilize the computer and Wacom tablet as our tool of choice, we made the decision to “return to our roots” so to speak, and pick up a paintbrush. We chose to flex our artistic muscles with a series of “art days” where the entire team (office managers and accountant included) participated in intensive 3-hour sessions of painting, drawing and general mark making. And the results were fabulous!
We worked with different grounds like mulberry paper (wet and dry), watercolour paper and news print and covered them in India ink, charcoal,wax and paint. It was messy and brilliant and resulted in over 230 paintings and drawings. From there we collectively created 168 working concepts and were able to whittle these down to a collection of 7.
Now we’re on to the sampling process and with eager anticipation await their arrival! Creative Matters hopes to launch our still unnamed collection at the New York International Carpet Show and then at Domotex 2012. Times are changing and interesting things are happening at our little studio on Annette Street. Stay tuned!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wish speaks to celestial motifs, along with microscope elements with the lightest colour of silk sparkling on the wool background. Bang is a delicate burst of fine silk rays that create a mesmerizing asymmetrical pattern. Offering a combination of high and low, silk and wool piles, Nomadic Glam is a dramatic glamorous take on a tribal-style design.
Filament shows a delicate interweave that will suit contemporary and more traditional spaces and Reflection is a contemplative variation on a stripe motif. Damask offers a non-traditional take on the ever classic design style.
As always, our Aerial Collection was also well received by all with faithful favourites still catching the eyes of passers-by. The sophisticated combination of lush Chinese silk and intricate design of such classics as Scratch, French Wire, Nova and Rory continue to attract our customer both local and abroad.
Germany is always such an inspiring show for the Creative Matters team and seems to renew us with new energy to create. As we work our way through the sometimes-dreary month of February, we find ourselves churning with new ideas for Domotex 2012. Over the next few months the team will be working through a series of creative workshops to cultivate new ideas and artworks to translate into our beautiful hand-knotted rugs.