Wild Concrete is the brain child of Brazilian born and raised Bruna Kowall. Now settled in Toronto you can catch Bruna selling her beautiful minimalist plates, trays, coasters and pots at various beloved markets. In this episode we explore the importance of her faith in her practice, how she transferred her experience of growing up seeing her dad’s construction company back home to studying industrial design and prototyping these concrete creations that help ground her and bring her back to herself. Integral to it all are the mentors, her husband and friends that told her to just do it. We aren’t thinking about a figurative one day anymore, we’re putting whats unique to us out into the world to be appreciated.
Antonia Fifi is a fashion blogger and designer, originally from Trinidad and Tobago she studied in Toronto for several year and has recently moved back with her family. Antonia, aka Toni, founded her retail line Maison Fifi back in 2009 and takes us through what that journey has been like and what it means now that she is a mother and recently relocated from the Caribbean.
This episode is all about navigating family and business, and sometimes how decisions we make for our family are hard on our business. Antonia get’s honest about the anxiety of starting over but that being a mother has challenged her in ways she couldn’t have predicted. Her children come first.
Happy to call Toronto home but always identifying as West Indian and acknowledging that in her style.
Dennis Oba is front end web developer and graduate of OCADU Illustration programme. He explains that something that has always bothered him is the lack of options presented to people trying to figure out how to be creative, with counsellors only providing the typical answers. Yet there are so many more options, akin to dating in many ways. We compare the popular apps, and the not so well known ones and think of the anxiety as well as excitement that they bring. Then what about having a family, what does it mean to be an artist and want to cultivate a family? Today it’s all possible and it’s interesting to hear how we can start to tackle it all.
Bethany Pile is a recognized realist painter who studied at the University of Toronto and is currently based in Barbados. She works primarily in oil and watercolour to paint her subjects in great detail.
Realizing one's talent at an early age is something that we are not all so lucky to experience but if you are, it is a masterpiece to watch that person grow and hack away at it each day. Talent alone only gets you so far and Bethany talks about her decision to study art in Toronto, how she finds art subjective and her hesitations to teach since she doesn't want to judge someone else's work. On finishing her degree she swiftly returned back to Barbados, a place that will always be home and somewhere she can translate the contemporary techniques she learned.
Relationships help push her to create but Bethany is skilled at keeping her private life and her art two distinct entities. Creating polarizing work without exposing too much of her own inner life.