An installation produced and presented by molo involving four artist/designers – David Ullock, Zoe Garred, Hanahlie Beisle and Joshua Van Dyke – occupying the spaces in and around softshelter (a system for creating personal space within a larger shelter) to create an intimate community of individual viewing galleries.
shelter will be exhibited from September 29 until October 2 at IDS West in Vancouver, Canada at the Vancouver Convention Center.
Softshelter is designed and produced by molo. Amongst other things, it is a solution to homelessness caused by disaster. It is a system for creating personal space within larger city shelters – larger buildings that have been designated as shelters and are still intact following disaster – ie. a school gymnasium. softshelter provides individuals and families with a sense of home, comfort and privacy with the idea that these qualities will encourage community planning and building in the days, months and years following tragedy. softshelter is part of molo’s ongoing exploration of materials, fabrication techniques and spacemaking, and focus on enhancing common daily ritual and flexible use of space.
Visit our earlier story for more information/installation about the project.
David Ullock is a visual artist and designer, born in Victoria BC and raised on Vancouver Island. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Island School of Art and Vancouver Film School and enjoys exploring the possibilities of creating composition and narrative through his own uniquely developed process of “automatic marks”. His work extends into notions of psyche, transience, and the human mind within its physical surroundings. David is currently living in a softshelter at molo’s Vancouver workshop.
Fleet Objects is the Vancouver based design studio of Zoe Garred. Zoe’s interest is in creating elegantly simple and useful objects. Since the usefulness of an object is entirely subjective, Zoe explores ways of designing objects to be open in their function, inviting the owner to define the object’s significance. Zoe’s work is fully considered; her products and packaging use a minimum of materials, all of which are either re-usable, recyclable or biodegradable.
Designer and textile-artist, Hanahlie Beise chose the word “Tierkunde” to represent her line of 100% wool felted animals, for its playful and childlike sound, as a nod to her roots (the word means “zoology” in German), and because of her lifelong fascination with, and love for animals. Each Tierkunde piece is meticulously needle-felted from local, directly sourced wool that’s been washed and processed at artisan facilities. As part of her intensely personal, process-based design practice, Hanahlie works with Canadian wool-sheep farmers to help support and build awareness for an industry that’s been decimated by competition with imports. In addition to her work with textiles, Hanahlie is a partner in the design studio and boutique branding agency, Caste Projects. She lives in Victoria, BC.
Joshua Van Dyke
Vancouver born artist Joshua Van Dyke graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2007, and has exhibited in Vancouver, Scotland and Finland. He received an Olympic Torch Grant for the public art installation ‘Corridor’ in 2010. Working across sculpture, painting and installation, his practice explores notions of collection and display, materiality, and the overlapping of geographic and cultural boundaries. He has recently set up a Studio on Bowen Island where he lives.