Emerging Designers: July 24 – August 17, 2014

Our current exhibition showcases the talent and diversity of a handful of  YEG trained or based designers.

Exhibition Dates: July 24 – August 16, 2014

For this exhibition I wanted to showcase the diversity and talent of designers in Edmonton. As a new comer to this community and I have found it refreshing that there is a large group of exciting and successful female designers, in what I would consider a typically male dominated profession. This exhibition showcases a handful of such women. Their practices span architecture, industrial and graphic design as well as illustration and social research.

It is my hope that this exhibition demonstrates that Edmonton nurtures great designers and retains them as well. Iwona Faferek, Katrina Regino and Christina Sicoli are all University of Alberta alumni. Christina Sicoli is currently located in NY City, but was born and raised in Edmonton, and was a University of Alberta classmate of Regino. Tiffany Shaw-Collinge began her visual arts training here ten years ago at Grant McEwan, and has just recently relocated to the city to take a position with Manasc Isaac Architects.

This is a driven and talented group at the beginning of their careers and professional practice. It is my hope that Creative Practices can continue to be an exhibition and project venue for the many mediums/modes utilized by local creatives. I hope you enjoy the show, thank you for coming out to support our local designers!

~ Connor Buchanan

Featured designers:

  • Iwona Faferek
  • Katrina Regino
  • Tiffany Shaw-Collinge
  • Christina Sicoli

Iwona Faferek:

Iwona is an Edmonton raised, multi-disciplinary designer. She holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta, studying both visual communication design and graphic design. She has participated in courses and workshops abroad, exposing herself to a variety of design philosophies and approaches that have shaped her own thought and design processes. Her interests lie in the creative process, collaboration and mapping. She remains involved in the University of Alberta community with her work at the City-Region Studies Centre.

Iwona’s work included in this exhibition explores borders and boundaries of letterforms using paper, needle and thread. This works stems from her curiosity of how we travel physically and visually through spaces and places.

Tiffany Shaw-Collinge:

Tiffany was born in Calgary and raised in Edmonton. She holds a Diploma of Fine Arts from Grant MacEwan University, a BFA from NSCAD University and a MArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, CA. Tiffany has exhibited work at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Pier 21 in Halifax. In 2012, Tiffany was one of the winners of the National Exhibition of Migrating Landscapes, and her submission was one of 18 projects selected to represent Canada in the Architecture Venice Biennale. Currently, Tiffany works with Manasc Isaac Architects and exhibited recently in the 2014 Thaw Hut Competition in Edmonton, AB.

For this exhibition Tiffany has included aggregation tests as well as a series of prints featuring digital drawings and diagrams from her Graduate thesis titled Mediated Disconcertion.

Christina Sicoli:

Christina is an Edmonton born, multi-disciplinary designer. She was trained in Interior Design Technology, and has participated in workshops and professional development in Germany and The Netherlands.  Her time spent studying internationally has enriched her design process, heightening her awareness of multi-faceted, cross-cultural design. Sicoli holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta. Integrating her experience in the interior, industrial and graphic design fields, she focuses on the relationship between people, objects, and environment. She has been working as a freelance designer since 2008.

For this Exhibition we have included a large-scale digital illustration. This piece is part of a series featuring portraits that have been distilled down to geometric lines and tone. These illustrations re-present appropriated images of iconic figures from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Katrina Regino:

Katrina is a freelance designer based out of Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a bachelors degree in Art & Design from the University of Alberta, specializing in visual communications, printmaking and painting. Most recently, Katrina employed her talents as the Design Editor for the online publication, The Wanderer. Katrina has exhibited work at FAB Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, SNAP, Enterprise Square and Harcourt House.

Ether, a series of inkjet, embossed silkscreen prints by Katrina Regino is an exercise in imagining dark matter – a type of invisible mass who’s existence and properties are inferred from effects seen on visible matter. Regino’s work “draws a relationship between the unseeable unknown, and the experience of time and memory, to try and understand the impossibility of staying present in fleeting moments”.


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