What is a maker, anyway?
Is there an Edmonton style?
What compels people to make things here?
EPISODE ONE: MOLLY BRADFORD of STRANGER DESIGN
Industrial designer and ceramicist Molly McMahon of Stranger Design tells us about why Edmonton is a great place to make things, why her restaurant job helps with making ceramics, and takes us through all the different mediums she tried out before she hit the ceramics train. We also talk about “glazing ordeals”, helps us try to define what a maker is, what it takes to actually run the business side of making, Molly’s cat Cosmo makes a cameo - ceramics peeps, this one’s for you.
EPISODE TWO: MATT AND SHAWNA HEIDE of CONCRETE CAT
OG Edmonton concrete design superstars Matt and Shawna Heide from Concrete Cat! Designer/maker/manufacturer hybrids, they went from construction company to concrete design house, making super bright, colourful modernist objects out of one of the supposedly dullest, coldest materials around: concrete. They ignored some sage advice and followed sheer curiosity to make something truly new. That eventually led to work for the Whitney Museum, Sephora, and the Dior fashion house as well as a slew of other brands (Maker goals, amirite?)
EPISODE THREE: JOSH SMITH OF LIBERTINE FRAGRANCE
This episode is all about the art world of smells. Yup, perfume. Josh Smith of Libertine Fragrance has been making scents for five years, since he made a perfume for a design school project. He tells us about the weird world of perfumes, the existence of scent reviewers (with YouTube channels! What!) the inspiration behind Josh’s perfumes (and a little history lesson on 19th century France). Josh tells us how perfume is a really good way to look at issues around sustainability and climate change, why we might all smell differently in the future.
- perfume reviewer Luca Turin
- Imaginary Authors - scents based on fiction
- Hendley Perfumes
- perfumer’s world (where josh went to perfume school)
- industrial design program at the university of alberta
EPISODE FOUR: GEOF LILGE OF DIV 12
This episode is with designer Geof Lilge of Div12, who has made a lifelong career out of furniture design, and all of it based out of Edmonton. From starting HotHouse co-op right out of university with some fellow grads to then breaking off into internationally successful company Pure Design, through then going back and getting a master’s degree in Industrial Design and turning his thesis project into OnOurTable and now being elbows deep with his restaurant seating project Division 12, Geof Lilge has reinvented his work half a dozen times. He’s a designer that understands where entrepreneurship fits into the industrial design equation, but leaves all the room for experimentation, hard work and pivoting of ideas that makes something truly great.
Pure Design cd rack