Behind the scenes parts

By Jayleen Wilke, Production Assistant

One of the many great things about being an intern for The Works is being directly exposed to the amazing community Edmonton has. During these past months I’ve seen so much of Edmonton I’ve never seen before, or been to before, even though I was born and raised here. The biggest reason for this is because of the giant installation called Canopy by Jose Luis Torres, which you can find in the middle of Churchill square right now.          

Prior to the festival, the production team was running around picking up recycled materials to be a part of the massive sculpture. One of these stops was to the Canadian Bumper Recycling warehouse, where they collect damaged bumpers from collision repair shops. There were a lot of bumpers. Bumpers compressed into big square bales waiting to be shipped away and melted, ready to become something new again. But what really stuck with me was when the owner mentioned that they were just breaking even as a business but diverting thousands of plastic waste from landfills annually.

My whole Works experience so far has been filled with meeting amazing people who do amazing things, which makes my heart happy, and hopefully the Festival can do the same for you! Make sure you check out Canopy, Jose’s sculpture, and see how many bumpers you can find!

Jayleen Wilke is a multi-discipline artist and designer from Edmonton, Alberta. She recently completed her 3rd year of a Bachelor of Design specializing in Industrial Design at the University of Alberta. Her design work focuses on the handcrafted, while her paintings depict landscapes she’s visited; connecting places in nature with people.

Jayleen was awarded top of the class awards in Art 10, Art 20, and Art 35 from St. Joseph High School (2011-2013). She participated in The Whyte Avenue Art Walk for the past two years as well as having work in the Pop Pop Shop (2015), hosted by the SDA from the University of Alberta.

Eating well at the Works

By Jenny Erb, Production Assistant

As a Works Intern I love the art filling the Works Art and Design Festival, but there is more to our festival than just art. There’s food. One of the highlights of every summer event.

Now if you’re like me and try to keep a healthy diet, don’t stress, there are so many ways to get a full balanced meal from The Works Festival food venders. For a start, add some lettuce and tomato to your burger or pick up a salad at Soner Donair with your donair. Check out the fruit stand for an easy healthy snack. And if you are looking for a healthier meal choice try a Crepe or a fresh wrap at Lemon Grass. There are also many vegetarian and vegan options around, including at Curry N Hurry, or Panda Hut. We can’t forget dessert, there are lots of great choices including bubble tea, sweet crepes, ice cream, and fruit. You’ll love the chocolate covered bananas at the ice cream stand (vegan and gluten free).

Of course you don’t have to be healthy all the time. Deep fried foods call all of our names at festivals. One of my favourite guilty pleasures is the deep fried Oreos. So here are some easy tips for eating your fill of fried foods:

Share: Most likely you’re checking out the festival with some friends or family. So if there are a couple of things you want to try, share some plates. If you aren’t here with friends, tell yourself that you are saving half the food for later. Even though we both know you’ll eat it all at once, it’s the thought that counts.

Add fruit to your meal: Apples are a great choice for settling your stomach if you aren’t used to fried foods, pick some up at the fruit stand for your dessert. Another great stomach settler is grape juice, so head to the beer garden and get the red wine flowing, it’s almost the same thing.

Stay hydrated: The best thing you can do to stay feeling great is drink lots of water. If you’re looking for something flavoured try a Gatorade instead of a pop. We wish it did, but beer does not count as water, so keep a 2:1 water:beer ratio if you’re drinking.

Keep coming back throughout the day: Take some time between foods and snack throughout the day. This will give you time to do some walking and burn off those extra calories. Try a longer tour for some exercise filled with incredible art, or do some high energy dancing while enjoying the live bands.

Cheers, see you in the beer garden after the walking tours.

Jenny Erb is an emerging new media and sculpture artist from Windsor Ont. She is currently studying entertainment technology at St. Clair College Windsor, after studying for two years at the Beal Art program in London, Ont.

Jenny’s artwork focuses on the interaction between light and movement. She uses technology to collaborate with musicians and integrated media artists, and has participated in group art exhibits in London, Stratford and Toronto.

Inside the Cabinet of Queeriosities

by Julia Castrogiovanni, Production Assistant

As a production intern at The Works Art and Design Festival, I am intimately involved in the process of bringing art to the public. For this reason, the question of what art is able to be displayed in a public sphere and why is of particular interest to me. Deciding whether or not a piece is “good” is a nearly impossible task since art is so subjective. However, the tendency of comparing “art” to “craft” may provide some insight into the distinction of how images function within the context of visual culture. First of all, the differentiation of art and craft has a lot to do with the creator, viewer and critic who feel compelled to label such works. It can be argued that the line between art and craft is very fluid, as Ronnie Watt states: “when a crafted work loses its everydayness to become something extraordinary in our perception of what it is and can represent outside of its physical form, it can assume the properties of being art.”

With this in mind, this year’s exhibit entitled “Cabinet of Queeriosities” (a multi-artist show curated by Leila Armstrong) located on Churchill Square does an outstanding job of show-casing the blurring of art and craft to bring us something extraordinary. The effective use of traditional materials, such as textile, wood and ceramic in combination with the content of the show is visually stunning, but also prompts important conversations between the art and viewer. “Cabinet of Queeriosities” is an attraction not to be missed.

Julia Castrogiovanni is a visual artist from London, ON, whose practice encompasses drawing, painting, print-making, ceramics and fibre art. She is specifically interested in exploring feminist issues through the use of traditional media and presenting it in a contemporary context. She is a two-time Imadon Chalk Festival winner (2009, 2011). In 2014, she designed and installed a permanent exhibition at Longwoods Conservation Area in Mt. Brydges, Ontario.

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2016 is a Year for Design and Experimentation

by Fren Mah, Design Intern


This year we revamped the festival guide and gave it a fresh layout and new look. The primary goal behind this year’s festival guide is creating a more user friendly and engaging guide for 2016. Designing a festival guide is not easy because of the large number of exhibition sites and partner galleries that are included in each year’s festival, in addition to images, text and print advertisements. Despite the challenges, I think that we successfully met our goals.

Instead of using four columns as we had in previous years, the 2016 guide includes five columns for a more clear reading. In addition, we chose to top align all of the images of the artwork for a cleaner and contemporary gallery aesthetic. The gallery style is more aesthetically pleasing and I hope that the spreads feel more welcoming to our readers than ever before.

As a way of encouraging The Work’s patrons to visit all of the 29 festival sites throughout downtown, we included a new user friendly map. The map is supplemented by a checklist of exhibitions to be sure you catch all the festival sites.

To get your copy visit:


Fren Mah is an emerging artist and designer from Edmonton, AB. Fren believes that Art and design should inspire transformation and understanding of the modern society. He is interested in creating dialogue and questioning environmental, political and socio-economic issues in the world. Another passion of Mah’s is science and the natural world. He often gathers inspiration from nature, and combines it with urban themes and modernity.

Fren is currently interested in working in printmaking, painting, and graphic design.  To view more of his work, please visit

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Ceci n’est pas une fable de Lafontaine

par: Patricia Roy-Michaud, Assistante à la production

Lorsque nous visitons une exposition, nous adoptons inconsciemment un parcours et un rythme qui n’appartiennent qu’à nous. Certains s’avancerons vers les œuvres pour mieux reculer, faire un pas sur le côté, réfléchir un moment, plus s’avancer à nouveau pour lire démarche artistique. D’autres zigzagueront d’un pas flâneur aux travers des œuvres s’arrêtant un cours instant pour mieux repartir.

Dans les années 1980, les chercheurs Véron et Levasseur observent le comportement des visiteurs lors de l’exposition photographique « Les vacances en France » au Centre Pompidou. De leur recherche, ils retiennent quatre types de visites que j’expose brièvement ici.

La fourmi : Celle-ci prend son temps et s’évertue à visiter l’ensemble de l’exposition. Elle a tendance à longer les murs effectuant de nombreux arrêts.

Le papillon : Il sait ce qu’il est venu chercher et va zigzaguer d’un mur à l’autre afin de combler ses attentes. Son parcours est assez long et parsemé d’arrêts.

La sauterelle : Elle passe généralement peu de temps dans une exposition et s’y aventure en s’arrêtant uniquement devant ce qui attire son attention.

Le poisson : Celui-ci s’arrête peu voire jamais. Il avance dans l’exposition regardant de loin les œuvres sans s’intéresser aux détails. Généralement, le poisson circule au centre de la pièce ignorant les limites de l’exposition.

Que vous soyez fourmi, papillon, sauterelle ou poisson, je vous invite à venir visiter les nombreuses expositions gratuites qu’offre The Work Art and Design Festival.

Patricia Roy-Michaud est une étudiante à la maîtrise en muséologie à l’Université de Montréal depuis septembre 2015. Précédemment, cette jeune québécoise a complété un baccalauréat en archéologie à l’Université Laval à Québec. Au cours de son parcours académiques, elle a eut l’occasion de participer à des fouilles archéologiques au Québec et en France. En 2014, elle a réalisé un semestre à Lyon où elle a pu approfondir ses connaissances en études classiques et en épigraphie. En intégrant la maîtrise en muséologie, Patricia souhaite promouvoir le patrimoine culturel auprès de la population.

Patricia Roy-Michaud is a master’s student in museology at the University of Montreal. Originally from Quebec city, Patricia completed a bachelors degree in archeology at Laval University in 2015. She has participated in numerous archaeological excavations in Quebec city and in France. In the winter of 2014, she completed a semester in Lyon where she deepened her knowledge of classical studies and epigraphy.

Avid globetrotter, Patricia enjoys travelling and learning new cultures. After her studies, she intends to promote cultural heritage with the integration of new technologies.

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