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a non-profit Toronto gallery supporting local emerging artists

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Not Just Paper Planes

June 10 – July 4

Opening reception
Friday, June 10 at 8 pm
Live music by L CON at 9:30 pm

Participating artists:
Lizz AstonJessica Bartram, Karen Carrillo, Carolanne GrahamJelena Pticek, and Nadia Tan

Freedom is taking part in the Living with Washi: Japanese Paper Inspiring Daily Life – a celebration of the art of Japanese paper by The Japanese Paper Place.

We invited various artists and designers to create using washi to employ the versatility and strength of this sustainable material. The result is a collection of everything from wearable pieces to sculptural objects, blurring the boundaries between art and craft, paper and fabric.

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Exhibiting artists: Darcy Allan, Jessica Bartram, Erin Candela, Trent Hunter, Ehsan Kiabakhsh, So Yeon Kim, Christie Lau, Colleen McKeown, and Naz Rahbar.

April 8th – May 3rd

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 8th at 8 pm
Live music by Jason Poisson at 8.30 pm

“Whether it is someone I know, sleeping in front of me or a stranger before me on the train, I sometimes see characters I feel the urge to capture.” – Naz Rahbar

This exhibition is a collection of visual documentations of human and animal personalities that together illustrate the journey we undertake to discover ourselves. These artists contextualize both real and imagined personalities within identities of other species, reactions to environmental factors, archetypal narratives, and surrounding landscapes. Just like how we attain meaning through establishing context, the works of these artists seek meaning in personal identity in their relation to outside factors.

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Polygun Collective presents
In Between Dreams by Patricia Zimecki
March 11 – April 5

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 11 at 8 pm
Live music by Gentlemen… The King at 9 pm

Freedom CC Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of photographs by Patricia Zimecki.

In her first solo photography exhibition, In Between Dreams is a visual portrayal of Patricia’s view of the world as a space between waking life and the dream state. In Between Dreams is a reversion to the pure art of photo manipulation.

Each photograph is a double-exposure taken on a 35mm film camera. The results are a cross between the ordinary and the surreal, the fleeting and the fixed, and the impermanence of time.

About Patricia Patricia Zimecki has been working in the field of photography for over 5 years.  Her work is predominantly analog-based. Her world travels are a  primary influence on her work as well as a strong fascination with the subconscious mind.

About Polygun Polygun is an artist collective based out of the Junction in Toronto. It was founded by Mark Di Giovanni and Patricia Zimecki in 2010. Polygun is actively creating in various mediums, including photography, poster & screen prints and audio/visual works.

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….leftover from last night 🙂 🙂

It was great, thank you all! Enjoy your wicked posters from the wicked awesome artist, Jack Dylan! If you want to request some prints or receive updates from Tamara/The Weather Station, then just shoot me an e-mail. You can also do that to get on our mailing list.

Pictures coming up!

Hearts, hearts, hearts,

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Here’s what’s gonna be going on at Freedom tomorrow night:

1. A relaxing night serenaded by this…

2. Here’s another one, a downloadable one: East.

3. Oh and this…

It will be a whole new kind of winter. A kind you’ll like. A lot!

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The first exhibition of 2011 is here! We are very excited to present an exhibition of posters by Jack Dylan!!

Feb 11 – Mar 10

Join us at the opening party on Friday, Feb 11 at 8 pm
The Weather Station live at 10 pm, free as always.

Jack Dylan is a Canadian illustrator from Stratford, Ontario who now lives in Toronto. After studying painting and Sculpture, he began work as a poster artist in the Montreal music community where he gained notoriety for his distinctive work. He now specializes in editorial design and is a frequent contributor to publication such as The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, and The Walrus.

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This is what’s coming up on February 11th:

Excited? More info to come….

My name is Jen Kneulman and together with my best friend and business partner Lauren Hunter, we are Freshly Printed, a Toronto-based print company producing kitchen textiles and soon to be table linens. We met during our design education at OCADU and decided to unite in 2009 because of our similar style and concern for the negative effects that many textile processes have on the environment.


During school, Lauren and I did a joint research project on printing with natural dyes, which is a process that became more or less obsolete after the mid 1800’s, with the advent of synthetic dyes. Because this process is no longer commonplace, there is very little technical information to be found, so essentially Lauren and I experimented and came up with our own way of doing it using modern day thickeners and application processes.


The term “natural dye” can be deceiving; though the dyestuff itself is extracted from a natural source, to adhere it to fabric it requires something called a mordant, which often comes in the form of a heavy metal such as tin or iron. Mordants can also be organic compounds such as tannic acid, which, in the case of black walnut, is found naturally in the hull and thus needs no additional chemical to adhere it to fibre. This is one of many reasons why we choose to use this wonderful brown dye as our primary print medium.


Our process for printing our classic brown prints begins in October when we gather the black walnuts that have fallen from the various trees we glean from in Toronto, Burlington, and Paris, Ontario (ideally getting to them before the squirrels do). To make the dye, all we need is the husk, which we peel away with gloved hands (otherwise they would be stained for several days). We then return the nutty cores to the great outdoors, where they are quickly whisked away by squirrels and other foraging animals. We have arranged for next season’s harvest to go to an artisanal preserve maker, who will cure them and use them for his preserves.


The hulls are then boiled down in water for several hours and then strained. The dye liquor is boiled further until it reaches the level of concentration that we like for printing.


To print with the dye, we thicken it with Sodium Alginate, a thickener derived from seaweed, often used in the food industry and in molecular gastronomy.


We steam our prints to set the dye in the fabric, then add our colour blocks using a non-toxic, textile medium. Though it is non-toxic, it is still acrylic, so we use it sparingly as it can affect the absorbency of the beautiful organic linen that our tea towels are made of.


Like any dye, black walnut dye will mellow out with continued washing and exposure to extreme sunlight, but it will not completely disappear.


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