What is placemaking?
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. “What attracts people most, it would appear, is other people,” —William H....
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Creating places of belonging where people share heritage, arts and culture. At Placemaking Design, we are community-driven public space practitioners, advocates and consultants. We offer...
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Anya Gansterer Anya lives with her young family in the hills of western Renfrew County where she works as an art curator and culture advocate.  With...
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Current Projects

 

Little Branches Rural Roots

Placemaking Design presented at the Little Branches Rural Roots, a library conference at the Arnprior Public Library this fall.

The inaugural Little Branches, Rural Roots Library Conference took place at the Arnprior Public Library on October 4 and 5, 2019. This conference has been tailored to meet the needs of small, rural libraries in Ontario.

 


Madawaska Coffee’s featured artists from August 19 to September 30, 2019

presented by Placemaking Design

Jody Mckone, Wood and Pyrography + Amy Doole, Pottery

Madawaska Coffee: 19578 Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) • Barry’s Bay
Monday to Friday: 6:30 am to 4 pm • Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm

JODY MCKONE: was born and raised in the forests of the Letterkenny Road. She began working with wood and pyrography in 2009.

Inspired by the soothing landscapes that surround her home near Algonquin Park, she creates unique artwork and gifts for nature lovers using reclaimed and salvaged materials. Her vision of creating large, wood-burned art pieces has pushed her to create new techniques in the field of pyrography. Pyrography is the process of burning designs on wood with a heated tool.

twigsandblossoms.etsy.com • driftsofblue@hotmail.com

AMY DOOLE: Working in stoneware clay, Amy Doole creates functional pottery pieces intended for everyday use and enjoyment. Her work has a nostalgic and playful aesthetic — earthy colours and matte glazes with the addition of small sculptural aspects, texture and vintage image transfers.

Amy is always looking for ways to create texture in clay — items from nature, embroidered fabric, and random objects like car mats, toys or hardware. The result is a collection of work, influenced by rural life and local landscape, well designed, carefully and skillfully crafted. Amy has been creating, displaying and selling functional stoneware pottery in Maynooth for the past eight years. She has welcomed visitors as part of the Bancroft and Area Studio Tour since 2014.

amydoolepottery@gmail.com • amydoolepottery.com


Madawaska Coffee’s featured artist from June 24 to July 22, 2019

presented by Placemaking Design

Tanya Lyons

On display now at Madawaska Coffee
19578 Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) • Barry’s Bay • Monday to Friday: 6:30 am to 4 pm • Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm

Tanya Lyons has always been a gatherer, collecting and taking in objects, moments and memories. She uses clear glass in combination with natural and found objects to express and reflect her experiences, thoughts and questions about the world we live in and who we are.

After 14 years in Quebec, Tanya has moved back to her hometown community to raise her daughter and continue her sculptural work with glass. Reflecting her passion for helping people find their way, she continues to teach in the glass program at the Haliburton School of Art and Design. She has been co-ordinator of the Madawaska Valley Studio Tour for the past three years and a volunteer artist with the Ottawa Valley-Creative Arts Open Studio.

“There is a magical energy in the hills of the Madawaska Valley. These rocky hills, rolling with trees and clear lakes, embrace and inspire me. Since I have returned to the Madawaska Valley, I have witnessed the important role of the forest in healing and comforting us during the ebbing of life’s flow.”

 

Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has received a number of awards and grants. www.tanyalyons.ca | instagram: tanyamlyons


 

Shukraan | Thank You

July • Pembroke

Placemaking Design is working with the Renfrew County refugee community to help them say thank to the volunteers who taught them English. The event is a celebration of community and caring with food, music and storytelling.

Placemaking Design

Creating places of belonging where people share heritage, arts and culture.

At Placemaking Design, we engage with culture as a transformative mechanism to promote social and economic well-being for communities, organizations and businesses.

We integrate culture, community, heritage and tourism to create places to educate, inform and create a sense of belonging.

Where required, we incorporate a range of cultural forms of expression in the projects we manage: visual art, craft, design, music, literature, performing arts, language and heritage.

Cultural spaces can be transformative experiences, created for the social and economic well-being of businesses, communities and organizations.

Services

Exhibits, Galleries and Spaces

Exhibition development and design

Interior space decoration

Artifact and art curation

Placemaking Events

Event planning and activation

Municipal Placemaking

Community cultural planning and mapping

Community revitalization

Evaluation and consultation of existing placemaking centres

Interpretative planning

Tourism product development

Content research and development

Educational programming

Graphic design

Large and small interpretive panels

Booklets and brochures, general promotional materials

Interior and exterior sign design

Wayfinding and map design

Web-ready promotional images

Websites