Please join us on May 5th at 7PM *NOT MAY 12* for a conversation with Designer/maker, teacher and mentor Michael Fortune.
Since his career began 33 years ago, Fortune has become acclaimed for his innovative, but resolved, designs for one-of-a-kind objects in wood, commissioned residential furnishings and items in limited editions. He is acknowledged for both his technical and design expertise, giving lectures and workshops across Canada and the United States. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. In 1993 Fortune received the prestigious Prix Saidye Bronfman, Canada’s highest award in the crafts.
Fortune’s career has taken on other dimensions. He consulted to the government in Trinidad and Tobago when the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Assistance contacted him to assess their manufacturing potential and ultimately to design a range of outdoor furniture to be produced by five manufacturers.
Fortune has undertaken a similar venture using sustainable source timber in Mexico, aimed at the expanding hotel industry within the country. He was an active trustee of the Furniture Society based in North Carolina, an organization that encourages innovative studio furniture making across North America. With this organization, Fortune spearheaded a contemporary internship program that gives emerging craftspeople opportunities to work alongside established makers throughout North America.
Michael Fortune received the 2007 Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society. There have been fourteen recipients and Michael is the first Canadian to receive this prestigious award.
In 2016 Michael Fortune received the Barbara and John Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement. This prestigious award is presented every five years.
Artist's statement: Artist’s Statement: http://www.michaelfortune.com/AS.html
Biography: Bio - http://www.michaelfortune.com/BIO.html