Bev Hisey

“Pixelation” Capacity 2012

The Pixelation collection is created from a series of bold, geometrically patterned 18″ X 18″ cotton dhurri panels, in four colour-ways. By creating an assortment of objects for the home (cubed footstools, cushions and a chaise, not shown) Bev explores the many different applications, or the “capacity” of a single repeated panel of fabric.The panels, like all of Bev’s work, are hand-dyed and hand-made in a certified “Good Weave” facility in India.

Materials: Cotton Dhurri
Dimensions: 18″ x 18″ panels
Price: Stool $350, Cushions $130


Bev Hisey

I spent the beginning of the eighties teaching myself about pattern making , garment construction and sewing. I began by re-working fabric using dying, printing and painting techniques.

I participated in a number of artwear shows, where the pieces I made were fabricated from zippers, plastic table cloths, pornographic playing cards, j-cloths, and a number of other unconventional materials.

During the eighties, I designed, produced and retailed, my own clothing collection out of a store on Queen West. The store and clothing collection was called HA HA HA. I closed the store at the end of the eighties to embark on a new career of “Parenting”. After the birth of my daughter in 1990, I worked for a number of years managing the production at a childrens clothing company. I went on from there to pursue an upholstery programme at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.

While at George Brown I produced a collection of soft furnishings which sold through a number of high end Furniture boutiques. I also re-modelled and updated vintage and antique furniture pieces, which were sold through a Toronto high end furniture retailer.

I have always been inspired by the way things are put together. My drawing skills are not the greatest so I actually find it easier to just make something. By testing ideas in this manner, I often discover things unintentionally.

I am also very inspired by machinery, as well as the people I have discovered who are involved in doing things related to, or unrelated to my field. I work with a die maker (metal fabrication). I work with a die cutter (cuts everything from numbers for sports teams to shoe inserts). I work with a commercial embroiderer, as well as silk screen and vinyl sign cutters. I also work with fabric mills who are still milling in Canada.

I have done my best to make most of my products here in Canada. The only products currently made outside of Canada are my hand-knotted and hand-tufted carpets. These are produced in India and I am a certified Goodweave liscencee. This guarantees there is no child labor in the making of my carpets. Both myself and my producer pay a portion of each sale towards the Goodweave foundation. Through monitoring carpet factories and setting up schools, I am confident the Goodweave organization is making a difference in the lives of children working in carpet mills.

It is my goal to continue to experiment not only with textiles but to broaden my skills into furniture and hopefully any other product challenge that inspires me.

Since the launch of my collection in 2002, I have been working very closely with the same photographer. I really enjoy doing my own styling and work very hard at trying to present my products in unusual and exciting visual ways. I am constantly scouting for locations. I will also deliberately make things for the sole purpose of photography.

I am currently working out of my studio space on Dundas St. in Toronto. I am working in a Storefront, which is currently not open to the public. However I do work there with designers and architects. I also work with private clients on an appointment basis. I eventually plan on doing something with the storefront, whether it be a retail situation or a gallery type of setting is hard to say at this time, but is definately on the agenda for the future. I still produce everything myself, and enjoy the challenge of production.

I have been participating in a number of different design shows, where I have had the opportunity to produce items that would not necessarily be considered very commercial. I am pleased to discover these items have been well received and that there is a number of patrons who appreciate and purchase Canadian design.