In Studio: Jeremy Laing & Vanessa Maltese

4 June 2013 7pm

Location will be confirmed on RSVP
Refreshments will be served

Join in this exclusive opportunity to visit Canadian designer Jeremy Laing and artist Vanessa Maltese, who collaborated on Laing’s 2013/14 fashion collection. Maltese and Laing will discuss their recent collaboration, in addition to current issues and interests in their practices. The In Studio series is free and guaranteed to Mercer Union Sustaining Members on RSVP.

Space is extremely limited. Space may be available to non-Sustaining Members for $25. For membership inquiries, contact York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development by email at or by calling 416.536.1519

Canadian-born Jeremy Laing spent his childhood on an army base in Germany. He learned to sew at age 13 by watching his mother, and has been making clothes ever since. Jeremy’s self-taught method, which combines organic and geometric approaches to pattern making and construction, was honed while studying in Toronto, on exchange at Westminster University in London, and through an apprenticeship with Alexander McQueen. Following his apprenticeship, Jeremy worked freelance developing showpieces for five of McQueen’s collections, demonstrating his strength in innovative pattern making, garment construction, and the use of textile to create form. In 2011, Jeremy was a finalist for the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Award.

Vanessa Maltese lives and works in Toronto and holds a BFA from OCAD University. The National Winner in the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, she has presented two solo exhibitions at Toronto’s Erin Stump Projects and in February participated in the Soi Fischer Thematic Residency Program with artist Artie Vierkant at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Maltese’s upcoming projects include, group exhibitions at Onsite [at] OCADU in Toronto and Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.