When you next stop at the delightful Taylor’s Tea Room & Takeaway on King Street in Dundas for a tasty lunch and chat with friends, you may notice the exhibition of small framed textile works of textile artist, Lorraine Roy. A selection of Roy’s textile works will be on exhibition at Taylor’s starting in December and forms part of the ongoing revisioning of Taylor’s decor and menu.
The exquisite textile pieces are from Lorraine Roy’s Native Trees collection. Some were part of an exhibition shown on Vancouver Island, depicting British Columbian trees and their seeds. Others are inspired by her home on the Niagara Escarpment – locally found native trees growing in natural or abstracted settings. The pieces are beautifully mounted and framed, and all of them are for sale.
“Because of my interest in botany, I love the idea of using native trees. Most of my pieces feature particular species, and I always research my subjects before designing. I’ve always liked the abstract, so when I design my work, I try and distill the very essence of the tree or plant to show its life and spirituality,” says Roy.
“I enjoy working with clients to help make their homes or workspaces more beautiful. It’s a fascinating and exciting process. In the end, it’s like collaboration. I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to bring my work to patrons of Taylor’s Tea Room, “she continues.
Adds Brayden Ehrlich, owner of Taylor’s Tea Room, “As supporters of Dundas and its vibrant Arts community, Taylor’s is delighted to team up with Lorraine Roy to showcase her vision of the beauty of our native trees. We are huge fans of Lorraine’s work; it celebrates everything that we are about here at Taylor’s. “
Over her twenty-five year career, Lorraine Roy has taught and lectured extensively. She sells at galleries throughout Canada, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is part of many private collections. She has also created and installed large commissioned works for public and private spaces. Photos of these projects, along with existing and available work, can be seen on her website at www.lroytextileart.com.
Established in Dundas in 1993, Taylor’s Tea Room & Takeaway was taken over in 2011 by Brayden Ehrlich, a George Brown culinary grad. Brayden Ehrlich has worked in such acclaimed Toronto Restaurants as George and Scaramouch. Since returning to his Dundas roots, he has reinforced Taylor’s vision of being everything that an authentic British Tea Room should be, with an added twist of some wholesome Canadiana. Thus, Taylor’s still makes all the classic recipes such as scones with clotted Devonshire cream, and cheese and onion pie, but has added some new dishes including a lake perch fish and chips, curried lamb, and a ploughman’s lunch that is great for sharing.
For information on Taylor’s Tea Room new menu items please call Brayden at Taylor’s at 905-628-3768.