Joshua Brolly is a Canadian Designer and Maker. After spending the better part of a decade in the Marketing and Management field, he was ready for a change. Risking everything he had spent years building, Joshua began his pursuit of Craft and Design. He studied Furniture - Craft and Design at Sheridan College, and graduated in 2016. At Sheridan, he learned the many nuances of design and fabrication, both past and present. Joshua still continues to learn and grow, his experience at Sheridan College created an amazing foundation for career as a Furniture Maker. During his time at Sheridan, Joshua found creative and rewarding situations with collaborative work. Lifelong bonds we also made. In order to continue the dynamic of collaborative projects with people he enjoyed working with, Joshua co-founded AA8 Studios. At AA8, Joshua works with other Sheridan graduates in order to design meaningful and thoughtful creations. There, he focuses on creating furniture, objects, and environments.
I select materials that are local and sustainable. Efficient use of materials, minimal waste, and responsible design are important to me. I try to use natural processes, such as ebonizing and soap finishes, which have a lower impact on the environment over the lifespan of my piece.
My furniture often evokes a playful take on traditional forms, which leads to pieces that I hope are both delightful and intriguing to the user. Contrast in colours and materials are common place in my explorations. Ultimately, my goal as a furniture designer is to create beautiful, simple, and functional pieces.
PAST EXHIBITION RECORD
2017 IDS Toronto, Studio North. Toronto
2016 Chroma Lives, Avenue Road. Toronto
2016 Four Over Three, SuperWonder Gallery. Toronto
2016 Reveal, Craft Ontario Gallery, Toronto
2015 Year End Show, Sheridan Gallery, Oakville
2014 First Year Furniture, Sheridan Gallery, Oakville
EDUCATION + AWARDS
2016 Design Lines Love Tag (1/100), Toronto Design Week, Offsite Festival
2016 Diploma of Craft and Design, Furniture, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
2007 Bachelor of Arts, Honours, McMaster University, Hamilton
PRINT + PUBLICATIONS
2016 Four Over Three Exhibition Catalogue, Toronto
2016 Design Lines Magazine Best of Design Week Blog, Toronto
2017 Bound Series, AA8 +, Toronto, ON
2016 Active Wall System, Stella’s Place + Co-Design, Toronto, ON
MEMBERSHIPS + AFFILIATIONS
2013 - Present Craft Ontario Student Membership
2013 - Present The Furniture Society Membership