Joy Walker is a Toronto artist originally from Montreal, Quebec. She trained at the Ontario College of Art & Design and completed a 3-year artist residency at the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Joy also owns and operates WORK Textiles (since 1995), producing custom silkscreen printed fabrics. Her fabrics have been sold in retails stores throughout Canada and the U.S. And have been featured in numerous newspapers and periodicals. Her textile work is held in several public collections, and she has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Joy has also collaborated with furniture designer Andrew Jones to create one of the Gladstone’s artist-designed guest rooms. Joy is currently teaching in the Textile Department at Sheridan College.
I’m interested in that moment where art meets function. Hotel rooms have fascinated me as the perfect place to explore this moment: they are relentlessly practical, functional spaces that, nevertheless, provide an opportunity for an art installation to insinuate itself and engage a captive audience.