By Eric Koreen
Daniella Caranci wants to dispel a myth: The School of Interior Design does not only produce candidates destined to appear on Trading Spaces.
“I think people have a (distorted) view of what interior design is,” said Caranci, a fourth-year student in the program. “Most TV shows have misrepresented us, and most interior designers would say it’s a bad representation. It’s not what you think.”
And she wants Ryerson students to find this out for themselves in late April. Caranci is the chair for the School’s 36th Annual Year End Show (Y.E.S.), taking place on April 27 and 28 at Berkley Church on the corner of Queen Street East and Berkley Street.
The event consists of a gala evening on the 27th, with tickets only available to students, their families and industry-types, and an open-to-the-public day on the 28th. “It’s our creative outlet and a celebration of all the hard work we’ve done all year… mainly for the fourth-year (students),” Caranci said.
“It’s a way to showcase our stuff to our family and to the industry before we go out into the real world and get jobs.”
The show will feature work by fourth-year students who chose to participate and selected projects by students who are not slated to graduate this year. A jury of professors select the non-graduating students’ work. Their pieces are used to fill the remaining space of the three-floor church.
The theme of this year’s show is ‘Boom’ — a nod to the fact that the graduating class will go off in many different directions. The theme was chosen because it avoided denoting an upward movement for the graduates, as the Elevation theme of a few years ago did. The website (YearEndShow.com) is jam-packed with exploding popcorn kernels to represent the theme.
“We see (the theme) as an explosion in all directions… It symbolizes that we all start in the same place and move in our own direction,” said Caranci, whose project focusing on inflatable architecture will be on display at the show. Heather Bezovie, the show’s sponsor chair, has almost exploded on several occasions herself during her attempts to raise money for the show.
The fourth-year student said that meeting the show’s goal of $35,000 in fundraising has not been easy, but as the date has approched, the cash has started to flow a bit more freely. “At first it was a bit rocky, the money wasn’t coming easy even though we started fundraising in September with a cut-off date of April 1,” said Bezovie, who decided to extend the cut-off date for some potential sponsors.
“You can’t just call people and expect them to give you the money right away, (but) we’re getting near our target. We’ll be fully catered and the church will look nice.” The church can accommodate up to 1,000 people, and it is expected to be full, one of the show’s two site directors, Silvia Pontuschka said.
The gala starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, and the public can visit the show the next day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.