INTERACTION is a monthly event for creative thinker/makers. It’s comprised of you. People in the community. From Artists, Musicians, Creative Technologists, Producers, Directors and more this is a time to get together, have a drink and chat about what we’re up to, where things are going, and how together we can continue to push innovation locally. Collaboration is a good thing. We like it.
Leilanni Todd and Maylee Todd are both makers. We thought it would be great to have them come to chat and share what it was like growing up in the House of Todd, what the first thing they made together was, what they do now, and how they still collaborate together.
Leilanni Todd was born and raised outside of Toronto to an artistic mom and Elvis impersonating dad (yes it’s true!). She attended the Ontario College of Art & Design, and furthered her studies in Florence, Italy. It was here where her true appreciation and love of fashion began. After a short stint as an art director in advertising, Leilanni knew her heart belonged in designing clothing. Over the past several years, Leilanni worked for ready-to-wear women’s designers, designed luxury wedding gowns, created an on-line vintage clothing store, and designed costumes for artists and musicians. Leilanni ventured out with her own line, LEILANNI. In this short time she has been recognized by publications such as FASHION magazine, NYLON magazine, ELLE magazine, Eye Weekly (The Grid), Now magazine, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.
Maylee Todd is a dynamic and multi-faceted artist, based in Toronto. Her creativity derives its inspiration from a wide range of artistic disciplines: songwriting, production, film, performance art, and design. Maylee’s music combines organic and electronic forms, including elements of boogie, bossa, space funk, psychedelia and soul. She is truly a free spirit who brings all of these seemingly disparate influences into honest, soulful, harmonious yet uncompromising vibrations.