“Trapped” is an art installation from 2016 that I completed during my MFA. In this installation I hand dyed and hand embroidered dishcloths and sewed together as a large quilt. I want the quilt to be seen as an aerial view of farmlands.
Above the quilt drapes a large sewn thread installation -made from white thread. The sewn piece is stitched on a dissolvable surface -that dissolves in water. The sewn structure mimics that shape of my hometown as viewed from a map and inside the shape are rows and rows of a basic symbol of a house shape.
Check out my online art shop now to see the new floral collection. Vintage floral designed doilies embedded in abaca paper pulp creating gorgeous textured paper. Artwork is inspired by spring flowers and vintage found doilies.
You can view this new collection on my website Click here!
Due to COVID-19 it is unknown if this course will run at this start time. However I will run it in the future and encourage you to follow my Facebook page linked below to stay up to date.
These classes are for ages 8-14 to promote creativity, problem solving, planning and the development of art techniques in painting, drawing and sculpting. May 5- May 26, 2020
Classes will begin at around 3:15pm (after school)
3:15-3:45pm-arrive, eat a packed snack, sketch and plan with assistance from instructor what they wish to make for the day
3:45-4:15pm- group will choose 2 techniques taught by the instructor and have time to practice techniques creating a small instructor led project
4:15-4:45- with assistance from the instructor -they will access a variety of materials laid out to problem solve, create and invent what they have planned
This is an interest-based program in which art instruction and learning techniques will be based off what the group wants to do.
Each week kids will learn new art techniques and have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing and sculpting! Possible techniques could include- colour mixing with paint, how to paint/draw a portrait, how to paint/draw a landscape, how to sew or embroider, how to create texture with materials, how to sculpt with wire etc.
Every class there will be 3 stations (painting, drawing and sculpture) with new materials to explore each time. Kids will receive guidance from the instructor and plan and create what they wish and improve and develop their skills.
Due to COVID-19 it is unknown if this course will run at this start time. However I will run it in the future and encourage you to follow my Facebook page linked below to stay up to date. Starting May 6-May 27, 2020 — I am instructing a 4-week collage art class for adults in Wellesley, ON at Lucy Pearlle.
In this 4-week Collage Course for Adults you will learn: -composition -how to create a focal point -basic drawing and collage skills/techniques -choosing a colour palette for your design -how to create texture and incorporate mixed media ….and much more
In each class you will learn new techniques, create a small class project and have guided time from local artist Jackie Partridge to create your own collage design.
All materials are provided –this workshop is $100 +HST for the four sessions!
I am running a four week Kids Drawing Class for kids in grade 3 and up at Lucy Pearlle’s in Wellesley ON- starting May 1, 2020
The Course will start on May 1 and go for four weeks with no class on Friday May 15 due to the Victoria Day weekend.
In these four weeks we will explore realistic drawing with pencil, fine tip marker and charcoal where students will learn and develop their skills to be able to draw realistic facial features and improve their portrait drawings.
Students will learn: -shading and sketching techniques -tips for drawing difficult features -how to use materials like drawing pencils, charcoal and fine tip markers -facial proportions to make drawings realistic .. and more
Students will learn techniques and complete small drawing projects to improve how they draw facial features.
As an artist I have been doing art commissions for friends, family and even people I don’t know that well for several years.
Creating a successful art commission can be a lengthy process but I have come up with a list of tips to create a faster and more positive process for both the artist and the client.
As a client getting a piece of art commissioned you need to:
communicate what you want – be clear and specific if you have a vision in mind
trust your gut-if you don’t feel comfortable with anything -then don’t go ahead with it
ask for a price estimate if it is not provided to you
figure out the size of the work you want
figure out where you will put that piece of art -this can help determine the dimensions and also the style or colours you like – It is helpful for the artist to see a photograph of your space and know what you like (everyone has their own unique design style)
send inspiration -whether it’s a photograph, colour swatches or a sample of fabric for the curtains that will hang next to the artwork – anything is helpful
make sure you have done your research- Do you like the artist’s work?
As an artist commissioning a piece of art you should:
Give a price estimate that is a range from low-high end (this estimate should include your price of materials and YOUR TIME based off the size of the work)
Give an estimated deadline of when the piece will be finished-make sure this is manageable
Update the client if you expect to be late, more money etc.
communicate clearly and ask questions if unsure
create a sketch or mock up during the consultation process
ask for photos of the work hanging in the client’s space for your portfolio
I am an artist based out of Waterloo Region, ON Canada- if you are interested in getting a piece of original art made and you are from the area feel free to reach out to me email@example.com and I will forward you a survey to fill out your thoughts on your artwork that you would like commissioned. I can work with you and your budget!
Again if you would like an artwork commissioned by me and you are from the Waterloo Region, ON Canada- feel free to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org
From January 15-March 8, 2020 I have an exhibition at the O Gallery @44 Gaukel in Kitchener, ON Canada.
This exhibition consists of my framed hand dyed and hand embroidered dish cloths that resemble aerial views of farmlands. These works are professionally framed in glass. They are wire mounted and framed in white.
I love the white frames in these works because the dish cloths are so colourful and often have areas of intense vibrancy.
Another element to this exhibition is my handmade abaca paper with embedded sewn thread drawings to mimic the act of farming the day in day out labour of the back and fourth motion. This repetition of farming coincides with the repeated lines. These paper drawings are displayed with clipboards as a field study. The clipboard presentation to me implies a sense of research or note-taking.
Not everyone is from Waterloo, ON so I wanted to share my exhibition at the Button Factory Arts in Waterloo, ON.
The exhibition is from January 17- February 1, 2020.
The group exhibition is called Friends & Lovers and is curated by Tee Kundu.
There is a variety of art forms including photographs, paintings and a community quilt project among others!
I have three works shown at the exhibition. The two smaller photographs are from my Patched series where I embed map paper into areas of the tree where the bark peels always. The larger photograph is titled Nestled and included twisted strips of map paper.
Here is the description of the exhibition:
If love is a feeling and care is an action, they are always engaged in conversation. As we navigate our lives, these conversations become increasingly important in shaping our stories. Drawing on personal lived experiences as archival knowledge of histories and possible futures, our identities are forged through our relationships with one another. Friends & Lovers explores the ways in which care, vulnerability & intimacy contribute to our sense of community. Who are you in love with? And how?