"As an artist, I aim to keep the mystery alive in my work as much as possible. This reflected not only in the questions I ask, but also by keeping an open mind about how art can engage the world. This honesty leads to new discoveries, new accidents, and further engagement with the questions. My work, like the world and people that inhabit it, is multifaceted. Raw, uncomfortable narratives not talked about or socially acceptable."
Linda Armstrong ( Ecolam) is a full-time fibre artist who works in felt and ecoprint making. Felt making is the oldest and first form of textile production created by rolling and pressing wool fibres with the application of moisture and heat. Ecoprinting allows for Linda to connect with the world around her and the variables that 'mother nature' brings to the process. Ecoprinted works incorporate natural plant dyes, resulting in patterns, connecting one to a sense of time and place. Linda uses plants which are garden-grown or foraged locally with an emphasis on native North American plants. Her felted objects of art often include vintage silks, beads and stone embellishments resulting in surprisingly colourful and textured works.
Katelyn Tippin was raised in St.Thomas,ON. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario from the Fine Arts program in 2011. Katelyn has worked at the St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Centre for many years as a Receptionist and Art Instructor. Currently living in London,ON but spending most of her time in her home town of St. Thomas. Katelyn is an emerging artist having participated in many group exhibitions in St. Thomas, London, Port Stanley and Montreal. Painting is her medium of choice working in Acrylic, Watercolour and Oils. Printing has also been a large component of her work with a focus on relief printmaking. Portraiture has been a consistent focus in her body of work. Continuing to expand her practice in the visual arts her recent style has a focus on watercolour and ink portraits with fabric and lace overlays that almost seem tattooed on the skin.
My artwork is a fusion of realism and impressionism. I attempt to create paintings that show a strong sense of light, vivid colour, fluid brushwork and deep emotional content. I strive to evoke in my viewers the same emotions that compelled me to paint the subject.
When I see a subject, I am drawn to paint it because of light or range of textures. Occasionally I'll set up a still life or I will do some on location sketches, but for the most part I work from photo references. I play with the colours, taking out elements I don't like, but I don't clean them up too much. It makes things look more authentic.
I have always been deeply moved by the power of the arts to touch people and leave them changed. I find it natural to communicate through all forms of art, including music, drama, literature, dance, and the visual arts.
I love the stuff of art, composition, design, rhythm, movement, form, line, harmony, colour, silence and stillness…and the stories they convey when combined with purpose.
Currently, I am exploring the world of cast glass, a very demanding medium which requires time, patience, skill in science and math, careful planning and a willingness to accept the idiosyncrasies of the kiln gods.
Joseph is a potter who is creating behind gathered in the Kettle Creek Pottery studio. He uses the shapes of nature in hand built earthenware, and also composes colourful floral designs. Harvesting indigenous surface clay from Elgin County, he explores the possibilities of ancient practices and sustainability.
Nick Rogers was born and raised in Essex county. He began woodworking in high school, and became a woodworking graduate at Fanshawe College. The resident of Sparta creates hand built cabinets, benches, tables, and decorative items. The trees that perish on his property are brought back to life, providing him with a supply of live edge species to harvest, mill, and dry. Seeing the item within the wood, he sculpts wonderful live edge wood pieces that are also practical. "What a great time of life for woodworkers - live edge allows for freedom of shape and form."
Heather Robinson joins Joseph Sawicki in the creation of the art collective that is now gathered. She has been dipping her toe in the artistic world over the past several years and is passionate about both crochet as well as the medium of collage. She chooses yarns that are not only beautiful in texture and colour but also practical for everyday use. Her collage work has been described as slightly edgy with a dash of humour.
Being self taught, my studio is like my own private school where I learn something new every day through tips from friends, and trial and error.
When it’s working and I’m in the moment, time flies, and when I wake up sometimes there’s a finished canvas on the easel. If it isn’t going great, time can stand still. Either way, I just enjoy being in my studio, creating my own images in my own environment.
I like people to feel good when they look at my work, and if one of my canvases makes its way to their home it becomes part of that person’s daily life then hopefully they get to share in that moment when it all comes together
I am a classically trained silversmith who fuses her love of art and nature on a canvas of precious metal. My botanically inspired jewellery designs mimic flowers and foliage with great botanical accuracy. Every creation is unique and meticulously constructed petal by petal. When I'm nott working in my jewellery studio in Kitchener Ontario, you will likely find me in the woods, hunting for organic materials I can recreate in silver.
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