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About

I am a woman, a mother, a teacher, a maker. I identify as both queer and feminist. I am constantly in the process of recreating, rediscovering, and redefining who I am in relation to what I make. I believe art and self are created in endless iterative cycles - we and our work are honed over repeated processes. Each cycle, each stage in our journey offers a story to tell, imagery to share, and processes to engage with. If we are in tune to our making, we can bring the myriad of stories, images, and process from our journey, together into what we create today. In my work, I use traditional women’s skills (like sewing, quilting, felting, dyeing, and weaving) in a contemporary context, incorporating ceramics, glass, and woodworking, to explore the binaries of maker vs. artist; functional vs. fine art; women’s work vs. real work. I incorporate the human struggle - to become, to grow, to be - as a figurative element in my work. I journal and write as part of my process - some public, some private musings. My biggest challenge as an artist is the idea that art must say something - most specifically something worth saying. In a world that devalues women’s voices, that celebrates only the visual appeal of our self and our work, that encourages us to be small and self controlled, I am striving to strip myself of the voice of the ‘other’. Making is my means to accomplish this. Unwilling to comply with the admonition to focus, to contain, or restrain myself and my making to the singular, I use any media at hand to enrich my processes. For decades, my work stayed in tidy piles - I made clay pots, and fabric quilts, and wooden furniture. Now, I have found the freedom to cross between media, mixing them, and love sharing that freedom with others.

Fibre Arts - My current area of exploration is using found objects - both natural and those crafted by humans - to print on fabric. Following in the footsteps of women like India Flint, Fabienne Dorsman-Rey, and Wendy Fe, I have been upcycling garments and cloth by eco-printing on them. Fascinated by microhabitats or zones, I delve into the natural and built environment that directly surrounds me, exploring the cultural and community meanings and uses of the space, and what either grows or can be found in a space. My home town, Hamilton, is a particularly rich source of microhabitats; an old industrial steel town nestled in the rich natural landscape of the golden horseshoe. I am working on a series of pieces connected Hamilton's changing identity and its place in the larger Canadian arts community. The work is deeply connected to my own growing sense of self as an artist, and my place in this community.

Ceramics - Surface decoration has been my nemesis for years. 'Can't I just make the pieces and get someone else to decorate/glaze them?' used to be my favourite question. The last year has been a deep dive on rethinking my ceramics as a canvas upon which to play. Drawing on the work of my ceramics community - in particular Wayne Cardinalli, Emma Smith, Christopher Reid Flock, and Scott Barnim - I am pushing my practice daily, and have discovered a whole new world of wonder!

Note on defining oneself as a ‘professional’?  Starting around 2004, I stopped thinking of myself as a hobbyist, and realized that I was probably a quasi professional craftsperson - a potter, a woodworker, a bookbinder, and a quilter - as I made part of my income teaching these crafts, and selling the products.  Heck, I’d even started a business - BeetleBarrow Studios.  But you’ll still notice here, I was reluctant to claim the term ‘professional’.  I certainly understood I was not in the same league as ‘real’ professionals (the ones I was exposed to were usually men, and all were employed full time in their singular chosen craft/art).  In 2013, I began to shake off outside expectations of what I was supposed to make, what my work was supposed to represent, and what it made me.  As a result, you’ll see a pause and a shift in focus - from public shows and sales to gallery exhibitions.  Today I confidently present myself as an emerging professional artist.  

Curriculum Vitae

Formal Education

  • Ceramics: Acknowledgement of Completion, Mohawk College (2016)

  • Bachelor of Education: Social Justice cum laude, OISE at the University of Toronto (2005)

  • Bachelor of Arts: English summa cum laude, McMaster University (2004)

  • Visual Arts: Diploma of Continuing Education, Dundas Valley School of Art (2003)

  • Master of Arts: History & Philosophy of Religion cum laude, Concordia University (1998)

  • Bachelor of Arts: Religious Studies, McMaster University (1995)

Solo Exhibitions

  • Apr 2019 The Summoning, Burlington Public Library, Burlington ON

  • Feb 2019 The Raven’s Cry, International Institute for Social Studies, Den Haag, Netherlands

  • Jun 2018 A Rusted Living Room, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton ON

  • May 2018 Warming It Up, Brampton Public Library, Brampton, ON

  • Feb 2018 A Series on Green, Turner Park, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, ON

  • Nov 2017 John Willard Residency, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON

  • Aug 2017 A Rusted Development, In Your Eyes, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby ON

  • July 2017 Working the Willard; A View Into One Artist's Process of Creating Work for Exhibition, Burlington Public Library, Burlington ON

Community Engagements

  • May 2019 Marks of a Maker, The Albion Hotel, Guelph ON

  • Nov 2017 Down Sterling Road, The Durand, Hamilton

  • Oct 2017 All Bundled Up, Paisley Coffeehouse and Eatery, Hamilton

Curation

  • Mar 2019 Women’s Book Art Collective, Brampton Public Library

  • Jan 2019 Women’s Book Art Collective, Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

  • Nov 2018 Women’s Book Art Collective, Warkworth Public Library

Recent Group Exhibitions

  • Apr 2019 Myth, Stories and Legends, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Feb 2019 Recrafted, Quest Art, Midland ON

  • Feb 2019 Innovations '19, Quest Art, Midland ON

  • Sep 2018 Sanguine, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON

  • Sep 2018 Fibre Content, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Aug 2018 60 x 60, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Jul 2018 Dialogue, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • May 2018 AGN's 40th Juried Exhibition, Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg ON

  • May 2018 The Journey, Juried All Guilds Show, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Fate, Destiny & Self Determination/le sort, le destin et l'auto-determination, May 2018 Roscommon County Council. Roscommon, Ireland; Aug 2018 Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche. Bramsche, Germany.

  • Apr 2018 Tranquility - 11th Annual Contemporary Juried Art Exhibition, Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake, ON

  • Apr 2018 [[Everyone’s asking if I’m ok / No one’s asking if I’m ok]], hosted by The Icing Room, London, England

  • Mar 2018 La Meridiana Exposition, Certaldo Alta, Italy

  • Jul 2017 Peace by Piece; Stitching Together Canadian Stories, Cotton Factory, Hamilton ON

  • Jun 2017 Birth and its Meanings, Milk Glass Gallery, Toronto ON

  • Apr 2017 Into the Garden, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Mar 2017 Exhibit 23, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton ON

  • Nov 2016 A Body of Work, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Nov 2016 Exhibit 22, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton ON

  • Sep 2016 Consensus: Quest Art’s 12th Annual Juried Art Show, Quest Art, Midland ON

  • Sep 2016 Fibre Content, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Aug 2016 Exhibit 21, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton ON

  • Jul 2016 EMERGE, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga ON

  • May 2016 All Guilds Juried Show, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

Recent Awards and Grants

  • 2018 Honourable Mention - Fibre Arts, Art Gallery of Burlington

  • 2018 Best Functional Award - Pottery, Art Gallery of Burlington

  • 2018 Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

  • 2016-7 Chalmers Professional Development Grant, Ontario Arts Council

  • 2017 Honourable Mention - Fibre Art, Kaleidoscope

  • 2016 ­ Honourable Mention - Ceramics, Kaleidoscope

Residencies

  • 2018 On Centre, La Meridiana, Italy, 3 months

  • 2017 Private Residency with Robert Leatherbarrow, Kilnformed Glass, 6 weeks

  • 2016-7 John Willard Fibre Arts Residency, Art Gallery of Burlington, 1 year

Publications

  • Fibre Focus, A Note from the Editor, Volume 61, Number 4, Winter 2018

  • Trent Hills Now, April 8, 2018. http://trenthillsnow.com/2018/04/08/a-sunday-kind-of-love/

  • Willard Residency Trifold, Art Gallery of Burlington, Nov 2017

  • ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal 21: Wild. Skybase Publishing Inc. Oct 2016

  • Fibre Content Catalogue, featured on cover, Art Gallery of Burlington, Sep 2016

  • ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal 20: Pattern. Skybase Publishing Inc. Aug 2016

Public Shows and Sales

  • Nov 2018 All Guild Christmas Sale, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Nov 2018 Campbellford Farmers Market Holiday Market, Campbellford ON

  • Oct 2018 Spin In
, Campbellford ON

  • Apr 2018 Hands-On Demonstrator, Wayzgoose, Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby ON

  • Apr 2018 Kaleidoscope Sale, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Nov 2017 All Guild Christmas Sale, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Jun 2017 Garden Art Show and Sale, Carlisle ON

  • Apr 2017 Wayzgoose, Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby ON

  • Apr 2017 Kaleidoscope Sale, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Dec 2016 OCAD Book Arts Fair, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto ON

  • Nov 2016 All Guild Christmas Sale, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Nov 2016 Guild Display Case, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

  • Nov 2016 Fall Ceramics Show and Sale, Mississauga Potters Guild, Mississauga ON

  • Sep 2016 Artisan Market, The Cove, Dundas ON

  • Sep 2016 Arts Market, Supercrawl, Hamilton ON

  • Aug 2016 Personal Booth, Art Crawl, Hamilton ON

  • Jun 2016 Garden Art Show and Sale, Carlisle ON

  • Apr 2016 Personal Booth, Art Crawl, Hamilton ON

  • Sep 2015 Arts Market, Supercrawl, Hamilton ON

  • Apr 2014 Wayzgoose, Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby ON

  • May 2013 BeetleBarrow Booth, Art Crawl, Hamilton ON

  • Apr 2013 Wayzgoose, Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby ON

  • Mar 2013 BeetleBarrow Booth, Art Crawl, Hamilton ON

  • Dec 2012 BeetleBarrow Booth, Art Crawl, Hamilton ON

  • Sep 2012 Marketplace, Supercrawl, Hamilton ON

  • Aug 2012 BeetleBarrow Booth, Art Crawl, Hamilton ON

  • Jun 2010 Gift Shop, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby ON

  • Apr 2010 Wayzgoose, Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby ON

 

Teaching

Adult Classes

  • Eco Printing, Art Gallery of Burlington, May 2018. 6 participants

  • Natural Dyes: Rusts, Tannins, and Indigo; Art Gallery of Burlington, May 2018. 12 participants - Sold Out

  • Book Binding, Paris Branch, Brant Public Library, April 2018. 15 participants - Sold Out

  • Eco Printing, Burford Branch, Brant Public Library, April 2018, 15 participants - Sold Out

  • Wet Felting, St. George Branch, Brant Public Library, April 2018, 12 participants - Sold Out

  • Fibre Arts Workshop, BeetleBarrow Studios, fall 2017. 5 participants.

  • Foundations of Felting, Art Gallery of Burlington, spring sessions 2017. 6 participants

  • Bookbinding, County of Brant Public Library, April and November 2017. 10 and 14 participants respectively.

  • Bookbinding, Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2016. 9 participants.

  • BeetleBarrow Studios, various weekend retreats, annually 2011 - 2017

  • BeetleBarrow Studios, workshops, 2010 - 2016

At-Risk Youth Classes

  • Art Gallery of Burlington, Outreach Program, Fall 2016

  • Art Forms Youth Art Studio, various, 2014 - 2016

  • CityHousing Hamilton, various, 2011 - 2016

Other

  • Indigo Vat Dyeing - Spinners and Weavers Guild, Art Gallery of Burlington, October 2017

  • Using Natural Dyestuffs - John Willard Residency, Art Gallery of Burlington, September 2017

  • Eco Printing and Needle & Nuno Felting Demonstrations - Quilt of Belonging, Cotton
    Factory, July 2017

  • Eco Printing Demonstration and Workshop - Grimsby Public Art Gallery, July 2017

  • Trunk Show and Demo - Fibre Arts Guild, AGB, May 2017

  • Learn to Wet Felt Workshop - Culture Days, Hamilton Public Library, October 2016