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ABOUT ME:

I am a maker, mainly of prints and fabric objects, living in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. 

I learned to sew and knit as a small child, and with many thanks to my mother—for encouraging me and putting up with my constant messes—I can truthfully say that I have loved drawing and crafting for as long as I can remember.

I am a shy, nail-biting, foot tapping, fidgeter at heart, but with a pen or a pair of knitting needles in my hand all that restless anxiety floats away. Making for me has always been more of a necessity than a pass-time. The love I feel for the act of making and the courage it gives me was the reason why I decided to study Textiles at Sheridan College’s School of Craft and Design. Through studying textiles I hope to find what I had not in my previous (admittedly very short!) attempt at art school: an environment that valued the practicality of making art over concept and theory, and accepted beauty for simply being beautiful and celebrated making for the mindset it provides.  After Sheridan, I went on to finish a BFA Interdisciplinary at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where, while focusing on printmaking, my minor in art history introduced me to—and caused me to fall madly in love with—feminist theory and consequently textiles all over again.

The objects I make, by life's coincidences, have become mainly textile and print-based: two mediums whose combined histories of hobby, craft, and industry has proved a perfect method by which to explore questions of beauty, femininity, and social gender roles. My work has a strong focus on aesthetics, and often features the domestic objects with which we fill our homes and surround ourselves with, but whose timid values we often overlook.  

I believe that art should be accessible and approachable for all humans, a belief which has led to a deep appreciation of craft: the practicality and community that can be found through making.

Currently you can find me at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, where I am working as artist in residence for the year, alongside my husband and fellow maker, Trevor Novak.

You can find some of my work available for sale through 14 Bells Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.