Vivian East and Julia Ramdeholl operate Freehand School of Art in Toronto, offering classes in a variety of media for adults and children. Encaustic is taught by Andrea Nesbitt and the next 5 class session starts in April.
I made a few pieces including this series of three panels …
|Lace and Sea #3. (detail) Valerie Knapp© 2015. Seaweed, scan, antique lace, paper, wax, on panel.|
I'm intrigued by the interaction of organic and manmade structures, so I like how fusing them together, this juxtapositioning, creates a conversation between these opposite forms of networking.
|Lace and Sea #2. Valerie Knapp© 2015. Sea fan, antique lace, wax, on panel.|
|Lace and Sea #1. Valerie Knapp© 2015. Seaweed scan, antique lace, wax, on panel.|
I love how my work and materials takes me in diverse directions researching. I was reading about seaweed, searching the web for images to identify what I have collected, scavenged. I found this beautiful picture of ocean fields of seaweed cultivation off the tiny Balinese island of Nusa Lembongan, looking like a patchwork quilt! The picture took me to the Botany Photo of the Day page … to see more — UBC Botanical Garden site for the article about this cultivation. Life is full of riches.
|Farming two species of seaweed, Eucheuma spinosum and more commonly Eucheuma cottonii, in the sea off a small island off the eastern coast of Bali. Photo: Ingrid Hoff|