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Meet Newfoundland designer Jessica Waterman

Profiling emerging Newfoundland designer Jessica Waterman.

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An emerging talent to watch

I’m quite excited about this designer from Gander, Newfoundland. I learned about her work this week from art curator/freelance writer Gloria Hickey (thanks Gloria!).

A multi-faceted designer, Jessica Waterman works with both wood and textiles to create unique wall hangings, tapping into her skills as a professional carpenter and her training as an artist (she studied textiles at NSCAD and costume design at Dalhousie). She also uses recycled materials to create functional benches.

This photo by Steve Keats shows Jessica at work in her studio.

Here’s a sample of her work, The Wells Stage (silkscreen, fabric). Photo by Eric Walsh. I love the colour and texture in this piece.

She is currently holding an exhibition of her work at the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council’s Annex Gallery in St. John’s. Her show, Light & Shadow, Wood & Cloth, opened last weekend and runs until March 11. I plan on featuring Jessica’s work in our upcoming spring issue, which hits newsstands March 18–keep an eye out for it!

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