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Nova Scotian artist creates computer-generated images with hand-painted elements Computers fascinated Nova Scotian visual artist Alex Sutcliffe, 24, when he was a child. “It’s like a magic box when you’re a little kid,” he says. Typical of Gen Z, he spent hours playing computer games like Pinball Wizard.  His artist mother and arts-loving father encouraged… Read More»

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Wild and wooly

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The masterpieces of Alexandria Masse  The giant spider that Alexandria Masse crocheted, which now adorns a wall in a downtown Toronto outlet of John Fluevog Shoes, is about three metres wide in all its fully splayed, multi-coloured splendour. But when the burgeoning textile artist was creating it last summer, she sometimes stuffed its unfinished parts… Read More»

Curiouser and curiouser

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Artist Adam McNamara finds inspiration in the Acadian forest Adam McNamara describes his artistic style as “halfway between reality and Alice in Wonderland.” McNamara is a self-taught woodworker with a love for nature. Based in Upper LaHave, N.S., he came upon the craft by chance when a neighbour was moving out of his own woodworking… Read More»

Teens pour hearts into candle making

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Noël & Co. grows from fundraiser to booming business In August 2021, Annapolis Valley, N.S. teenage twins Lauren and Janie Noël poured 250 candles to raise money for a school trip to Greece. In two weeks, they sold out. This year, they intend to pour 15,000 candles as part of their Noël & Co. shop… Read More»

Artist Holly Carr. Photo: Bruce Murray, Visionfire Studios

Light in the Forest

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New iteration of Holly Carr’s art installation “of hope” to premiere this spring Like so many, acclaimed Nova Scotia silk painting artist and live art performer Holly Carr was hit hard by the tsunami called COVID-19 in 2020. Gone were her in-studio Art Feasts — where small groups would gather in her home for a… Read More»

Burnett built the curio cabinet of walnut to house the client’s replica weapon and memorabilia collection. It has a grid structure to mount the swords on lucite dowels and magnets giving the appearance they’re floating in the cabinet. Photo: Bruce Murray, VisionFire Studios

It’s in her nature

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A Nova Scotian cabinetmaker opens the door to custom design The natural world inspires cabinetmaker Carole Burnett. Working out of her home studio in Boutlier’s Point, N.S., she catches glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean through a wall of green trees in the summer. In winter, the view opens to capture the islands of St. Margaret’s… Read More»

The textile artist, Megan Samms, grows and forages to make her own plant dyes. Photo: Kirsten Pope

The rhythm of a heartbeat

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Textile artist Megan Samms on weaving and the reciprocity of the natural world Megan Samms married her partner in a sheltered cove yellow with daffodils. The textile artist returns often to that field planted by her great-great-great grandmother, on occasion tenderly retrieving bulbs for her own garden.  “Yesterday, I moved three bulbs,” the Indigenous artist,… Read More»

Fourth-year millwright apprentices Della Ryan, Casandra Whalen and Amanda Reese are getting the support from programming offered by the Office to Advance Women Apprentices. With offices in all four Atlantic provinces, the organizations mission is to identify the barriers and track and measure the success of skilled construction tradeswomen in the region. Photo: Kassondra Barry Photography

Breaking down barriers

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Meet the women building the East Coast When it comes to careers with a hammer, voltmeter, and other tools of the construction industry, women are woefully underrepresented.  But their success and mentorship is key as Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country face a looming labour shortage, with tens of thousands of Baby Boomers… Read More»

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