Silk Flower Brooch/Hair Clip

Darian Lajoie

She is inspired by the natural world and historical techniques in her unique art. Darian plays with silk cocoons, in both their solid and unravelled state in her fibre collage work. During the evening, Darian will discuss and demonstrate working with silk cocoons, with references to traditional and innovative techniques and her personal practice.

Darian also spins with natural fibres, creating the yarn for her beautiful coiled baskets. She is an artist of many talents and has worked in multiple mediums: Dyeing, Spinning, Weaving, Basketry and Felting. Her expertise in working with fibre is evident in her glorious creations. Come be inspired by one of our newest artists in the gallery and hear about what inspires and motivate her fibre art practice.

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Darian Lajoie

Artist Statement

Darian Lajoie grew up in London, Ontario and spent a lot of her childhood exploring the trails along the Thames River, Gibbons Park, and the grounds of the University of Western Ontario, where her dad taught biology.

Her mom was an antique dealer and passed on a love of art, antiques and history. A voracious reader from a very young age, Darian also spent a great deal of time reading and believes that the combination of books, antiques, and the natural surroundings of the Thames River as a playground were formative in fostering a vividly imagined inner world and a love of ages past as well as a strong romantic streak.

Her interest in art has led her to explore many mediums over the years and much of what she has explored has roots in historical processes and in the natural world. She produced hand-made paper and greeting cards, has taught calligraphy and illumination, and did gold-leaf restoration of antique mirrors and picture frames.

Darian’s recent years have been an exploration of various textile arts including needle felting, wet felting, spinning, and basketry. She exhibits in several galleries in Ontario and has sold to private collections in Canada and the U.S.

She is inspired by the natural world and historical techniques in her unique art. Darian plays with silk cocoons, in both their solid and unravelled state in her fibre collage work.

Darian also spins with natural fibres, creating the yarn for her beautiful coiled baskets. She is an artist of many talents and has worked in multiple mediums: Dyeing, Spinning, Weaving, Basketry and Felting. Come be inspired by one of our newest artists in the gallery and hear about what inspires and motivate her fibre art practice.

 

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