Izabelle Perry

Izabelle Perry

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Izabelle Perry. Izabelle has lived on the island for about four years. Isabelle is originally from Quebec City, but has lived all over Canada and has been in BC for 24 years. Maureen Bader Izabelle Perry on Art on the Island Izabelle says everything she does is creative, but concentrates on working with found objects and finding new uses for old things. She focuses on metalwork, including welding but also gardening and canning vegetables and fruits.   Isabelle did go to art school and studied welding. These days, she makes mostly functional art, creating useful items that hold other objects together, such as gates and arbors.  She is working on a 29-oot long metal plant support at the moment, and this type of work uses her industrial welding experience in addition to her creative side.  Most of her metal projects are at private homes and if you have an idea you might want Izabelle to do up for you, you can contact her through her website: thatsawesome.ca The 29-foot arbor is one example of her work but she is interested in doing other larger projects. Izabelle enjoys going into a scrap bin to discover items with a potential. She is inspired by the things other people can’t find a use for.  She learned to preserve fruits and vegetables because she could always find lots of food that people couldn’t find a use for, seeing the potential, once again, in things other people discard.  During the summer, Izabelle goes to town often so is able to buy supplies, but...
Amy Robertson

Amy Robertson

Amy Robertson & Manfred In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Amy Robertson. Amy is well known on the island and has been here since 1998.   Maureen Bader Amy Robertson on Art on the Island Amy weaves cedar bark but started weaving with willow, learning from Alaster Heseltine at Linnaea farm.  Now Marlene Little is Amy’s mentor in Masset, and Amy has also studied with Joan Carrigan on Salt Spring Island. Although Amy has studied with other people, she says experience teaches us the most.  Amy studied fine art at Colorado College in Colorado Springs but came to Canada in 1986. She actually started out as a math major and finds weaving to be quite mathematical.  Listen as Amy discusses her style and how she works to improve. She has explored the full gamut of size in her cedar bark creations, from two-inch baskets for the Cortes Craft shop to her largest, a full sized person who she calls Manfred, at five feet, 10 inches tall. Listen as Amy describes how she wove Manfred. Manfred is on display at Herschel Supply Company in Gastown. Amy talks about how she harvests cedar and processes it to create material ready for weaving. If you have a cedar tree coming down, let Amy know and she can harvest some of the bark for her work. This allows her to harvest much more (and not from live trees), which allows her to teach more as she is limited by how much material she has available.  Amy gives workshops here on the island, in Vancouver, Tofino, and through North...
Jane Newman

Jane Newman

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Jane Newman. Jane is relatively new to Cortes, having moved here in 2017. Jane came from Banff and worked at the Banff Center, but wanted a change to a more favourable climate and a new start. Maureen Bader Jane Newman on Art on the Island Jane started out writing, but as a new mother was inspired by scribbling and now considers herself an abstract artist. Jane is now working in assemblage and mixed media as a creatologist. Listen as Jane explains what that means.  Jane is primarily self taught, and her style has developed over time and is ever changing. It reflects her personality, as she loves variety, to explore materials and incorporate the found objects she collects.   Listen how Jane describes the difference between assemblage and collage. Her work varies tremendously in size, often depending on the space she has available to work, or the type of objects she has found. Jane talks about what inspires her and what she is trying to achieve in metal or in the other found objects in the natural world. Jane is trying to express the energy of the land and how we live in a consume-and-dispose society, but how we can transcend that if we want to.  Production and marketing challenges are a bit different for Jane as a new resident. She came with supplies and finds much of her input in nature. She is also waiting to start marketing her work but plans to do that soon.    You can see Jane’s work at...
Dancing Wolf

Dancing Wolf

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews poet and graphic artist Dancing Wolf. Wolf has been coming to Cortes Island for more than 20 years and settled here in 2014.  Maureen Bader Dancing Wolf on Art on the Island Wolf has just started calling himself an artist recently, but hosted a radio show in Victoria for nine years starting in 1995, and at that time did community dances. It was at this time he started creating sacred spaces and posters. Listen as Wolf describes how he found his muse.  Creatively United For The Planet Festival 2012 Wolf didn’t study art formally and is self-taught. He now has a radio show on CKTZ, From the Muses Garden, that you can listen to on Mondays between 5-7 pm. His current show is an evolution from his Planet Folk show in the 1990s, and he describes this evolution during the interview. He talks about how he brings music and poetry together.  Wolf describes himself as a beauty bringer, saying this is his mission. On his radio show, he delves into the spiritual but also the darkness that surrounds us. The show’s format allows him to share his experiences and the experiences of others.  Fifty Summers of Love He is currently planning for Love Fest here on Cortes Island so stay tuned for more information on this event. This event allows for co-creation, an opportunity he is very excited about.  Event production is an activity Wolf is engaged in now and you can find out more about that on Tideline (cortesisland.com) under Art of the Heart.  You can see...
Laura Balducci

Laura Balducci

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews multi-talented artist Laura Balducci. Laura has lived on the Island for nine years. She and her partner were looking for a large piece of property to rent and found the right place here on Cortes. Maureen Bader Laura Balducci on Art on the Island Laura recently completed a 365-day art challenge. She used a tarot card to determine a colour scheme and created eight works per page. You will be able to see the 365-day challenge in Laura’s solo show at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, opening June 14 2019. Her artist talk is on the second Friday of her show, June 21, 2019.  Laura has been engaged in artistic activity all her life. Starting out as a hairdresser, she began at Suki’s. In the 1990’s she branched out into fashion and makeup.   Laura took some art classes at Emily Carr, primarily painting in acrylics. She also took different art workshops in media such as encaustic, and also an art doll workshop with Kate Church here on Cortes. The move to art dolls allowed her to use her hair, fashion and makeup skills all at once on a smaller scale.  She is a very versatile artist, exploring many creative possibilities. Laura is now mostly working with fibre and has started spinning her own wool, an activity growing in popularity here. She collects fibre locally, dyes it with mostly natural dyes, spins it and is currently knitting a bedspread. Yoga is a new activity Laura has taken up and is looking to differentiate her offering by including nature and...