Pickle & Francois

Dena has lived in Calgary since 1995 – the year she began her education at the Alberta College of Art & Design. She graduated with a BFA and VisualCommunications Degree in 1999 and then began her freelance career as an Illustrator. Years later, she began looking for ways to give life to the characters and narratives from her sketchbook in a three dimensional form. This is when she discovered, and fell in love with, the art of needle felting using raw wool and a variety of other materials to translate her ideas through sculptures and dioramas. Dena resides in Calgary with her husband and two children. She enjoys sharing her knowledge at ACAD where she is an Instructor.

The art that I make drifts somewhere between a childhood fantasy and an adult’s reality. It merges innocence with irony and satire. I study the beauty of nature, translating its many forms through my multi-disciplined approach to making art. I first develop the character, narrative and environment in my sketchbook. These drawings then evolve through the form of needle felted sculptures and dioramas. I incorporate raw wool, wire, wood, feathers and other found objects. The wool is forgiving, and provides a wonderful texture and ease of movement; a perfect medium to capture the magic, whimsy and thoughfulness that I strive for in my work.

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