Dana Peebles

  • Collective Creation
  • Contemporary
  • Drawing
  • Embroidery
  • Fibre Arts
  • Fine art
  • Installations
  • Interactive
  • Knitting
  • Mixed Media
  • Quilting
  • Storytelling
  • Textiles
  • Weaving

Dana Peebles’ artistic practice is both evolving and emerging but to date has been following three main streams. The first is the use of traditional textile-based skills such as quilting, embroidery, applique and beading to create fine craft images of different subjects in ways that engage viewers in diverse interactive processes. Thus far this has taken the form of using the textile-based images she has developed as the basis for interactive games that facilitate learning, having fun and a more intensive engagement with the materials than one traditionally gets simply walking through a gallery.  The second involves an acrylic and encaustic-based painting practice which has focused on a combination of portraiture and social advocacy themes.  She has also been using textile-based techniques to portray social advocacy messages. The third involves creating a series of public and community engagement workshops that use fabric or paper as materials to make the making process accessible to a wide range of people and involve them in both reflection and co-creation processes. For example, she developed a workshop series to help people process their pandemic experiences in which they reflected on what they lost and gained from this collective global trauma and what has changed for them as a result and then facilitating their expressing this in the form of simple appliqued felt images to joined together in a wall hanging or exhibited collectively to create a shared reflection on this aspect of our lives.  She is also currently exploring different ways to use textile-based processes to increase awareness of travel-related climate change issues. Dana just graduated from OCADU with a Bachelor of Design in Textiles (2023) and also has a diploma in Fine Art from the Toronto School of Art (2012). Recent exhibitions include the Nasty Women group show presented by the Murale Art and Music Festival in Montreal (2017) and the 2021 Portraits in Resilience exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.


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