Dana Peebles

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

My artistic practice is both evolving and emerging and I work in diverse areas streams. The first is an acrylic-based painting practice focused on both social advocacy and life painting themes with the former informed by a prior career in international human rights.   The second centres delivering community engagement workshops that use fabric and paper as materials to make the creation process accessible to a wide range of people and involve them in both reflection and co-creation processes. This includes a workshop series held in Hamilton to help people process their pandemic experiences and express these in in simple appliqued felt or fabric images which we joined together in a wall hanging/quilt to create a shared reflection on this aspect of our lives. The third stream of my practice has focused on 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 interactive ways. Thus far this has taken the form of using the textile-based images I 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.   I have also used textile-based techniques to portray social advocacy messages.  In the past year, for my fourth stream I also explored diverse surface design techniques to create illustrative ceramic tiles. I am currently working on an acrylic-based series of painting aimed at increasing awareness of climate change and climate change adaptation issues. I graduated from OCADU with a Bachelor of Design in Textiles (2023) plus has a diploma in Fine Art from the Toronto School of Art (2012) both done part-time while holding down a full-time job.  Recent exhibitions include “Secret Messages”, Ifiori Gallery, Hamilton (2024), “Pentimento”, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto (2023), the “Portraits in Resilience” exhibition (2021) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the “Nasty Women” group show as a part of the Murale Art and Music Festival in Montreal (2017).

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