Celebrating a special occasion? Looking for that unique piece of art to finish off your garden or great room? Well, local artist Susan Hope can take your keepsakes and other everyday items and turn them into something truly beautiful.
Growing up I never thought of myself as being artistic. It wasnt until I was dragged to a fabric statue workshop that I discovered my artistic talent, said Susan Hope, artist and owner of Yellow Door Art. My inspiration comes from the things around me. I am a huge fan of hand-crocheted doilies, and I can instantly see how I can recycle it into something unique.
Susan describes her art as whimsical.
I create statues of people, animals and things from wire, tape, fabric hardener, 100 per cent natural materials, hand-crocheted vintage doilies and tablecloths, as well as punto tagliato (Italian for cutwork), Susan said. I bling things up with vintage buttons and jewelry and give them a whimsical feel.
For custom pieces, Susan works with people to help them find their vision.
Sometimes people have specific doilies or something they like, used as a base for the statue, she said. I use those items to create the exact pose or scene they want to celebrate. I have made everything from the Whoville Christmas tree to students holding their diplomas at graduation.
For more information or to see the artwork, visit Yellow Door Arts Facebook and Instagram pages, email Susan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-451-5322.
To see some of her work visit the Cre8ery Gallery, Little Tree Hugger on Corydon Avenue and, during the summer months, her work can be viewed at the Mainly Manitoba store in Wasagaming/Clear Lake.
Crescentwood community correspondent
Carolyne Braid is a community correspondent for Crescentwood. You can reach her at email@example.com