“Basketry flows in different directions, captures light, stands tall, sculptural. Photographs transport you back and forth on a shifting current of sea and sand. Paper transforms from book to word to tide line object then back to paper.”
With this scene setting description, The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design invites the public to its current exhibition, “Flotsam and Jetsam: Fibre, Paper and Photographic Spindrift”.
The exhibit features the work of photographer Jayme Burns, weaver Shari MacLeod, and book and paper artist Katherine Scott. It runs to Tuesday, May 31, during the Centre’s regular hours (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12 noon to 5pm) at 322 Charlotte Street, Sydney.
Scott lives in Gabarus and when she is not producing hand-bound artist’s books, she brings her accumulated arts knowledge to her duties as a past board member, committee volunteer, and instructor with the Centre for Craft and Design.
Jayme Burns, now a Sydney resident, studied photography, design and illustration with the Nova Scotia Community College. Since her graduation, she has done commercial work, fine art portraits, and event coverage for local charity organizations and not-for-profit companies. Her own work takes viewers into hidden locations throughout Cape Breton, Halifax and the West-bound town of Calgary, Alberta, photographically exploring the fallen-down homesteads, factories, and hospitals.
Shari MacLeod never goes to the seaside without a basket for collecting. MacLeod grew up surrounded by a family full of skilled craftsmen: quilters, rug hookers, painters, furniture makers and house builders. MacLeod says, on the Centre’s website, “I like the challenge of incorporating gathered materials from plants to stones in my baskets and use these materials as inspiration for new weaving projects.”
MacLeod’s studio is located at 2414 Highway 312, River Bennett, 6 km north of the Englishtown Ferry and is open mid-June to mid-October, Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm, and 10am-2pm on Saturdays.