Lucy Carver-Brennan is a multimedia artist, born and raised in a small arts town in the southern interior of B.C. Inspired by her surroundings she invested her time in performance arts and fine craft, including print and felt work, jewelry, textiles and ceramics. This led her to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During her first year at NSCAD, she received the Robert Pope Foundation award. Amid the uncertainty of post-secondary education in the 2020/21 school year, she attended the Kootenay School of the Art Textile Certificate Program.
“My work investigates our surroundings, as an extension of the self and the ways that self creates comfort and artistic expression in our environments. From an early age, I gravitated toward modular construction, building complex structures from simple shapes and forms. I remember being fascinated with train sets, beading, puzzles, and building blocks. Understanding how things fit together has been a central component of my personal development. The art of furniture restoration has been the most recent expression of this interest. I aim to celebrate the past life of these objects through the process of restoration of existing structures and the integration of new materials.
The use of simple shapes allows for flexibility of use in my designs and the saturated colours of my hand printed and hand felted fabrics creates a fresh new life in each piece. The deconstruction of these furniture pieces is an investigation and conversation with the object itself. As I pull back the layers of old fabric, springs and foam, the new design of the chair comes into sharper focus.
Similarly, my current collection of wearable pieces is an exploration of function and play. The practical designs paired with fun prints in saturated colours allows for comfortable and lighthearted expression.
I am deeply invested in art and craft as a means of restoration and revitalization of everyday objects, as well as sustainable principles and practices. My practice pushes me to understand form, function and play through both exploration and practical application. It also helps me to further understand and honour the thought and craftsmanship in everyday objects. These objects are extensions of both our creative and practical selves and with this project I hope to encourage people to see no limit to expression and art.”
Photos by David Gluns