A few of our Cape Breton fiber artists don’t quite “fit” into categories of Nova Scotia media based upon traditional, easily-recognisable crafts. Such is the case with Joanne Fitzgerald’s rendering of Smelt Brook Studio Floorcloths and Linda Doyon’s Woolen Wildlife hangings and blankets.
Both Linda and Joanne work from the above-mentioned Smelt Brook Pottery Studio, and together, outside their pottery endeavors, they design and create canvas floorcloths based upon the traditional “floor cloths” and “sailors’ mats” that decorated the rough-hewn flooring of early Nova Scotian homes and the decks of the famous Nova Scotia schooners.
These canvas floorcloths, with themes based upon Cape Breton wildlife themes such as highland eagles and moose, whales and shorebirds add color to floors and walls.
Linda also interprets the same subject matter in her woolen renditions of the highland and nautical wildlife theme. Whales, shorebirds, moose, blue herons and chickadees swim, saunter and soar through her woolen hangings and blankets.
The walls of the loft and gables at the Arts North gallery, as well as its catherdral ceiling, are the display points for this unusual use of wool.
Linda Doyon of Smelt Brook Studio occasionally "dabbles" in stichery, drawing upon her experiences with the wildlife of Cape Breton for inspiration.
Using recycled wool from a variety of souces, Linda creates whimsical wall hangings and blankets featuring creatures of the land, sea and air.
Linda produces a limited number of these woolens per year, and they are only available at the Arts North gallery.
Great Blue Heron
Linda's "Great Blue Heron" blanket is reminescent of the herons that summer along the deserted beach just north of her studio in Smelt Brook.
Recycled and new wool.
Approximately 48"w x 72" l.
Moose in the Marsh
The "Moose in the Marsh" wall hanging recalls Linda's highland hikes at the northern tip of Cape Breton.
Approximately 24"h x 40"w.
Mother Whale and Calf
Linda's "Mother Whale and Calf".
Recycled wool and virgin wool yarn, with driftwood spreader.
Approximately 24"h x 38"w