Noelle Hamlyn
2014 AWARD: Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Scholarship

Noelle Hamlyn is an artist and designer fascinated with materials and process as well as the use of traditional hand skills. She seeks to balance conceptual ideas, technical execution and emotional resonance in her work. She is currently an Artist in Residence and Visual Arts Instructor at the Living Arts Centre, as well as the Co-Artistic Director / Visual Designer of an interdisciplinary arts collective - Frog in Hand.

Currently, her work explores the use and natural accumulation of salt. Using well-known tools of the trade including scissors, spools of hand-spun paper thread, thimbles, pins, needles, sewing machines and spinning wheels, Hamlyn allows salt crystals to accrue over their surfaces. For Hamlyn, this echoes the accumulation of stitches, sweat, labour and tears of the seamstress. It also acts as a metaphor for the sweat and tears of unrecognized labour - a gentle meditation on the loss of traditional hand skills.

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Sweetness of the Work
Salt and Paper Encrusted Singer Sewing Machine from 1901; Cotton Embroidery and 100 Hand Made Bobbins
Filled with Hand Spun Linen Paper Thread and encrusted with salt

Sweetness of the Work
Salt and Paper Encrusted Singer Sewing Machine from 1901; Cotton Embroidery and 100 Hand Made Bobbins
Filled with Hand Spun Linen Paper Thread and encrusted with salt

Sweetness of the Work
Salt and Paper Encrusted Singer Sewing Machine from 1901; Cotton Embroidery and 100 Hand Made Bobbins
Filled with Hand Spun Linen Paper Thread and encrusted with salt

Atropos IV
Salt and Paper Encrusted scissors

Spinning Jenny
Salt and Paper Encrusted Spinning Wheel, 400 Industrial Bobbins filled with Hand Spun Linen Paper Thread
and Encrusted with Salt; Hand Built Pine and Hemlock Shelves

Spinning Jenny
Salt and Paper Encrusted Spinning Wheel, 400 Industrial Bobbins filled with Hand Spun Linen Paper Thread
and Encrusted with Salt; Hand Built Pine and Hemlock Shelves

Spinning Jenny
Salt and Paper Encrusted Spinning Wheel, 400 Industrial Bobbins filled with Hand Spun Linen Paper Thread
and Encrusted with Salt; Hand Built Pine and Hemlock Shelves

Spinning Jenny
Salt and Paper Encrusted Spinning Wheel, 400 Industrial Bobbins filled with Hand Spun Linen Paper Thread
and Encrusted with Salt; Hand Built Pine and Hemlock Shelves

Wall
Woven Dance Performance of Hand Dyed Wool (black walnut dye), vintage 2x4s, found stones and rocks

Wall
Woven Dance Performance of Hand Dyed Wool (black walnut dye), vintage 2x4s, found stones and rocks

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