“Monstery Things” by Diane Perry at Circle Craft Gallery in March
“A Day in the Life of Monstery Things,” a textile exhibit by Diane Perry, in their gallery located in the Net Loft on Granville Island, March 2 – April 3, 2012.
Diane Perry is a textile artist living on Salt Spring Island. She creates dolls and stuffed toys using a variety of sewing and felting techniques. She is known for her collections of “monstery things,” which appeal to children and collectors.
Perry says, “As a child growing up in Prince Rupert, BC, I was always trying to pull the imaginary world that went on in my head into the ‘real’ world. I remember one instance of hanging sheets to the ceiling of my bedroom with tacks trying to create a maze to my bed. Another time, I collected as many extra mattresses as I could from the rest of the house to make a special princess bed. I was always desperately trying to manipulate my surroundings into something magical I could escape to. That is what this show is for me. ’A Day in the Life of Monstery Things’ is an extension of just that.”
“In my work life, I live in a plush world full of 'monstery things,' and these things live in a world all of their own, an enchanted forest of sorts. This secret space is filled with soft squishy trees, skull flowers, even monster clouds, and more importantly, is populated with a collection of very helpful monsters.”
When Diane is not in her plush world, she is spending time with her wonderful collection of “real” monsters, her three kids Ocea, Reed, and Olive, and their dad, Sean, on Salt Spring Island.
Diane’s retail studio is called Monster Lab. For more information: www.saltspringislandmonsterlab.com