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Journal: Sean Alistair

Mon. April 1st - Tue. April 30th The Gallery at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Duncan BC (All Ages)
The gallery is open for public viewing one hour prior to Theatre show times. Private viewing can be arranged by contacting the artist directly.
Opening: Thursday 1st January 1970
Free
My art is a visual journal and memoir of my life. Growing up in a household of artists and musicians the idea of creating was quite ordinary; however like many families there wasn't much additional money to be spent on art supplies. But my supportive parents let me use whatever I could find in the house to create. Mom taught me how to sew, and my Dad taught me how to use his tools. My love for art was realized.

Later I went to Langley Fine Arts which is a fine arts high school in Fort Langley where I studied art with a focus on photography. On a whim during my senior year I took a textiles course where I learned how to embroider, and it was like I finally learned how to communicate. By graduation I won the Hyeon Award for Mastery in their Medium for Embroidery.

Upon Graduation I started a career as a Visual Merchandiser and studied fashion, only working on my art as a hobby. But there was always the yearning to express my point of view. After a very rough patch in my life I realized how import creating art was to me and started to explore with materials. Without schooling, agenda, or even an idea what I was doing I began to create. Then with the image in my head of a field of wildflowers I began to embroider. After almost seven years of not practicing this craft it was like I finally spoke again after being quiet for so long.

My time spent working in fashion has influenced my work greatly. I am constantly inspired by and make reference to the greatest Couture houses. I like to combine my love of nature and material experimentation with the techniques used in Couture. I take the lessons I learned from my adolescence and apply them to each piece.

What's most important to me is that my work lives, it changes with the light, inspires and surprises. I purposely add details or use materials that can only be seen at a certain angles or when the light hits it at that perfect direction.

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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division