I am a single mom of two boys, one with autism. The constants in my life are art, nature, and my kids. The best moments are when those three things align. I’ve been a “creative” my whole life, and worked mostly in public programming at National Museums and Cultural institutions before I was a full time artist and mom.
Fluke Craft was founded in 2017. It was the right time in my life to finally make a stab at chasing the art dream. It’s been an interesting journey, especially considering how much of it has been in a pandemic, but I have no regrets. I create because I am compelled to do so. I wake up daily with new ideas and inspiration, and love the challenge of seeing whether I can make an imagining into a real-life thing.
There’s no set medium! I love to work with a lot of different materials. One overlying theme is upcycled and found materials, particularly natural. I like to work in non-traditional ways to create both permanent and temporary art. I am also an avid photographer, and consider that to be an equal part of my creation process. The idea that I’ve created something that never existed before is always amazing. And, whenever it can be enhanced by a community or collaborative process, it’s even better.
I am an unabashed lover of my town: Port Hope. I adore living in Northumberland County and find most of my inspiration here. I work out of my home, and also am developing an art and photography studio in a very unique and quirky corner of downtown Port Hope. More to come on that very soon.
My passions are art and community. My quest is to remind people that art is everywhere and everything; That we all have equal right and ability to contribute to the artistic world. Art is a process above all else. The end product is just a bonus.
What I am most excited about in post-pandemic life, is being able to gather once more and create in groups. There is nothing as inspiring to me than watching a group of people create and share their art. I am continually amazed by the richness of art-life in our community. It seems to me that we have an abundance of riches in terms of creatives in NoCo and I feel so fortunate to make this place my home.