Suzuki Design Awards 2007

Hand and Spirit Juried Exhibition
Sponsored by the The Ontario Crafts Council and the Elliot Lake Arts Club

Dyer's Art Series - Fallen Totem
Best in Show

Dyer's Art Series - Totem Reflections in the Galaxy
Best in Fabric


Celeste Scopelites
Curator/Director of the Art Gallery of Sudbury

Noni Boyle
Professor of Fine Arts from Algoma University College

Emma Quinn
General Manager of the Ontario Crafts Council

  The Ontario Crafts Council (OCC) brought the Elliot Lake Hand & Spirit Exhibition to Toronto to be shown in their Gallery on Queen Street for a 4 week run. This was a very unique and exciting opportunity for the artists and crafts people who have their work accepted into the Elliot Lake Juried exhibition. The OCC is very eager to showcase and promote this fine body of work.

  All of my silk pieces are hand-dyed with the batik process. Areas of the cloth are impregnated with wax to form a design, the unwaxed parts accepting the dye, the waxed resisting it. I repeat this process as many times as is necessary to get the desired colours and pattern for each dress length or scarf. The wax is removed from the silk which is then washed and pressed, preparing it to begin assembling the garment.
  On occasion, I will cut the garment pieces before beginning the batik process, which allows me to to place the designs precisely where I want them to appear on the body. This is an important aspect of my work as commercial fabrics cannot be so directly manipulated for design effect. I also do some all over patterns focusing on bright and moving colours, again achieving colour sequences which cannot be duplicated commercially because of the dye technique.
  I have used my craft and design skills to create garments, which make the wearer, feel special while being comfortable. My batik pieces include scarves, belts, jewelry, suits, dresses, jackets, etc. They are all one of a kind items, and are all designed and produced by myself.

Ann Suzuki