Nova Scotia & Creative Reuse

Nova Scotia has a lively folk art tradition, and these artists make with what is available – often discarded items. They build upon a colorful, light-hearted folk art tradition made internationally famous by painter Maud Lewis. In today’s podcast, we’ll learn about creative reuse artists from Nova Scotia.  The current generation of creative reuse artists are also contributing to new economic opportunities in communities across Nova Scotia.

What makes Nova Scotian creative reuse different?

  • the connection between creative reuse and folk art – with its optimistic, colorful aesthetic
  • the quality of work particularly in the areas of rug hooking and whimsical wood carvings
  • the sense of humor in many pieces

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Mom and me at Deanne Fitzpatrick's studio, July 2008

Mom and me at Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio, July 2008

Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Resources

Nova Scotia Creative Reuse Businesses

Location of makers - Trainyard General Store

Location of makers – Trainyard General Store

Trainyard General Store, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Trainyard General Store, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Andrew and Kate - folk art sculpture - Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Andrew and Kate – folk art sculpture – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Mom & Nora with their painted angels from spindles

Mom & Nora with their painted angels from spindles

Murray Gallant – Folk Art Wood Carver from Nova Scotia


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