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
Your Activity Checklist Inspired by this Podcast
- Let me know about other creative reuse projects or artists from Nova Scotia so I can visit them next summer – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Go see the movie Maudie and let me know what you think.
- Plan a trip to Nova Scotia!
Nova Scotia Rug Hooking Resources
Nova Scotia Creative Reuse Businesses
- Trainyard General Store – featuring many Nova Scotian artists
- Lunenberg Makery
- Kim Danio Studios – creative reuse of shoes
- Recover Journals
- Blue Cottage Rugs
- A Twist of Iron – metal fire pits from old propane tanks
- Sea Glass Designs
- ReLove – contemporary furniture combining barnboard and other woods
- Junkery – they recycle the items you don’t want anymore
- Assemblage – a cooperative of educators & artists who share reused materials
Murray Gallant – Folk Art Wood Carver from Nova Scotia