For the past three or four years, the main focus of my work has been decorative art – painted and transfer-printed wood. I launched a jewelry collection last summer which incorporates the same techniques on laser‑cut wood. Before that, I licensed my digital art for use on stickers, stationery and giftware. I self-publish the stickers now. And before that, I was a freelance designer and illustrator.
How did you get started and what motivated you to start?
I’ve always drawn. My first memory of drawing is when I was a toddler. On the way home from a family outing we drove past firefighters battling a fire in a store that my mother sometimes took me to. Late that night I slipped out of bed with my crayons to record the event on a wall, working very hard to get the flames just right. Needless to say, this piece was not well received!
Which item do you have the most fun making or painting?
I love painting the parts for jewelry, Christmas ornaments, etc., and anticipating how the finished items will look.
What's the most difficult part of the process?
Transfer printing on wood. The result isn’t predictable, and designs often have to be modified to accommodate “surprises”.
Where do you work?
In a tiny room overlooking James Street North, Hamilton’s art district.
Do you work regularly or only when you're inspired to work?
A little of both.
What is your favourite piece of work that you have created? (please attach photo if possible)
A painting, Displaced. It was my first transfer print on wood. Very little of the print is visible in the finished piece.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
It’s really flattering when people make a point of talking to me at shows because they recognize my work.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration comes from vintage textiles, accessories and paper ephemera - things that evoke a personal association with a time or place as well as sacred geometry.
How do you occupy your mind while working?
Music on the radio, usually Indie 88 or The Edge.
Meet Adele at our upcoming show on Oct 24 @ May Café, 876 DUndas St West (12 - 4:30 pm)!
You can also buy Adele's work at:
Centre 3, 173 James St North, Hamilton, centre3.com
James North General Store, 261 James St North, Hamilton, jamesnorthgs.com, https://www.facebook.com/JamesNorthGeneralStore
represented by Gooderham Gallery, 141 Catherine Street North, Hamilton, https://www.facebook.com/GooderhamGalleryAndFineArtStudio
Starting in early November, Adele's Etsy shop, ePorium, will feature Christmas ornaments and other work: etsy.com/ca/shop/ePorium