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Spinach Diva

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: Approx. 20 cm X 20 cm
Medium: Spinach tin, hand smocked, ink jet-printed cloth, sawdust composition head.
Photo: Dan Abriel

“Spinach is susceptible of receiving all imprints: It is the virgin wax of the kitchen.”Grimod de la Reyniere (1758-1838)

The Craig Gallery is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. As part of the celebration, this piece will be displayed as part of the “Small Works” exhibit, December, 2009. Sales from this show will support the operation and maintenance of the Craig Gallery. The Craig may be the only public Gallery in Dartmouth; it is certainly the only one with a spinach tin on display.

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Sardine Angels

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 12 cm X 12 cm
Medium: Sardine can flap, bottle cap, paper.
Photo: Dan Abriel

What’s a day without a sardine? These angels represent a great hygienic blessing from the sea.

Flipping King

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Photo: Dan Abriel

Flipping King is an artist trading/card paper doll with a choice of trousers and footwear. He is made from an altered playing card and magazine clippings. Flipping King has been included in a new book by Lark Books – Artful Paper Dolls – an energetic hardcover with a brief history of Paper Dolls, featured artists and a gallery. I am so pleased to have work on the same pages as artists Margi Hennen and Kathlyn Moss.

Trojan Sunfish

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Photo: Dan Abriel

Trojan Sunfish wears Brad Pitt’s helmet over a sun face from exotic wrapping paper. His body is wonderful Japanese paper. He is about 38 cm tall (more or less, depending on the way he swishes his tail).

Trojan Sunfish has been included in a new book by Lark Books – Artful Paper Dolls – an energetic hardcover with a brief history of Paper Dolls, featured artists and a gallery. I am so pleased to have work on the same pages as artists Margi Hennen and Kathlyn Moss.

Ralph the Cross-Dressing Frog

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 75 CM tall
Medium: Needlesculpted cloth with papier mâché and wire armature.
Photo: Dan Abriel

Ralph is a cross-dressing leopard frog who is positioned atop his stump. I am indebted to Julie MacCullough’s Gnome Crone for the legs and cut-in-one shoes. The stump has a niche for hanging earrings and two practical drawers. One drawer contains a quote from Jeanette Winterson’s, Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery, concerning the importance of cross-dressed performers to Shakespere’s plays and to early opera. The content of the other drawer is known to very few.

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When Leila Heard That Bernie Would Be There, She Was Drawn As a Moth to the Class Reunion

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 18″
Medium: Cloth over foam
Photo: Dan Abriel

Leila was shown in Ontario through the spring of 2000; February 4 – 28, 2000, in Fire!, sponsored by the Connections fibrearts group, Dundas, Ontario; March 4-April 28, 2000, in Framed, Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery, Guelph, Ontario; April-May, 2000; and at the Textile Festival, August, 2004, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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Caregiver

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 5′5″
Medium: Cloth, foam, public washroom towel dispenser and waste basket.
Photo: Dan Abriel

I built Caregiver in 1989 for a joint show with Margi Hennen, entitled Use Container Provided. With her towel dispenser, she carried out the “container” theme. I replaced the paper towels with cloth towels emboidered and painted to depict acts of kindness and care. Clearly, she has a limited capacity.

Unless others care for her by folding and replacing the cloth towels, she will be exhausted, no longer able to dispense those good acts. Ten years later, Brigette Neumann, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women saw Caregiver in my studio.

“Tell me about that,” said Brigette.

In a trice she envisioned how Caregiver could promote and participate in the Council’s series of events celebrating International Women’s Week 2000, and that’s just what Caregiver did.

Twin Sisters Alice and Helen Relish Their Retirement from Teaching as They Set Out for Another Meeting of the Oriental Craft Society

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Height: 15″
Medium: Silk and cotton cloth over wire and pool noodle
Photo: Dan Abriel

The sisters carry their haiku books and flowers for Japanese flower arranging. They also have a sashiko bag with Japanese paper for their lessons in Japanese brushwork. They wear raku pendants and indigo-dyed accessories. Kathryn and embroiderer, Elizabeth Litch created them in a log cabin on Georgian Bay, Ontario.

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Louise, Goaltender for the Fleurs de Lis

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 12″ high
Medium: Cloth over wire armature, plexiglass base
Photo: Dan Abriel

When she joined the senior women’s hockey team, the Fleurs de Lis, Madame Louise found a perfect outlet for her post-menopausal zest and an ideal use for her obsolete inventory of serviettes hygiéniques. Louise is on display from February 2000 – March 2003 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. The show is called Timeless Treasures: The History of the Doll in Canada. Louise appears on loan from the collection of, Wisconsin’s Mary Rogers Gillespie. Thanks, Mary!

Tooodleeedooo’s Queen Mum

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 5′ 3″ tall, (5′ in stocking feet)
Medium: Cloth over wire & papier mâché
Photo: Dan Abriel

When Pete Lucket requested a Royal presence for his new British import store, there was but one candidate in my imagination. Thanks to a great research librarian at the Halifax Regional Library, we have an anatomically correct (well, the height and shoe size) Royal to greet us in the Bedford Mall.

Scraps, The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 30cm X 60cm X 22.5cm
Medium: Cloth over Wire Armature
Photo: Dan Abriel

The main character in L. Frank Baum’s little-known book, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, inspired my creation of Scraps. In that book, Margolotte, the wizard’s wife, wanted a serving girl and made one of an old crazy quilt. Before the busy wizard brought her to life, a well-meaning guest shook extra wits-powder into her head. When she came to life, she had no intention to lead the dull life of a domestic servant. Her curiosity and cleverness took her down The Yellow Brick Road. The remainder of the book tells the story of Scraps’ adventures in Oz. Her romance with the Scarecrow is not to be missed.

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In-Line Mid-Life Doris

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 12″
Medium: Cloth over Wire Armature
Photo: Dan Abriel

Plato taught that serious things cannot be understood without laughable things.

This helps me understand why even solemn thoughts and feelings, such as those I sometimes have about aging, manifest themselves in a piece like “In-line, Mid-life Doris.”

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Taos Deva

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 18″
Medium: Cloth over Foam
Photo: Dan Abriel

During a course I took with her at the Tatamagouche Centre, Findhorn founder Dorothy MacLean told of her conversations with angels and devas of specific geographic areas. Listening to her and remembering the spirit of the area around Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico, one of my favourite places, inspired Taos Deva. The main body of this piece is a miniature, embroidered landscape.

The Taos Deva has been included in the Weaving New Rhythms Diary 2002 as the visual image for April. She is paired with a poem by Maya Angelou. This piece is now in the collection of Pete Sarsfield.

Laura Secord Waits to Share Confections and Discuss Activism with Lady Godiva

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 13 X 16 X 15″
Medium: Needle modeled cotton sock body with silk clothing and wings on a papier mâché cloud with Fimo candies
Photo: Dan Abriel

Laura Secord was a Canadian hero of the War of 1812. She ran through miles of difficult swampland to warn the British of a planned attack from the south. Today, Laura Secord chocolate shops are very popular in Canada.

Lady Godiva on Her Way to a Tête-a-Tête with Laura Secord

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 14 X 16 X 14″
Medium: Needlemodeled cotton sock on papier mâché cloud.
Photo: Dan Abriel

Lady Godiva was a courageous activist whose name is now associated with chocolates.

Let Heaven and Nature Howl

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 16″ tall
Medium: unbleached cotton, no armature
Photo: Dan Abriel

In 1993, a Denver policeman and the SPCA rescued 31 malnourished dachshunds from a van that was apparently being used as a mobile kennel. I understand that the owner used to have a trained dog act in Las Vegas. One of those weenies became my beloved pal Ludwig. After even a brief separation, we always cuddle and howl.

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McJustice

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 10′-12′ tall
Photo: Kathryn Belzer

10′-12′ tall depending on the height of the person inside upholstry foam and cloth on an aluminium frame

In 1996, the fishing communities in Nova Scotia were suffering from the drop in cod stock and low quotas, fish plants closed, and coastal villages were depressed. A group of resourceful fishers wrote, produced, and toured a play to tell the story, lift the spirits, and bring focus to the future. McJustice was one of the huge puppets I made for this production. He was constructed with more compassion than time or materials.

Melissa, the Queen Street Kitchen Witch

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: 9″ tall
Medium: pantyhose over foam & wire
Photo: Al Hennon

“She has to be knowing and worldly, but not jaded: independent, but appealing…” The voice on the other end of the line sounded more like a personal ad than a client proposing a commission.

The last specification was that she had to be of the correct tiny proportions to ride a commercial honey dipper. Melissa, the Queen Street Kitchen Witch is the mascot for a gourmet take-out restaurant in Toronto.

She is accompanied by her familiar, a turkey vulture named Carrie, and her basket contains enough of Carrie’s eggs for a lovely road kill omelet.

Rod the Repairman

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: Life size
Medium: cloth & foam over foam and wire armature
Photo: Dan Abriel

Architect John Crace of WHW Group did the original cartoon for this figure. Rod Kinnear, MT&T’s repair person in the Middle Musquodoboit area, cheerfully provided details about how he and his colleagues dress for work. This soft sculpture will always be “Rod the Repairman” to me. Telephone users can feel secure in the knowledge that Rod is on duty 24 hours every day.

CIBC Town Crier

Artist: Kathryn Belzer
Size: Life size
Medium: Sculpture in cloth over copper armature
Photo: Dan Abriel

From the 17th to the 18th Century, in Europe, England, and England’s North American colonies, the town crier was a popular communicator. Even today, the town crier has a special place near the shores of Halifax Harbour. Our CIBC Town Crier is dressed in mid-18th century fashion, with his breeches, sleeved waistcoat, and cloak.

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