The line between artist and administrator has never been so blurry than in Felt/Mixed Media Artist and Craft NB Executive Director Alison Murphy.
Alison the artist was born in her father’s studio. Touching his brushes, his palette, and his creativity, she developed a love for colour and for collecting. After graduating in 2004 with a Diploma in Fine Craft: Textiles (now the Textile Design, Diploma) from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), her focus fell for many years on needle felted artwork. All the while she collected found objects: bones, rusty metal, scraps of cloth. After attending the SOFA (Sculptural Objects & Functional Art) Exhibition in Chicago, Alison was inspired to bring her felt and her objects together. In the bits and swatches of time she finds to be in her studio, Alison makes stunning artworks, including “Spill”, a felt and mixed media series inspired by the 2010 BP Oil Spill.
Astonishing that she can find time to create while simultaneously raising two vibrant daughters and lighting the charge behind an important non-profit organization. Craft NB is a support system for craftspeople, creating opportunities for professional development and cooperative community in equal measure. They work to increase the profitability of craft-based businesses through entrepreneurial workshops, craft festivals, exhibitions, and other opportunities that connect makers to buyers.
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