Local artist sends zombies to Ottawa (18 photos)Sunday, August 18, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
Miriam Dewar (pictured) is the proprietor and creator of Waggles and Wool, a collection of adorable and often whimsical critters handcrafted from repurposed clothing and locally sourced alpaca and sheep's wool.
Currently based in Bruce Mines, Dewar originates from Saint John, New Brunswick.
Her creations, which she sells in shops in Ottawa and the Maritimes, include needle felted ornaments and mobiles, and puppies made from recycled Value Village sweaters.
She also makes zombies.
"My daughters were zombie-obsessed, so one year for Christmas I made them clothes peg zombies," she explained. "Needless to say, it didn't go over very well, but my adult friends loved them. I can't keep them in stock in Ottawa."
Although Dewar's items aren't currently available in any shops locally, fans of her critters can purchase items from the Waggles and Wool website.
She can also be found on Facebook.
Dewar's colourful handiwork was part of the Art in the Parking Lot event yesterday at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
Hosted annually by the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District, Art in the Parking Lot affords local young and emerging artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their work.
Other participating artists at this year's event included Sharon Dyni (author), Kim Slone (painter, sculptor), Phil Jones (sculptor), Carly Bumbacco (painter), and many more.
The Arts Council's weekend-long celebration of local talent continues today (Sunday, August 18) at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion until 5 p.m. with Art in the Park.
For more information about the Arts Council and its initiatives, please click here.