The Latin word FABRI means artisans and they are the focus of my current project. I have interviewed and photographed artisans in the Ottawa area in order to understand what they do, why they do it, and how they do it. Each has perfected their particular techniques and uses them to create unique art. However, the road from start to finish can be quite long in what essentially is a journey of solitude. I was also struck by how technology cannot really replace the painstaking steps required to create the final product. In most cases, to create the art form, the artist uses techniques that have been used for hundreds of years.
As I interviewed the artisans, I became very intrigued with their tools and made them a secondary pursuit. In many cases, they had many more of a particular tool than I expected. While some of the tools get used a lot, there were some that had very specific uses. The balance, shape, angle and condition all contribute to getting the right feeling with each tool and producing the desired effect. I became entranced with the marks and residue left on the tool from previous use because it made me feel like I was looking at the life of that tool.
While I have photographed mainly in Ottawa, in the next year, I hope to expand my project in order to encompass Southeastern Ontario.In addition, for my residency project, I am doing large scale landscape photography such as the one above.