Noelle Hamlyn is an artist and designer fascinated with materials and process as well as the use of traditional hand skills. She seeks to balance conceptual ideas, technical execution and emotional resonance in her work. She is currently an Artist in Residence and Visual Arts Instructor at the Living Arts Centre, as well as the Co-Artistic Director / Visual Designer of an interdisciplinary arts collective - Frog in Hand.
Currently, her work explores the use and natural accumulation of salt. Using well-known tools of the trade including scissors, spools of hand-spun paper thread, thimbles, pins, needles, sewing machines and spinning wheels, Hamlyn allows salt crystals to accrue over their surfaces. For Hamlyn, this echoes the accumulation of stitches, sweat, labour and tears of the seamstress. It also acts as a metaphor for the sweat and tears of unrecognized labour - a gentle meditation on the loss of traditional hand skills.