Craft Awards

Leigh Dotey
Don McKinley Award for Excellence in Wood

Leigh Dotey's practice is rooted in my relationship to materials, playfulness and humour.She grew up exploring and adventuring along the Scarborough bluffs in Toronto. She went on to work as a tree planter moving back and forth across Canada for many years. Her relationship with materials is physical and experimental as well as practical and functional. Her understanding of wood starts in farming and planting and now resides in building. She works with woods that are sustainable and accessible. In her pieces she uses a variety of materials including rope, metal and stone. She allows “space” for the materials not forcing them to undergo extensive manipulation but rather letting the quality of the wood speak for themselves. In her designs she makes works that focuses on human interaction; as a gender nonconforming wood worker she is committed to social justice in all areas of my life.This is evident in her studio practice as she makes small and large objects that precipitate interactions as well as being affordable and useful.



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