Darlene Bolahood is showing her drawings, paintings and fibre art works for the first time this season at Art in the Park. Her education focusing on organic chemistry and philosophy (B. Sc, University of Toronto) combined with that in studio art (MFA, University of Waterloo) has been companioned with careers including fashion design and fibre arts. She was founding Faculty for the Computer Animation program at Durham College and a recently retired author and professor in the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma at Fleming College. Bolahood is distinguished in her mastery of classical practices in fibre arts, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, stone carving and large-scale public commissioned sculptures. Originally established as Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers in 2008 with her partner Charles Sylge, Wild Mohair Studio handcrafts with only the finest kid mohair, which is the warmest, lightest, softest and strongest of the natural luxury fibres.

Many different processes are explored in the development of designs. Some pieces have patterns of blocks and bars woven into the cloth on the loom, while many exciting patterns are dyed by the application of colour by hand after the cloth has been woven – similarly to watercolour paintings and the Japanese Shibori dye applications. Collections include individually designed throws, winter scarves, caps, shawls and knitting yarns. These original hand painted works are developed and finished using traditional hand-weaving looms in Kitchener, Ontario.