Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
1225 St. Marc #1102
Lydia was born in Sophia, Bugaria. Her original education is from the
School of Fine and Applied Arts, Sofia, followed up with further studies
in sculpture with I. Lazarov at The Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.
After moving to Montreal and becoming a Canadian citizen in 1990 , see
undertakes a BFA (Design Art) from Concordia University. In 1998 she founds
ILADESIGN - a studio for unique art jewelry metal art and design.
One interesting past project was her time spent teaching art jewelry at
the Anual Artistic Workshop in Inukjuak, Nunavit in 2003. Lydia contributed
(quite impressive!) pieces to both ‘Reflections of the Conquest’
and ‘Out of the Fiery Furnace’ at the Woodstock Museum.
" I have always been interested in ancient cultures who have tradition
in the use of zoomorphic imagery in their metal art works. My work is
oriented towards exploration of ancient forms and their application to
the creation of objects for contemporary use".
‘In Memory of Us’
bronze, copper, sterling silver and 24kt gold. Lost wax casting
Personal Collection of the Artist
This bronze urn in a shape of a dome is a final resting place
for two people and their dog. and their love for each other.
The container is build as a sculptural group with three proportionate
volumes for ashes and one central form unifying the three. It is
built as a sculptural group represents a man, a woman, a dog and
their animal guardian spirit. The shapes are derived from the results
of my research on the Native American's use of animal imagery as
guiding spirits and protectors. They are rendered as a 'human -
animal metamorphose ' and are joined together with a fourth piece.
The top element is in a shape of a sun, covered with gold, designed
to lock the containers and symbolize the binding emotion by which
this people wish to be remembered.