Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
Sparks Will Fly Forge
Port Perry, ON
Mark finds that forging yellow hot steel is as much an art form in the
process as the resulting piece. He is interested in the physical rhythmic
progression to producing a piece and has a great respect for and works
towards honest joinery of the material. Mark draws inspiration for his
craft from many sources including nature, dreams, shadows, and music.
He feels that being able to visualize and create new designs is an essential
part of the artist blacksmith’s skill. Mark’s creations can
be found in many private and public collections in Canada and the United
“ The concept of Grave Goods is very intriguing to me because it
involves a very deep and lasting decision as to how someone is to be remembered
and adorned in their final earthly resting place. Forged metal lends itself
well to many possibilities that can be personalized for the tribute of
'First Step # 1'
forged mild steel
The concept behind this piece represents our human journey through
life. Learning to crawl before we walk, walking before we fly. The
first step is always the hardest and although things become slightly
easier, through experience and recognition, the journey is an upward
(harder) one towards becoming a better person. The steps disappear
into what many people
believe is part of the souls continuing journey up an infinite number
of steps of enlightenment.
'First Step # 2'
forged mild steel
This works expands and continues to explore the concepts expressed
in First Steps #1.
forged mild steel, natural sand stone
An important product of our relationships with family and friends
is the experience and memories from our times together. The purpose
of this table is to display photographs and cherished mementos of
our times with those who have touched our lives and are no longer
physically with us. The presentation of these reminders acts, as
an integral point of reflection with loved ones in our daily life.
This table design uses strong materials and joinery methods that
are worthy of such a tribute.