Nationally acclaimed Canadian plant fibre artist Ralph Simpson has developed an innovative method of weaving, bending, and sculpting wood and plant fibre to create 3-dimensional artwork. His graceful work blends bold colour and innovative materials with ephemeral fibres to achieve a most satisfying balance.
Ralph is an award-winning artist who holds an MSc. from UNB in Forest Research Biology, and a Diploma in Fine Craft from NBCCD. Informed by the sciences and technical expertise, his intricately woven pieces, created from local flora, reflect the Canadian landscape.
Working full time in his studio in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Ralph exhibits his work locally and internationally, attending residencies and giving workshops. His designs have evolved from traditional basketry, to vessels and botanical sculptures that are often scaled up to magnify detail. He forages his own plant fibre, employing principles that support environmental sustainability.
“I recognize a connection between humanity and the environment and I try to give voice to the simple, complex, vulnerable, strength of nature."
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