ELORA – The latest Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) demonstrates how a Kitchener blacksmith works behind the scenes and what is required to make forged objects.
The In Between, an exhibition by blacksmith Sandra Dunn, celebrates the “trail of tools” that are designed and handmade in order to bring ideas to life. Handcrafted tools are presented as art but also the detailed path taken by the blacksmith to get to that point.
“It celebrates the ideas phase, the importance of sketches and drawings and the magic that happens in the gap between the invisible phase of ideas and the reality of a finished forged piece,” a press release states.
Dunn is a 29-year experienced blacksmith and an artist and designer who founded Two Smiths, a design and prototyping studio that develops and builds sculptures, functional objects and architectural features in forged steel, hammered copper and bronze.
Her recent work is focused on designing and making larger scale public art in forged steel and copper.
In a press release, Dunn said she’s looking to challenge audiences to appreciate the magic of how things come to be in both blacksmithing and in life.
This exhibit will run from March 10 to April 17 in ECFTA’s main gallery.