I am a visual, textile, and makeup artist. I want to connect my community through my sustainable art practice.
owner & artist at Scarlett Dahlia
When I look at materials I see what they could be, not what they are. This way of visualizing enables me to incorporate a number of scrap and upcycled items into my work. I believe it is better to re-purpose something in a new and unexpected way, rather than send it through the recycling or landfill system. My leather wallets make use of the entire hide and as much of the fabric as possible - which is why some wallets may have multiple colours and patterns incorporated into the interior. In this way, my studio practice produces very little waste.
I love to work with materials that have a life of their own, which is why I am drawn to working with leather and encaustic wax. Both mediums react back in response to my input and working on a piece is a very dynamic process. I also enjoy experimenting with new methods and techniques; whether it be creating the perfect formula of leather paint from raw artist pigment and mixing mediums or developing the right consistency of transfer fluid for toner prints, I am sure to create a product that is unique to my needs.
I am passionate about creating beautiful pieces that are interesting from afar; pieces that compel you to look closer, where you are rewarded with a new level of intricate details. Whether it is a piece of wall art, a hand-made fashion accessory, or an exhibition piece, I want to set the scene for a story – a story that invokes a feeling.
Amanda Brown, owner of Scarlett Dahlia, has been creating art, clothing and accessories ever since she was old enough to wield a brush and needle. She launched Scarlett Dahlia in 2013. Amanda's designs have shown at the 2015 & 2017 Saskatchewan Wearable Arts Galas, the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Dimensions 2017, and recently SkirtsAFire 2018 in Edmonton, AB. Amanda's hand tooled and painted leather accessories have been featured in flow Magazine Saskatoon's October/November 2017 Issue “Real Creatures of Leather”.
"Sustinance" (2018) - 1st Place at SkirtsAFire art skirt competition, Edmonton AB
"Sundle" (2015) - 1st Place Open Category at 2015 Saskatchewan Wearable Arts Gala
"Lugwig cast into the Lake" (2017) - Special Recognition award, 3-D visual art category at LightSpaceTime 8th Annual Botanicals online exhibit, August 2018
"Northern Print Series" (2018) - three toner transfer & watercolour prints; March 24 - June 2018; at Revamp Art Show, Alchemy Collective, Saskatoon SK
"Sustinance" (2018) – skirt made from grain and produce bags; February 26, 2018 at SkirtsAFire Media launch, Edmonton AB March 8 - 11, 2018 at SkirtsAFire festival, Edmonton AB
"Ludwig cast into the Lake" (2017) – tooled leather and encaustic wax on panel; January 3, 2018 – February 3, 2018 "My Saskatchewan" show (by invite) at McAlpine Studios Gallery, Esterhazy SK
"Queen's Conflict" (2017) – leather and upcycled fabric gown; October 28, 2017 at Saskatchewan Wearable Arts Gala, Saskatoon SK
"Herrenchiemsee" (2017) – tooled and handpainted leather clutch; April 26 - 29, 2017 at Dimensions 2017 SK Craft Council Pop-up Gallery, Saskatoon SK
"Sundle" (2015) – leather, wool, and bottle cap evening cape; November 14, 2015 at Saskatchewan Wearable Arts Gala, Saskatoon SK March 26 – April 3, 2016 at Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery , Saskatoon SK