I have always had a love/hate relationship with fashion. As an image-defining tool fashion can be very empowering. It can offer a perception of ones personality. Not necessarily an accurate one, in fact sometimes the complete opposite.
The overly commercialized publicity-crazed nature of the fashion business is at direct odds with the dire state of the world. On the one hand fashion is purely functional and protective – a necessity. On the other it is purely decorative – the ultimate example of waste and excess.
Using reclaimed items such as colourful tins, I play with contrast and opposites, blending, the feminine form, floral motifs, and kitchen items with, advertising slogans, hard edged metal, rivets, nails, heavy metal zippers, and latches resulting in slightly androgynous and unexpected items of clothing and sculptures.
Alison Smith-Welsh is an Ottawa-based metal sculpture artist. She works in a variety of materials usually using found objects and repurposed metal etc. She has exhibited at many Ottawa and Gatineau galleries, several group exhibitions and the Toronto International Art Fair. Several of her pieces are in the permanent collection of the city of Ottawa. She studied Visual Presentation at Sheridan College, School of Fashion Arts and worked for many years in the field of window display and prop making. Alison is an honour graduate of Algonquin College Museum Studies program and currently work at the Canadian Museum of History in Technical Services as a Preparator, specializing in textile mounts and mannequins.