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Nicole Dextras

Nicole Dextras (b. 1956) is a Vancouver-based environmental artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, interactive public installation and photography. Focussing on ephemeral materials such as plants, flowers and ice, her work follows the passage of time and the changing of seasons. These can be expressed through the immediacy of performance, or captured in video or photography. Dextras is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver, where she has been a sessional teacher for the past eight years.

The intention of the Weedrobes series is to engage the public on several levels: through street interventions, garden settings, and gallery exhibitions. Each new piece begins as a wearable sculpture constructed from local and renewable plant materials. It is then photographed with a model in a landscaped urban setting, emphasizing the impact of humans on the natural environment. The third stage consists of a public intervention in a shopping area where the garment-wearer engages with passers-by regarding issues of disposable consumer goods. The garment sculpture is later installed in a garden or park setting and left to decompose over time.

The Weedrobes philosophy consists of raising awareness about the impact of industry on our ecosystem while also understanding the complex human need for adornment. These principles are based on my personal experiences within the garment industry, from factory to retail, which have led me to conclude that, while it may be impractical to wear clothing made from leaves, our future depends on the development of sustainable resources.

Nicole Dextras

Nicole Dextras' Website

See photos of Nicole's Nomadik Harvest Dress created while in residency at the McMichael and unveiled on July 1, 2012 at our Canada Day Celebration.

Short documentary on artist Nicole Dextras and her project Weedrobes, where she makes clothing out of natural materials.

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