Canadian artist Alison King is known for her unique mixed media works combining photographic imagery and textiles. Being drawn to the textures of decomposing brick buildings, growing up in Toronto, Ontario, she began to photograph and recreate her subjects using fabrics that she manipulated, layered and machine stitched.
It was during her formal training at the Ontario College of Art & Design, where she truly found her niche, integrating portions of her original photograph into her textile works. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Design (majoring in Material Art & Design), she was awarded the Ellen Adams scholarship for Innovation.
Alison’s subjects now range from lush, west coast forests to abandoned farm houses that have outlived their use. Conscious and passionate about the environment, Alison creates her artwork with repurposed fabrics whenever possible. “9.5 million tonnes of clothing, not even including other textile waste, is sent to landfills each year in the US alone. 95% of those textiles can be recycled or reused. It’s a staggering number and if I can help, even as small as that help might be, it gives me even more purpose to create.”
Alison work is exhibited nationally and can be found in private collections worldwide. She currently lives and works in Cochrane, AB.