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Rhonda Barrett
Canadian Cabin
Tell us about your piece and how it represents the Country that you are from?

Canada is a vast wilderness and I enjoy the beauty and solitude that can be found in it’s forests. This piece represents the forests and lakes and the use of natural resources to create shelter and warmth. A deer peeking from the forest also reminds us that we share this wilderness with our animal friends.

​Two canvases were covered in newspaper collage in a paint with paper style as a background and surface for the cabin. The cabin itself was created from box board, covered in rolled newspaper and then collaged. I also added some rolled newspaper as cut logs outside, as this is a standard form of heating at any decent cabin. From these elements a diorama was created. 

What was the most challenging part of the brief?

The most challenging aspect was pinning down the best representation of what I love about this country. I had so many ideas, it was difficult to reduce it into one piece. The cabin is the first three-dimensional piece I have created since college some 16 years ago, and was also challenging.

What part of the brief did you enjoy the most?

This project really made me question why I love my country so much and how to represent that. It created a deep appreciation for my surroundings.​

How did you enjoy working with Excel Blades?

These blades helped me work through boxboard, newspaper, rolled paper and papers that were soaked in glue as well. No matter the need, they were able to cut when I needed them. I quite enjoyed using them.

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