Using a variety of materials such as fabric, thread, yarn, wood, paper and metal, I create two and three-dimensional pieces that are highly textured. My artistic methods include painting, dyeing and photo transfer. I frequently incorporate a collage technique in both my two and three-dimensional works.
Recently, I have investigated several themes such as theatre, architecture, memory and family. My current work is a consideration of the fragility of Nature and the environment.
Wendy O’Brien was born in 1951 in Montreal, Quebec. Raised in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated in 1972 from Sheridan College and went on to design costumes and scenery for theatres in both Ontario and Quebec. Her other roles included cutter, seamstress and scenic painter. O’Brien also worked at the Festival Theatre of Canada for a number of years.
O’Brien taught Theatre Design at both the University of Windsor and Sheridan College. In 1987, she combined her love of fabric with her desire for artistic expression and embarked on a career as a fibre artist. O’Brien continues to teach art classes to all ages for both Gallery Stratford and The Foundation for Enriching Education. She currently resides with her family near Stratford, ON.