Propeller Member Since 2023
Olivia Mae Sinclair is a textile-book artist. Her intuitive and trauma-based practice is guided by sloppy craft and imperfection. She is addicted to infatuation and Redbull. She is a maker of books, love and other grotesque things.
She recently graduated from OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Craft and Design at Sheridan College. Olivia is a current Artist in Residence at Harbourfront Centre.
Typically books made from fabric are intended for children and infants. Olivia Mae Sinclair’s books, however are made for lovers, survivors, artists, her, him, them and me.
Olivia Mae Sinclair analyzes the emotional implications of power and sex between female and male identifying individuals. The form and shape of the books demonstrate the theme of deterioration through manipulation such as cutting, ripping, and fraying. Techniques include are screen printing, sewing, and machine embroidery. The books have a raw and rough quality to them as they borrow the visual language from sketchbooks, journal entries and the zine community. She takes inspiration from the Sloppy Craft movement. Sloppy Craft as defined by honouring the process of making over the final piece. Overall, her question remains; how do we read with our entire body?Olivia Mae Sinclair