Kelsey Redman’s “FEED Manifesto” Informs her Fibre and Textile Art

by | Jun 2, 2021 | Art & Craft, Profiles

FEED YOUR SOUL
FEED YOUR SOIL
FEED YOUR SKIN
FEED YOUR SAVINGS
FEED YOUR KNOWLEDGE
FEED YOUR EMPATHY
FEED YOUR DESIRES
FEED YOUR CREATIVITY
FEED YOUR COMMUNITY
FEED YOUR CHANGE

-The FEED Manifesto by Kelsey Redman

Kelsey Redman is an artist. As a student at Haliburton School of Art and Design, she astonished her instructors by taking every single visual art and design diploma and certificate that the college had to offer, starting in the fall of 2011 and ending with her graduation in the spring of 2018. Visual and creative arts, fibre arts, sculpture, ceramics, glass blowing, blacksmithing, jewellery, photography, digital design, moving image design, drawing and painting, and integrated design are all in her artistic repertoire, forming an extensive knowledge base from which she interprets the world. Kelsey uses vintage or thrifted fabric, clothing, fibres, and notions in the majority of her pieces, and turns everyday practical items like quilts, blankets, and pants into art pieces that explore the themes of longevity, sustainability, and emotional connection.

I sat down with Kelsey recently via Zoom to talk about her art, her philosophy, and how sustainability factors into her artistic practice. The following transcript of our conversation has been edited for clarity.

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Featured photo credit Kelsey Redman.