Meet the Crafters: Knotty Lemon Designs

April 27, 2019 | Halifax Crafters Society

It’s getting to be that time of year when we all remember why we love Nova Scotia! The warmth brings the opportunity to explore and make memories in all the special nooks and crannies of our beautiful province. Allow us to introduce Adrienne Dean, owner and artisan behind Knotty Lemon Designs. Adrienne is able to capture all of those special places and moments through her incredible 3D art and we got the scoop to tell you more about amazing Adrienne and her amazing work!

Talk to us about the beginnings of Knotty Lemon.

This June marks my year anniversary being cancer free. Damn, that feels good to say. Each person’s experience with cancer is different, and the feelings, emotions, and fears that you have are unique. Aside from my incredibly supportive network, I chose the beach as my therapy. The warm sun, cool breeze, and soothing ocean sounds provided clarity and comfort for me. As I chose new beaches to explore each weekend, I found myself collecting these really cool pieces…sea glass, shells, rocks, driftwood. Little did I know they would play a big part in my journey as an artist. I knew I wanted to create something special so I tucked them away and waited for that right moment. 

After careful consideration and some soul-searching, I knew I was ready to take the leap to become a professional artist. I visited local art shows, researched regional events, contacted gallery owners and local art schools and asked them to provide guidance. Getting involved with the local art community was the smartest thing I could have done.  Networking with other artists and getting tips on the art business, including ideas related to creating, selling and participating was so helpful and inspiring. So here I am!

What does the name Knotty Lemon symbolize?

All of the wood I use is sourced locally from renovations on old buildings, typically over 100 years old. The pieces I use are all up-cycled, recycled and reclaimed. I take unwanted scraps and create a scene. Knotty (knottier the wood, the better!) Lemon (the pieces I use were once someone’s lemon).

What is the  inspiration for the pieces you make?

Nature. Those who know me well know that I have a love for Atlantic Canada, artistry and have always had a passion for nature. Working with raw materials and painting have long been a hobbies of mine. There is an extraordinary beauty in using raw reclaimed wood. There is just something remarkable about barn board and unwanted pallets. The distorted grain patterns, exceptional colors and impressive designs in each piece that cannot be recreated.

Where do you create your work?

I live in Dartmouth and have a quaint studio in my house. It’s the one room in the house with a skylight. My work is nature inspired so having that window brings the outdoors to the creative process.

What is the hardest part and the most rewarding part of what you do?

The hardest part: splinters! The most rewarding is the stories I get to hear and the connections I make. It has gone from meeting customers locally, to national to  international. One of my pieces made it to Norway last year!

What are you doing when you aren’t creating?

Going on adventures with my two boys – Lleyton and Liam and our sweet valley bulldog, Mabel. It could be taking a walk, playing catch, skating, camping, hiking, beach combing or riding bikes.

What is something you want our followers to know about you and your work?

That each piece is made with so much love and gratitude.

We are full of gratitude that Adrienne will be joining us for the first time May 4th and 5th – so make sure to say hello!

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