About the Artist..
Dena Seiferling has lived in Calgary since 1995 – the year she began her education at the Alberta College of Art & Design. She graduated with a BFA and Visual Communications Degree in 1999, then began her freelance career as an Illustrator. Years later, she began looking for ways to give life to the characters and narratives from her sketchbook in a three dimensional form. This is when she discovered, and became enamored with, the art of needle felting using raw wool, a variety of other materials and reclaimed objects to express her ideas through sculptures and dioramas. She has branded this artwork under the pseudonym, Pickle & Francois.
Dena resides in Calgary with her husband and two children. She enjoys sharing her knowledge at ACAD where she is an instructor.
The art that I make, as Pickle & Francois, drifts somewhere between a childhood fantasy and an adult’s reality. I study the beauty of nature, translating its many forms through my multi-disciplined approach to making art.
I first develop the character, narrative and environment in my sketchbook. These drawings then evolve through the form of needle felted sculptures and dioramas. I incorporate raw wool, wire, wood, feathers and other found objects. Working with wool is challenging yet provides a wonderful texture and ease of movement; a perfect medium to capture the magic, whimsy and thoughtfulness that I strive for in my work.