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 illustrations 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.

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 enjoy hybridizing hypothetical human and animal experiences, drawing parallels between the two, triggering empathy for animals as well as creating a connection to the viewer in a very personal way. We are often told stories through the eyes of animals as children, and some of us lose this bond to the animal world as we grow into adulthood. It is my hope for the adult to rekindle this connection and be transported to their childhood through nostalgia when they identify with an animal or narrative in my work. 
I enjoy working with graphite, exploring character, narrative and environment through my drawings. Some of these drawings are completed with colour. Others 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.