Merging inspiration from the animal kingdom and the natural world, Cochrane artist Stefanie Staples creates hybrid soft sculptures and Papier Mâché forms that explore the space between real and imagined worlds. The surface areas of these objects are highly embellished with repetitive textures and patterns that loosely mimic those found in nature. Recycled and repurposed materials play an integral role in both her studio and home life, minimizing waste and breathing new life into something old and worn.
Staples was born and raised in the outskirts of Vancouver, before relocating to Calgary in 2002 in pursuit of a textiles education at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Since graduating in 2008, she has experimented in textiles, film, animation, puppetry, and sculpture just to name a few. Staples attributes her love of textiles to her Grandmother and in 2013, launched ‘marymake’, a handmade business specializing in quirky soft sculpture and Papier Mâché objects inspired by nature and the animal kingdom and aptly named after her grandmother, Mary.