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Birth by Fire – Ian Hope Simpson

November 11, 2016 - January 22, 2017

- Free

Birth by Fire: Ironwork of Ian Hope Simpson

When re-creating life forms in a sculptural piece, the process becomes a very physical experience for Ian Hope-Simpson, trying to accurately capture its unique sense of movement; that feeling of what it is that makes something alive. Design and process are at the heart and soul of each of Hope-Simpson’s works, the play of light on surfaces, the pattern of lines, and the relationship of proportion of the solid material and spaces between them are all considerations. Ian Hope-Simpson’s Birth by Fire is on view at the Mary E. Black Gallery from November 11 – January 22 with an opening reception on November 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Ian Hope-Simpson has been operating Ironwood Forge & Woodworks near Wolfville, Nova Scotia since 1993. He also has experience as a mason, carpenter, pewter smith, photographer and farrier, with an interest in art history, culture, architecture and the natural world. Ian was awarded a grant by Arts Nova Scotia to prepare an exhibition of his work. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, the Maritime Blacksmith Association and the Cape Breton Blacksmith Association. He was also a demonstrator at the 2015 Canadian National Blacksmithing event, CanIron X in Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.


November 11, 2016
January 22, 2017


Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design’s Mary E. Black Gallery
Suite 140, 1061 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7 Canada
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(902) 492-2522