Joanne Waters

Medium: Fibre

Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains


Joanne has taught and created in a variety of mediums–beading, basketry, doll making, felting, fabric painting and embellishment and colored pencil art. Her kelp baskets were on display at YVR in a display case in 2006-2007. The kelp art has been in many shows since 2000 including the Ferry Building, Seymour Art Gallery, the former Foxglove Gallery on Bowen, the Blackberry Gallery in Port Moody and the former Newport Gallery in Squamish.

In the fall of 2011, Joanne began experimenting with sculpting with wire. She started out with coated fun wire to make baskets using the same techniques as with the kelp work. This gave her confidence to switch to #20 copper, brass and steel wire from the local hardware store which is much more difficult to work with. After successfully completing baskets from wire she decided to try a dolphin and from there was able to create any creature using books and the internet for the necessary details for her creations. She is totally self taught and depends on her ability to solve problems as she works on each piece to create the desired result. She does not know of any other artist using these methods.

Her wire sculptures were in the Ferry Building for Harmony Arts Festival 2012, as well as the Hungry Ghosts show and the Great Stuff Christmas Sale. In April 2013 she had a piece in the Cherry Blossom show at the Silk Purse. Her work was on display in the Foyer Gallery in the library in Squamish in May 2013.

Joanne is a widow with two adult children and four grandchildren. She worked for over 25 years part time in therapeutic recreation, taught a variety of art and craft classes for the Vancouver School Board Night School, community centers and privately. She was a client supervisor for 3 H Craftworks which meant she taught physically or mentally challenged adults to create saleable products sold in a store on 4th Ave. in Vancouver.

Joanne is now retired except from her art work but volunteers at the Ferry Building Gallery, the Seymour Art Gallery, the Adult Care Center in West Vancouver, and the Seniors Recreation Center in West Vancouver.