WILMA MILLETTE COLLAGE ARTIST
Wilma Millette is a collage, mixed media artist from Vancouver Island in Canada. she has been playing with this medium for about 15 years. Originally from Chemainus, she lives, and works out of her home studio, in Maple Bay. Open by appointment and during tours, a visit to her seaside studio is like stepping into a cabinet of curiosities.
She creates, one of a kind collage and assemblage artwork using paper ephemera from the 19th and 20th centuries and vintage and antique found objects from her personal collection and other sources in the public domain. She often adds wax, paint and ink to add tone and depth to her work. She strives to combine them in unexpected ways to create a narrative that gives them new life and relevance. She likes to think that the artisans who created them, long ago, would be pleased.
Wilma studied Art history at University and dabbled in many art forms such as drawing, textiles, watercolour and acrylics before discovering her love of collage. She has taken a few workshops but is mostly self-taught and continues to learn through experimentation. She taught art and curated children’s art shows for many years. She continues to teach adults beginner’s collage workshops several times a year from her studio.
She shows and sells her work at various venues on Vancouver Island and out of her home studio in the Cowichan Valley. She is a member of the Cowichan Valley Artisans group. They show their work together and host studio tours each May and October. Some of her pieces have won awards locally. Her work has been published in an art magazine in the UK and in a book about Collage Artists also published in the UK. She has had featured interviews on CBC radio in Vancouver in English and Radio Canada Vancouver in French.
She is fluent in both French and English and is adequate in Spanish. Although her posts are predominately English she does sometimes post in French.