// STUDIO SESSIONS // Bramble Lee Pryde of WOLF + SADIE & le lou ula
// Interviewed by Katie Brennan
Bramble Lee Pryde’s WOLF + SADIE line of jewelry and Le Lou Ula line of ceramic wares bring a dark stately design vibe to Gather and The Babe Brigade. A mistress of black, Pryde has honed in on a style that is all her own. So with two artistic practices, one in metal and one in clay, Pryde’s practice has a lot of variety built into it. But, like many of the other Babe Brigade members, music also plays an important role.
BRAMBLE LEE PRYDE: Music has to set a tone for my studio days, otherwise I’ll just end up sitting at my desk watching random Netflix documentaries and googling their validity.
A worthy endeavour, but understandably distracting. Does what you’re working on change what kind of music you listen to?
BRAMBLE LEE PRYDE: Yes. I create playlists appropriate to what I’m working on that day: If I’m designing I’m listening to more ambient sounds. If I’m forging and hammering and torching I’m listening to anything loud. So really I could be listening to anything from Beach House to Amon Amarth on any given day.
Do you choose what you’re working on in a similar way?
BRAMBLE LEE PRYDE: Absolutely. I’m in an auspicious position where I can select the medium I work in based on where my head is at. The dichotomy of metal vs. dirt fascinates me. The fight, force and forge that goes into metal-smithing, and the visceral connection to having my hands move through clay, these techniques exist in such contrast that it balances my work and design greatly.
So the qualities of your materials play a huge role in your approach to your work. How has this played out in your practice as a whole?
BRAMBLE LEE PRYDE: I am an avid supporter/ promoter of slow design and those who know me know how passionate I am about mustering awareness of the unethical practices of fast fashion; how simple, different, choices we make, can turn into local and global changes. Specific to my process, I spend a lot of time on the design and using all excess materials to create prototypes for upcoming collection or one of a kind pieces just to test various techniques.
In late 2015, seven artists, designers and curators came together to start an art collective. Formed over longstanding bonds and mutual respect for each others diverse work, our collective curates a bi annual event called GATHER, that showcases the quality designs and goods that we make in our Central Okanagan studios.
Katie Brennan is an artist, art administrator, curator and art consultant currently based in Kelowna, BC. She completed her MFA at the University of Guelph in Guelph Ontario and her BFA at Emily Carr University in Vancouver BC. She has exhibited work across Canada, the United States and England. Her work has been offered at major retailers such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Home and appeared in interior design work in House Beautiful and House and Home.
Her curatorial work includes shows at the Helen Pitt Art Gallery, the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr University, Gallery Vertigo, UBC Okanagan’s FINA Gallery, and the Lake Country Art Gallery where she is served as its Curator from 2011 - 2015. She has also put on several pop-up galleries in 2013, in and around Kelowna. In October 2014, she launched the Okanagan Art Review, an online magazine and member website about visual art in the Okanagan Valley, of which she is the Founder and Editor in Chief. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO)