Resin is a two-part mixture that hardens after 12 hours and fully cures at one week. This is a process that requires patience and time to fully realize. At Tundramoon Designs, locally sourced plants and flowers are sealed in resin to create amazing art. Photos and information on each plant and flower is provided with each piece, all done by the artist. Flowers and plants are dried using a plant press, or in silica gel powder to keep them whole.
This is actual alchemy – arctic alchemy at its best.
Imperfections happen because this is handmade, and with real plants - no two plants are alike or end up looking the same after creation. Rocks, shells, mica, alcohol inks, all can be added as embellishments. Resin used is UV resistant, scratch resistant and easy to clean with warm soapy water. Pieces should not be put in microwave, oven or dishwasher. The artist has also worked with ashes and bone matter for memorial pieces.
Information on Art
Seaweed is a universal ocean plant from coast to coast. The artist used seaweed drawn from the arctic ocean, sealed in many layers of resin and hung to drip dry and molded into the jewelry collection presented. Pearlized beads also hand casted by the artist using resin and micas. This process takes a few weeks of layering and molding, being careful to not break or puncture the final product.
Tania Dawn Scott was born in Nova Scotia, but grew up in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, having made Iqaluit their home in the early 90s.
As a child, their mother use to take them on walks in the woods of Nova Scotia to look for fairy circles, forget-me-knots and lady slippers. Looking for the tiny hidden things within the forest and the eastern shoreline of Drumhead, where the trees let go for rocks and beach scrub, and smells were salty and wild, became her passion. Soon that landscape gave way to the colder, barren tundra,
with its tiny biomes, glacier valleys, freshwater streams, and big open skies.
Also inspired by her grandmother who use to recreate amazing square dance dresses and tole paintings from scratch. The moto of the family is “I can make that” so the artist is mostly self taught. Every opportunity to learn or improve the artist took advantage of when they could. Inuksuk High school offered an art class where the students had the wonderful experience of having local artist from water colours, jewellery making to print making and pottery taught to them, which inspired the artist to try many different types of medium.
The artist has always loved to paint landscapes, craft jewelry, upcycle clothing and furniture. Having participated in craft fairs in Nunavut for over 30 years with a variety of arts and crafts, in 2015 the artist was introduced to resin and began working with small, experimental pieces with flora and fauna collected from around her on the tundra. The artist has participated in an Etsy craft fair in 2019 and the Northern Lights trade show 2020, having applied for the newest show in 2023.
Using the tiny flowers and landscape bits from the tundra, Tundramoon Designs makes amazing Nunavut unique products sealed in resin.
You can see or purchase more of Tania's work here