Fabric Artist, Deanne Hall-Habeeb, has taken to the streets of Montréal. She enjoys doing colored pencil drawings of the distinctive architecture of her beloved city. She then turns these drawings into fantasy collages using the textures, patterns and colours of carefully chosen fabric pieces.
On Montréal streets, there are dozens of imposing architectural styles such as Victorian Eclecticism, Gothic Revival, Art Deco, Second Empire and Beaux-Arts styles, just to name a few. From Sherbrooke St. in the west end to Old Montreal one can see fieldstones, bricks of red and yellow, towers and turrets, pillars and pediments, chimney stacks and spiral staircases, pinnacles, buttresses and balconies.
Deanne seeks to capture the eclectic architectural flavour of this grand city in colored pencil and collage. A favorite street is Dorchester starting from Atwater where doors and windows, each of a different colour, attract the viewer. Pink and turquoise show off the buildings and balconies on Laval Avenue and St. André near Pine. Who can miss the red, blue and purple pavilions of Carré St. Louis or the stately Victorian Dubuc House built in pink granite and topped with blue-green copper roofs?
Deanne’s Montréal is a visually exciting world verging on fantasy. She presents its varied fantastic facades, one-by-one, in collage. Collage is a medium which belies reality and is fitting to depict this wonderful world of architectural fantasy in Montréal.
Collage: Rainy Day in Old Montreal
Tenaciously hanging on to a wind-blown umbrella, a weather-abused man blindly steps in a puddle in order to cross Notre Dame Street and St.-Sulpice. Behind him are pointed arches prevalent in the Gothic Revival Style. The edifice was designed by architect James O’Donnell in 1829.