Judith Mackin At Home: Using Local Art to Style Her Cottage on The Kingston Peninsula

Judith Mackin, along with the rest of the Tuck team, has been working from home. Well working from her cottage on the Kingston Peninsula, a rustic Loyalist house (built in 1802) with no shortage of charm. In addition to the day to day operations, Judith has been having a bit of fun decorating using the many products available from Tuck. Today, we’re sharing 7 videos and their accompanying photos featuring 7 local artists we represent. 

Continue reading for a strong dose of inspiration, watch the videos for Judith’s decorating tips, explanations on her process, and for information on the products and artwork featured! 

All of the art featured in this post, as well as many of the products, are available through Tuck. With our new online store, you can purchase all of the art on our website and have it delivered straight to your door. For anything not available through our online store, please contact us to order or inquire. 

“I wanted to talk about the importance of having original art in your home. It elevates the level of your space and you’re keeping the money in your city and within your province.”

– Judith Mackin

First up, Judith used three pieces by Christiana Myers to style her nook next to one of the many fireplaces in her cottage. Christiana Myers is a curator and artist, born of settler ancestry, from Saint John, NB, Canada. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from Mount Allison University and an MLitt Curatorial Practice from the Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Her practice explores human form and function, specifically physical and communication-based limitations. She has exhibited her work in Canada and parts of Europe and has completed residencies at FoFA Gallery in Montreal and the Arteles Centre in Finland.

Artwork: Christiana Myers NB Coat of Arms ($90 small/ $110 large), Christiana Myers Live Free or Die ($50), Christiana Myers Comforts of Home ($90). Also from Tuck: EQ3 Edge Photo Frame Small White ($29.99), EQ3 Boniface Vessel Large Dust ($59.99), EQ3 Boniface Vessel Medium Blush ($39.99), Chilewich Flora Placemat ($34). Other Items: paintings by Nienke IzurietaCeramic by Matt Cripps Pottery, Frames from Port City Pawn, Roy’s Army Surplus, and Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Artwork: Christiana Myers NB Coat of Arms ($90 small/ $110 large), Christiana Myers Live Free or Die ($50).

Artwork: Christiana Myers Comforts of Home ($90). Also from Tuck: EQ3 Edge Photo Frame Small White ($29.99).

From Tuck: Chilewich Flora Placemat ($34). 

Next, Judith chose to feature Suzanne Hill‘s series “Private & Personal Rituals”, fitting as many are spend time at home likely doing the activities depicted in each piece such as watching Netflix, drinking, eating, yoga/ meditation, and playing board games. 

Suzanne Hill studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison. After graduating, she sold gloves and drapes, drafted telephone systems, and dabbled in what was then called “commercial art”. These experiences provided a great incentive to take a teaching degree from McGill in Art and English, where she was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s gold medal. Suzanne, and her husband, Jack, moved to New Brunswick “for just a year or two,” teaching in Saint John. The plan was to return to their home province, Quebec. Some 40 years later they are still here.

Suzanne’s work is showcased here on clear acrylic shelves. While we don’t sell those specific shelves through Tuck, we do sell similar art shelves, Gus* Modern Stainless Steel Picture Rails (5′, $165/ 3′, $120) or EQ3 Harvest Art Ledges in walnut (1′, $29.99/ 2′, $49.99/ 3′, $69.99) or oak (1′, $24.99/ 2′, $39.99/ 3′, $49.99).

Artwork (all by Suzanne Hill): Yoga, Exercise, Escape, Eating, Binge Watching, Spirit Guidance, Earbuds. Each piece is $250. Also from Tuck: White Marble Bird ($55). Also featured are two gramophone wax cylinders from Roy’s Army Surplus

Artwork (all by Suzanne Hill): Yoga, Exercise, Escape, Eating, Binge Watching, Spirit Guidance, Earbuds. Each piece is $250. Also from Tuck: White Marble Bird ($55). Also featured are two gramophone wax cylinders from Roy’s Army Surplus

Artwork (all by Suzanne Hill): Yoga, Exercise, Escape ($250 each).

From Tuck: Loloi Lucca LF-01 MH Terracotta / Ivory 2’6″ x 7’6″ runner ($290). Also shown is an antique chair that has been passed down between previous owners of Judith’s Kingston Peninsula Cottage. 

Next up we have Robert Moore

Robert Moore teaches American literature at the University of New Brunswick. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he began his formal life in the arts as an actor, then he wrote some plays, then he wrote some poetry, then he took up painting. Currently, his favourite quote about painting is from John Singer Sargant: “A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.”

Judith chose to feature Robert’s newest work in their cottage washroom where it coordinates beautifully with the House of Hackney Artemis Wallpaper (also from Tuck, contact us to get samples shipped to your home). 

Artwork (all by Robert Moore): Siamese Fighter Fish # 1, Siamese Fighter Fish #2, Surfacing #1 ($90 each). Also from Tuck: House of Hackney Artemis Wallpaper (also from Tuck, contact us for orders/ samples). 

Artwork (all by Robert Moore): Siamese Fighter Fish # 1, Siamese Fighter Fish #2 ($90 each). Also from Tuck: House of Hackney Artemis Wallpaper (also from Tuck, contact us for orders/ samples). 

Artwork: Robert Moore Goldfish & Baileys ($120) 

In the same bathroom, Judith showcased pieces by Ryan Livingstone

Ryan Livingstone was born in New Brunswick and studied craft at NBCCD before moving to Toronto to study printmaking and painting at the OCAD-University where he received a BFA in 2010. He is in love with the process of making and would consider himself to be an artist unbound by medium. He is currently creating sculptures and installations using glass, clay, bronze, aluminum, wax and neon lighting.

Ryan’s artwork has a visual language that has been intensely shaped and influenced by his east-coast heritage as well as urban and rural landscapes. The work often reflects things within the landscape that may fade, crumble, collapse or burn away.

Artwork (all by Ryan Livingstone): Crow with String Left, Crow with String Right ($125 each unframed) Frames from Tuck: Umbra Record Photo Display ($20). Also from Tuck: House of Hackney Artemis Wallpaper (also from Tuck, contact us for orders/ samples). 

Artwork (all by Ryan Livingstone): Crow with String Left ($125 each unframed) Frames from Tuck: Umbra Record Photo Display ($20).

Latest volume of the Maritime Edit (volume 12: Spring 2020)

Moving onto Ashley Anne Clark

Judith styled her fireplace mantle with one of Ashley Anne Clark’s pieces, Beach Fox #878 ($200), and used that as a jumping off point for the entire mantle. Using objects found in nature paired with new items from Tuck and other local businesses, Judith created a whimsical fireplace setup. 

Ashley is a multi-disciplinary artist from Prince Edward Island working with themes of wilderness, animal life and the raw elements of nature. The process plays a strong role in her practice as she often works with diverse materials and natural sources. Ashley works closely to topics relating to landscape and wildlife and its correlation to human kind.

Artwork: Ashley Anne Clark Beach Fox #878 ($200). Also from Tuck: Fox Trot Planter ($39), Big Bear Planters ($79).

From Tuck: Fox Trot Planter ($39), Big Bear Planters ($79).

Amber + Bergamont Candle C&T Candle Co. from In Pursuit

Number six is Pamela Marie Pierce! Judith styled her Gus* Modern Branch Shelving Unit (from Tuck) around 2 of Pamela’s latest works. Coordinating Pamela’s art with muted books and rustic objects such as a decoy duck allows the art to stand out on the shelves. 

Pamela Marie Pierce is a multi-disciplinary artist who works primarily in pen and ink, watercolour, and gouache. She considers every illustration a portrait, regardless of how seemingly azoic a subject may appear. She sees the world as a series of lines, and connects those ones she can. 

Originally from Nova Scotia, Pamela currently works and lives in her favourite city: Saint John, New Brunswick.

Artwork (by Pamela Marie Pierce): “Untitled 2” ($90), “Untitled 4” ($90). Shelved (from Tuck): Gus* Modern Branch 2-Shelving Unit Blonde/ White ($1655) The books shown are also available from Tuck. 

Artwork: Pamela Marie Pierce “Untitled 4” ($90)

Next, and lastly, Judith styled a nineteenth century sideboard with Chris Lloyd artwork, pairing two of his City of Saint John Silkscreens with antiques and aged thrift store finds, plus two Phillip Savage Birds

Chris Lloyd’s artistic investigations probe the complexities of contemporary life. His projects manifest themselves in a wide range of mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, video, performance, installations and politics. He’s been writing almost daily email to the Prime Minister if Canada since 2001, he’s collected and photographed thousands of found Tim Horton coffee cups, traveled across the country in a performance art alter-ego called Everyday Goalie, create paintings and prints direct from manhole covers and ran against Justin Trudeau in the 2015 federal election.

Artwork: Chris Lloyd City of Saint John Silkscreen Print Gold on White Paper ($100). Like this look but would prefer another city or street name? Chris Lloyd will customize one just for you. Learn more…  Also from Tuck: Umbra Infinity Photo Display ($24).

Two Wooden Birds by Philip Savage perched on thrift store candle holders. 

All of the art featured in this post is available to purchase through our online store! For other items not on our online store, please contact us to order or inquire. 

LATEST POST: In case you missed it, check out our last blog, How to: Style a Bar Cart 5 Ways, in which Judith demonstrates some creative, outside the box ways to style and use a Bar Cart! 

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