Rose a multi-faceted artist, living in North Vancouver, British Columbia, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She explores, doll crafting, clothing design as well as acrylic painting. Her creations reflect my desire for a deep connection with the wild heart of nature. Intended as an intimate encounter with the world of creatures, plant forms and landscape, her images reveal my appreciation for the magic of life. My hope is that the viewer will be reminded that existence is both beautiful and profoundly meaningful.
The poppets, or magical dolls that I create come in many forms. They can be human, deities, fairies, and animals, but what they have in common is that they are imbued with the spirit of a particular plant. As an animist Rose believes that the Earth is alive, the plants have a spirit, that there is more to life than meets the eye. All of her poppet, dolls and charms have a purpose that is beneficial to all who choose to work with them.
“I love this work. It brings me deep joy. Every being that I create is crafted within the sacred space of my home. They are made with care, every stich a prayer, a clear intention for each poppet, depending on which plant being inhabits their heart center.” Rose Heart
Since childhood, Rose has been engaged in creative, artistic activities. She loved to play act, to draw, to paint, and to make up songs and sing them from a tree trunk stage in the middle of an apple orchard. After completing high-school Rose attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here, she received a liberal arts education with a focus on fine art and early childhood education. (Although raised within Protestant Calvinism, Rose has found a new spiritual path based in Earth Mysteries.) Over the years Rose has engaged in various creative vocations, including writing articles and scripts, designing illustrations, and creating choreography. Working with both adults and children, she has designed her own workshops facilitating meditation, listening partnerships, arts, crafts, creative movement, interpretive dance, and musical theatre. Rose’s art reflects her love and respect for Earth, whom she considers our collective sentient mother. As someone who has always felt a kinship with animals, she decided to make animals a central theme in her work. Animals are both allies and teachers for her. Rose is also very interested in mythology, paganism, folktales, and symbolism. These themes can also be found in her artwork.
Currently Rose lives in North Vancouver with her young adult son. Creating art is a central theme in her life. She is busy writing and illustrating, painting with acrylics, crafting with fabric as well as sewing her own clothes and accessories. Along with these more solo pursuits, Rose works regularly with children, facilitating and inspiring further creative expression.