Sandra Dunn owns and operates a business in Kitchener, Ontario that designs and builds forged and fabricated architectural details. Projects encompass a wide variety of metalworking processes from finely machined parts to careful expressions of the hand made. Her willingness to take on unique challenges is driven by a passion for problem solving and the desire to develop designs that respond to the potential of the material. Much of the work is collaborative in nature: working with contractors and builders to design architectural projects that are sympathetic to the site, restoring historic copper, bronze and ironwork, negotiating with engineers to come up with structural solutions that are aesthetically pleasing and collaborating with artists to design, fabricate and install large scale public art.
Armed with a BFA from University of Waterloo and a resilient / stubborn nature she has worked tirelessly in the Waterloo Region with various community based arts organisations. She exhibits her work in both private and public galleries, demonstrates regularly at international blacksmithing conferences and is a part time instructor at Haliburton College of Art in the Blacksmithing Certificate Program.
Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council craft grants over the past ten years have significantly contributed to her research and to the development of her work. She is currently developing a body of large scale copper forms.