A Victoria artist’s textile work is in the spotlight after decorating the sets of Netflix’s newest critically acclaimed drama, Maid.
Maid is about a young mother who escapes an abusive relationship and tries to find her way as a cleaning lady. Although the story is set in Washington State, the series was filmed in various locations around Vancouver Island.
The producers selected local artists for the set. Artist Heather Cadieux was originally approached by the production team based on an online post with her signature felt pieces of food.
“Originally it was just the food, and then she contacted me to make a four-foot kite in four days [for the daycare set]Cadieux said to host Robyn Burns at CBC’s All Points West.
Felting is a type of craft where you take a fiber – like wool – and put it together into a shape or structure, usually with a special needle.
“[You’re] basically repeating until it takes the shape you want while trying not to stab yourself at the same time. There are no guarantees, “said Cadieux.
Cadieux had never built a kite before, let alone one of this size, but she quickly worked to put together a “mixed media” creature made from sewn felt, wooden dowels, and a felted outer body.
A scene from Netflix’s Maiden showing Heather Cadieux’s large felt kite. (Maid / Netflix)
It was a success.
“They returned it to me halfway through the episode for repair because the kids were playing with it,” she said with a laugh.
“I did this project in January and it was a long wait, but it was really great to see.”
Working on the show was a sweet moment for Cadieux, whose felting began in response to her challenges as a young mother.
“The reason I started my felting business was because I was fired from a housekeeping position so it was interesting to see the parallels in their history,” said Cadieux.
“I want to … teach other people to get rid of daycare pay so they can go to work to pay for the daycare cycle.”
Heather Cadieux, a textile artist from Victoria, BC, makes creations out of felt. Her plays were featured on the Netflix drama series Maid, which was filmed on Vancouver Island. (Felt Kaufmann / Facebook)
Cadieux currently runs an Etsy shop, a YouTube tutorial channel and sells sewing patterns for their felted creations online.
“On my channel, people always say, ‘Oh, I can’t.’ I have to remind her that two years ago I didn’t even know how to do anything other than sew a hole in a pair of pants, “she said.
“You just keep practicing and two years ago I didn’t even know I could needle felting.
8:12Key placement in the Netflix series Maid raises the profile of the textile artist on the island