Detail of “Central Spur” fibre art map.
I will be sending my piece “Tiny Landscapes” to the SDA Small Works show at the Oregon College of Art and Design in Portland.
This exhibition is in conjunction with the SDA’s 40th anniversary and conference in Portland.
The Vancouver Island Surface Design Association juried show “eco-threads” will be up from June 28 to July 9, 2017 at
the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood, BC. I have two pieces in the show – Sea Change, made from plastic, paper, and other fibres is
a reaction to knowing about all the plastic floating around in the world oceans. Pender Variations is a wall piece made from reclaimed and
repurposed silk and silk samples eco-dyed one winter when we lived on Pender Island, using plants and shrubs that grew on our property.
Bedwell Variations reclaimed silk, eco-dyed silk, hand and machine stitched. 40″ x 40″
I will also be participating in the eco-threads fashion show to be held on July 7 th from 7 to 9 pm at the gallery. I have entered 3 pieces made
from up cycled scarves and shawls that I find in thrift shops.
In local thrift stores, I have been finding bags of left over threads and fabrics and lace, mostly for a song. I have also discovered old books and patterns from the early parts of the last century, when women were busily making and knitting and crocheting. There is a practical aspect to my collecting, but in addition, each find seems infused with the energy of the hands of the makers.
“Abundance of Thrift” is a fabric collage that emerged from my love of combing these thrift stores. I am aiming to capture the original energy in this piece, as well as a context for that energy. These images are close ups of the piece, which is about 30″ by 65″. It will be shown at the 2017 Current Threads show in Ladysmith this month.
Connie Morey and I have partnered to set up an artist run centre in the Rock Bay Area.
Starts January, 2017, but we are already planning exhibitions and happenings. So excited.
Please see http://www.arc-hive.weebly.com/ for particulars.
With Penny Irvine and Barbra EdwardsMae Moore and Megan Fisher
Kim Pollard, curator of the Talisman Gallery
Thank you to Terry Loeppky and Dorothy Rich for hosting a party at Martin Batchelor Gallery on July 29th to celebrate my work. The gathering was very happy, and complete with a marching band for the Celebration of Flags outside on Cormorant Street.Terry and DorothyMike Fooks, my son, with “Safety in Numbers”
My good friend Leslie McBain, with “Night Flight” and “Noctornos”
Lesley Turner, an SDA colleague and friend, with “Messages from a Sea Shore”
Kate Cino and me in front of “Messages from a Sea Shore”Jenn Wilson, Curator extraordinaire, and friend, in front of “Homage to D”, “Greenspace” and “Haute Couture”