Sinew documented

For those of you who were unable to check out my show, here are a few pics. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, my latest work, Repository.

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Beginning…

Life post-graduation has been an adjustment. Getting used to a new schedule, trying to figure out what to do with free time, organizing the chaos that has developed in my house over the past four years. Finally, I’m beginning again.

I’m beginning to see how art-making will fit into my life. A couple of weeks ago I picked up my new old loom from ACAD, a graduation present from my mom. It took twice as long to reassemble it as it did to take a part and load into my vehicle. After four attempts, I got it put together and now feel a lot more familiar with my new loom, a Leclerc Gobelin-style loom.

I wound a new warp in my kitchen…a little different than using the warping mills at school, and a little more time-consuming. It makes me appreciate what I had access to during my time at ACAD.

Now, it’s all set-up for my next weaving, which will be a part of my show at the Marion Nicoll Gallery in the fall. This one will be with two sculptural tapestry elements that will be connected with a tube of needlepoint lace. I’ve gotten this far, and realized I don’t have a tapestry beater, so I’ll be using a fork in the meantime.


Blogged!

Today I was blogged on Mackenzie’s awesome ArtClothText blog. He did a three part feature of ACAD graduating fibre students’ work at the grad show.


Graduation Day!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. The last few weeks have been a countdown to graduation. I was busy finishing the convocation shawl for ACAD’s president, Dr. Doz; putting the finishing touches on my grad show work; organizing the massive pile of stuff that was emptied from my studio at school; and sewing up a dress to wear to the grad show. Well, it’s all said and done now, and graduation day has already come and gone. It’s hard to believe that my four years of ACAD are in the past.

Above: The finished shawl! Woven with bamboo and silk, hand-dyed habotai silk, embroidered details.

I was a little uncertain about how I was going to install my work for the show. I did a little trial run in the entrance to my place, hanging it up with packing tape and several strings. But, it worked out. I got the space I had requested, and the trial run helped make the installation go pretty smooth.

Above: Circumintervention, woven tapestry with hand-dyed needlepoint lace, cart, equipment, 2011

ACAD’s grad show is on until May 28.


The Jacquard Show

Last week, as a part of Fibre Fortnight, we had a show of our Jacquard weavings in conjunction with a Jewellery + Metals show in Gallery 371. The weavings were designed last year by the students of the Intermediate Weaving class when our visiting artist Louise Lemieux-Berube gave a workshop on designing for the Jacquard loom. Our Photoshop designs were then sent to the Centre for Contemporary Textiles in Montreal to be woven.

These weavings represent a first exploration of the possibilities in working with the Jacquard design process.
Here are some photos courtesy of Mackenzie Frere. My work is the diptych of my great grandmother’s face and hands. I went into the Jacquard with some acid dyes to see how colour could work with the black and white image.


It’s done…and I’m still recovering!

photo by Britny Samuelson

ArtaWEARness XI was a great success! This year’s coordinator, Katie Kimber, did an excellent job of putting together a fantastic show, and each of the 15 artists and their performers did great on the runway! It was lots of fun, and I had a great time with my two lovely models, Britny and Dana. Now that it’s done and a week behind me, life is beginning to return to normal, although I feel like I am suffering from post-ArtaWEARness syndrome. Sleep has never felt so good, and I’m having to force myself into the studio to catch up on everything that had been put on hold.


ArtaWEARness on Global

Yesterday Gil Tucker from Global TV was at ACAD to interview a few of the artists from ArtaWEARness XI. Check out the video here!