February 8th, 2016
I went on a day trip to Seattle last week with a group of friends to go gallery hopping. We managed to fit a lot in during the short amount of time we were in the city. I did not take as many photos as I wish I had, so there is a lot of terrific inspiring art I can’t share. The ones I did photograph showcase a very random selection of things.
Gift City: A Project by Keller Easterling
at Henry Art Gallery
Franz Erhard Walther: The Body Draws at Henry Art Gallery
Trimpin at Winston Wachter Fine Art
Gala Bent at G. Gibson Gallery
There’s A Story Here by Sean Johnson at Greg Kucera Gallery
Complex by Evan Blackwell at Foster White Gallery
Don Fritz at Gallery IMA
It was a terrific trip with a fun group of friends. I was happy to visit a few new-to-me galleries, that I will definitely revisit the next time I am in Seattle.
February 5th, 2016
I love making braided rugs so much that I decided to teach a workshop on the subject. In this two part class I will be showing participants how to make yarn from t-shirts, and then how to bring it all together is rug form.
The class is presented by Studio 126 in Chinatown on Saturday March 19th, 10am to 3pm. Visit their website for further details and to register.
Braided Rug Workshop
Date: Saturday March 19th, 2016
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: Studio 126, 126 East Pender Street
February 3rd, 2016
At an artist networking event I attended on the weekend I was reminded of a piece of work by Germaine Koh I encountered years ago called, Knitwork. It’s an on-going project she’s been doing since 1992 where she unravels used garments and then re-knits the yarn into one long continuous object.
I’m attracted to this idea of working on a project that grows over time. I’ve been thinking about my flowerbursts as something I want to keep working on and adding to over the long-term, and see where it could end up in two years, or even ten. To date there are about 180 of them, in three different colours. What if there were 500 of them?!
In some ways the flowerburst installation is like working on a quilt, or making a blanket from crocheted granny squares, because it’s also made up of small pieces that combine to become something larger. I like finding these similarities to textiles in my work, though the major difference is the installation doesn’t ever need to be finished and it doesn’t have a functional purpose.
I should look around for other artist projects that are long term in this way. It’s not something I’d seriously considered previously with my own work because I so often work towards a deadline or end goal.