Saturday, October 17, 2015

Articulation In Weyburn 2015

Articulation meeting under Weyburn's war memorial.
This is a hint for an upcoming body of work.

Another exhibition we visited during the Weyburn Fibre Art Walk was FAN's (Fibre Art Network) travelling show "Abstracted."

Artists paired up to express an idea or phrase, one artist working in a representational style and the other artist in an abstracted style.
Above, 'Colours To Live By' showing houses typically found on the rocky east coast of Canada.

Marianne Parsons used raw edged machine applique in a representational style.

While Karen Johnson worked in a more simplified style, also using the raw edge machine applique technique,

'Nature's Patterns'
Left - Dale MacEwan, representational.
Right - Deb Tyson, abstract.
Both worked in the same colour palette, but different techniques produced quite different results.

Left - Lily Thorne, representational
Right - Patt Wilson, abstract

Articulation members enjoyed seeing the work of many people they know while they continued their discussion of the value of working within a distinctive style.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Retreat in Weyburn Saskatchewan

Articulation members: Ingrid Lincoln, Donna clement, Amanda Onchulenko, off to see another exhibition in Weyburn's Art Walk.

We all enjoyed looking at Jaynie Himsl's collection of work.
It stimulated a conversation about one's own style being connected to a particular technique. How one takes something and makes it one's own after many hours of working a threaded needle, sitting in front of a machine, wringing dyed cloth or squeezing wool fibres to make felt.

Jaynie takes her inspiration from her natural environment and her garden. Her simplified macro or micro views are expressed using threads and a sewing machine. 

She has developed a particular technique that is now identified with her style of expression.

More yarn bombing. That means there is another fibre exhibition nearby.

Monika Kinner-Whalen is another Saskatchewan artist inspired by what she sees around her. She also uses thread and her sewing machine but to quite a different effect to Jaynie Himsl's work. 
Painters  use paint and a fabric or paper ground while stitchers use thread/fibre and a fabric or paper ground, but go to any number of embroidery/stitch media exhibitions and you will see a far wider range of techniques developed into individual styles than you will see at any painting exhibitions. Fibre artists work from and reference a much longer and more universal textile history than all other art mediums. Textile history is greater than the art world. To quote from Beverly Gordon's new book 'Textiles The Whole History. Uses, Meaning, Significance,' "Textiles are part of the human consciousness," (p18).