Saturday, November 14, 2015

Soo Line Historical Museum - More Textiley Things

One never knows when a flash of inspiration for a work will strike.
Often an article stimulates a childhood memory and links to later life experiences.
Are you old enough to remember when general stores wrapped their customers' purchases in brown paper torn off a large roll.....

...and tied it with string. In the home, both brown paper and string were kept, along with the purchase because both had many further uses. Recycling is not a new concept, but maybe it could be expressed as an idea in a work using brown paper to reference another time of recycling?

Hand-cranked sock making machine
Textile related artifacts in museums often attract the eye of a fibre artist. Textile history is as long as human history so the fibre artist has a treasure trove of knowledge and techniques to pull from.

Spinning Niddy Noddy for making yarn into skeins ready to dye.
Every culture fashioned tools and equipment to work with fibre and cloth.

Often these tools are 'known' to us even when we have no idea how to use or operate them.
Any one of these textile related artifacts could stimulate the percolation of a new work for the fibre artist. 
During study sessions and retreats, Articulation members visit the local museums as well as the art galleries to provide depth and authenticity to their research. Observing, drawing, note taking and photographing and talking about primary resources makes a stronger connection to history, a more sensory-rich response to the environment and allows personal memories to be reactivated. The resulting work can have layers of meaning contained in a simple design, concept or story expressed in fibre and stitch that everyone can relate to on some level.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weyburn Museum Visits - Soo Line Historical Museum

Sweater Blocker
Research is a big part of Articulation members' work. Annual study sessions allow time for some intensive research of primary resources which often involves visiting museums and archives.

Sock Blockers, Garment Blockers, Washboard
Weyburn has a number of very interesting museums with unique collections, including the Soo Line Historical Museum click here for location and hours, housed in a large brick building that used to be a power facility. 

Tie Blocker
We usually start a study session with a broad theme in mind then over the week the theme evolves and develops in another direction, into many directions and has to be reigned in or becomes focused. It all depends on what we find as we explore.

'Laundry Stove. Used in Lee Sing's Laundry until his death in 1961.'
Our name 'Articulation' describes the way we work very well. Together we do the initial research in a specific location, guided by a broad theme that serves to keep us connected while at the same time we all go off in different directions following our instincts, feelings and interests. We all produce work independently in our own respective studios then come back to exhibit together.

Tin Washboard and Soap Rack
If a theme grows in too many directions we usually have a discussion to find the most popular areas and to see what will be eliminated. And sometimes we don't. 

Clothes Wringer
And sometimes we just go into a museum to see what is there because it may stimulate a new area for study. One of the characteristics of Articulation members is their high level of curiosity. Everything and anything has potential to be a future body of work and needs to be investigated.

Laundry Products and Wooden Pegs
The Soo Line Historical Museum kept us busy exploring for several hours. We made sketches and took pictures not knowing when the research may be used. 

Electric Hair Permer