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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June News

Welcome to June! Hopefully everyone is heading into these warmer months with plenty of creative inspiration and enough time to bring those ideas into physical form. Please be in touch if you have news to share or if you learn of an interesting exhibition that you feel might be of interest to our membership.  

A hearty congratulations to Eve Jacobs-Carnahan!

Knotweed: Not Safe                            Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Eve's piece "Knotweed: Not Safe" won the First Place - Mary R. Koch Memorial Award of $1000.00 in the National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015, at the Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita KS.

If you're headed to Maine this summer the Saco Museum follows up it's successful 2013 exhibit "I My Needle Ply With Skill" with another sampler exhibit this summer

"Industry and Virtue Joined": 
Schoolgirl Needlework of Northern New England
May 9 - October 15, 2015
Saco Museum 
371 Main St.
Saco, Maine 04072


Did you miss the Gathering Threads: Contemporary Fiber Art exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center this spring? If so, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan has generously shared her response to the show below. Enjoy!

The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center’s recent exhibit Gathering Threads pulled together a diverse body of work by artists employing a variety of textile techniques.  Several of the works literally shimmered with light and gold.  Two that attracted my attention were the pieces by Bhakti Ziek and Michele Ratté

Bhakti Ziek's "Sisyphus" hanging behind Michele Ratté's "Untitled"


Ziek’s seven-panel jacquard weavings in her piece Sisyphus dominated one wall of the gallery.  Each panel had its own intricate pattern of images, combining geometric shapes, repetitive symbols, and words.  They incorporated glittering metallic threads in varying amounts, attracting attention with their sparkles.  While each was beautiful on its own, they were most impressive as a collection as the pieces seemed to speak to each other.  Two were serenely blue, and three others were full of rainbow colors.  The glittery white and silver center panel allowed your eye to pause as it moved across the line of rectangles.  The smooth polished finish of these elegant weavings contrasted with the references to weekly chores in the poem that inspired them, a poem about the never-ending repetitive work of housekeeping.  I did not discern any literal connection to washing, cooking, or cleaning.  Perhaps the work is meant to inspire us to rise above the routine cycle of the everyday to find the beauty in life.

Michele Ratté, detail

I was mesmerized by Ratté’s untitled piece suspended from a hook on the wall.  The shimmering metal wire loops made a loose delicate form that surrounded colorful flower-like shapes made of layers of fabric, some embossed with gold.  The delicate wire construction invited one closer to look at the precious shapes floating inside.  The sculpture evoked beautiful translucent ocean creatures.  I was also impressed by the construction technique itself.  It appeared stable and secure, yet looked light and airy, gracefully bridging that technical challenge.  The bell-shaped wire enclosure was engaging, both up close and from a distance, as it pulled the viewer in to examine the colorful flowery specimens suspended in its center.  All in all, a wonderful piece to view from all angles.        -Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

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