Context/Texture

So I’m back after a little hiatus to finish up the school year and get my messy house in order. There has been a lot going on, so I will have to take a few days to get through it all.

To start with, I’d like to take you on a little tour of our textiles show at the college. I wish I could take you there in person, it’s such a vibrant room to stand in, you can hardly leave in a bad mood.

Here are the collection of scarves which hang in the middle of the room. You can see my nebula scarf toward the left, as well as some other sky-inspired pieces made by my classmates. Toward the back in white and red are a couple of devoré/discharge scarves made by the graduating class.

From left: Iddo van der Geer, Allison Green, Monique Arnold, Kaitlyn Clark

Next we see some stunning felt corsets (completely seamless!) made by my comrades in arms. Next store some fellow with marvelous taste is checking out my “Brief History of Written Communication” paper quilt.

Allison Green, Megan McGeachy

Next in line are the repeat patterns designed and painted in gouache by my surface design class. My blimps are in the middle with a stippled paint technique, and the other girls chose the embroidery-look technique.

Jenna Brayall, Allison Green, Stevie Holyoke

These are a collection of ethnographic samples from the fibre arts group. They are basically contemporized versions of traditional symbols. They are felted, sewn together, and embroidered.

These next are some incredible felt scarves by Alexandra Keely. They remind me of seaweed.

Also reminiscent of seaweed, this time the pods that you snap between your fingers, is this piece by Holly McGee. This picture hardly does it justice. In each pod there are little surprises of stitching and pearls.

These are a couple of capes, the blue one by Jenna Brayall. She has felted directly onto silk organza, and has sewn tiny little beads down the front for an extra bit of whimsy. Way in the back you can see a canvas floor mat printed with a croc and balloons, which was made by a second-year surface student.

Here is a lovely woven piece, second year fibre arts I believe. It iappears both delicate and warm, quite a feat. Beside it are the blankets woven by first and second years.

Here are my nursery rhyme pieces. My ladybug is upside down but she doesn’t really mind, being on fire can be confusing. Next to them are completed nursery rhyme repeat patterns by Stevie Holyoke. At the front is a paper dress by Miss Keely made from little notes and scraps. I suspect it has a story I don’t know it yet.

And lastly we have some woven scarves, delightful felted boots, and woven/felted festival poncho. These are all by first year fibre arts I believe. At the back are some batiked silk kerchiefs, and entering stage right, a blur monster.

Clio Windust, Iddo van der Geer, and more.

It was a show we were all so proud of, and wildly successful to boot. I’ve never seen so many at an opening at our school gallery. The show is aptly named as it is beautifully textural, and the skill in our department really shines through. Yay us!

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7 comments

  1. You’re right – wish I could have seen these in person! I really like the “seaweed” scarves and the felted symbols and the nebulous scarf, of course!

  2. WOW! Gorgeous, beautiful and functional art! I’m blown away, love it all. Thank you so much for posting you made my day. Incredible talent and expertise!

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