In a month already full with home renovation work & gardening, I have been bowled over by the positive response that my two pieces received in the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild 2014 exhibit at the (then-called) Burlington Art Centre.
The Juror, Sheila Perry, selected 20 pieces from 16 fibre artists for the Exhibit. Each artist’s interpretation of the theme was different but the presentation was balanced and cohesive in the space.
My goal was simple: to be selected for inclusion! Everything else was pretty unexpected even after I heard that I was 1 of 4 members chosen for awards. The exhibition was May 4 – June 1, 2014.
Elation not being optimal for bloggy work, I enjoyed the moment and juggled house upheaval vs. garden upheaval. The creative breaks poured towards a fantastic, challenging lace weaving workshop with Jette Vandermeiden at the guild. Jette was good enough to attend the opening reception with us too, so it was all rolled into one!
With the shawls back home now, I have worn the Muga silk for the first time. It is so very light on the shoulders yet warm – everything that I imagined it would be.
On Eagle’s Wings was introduced to the right of the gallery entrance. You can see the guest book, and the exhibit catalogue on the table in the corner. Not shown in this picture was that heady award label with my name on it!
This black fabric-covered dress form was very good for showing the triangle’s drape, and the stitch patterns with beads. It would have been straightforward for the audience to read this lace as a textile with real-world function. You know, as opposed to froth.
All along, I had worried that my Tibetan Phoenix Beaded Stole would be a problem child in this gallery. It took my breath away to see the Juror’s solution for its 82″ expanse.
This brought home to me the difference between showing lace in blog form (pattern; movement; technical aspects; natural light) and showing lace for its effect. The impact of the presentation was something that I literally felt.
Hearing excitement and new ways of understanding this making of an oversize lace object is an unexpected joy. It draws away any residual sting from wearing it to a New England wedding last fall. As I type, a dear relative who helped host that very wedding is congratulating me on my new accomplishment in knitting!
Guild members have been super kind. Yes, all made on drop spindles! Professional fibre artists also tell me that the stole in particular was a strong submission.
Presenting work publicly is tough. I heard that during the exchange at the end of the Juror’s review. Now I have experienced the rewards of this rigour, and am totally glad that I tried. Being able to say, “Dear (non-fibre person in my life), I got an award. It was from an art gallery director, and came with a cheque,” also rocks. It makes way more sense to them than the 82″ of shawl over my petite LBD ever could. That’s just life.
Some but not all of the other works from Plumage are below. Let me know if you caught the show!
Best Interpretation of Theme was awarded for this stunning red handwoven shawl.
Three works by Diane Woods were included in this show. I love the sharpness, and colour in her wall hanging.
One of my teachers, MargaretJane Wallace, inspired me as she wove her scarf in the studio this fall. MJ also encouraged me to go ahead with my plans for the Muga silk when it was still a ball of lace yarn.
Hung to the left of MJ’s scarf was the winner of the Past Presidents’ Award. The weaver is a Level 4 student, and the Juror was very excited about this lovely piece!
These and other images of works included in the Plumage show are here.