"Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art" opened to the public today at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. This is a collaborative exhibit, comprised of the work of three groups:
- SAQA Western Canada's "Meet the Best of the West";
- Focus on Fibre Arts' retrospective of members' work in a variety of textile arts; and
- The Heritage Rug Hookers of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's Tribute to the Grain Elevator.
Those of us who attended the Preview on April 10 were greeted with fibre art even before we entered the building:
"Yarn bombing" was everywhere -- on the trees, outdoor benches and tables, covering the handles of the doors...
Inside, following a welcome presentation and refreshments, we were invited to enter the exhibition gallery:
The SAQA exhibit -- 37 pieces -- looked impressive, all on one wall:
|SAQA Western Canada -- Meet the Best of the West|
The other walls were taken up with pieces by the Rug Hookers, such as these...
|Jan Hague's Icon Now in Ashes: Fleming, SK|
|Angela Possak - Prairie Castles|
Some SAQA WC members had pieces included in the Focus on Fibre Arts Retrospective. Most fascinating was that of Anna Hergert, which was accompanied by a video showing the piece's secrets...Can you guess?
|Anna Hergert - Golden Mean Meets Fibonacci|
Focus on Fibre Art includes wearables and other pieces as well...some of which were show-cased thus:
If you're travelling to Edmonton between now and August 4, do try to take in this beautifully presented exhibition -- all of the creativity, colour and texture of textiles is found here!