I have been having a very busy month with exhibitions. A group of us got together and put an exhibition on at The Suter Gallery here in Nelson. The exhibition was a mixture of pottery, beadwork and weaving.
This article was in the Nelson Mail on Wednesday May 23rd.
The Professional Weaver’s Network of NZ have their latest exhibition running. It was displayed at the Riverlore Gallery in Blenheim and it is now up and running at the Refinery Gallery in Nelson before heading off to Wellington to be displayed.
I have a piece in the exhibition called ‘Moths’. I designed the pattern in network drafting and the yarn used was tencel. I felt that the pattern on a lot of moth wings is some what subdued and I felt that the curves that you get with network drafting would work well. I have hung them such that they give the impression of moths.
The Refinery Gallery is a lovely space to display this exhibition lots of light and space so that each piece has room to be viewed individually. I hope to have some images soon of The Refinery’s display of ‘Flight’
It has been at least 2 years in the planning this exhibition and at last we can see it all come together.
Today we hung our exhibition at Fibre Spectrum in Nelson. A busy and challenging morning as I have never hung an exhibition but have been involved in many group exhibitions but none on my own. The exhibition is about the development and ‘expansion’ of skills having gone from part to full-time weaving. There are a couple of pieces where network drafting was used, a technique I haven’t tried before, a particular collapsed weave technique also not tried before. I used bamboo for the first time.
It was so satisfying when all was finished to see the colours and mixture of different pieces come together. It has been a busy couple of months putting this all together and to finally see it was rewarding.
Tony’s work sits well and I feel that it is a joint exhibition even though Tony wanted to take a back seat and let me be in charge. I would like to say that the wood compliments the weaving but infact it does more than compliment it stands on its own as simply beautiful. I am very much grateful for all the work and time that he has put into the exhibition.
When we had finished putting it up and came outside there were are large group of people gathered for a minutes silence for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake. We stood and thought of the city that I grew up in, St Mary’s Church where we got married in (which is no longer), the Arts Centre where my mother has a weaving studio (sustained damage), all the other damage to homes and businesses and also to the lives lost.
The exhibition runs from the 1st March 2011 until 31 March 2011 at Fibre Spectrum